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Major incident declared at Addenbrooke's after heavy rain

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Following heavy rain last night, Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has declared a major incident.

Flooding is affecting the areas where theatre equipment is sterilised.

Planned surgery for today, over the weekend and on Monday has been postponed. The hospital says all affected patients will be contacted and new dates for their surgery will be arranged.

An Addenbrooke's Hospital spokesman said:

We apologise to any patient for any inconvenience caused. We continue to provide urgent medical care. However as our services are not running normally, we are now in major incident mode. We are asking patients considering coming to A&E to seek alternative care wherever possible.

At the present moment we are closed to major trauma cases. We have put in place well-practised and robust emergency planning procedures drawn up to deal with these kinds of situations. Patients with any concerns can call: 01223 245151.

– Addenbrooke's Hospital statement

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Essex MP in hospital after health setback

Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge has been admitted to hospital. Credit: ITV News

An Essex MP has been admitted to hospital after being taken ill following a health setback.

James Duddridge, who has been the MP for Rochford and Southend East since 2005, was appointed a Foreign Office minister in 2014.

His office said he was unwell last year and despite making a good recovery, had suffered a setback and had been re-admitted to hospital.

Mr Duddridge, 43, said he had been overwhelmed by the kind words and well wishes he'd received and is looking forward to returning to work as soon as he can.

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Scientists seek chocolate eaters for new trial

Scientists in Norwich are looking for volunteers to take part in a trial which involves eating chocolate.

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Researchers at the University of East Anglia are trying to find out if eating certain foods can reduce or even reverse memory loss in old age.

It is hoped the study could help in the fight against dementia.

100 people treated as temperatures rocket at the Norfolk Show

Temperatures rocketed at today's Norfolk show. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A hundred people have been treated by St John Ambulance staff at today's Norfolk show.

With temperatures soaring, 50 of those people were treated for sunstroke, exhaustion and dehydration.

Five people have been taken to hospital.

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