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70 years since the start of the NHS in the Anglia region

The National Health Service is celebrating 70 years since it was created.

The National Health Service is celebrating 70 years since it was created.

There's no doubt healthcare has improved vastly since the inception of the NHS on 5 July 1948.

Back then there were 34 deaths per 1,000 births - now the infant mortality rate has dropped to fewer than four per 1,000 births.

On average, people now live at least 12 years longer than they did in 1948.

  • ITV News Anglia reporter Tanya Mercer has been finding out what life was like before the NHS and how its introduction has changed Britain forever

Hospitals merge to create biggest NHS Trust in East Anglia

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals have now formally merged Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two of our hospitals have officially merged today (Sunday 1 July) to create the biggest NHS trust in East Anglia.

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals will now be working together as part of the East Suffolk and North East Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospitals already share a Chief Executive and Chairman.

Health bosses say the merger will help save services that might otherwise have been under threat.

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Suffolk transplant girl's celebrity appeal sees thousands join donor register

Suffolk singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran joined Jasmi's campaign to get more people to join the transplant register.

When seven-year-old Jasmi Lindberg Cooke's cancer returned in 2017, doctors said a blood stem cell transplant was her best hope of survival.

There was no match available for the little girl from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

The charity DKMS then put out the appeal JoinforJasmi urging people to join the donor register. It gathered celebrity support, including Ed Sheeran. It led to thousands more people joining the donor register.

It's six months since Jasmi's successful transplant,

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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DNA linked to obesity

Cambridge researchers say the old adage of having a slow metabolism making you fat does have a scientific basis.

Professor Sadaf Farooqi, University of Cambridge Credit: ITV Anglia

A team of researchers discovered that your DNA can slow your metabolism which can lead to obesity.

However they say less than one in one hundred people are affected.

The research found the amount and types of food eaten, as well as levels of exercise, directly affect weight, but some people at more risk of becoming obese that others and obesity can run in families.

It's hoped that the work could eventually lead to a new treatment for people who can't control their weight.

Recruitment timebomb for doctors and nurses in East Anglia

NHS in crisis: the recruitment timebomb the Anglia region where half the GPs and a quarter of nurses are nearing retirement. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Health professionals have issued a stark warning about a recruitment crisis in some parts of the Anglia region where half the GPs and a quarter of nurses are nearing retirement.

Some fear than many GP surgeries in our region could be forced to close as hundreds of key staff will soon end their careers.

A report by the Mid and South Essex sustainability and transformation partnership estimates half of the GP workforce and a quarter of the nursing workforce in the county could retire by the year 202.

GPs surgeries there are currently only able to meet 83% of the demand for appointments.

Doctors have criticised the government for not doing enough to tackle high workloads and poor morale in the profession but the government says plans are in place to cope

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

The life and death story of two sisters with cystic fibrosis

Sisters Nicki and Michelle Williams had cystic fibrosis but Michelle died before a lung donor could be found.

A family from Northamptonshire are urging more people to sign up to the organ donor register.

Two sisters from Kettering, who grew up battling cystic fibrosis, were put on the waiting list for a lung transplant.

Nicki Williams got the call but sister Michelle died before a match could be found.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson who was invited to meet the Williams family

Coping with twins and triplets deserves special treatment

Coping with being pregnant with twins and triplets is tough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Coping with being pregnant with twins and triplets is tough.

The Rosie Maternity Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has introduced a range of new measures to help families expecting more than one bundle of joy.

The Rosie has been working with TAMBA, the Twins and Multiple Births Association to refine the care it gives. Improvements include a designated ultrasound clinic so expectant mums see the same staff every visit.

Patients now also benefit fromTwin Pregnancy Growth Charts - a world first launched in the UK with the help of Tamba. Previously hospitals plotted twins' growth on charts designed for single babies leaving clinicians to decide how they were progressing.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson
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