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New Cambridgeshire cancer facility welcomes patients

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new £2.4m cancer centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon has welcomed its first patients this week.

The facility includes private consulting rooms and a support centre.

The aim is to bring together all cancer services at the hospital by next year.

The new centre looks incredible. There’s so much room for patients, their loved ones and staff to interact calmly and privately.

To have a facility like this on your doorstep when you’ve got cancer, rather than having to travel for hours, is such a comfort.

I know this will make a huge difference to the people of Huntingdon.

– Carol Croft, Patient

Eye-specialist escapes jail after failing to spot child's fatal eye condition

An eye specialist found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after failing to spot a young patient's life-threatening condition has walked free from court.

8-year-old Vinnie Barker from Ipswich died from fluid on the brain five months after a routine eye test in 2012.

He was seen by 35-year-old Honey Rose from East London who was working as a locum optometrist at Boots Opticians in Ipswich.

In a landmark case, Rose was handed a two year suspended sentence. Vinnie's family say they're still struggling with their loss.

Watch Serena Sandhu's report from Ipswich Crown Court.


Optometrist who did not spot fatal eye condition given suspended sentence

Honey Rose arrived at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing Credit: ITV News Anglia

An optometrist who failed to notice an eye condition in an eight-year-old boy who later died has been given a suspended jail term.

Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died in July 2012 after fluid built up in his brain.

Honey Rose, 35 and from London, was working as a locum when she failed to spot abnormalities in Vinnie's eyes, a trial at Ipswich Crown Court heard.

His death was around five months after he had a routine eye test at a branch of Boots in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich.

Vinnie's parents arrived at Ipswich Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia
Vinnie died in 2012 after fluid built up on his brain Credit: Family photo

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said "any competent optometrist" would have spotted Vincent's swollen optic discs - bilateral papilloedema - and Vincent's death could have been prevented.

Rose denied the charge but was found guilty and convicted of gross negligence manslaughter after a 10-day trial last month.

A written statement from Vincent's mother, Joanne Barker, said: "The knowledge our loss should have been prevented and Vinnie should have been saved is intolerable to live with."

Self testing kit launched to help people with heart and lung disease

Patients will be given a device to monitor their vital signs including blood pressure, pulse and temperature. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A self testing kit is being launched for people in Norfolk with heart disease and lung failure.

Patients will be given a device to monitor their vital signs including blood pressure, pulse and temperature.

It means they won't have to go to hospital to have the checks, so it will free up beds and surgery time.


Wellbeing roadshows kick off in Great Yarmouth and Waveney

A series of roadshows start today to promote mental wellbeing and help reduce stigma around mental illness.

The Eastern Service Users and Carers Forum (ESCF) will be touring 10 towns and villages to make it easier for people to come and speak to the organisations involved in mental health.

"We often find that people in more rural areas can find it difficult to visit our hubs, so this is a way of promoting our local services to friends and family members of those with mental ill health. It's a chance for members of the public, especially those who have to be on hand 24 hours a day as a carer, to receive valuable advice and support."

– Howard Tidman, Charge Nurse at Great Yarmouth Acute Services

Other organisations joining NSFT include; Healthwatch Norfolk, Healthwatch Suffolk, Norfolk Carers and Suffolk Family Carers.

  • Tesco's car park, Caister, 22 August, 9am-12pm
  • Kings Way, Hemsby, 22 August, 1pm-4pm
  • Reception, James Paget Hospital, 23 August, 9am- 12pm
  • High Street, Lowestoft, 23 August, 1pm-4pm
  • The Sheepgate, Beccles, 24 August, 9am-12pm
  • The Buttercross, Bungay, 24 August, 1pm-4pm
  • The Market Square, Great Yarmouth, 25 August, 9am-12pm
  • The Tramway Pub car park, Gorleston, 25 August, 1pm-4pm
  • The Thoroughfare, Halesworth, 26 August, 9am-12pm
  • The Green, Southwold, 26 August, 1pm-4pm
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