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Hospital trusts make millions from car parking charges

Peterborough Hospital made £1.8m from car parking charges last year. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Health trusts in the Anglia region made millions of pounds in parking charges last year.

Peterborough and Stamford hospitals made the most - £1.8 million - with Southend, Luton and Dunstable and Ipswich not too far behind.

West Suffolk, Addenbrooke's, James Paget and Bedford all made more than a million, figures obtained by the Press Association showed.

Overall, English hospitals are making more money than ever before from car parking.

The Patients Association said the sick and vulnerable should not be topping up budgets for cash-strapped hospitals and called for charges to be scrapped altogether.

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Firecrews called to chemical spill in hospital

Peterborough City Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fire crews were called to Peterborough City Hospital this morning after reports of a chemical spill.

Four crews from Dogsthorpe, Stanground, the Peterborough Volunteers and St Neots attended with the specialist chemical unit from St Neots.

Around five litres of a chemical called Formalin had leaked from its container in a side room.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and special protective gloves used managed to clear up the spillage and make the area safe.

Two members of hospital staff visited A&E as a precaution after feeling unwell but both are now fine. No patients were affected.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital facing 'serious issues' with A&E demand

Bosses say acute admissions are much higher than would be expected for this time of year. Credit: PA

Hinchingbrooke Hospital has warned it is having "serious issues'" with demand for its accident and emergency department.

The hospital, in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, is asking people not to go A&E unless they have life-threatening symptoms.

Bosses say acute admissions have rocketed, and are much higher than would be expected for this time of year.

They say overcrowding has been made worse by staff sickness and a slower discharge time for patients.

Anyone with a non-life threatening condition are advised to visit their GP or pharmacy instead.

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East of England Ambulance service urge people to think twice before dialling 999

Paramedics from the East of England Ambulance service are urging people to think twice before dialling 999 over the festive period and avoid making unnecessary calls.

Last December their control room handled more than 90,000 emergency calls.

The busiest day of the month was exactly a year ago today - December 19th - following the big Christmas party weekend.

On that day alone they answered 3,216 calls.

ITV Anglia's Chloe Keedy has been out with one of their ambulance crews

Busiest day of the year for region's ambulance service

The ambulance service is urging everyone to not use 999 for anything Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance service are urging people to think before dialling 999 during their busiest time of the year.

Last December their control room handled more than 90,000 emergency calls. The December 19th - following the Christmas party weekend - being the busiest day of all.

December 19th was the busiest day of all, with call handlers taking more than 3,000 following the Christmas party weekend.

The consequence of having lots of unnecessary calls - people who have gone out drinking, haven't planned how to get home, wearing high shoes, falling over and suffering injuries to limbs and head injuries - that distracts us.

– Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery

Report reveals two hospitals in bed shortage concern

The Nuffield Trust report highlighted the shortage. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A new report has highlighted a major shortage of beds at two of the region's hospitals.

The Nuffield trust found that both Northampton and Kettering General Hospitals were working at 100% capacity every day last winter.

Northampton general says they're working to try and provide more beds in future.

There are times over winter when we face periods of extreme pressure and have more patients needing treatment than we have available beds.

At these times, we cancel non-urgent operations and put additional beds in place where possible so we can admit patients in need of more urgent treatment or further assessment.

At all times, the safety of our patients is our utmost priority.

– Deborah Needham, CEO Northampton General
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