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New operation gives hope that Cavan will walk unaided

There is new hope that a 7-year old boy from Kettering in Northamptonshire is getting closer to walking unaided after a major operation is proving successful.

Cavan Kirkham-MacCallum suffers from a condition called hemimelia which means some of his bones are fused and others are missing or partially formed.

When he was born his parents were told he could lose all four limbs.

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Girl meets medics who flew in to save her life

Abaigh O'Gallagher from Hertfordshire was left fighting for her life after she was hit by a car in September 2013. The MAGPAS helimedics flew in and gave her critical treatment as she lay in the road.

On Saturday afternoon, Abaigh went to the MAGPAS base at Wyton near Huntingdon to say thank you to the helimedics who were on board that day and who may well have saved her life.

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Watchdog says patients 'not treated with respect'

The Care Quality Commission has highlighted its main concerns at Colchester General Hospital, in a letter to its Chief Executive

Colchester General Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

The health watchdog says that during an inspection last month it found patients were not treated with dignity and respect, and that the leadership in both Accident and Emergency and the Emergency Assessment Unit was below an acceptable standard.

After the inspection a major incident lasting almost two weeks was declared at the hospital. The full report is yet to be published.

Hospital's appeal for children's wards

Ipswich Hospital has launched a charity appeal to help raise £100,000 for the children's and neonatal wards.

The campaign will focus on providing extra comforts to patients and their families while they stay in hospital, like refurbishing the parent bay for parents to stay overnight, and buying new bedding for paediatric beds.

"The NHS is under huge financial challenge at the moment, and of course we will always provide the essential equipment and care for the patients and their families but this is just a little bit extra - the extra comfort, support that the babies, the children and their families need."

– Nick Hulme - Chief Executive, Ipswich Hospital

The hospital hopes to raise £100,000 over the next three months.

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Cambridge: Fight against dementia handed boost as scheme to trial new drugs is unveiled

The fight against dementia has received a significant boost as a scheme to trial new drugs is unveiled.

Alzheimers Research UK, which is based in Cambridge, has launched a new fund which it hopes will help speed up new treatments for the disease.

With the number of people with the condition in the UK expected to top 1 million by 2025, the charity hopes the new initiative will help make £20m available for drugs research over the next five years.

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Health watchdog Monitor to investigate Basildon Hospital finances

An investigation has been launched into the finances of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals. Credit: PA

The Health watchdog Monitor has launched an investigation into the finances of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals.

They had removed the Trust from special measures earlier this year after they were satisfied that the quality of the hospital's health services had improved.

Now, Monitor say they want to find out why the financial losses at the Trust are likely to be much higher than previously thought.

“Basildon and Thurrock has made great progress in improving its services for patients, but it appears to be struggling financially.

We want to find out why the trust’s finances are deteriorating and ensure its leadership is taking appropriate action to address this challenge.”

– Laura Mills, Monitor Deputy Regional Director

It follows the news last week that two foundation trusts in Norfolk and Suffolk are also being investigated by Monitor.

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital raises £600,000 needed to speed up cancer treatment

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has raised the £600,000 it needs to be able to treat cancer patients quicker. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has raised the £600,000 it needs to be able to treat cancer patients quicker.

It'll now be able to offer brachytherapy which will cut treatments times from seven and a half weeks to just three.

At present patients have to travel to Cambridge or London for the treatment which targets radiotherapy internally resulting in lower potential for tissue damage.

Health regulator takes further action to improve A&E services Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust

Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

The health regulator Monitor is taking further action to improve accident and emergency services at the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

It has appointed one of its officers to work alongside new leadership at the trust to ensure improvements are made.

Monitor has acted after the trust consistently failed to meet the national target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours.

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