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Lifesaving volunteers praised by ambulance trust

The ambulance service are trying to recruit more CFRs. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) is marking 20 years of community first responders.

First responders are volunteers trained by EEAST, usually over a weekend, to respond to medical emergencies including heart attacks, breathing difficulties, diabetes emergencies.

The ambulance service are now hoping to recruit more.

Bid launched to save Minor Injuries Units facing closure

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy

Campaigners have launched a petition to save three Minor Injuries Units in Cambridgeshire that could face closure.

The centres in Ely, Doddington and Wisbech are under review as part of a shake-up of health services across the county.

However, the Clinical Commissioning Group say no formal decision has been made yet.


Peterborough Hospital declares 'critical internal incident'

Peterborough City Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough City Hospital has declared a 'critical internal incident' due to a lack of available beds.

The hospital says patients are facing significant delays to be admitted to wards because of an unprecedented rise in the number of people needing emergency treatment.

To help ease the pressure, staff are asking people to only turn up to A&E if absolutely necessary.

I would like to thank patients and their relatives for their co-operation and understanding, particularly those who have experienced a long delay in waiting for a bed. We are doing all we can to ensure patients do not have to wait any longer than is necessary, but this is being hampered by the larger than usual volume of people needing hospital care at present.

We have called in additional staff to assess patients coming to us in an emergency and to support our ward teams in discharging those patients who are now well enough to go home. However, we are bracing ourselves for a challenging first week of the new year as we know it will take a few days before we can re-establish a smoother flow of patients in and out of hospital.

Regionally, other hospitals are also under significant pressure so we would ask that people only attend their local Emergency Department for critical situations, such as choking, chest pain, loss of consciousness, severe blood loss, broken bones or trauma, difficulty breathing, deep wounds or suspected stroke.

– Dr Andrew Cope

Chance holiday encounter with GP identifies bride's cancer

Danielle McCulloch from Crowland near Peterborough was getting married in Cyprus when a GP spotted an unusual lump on her neck. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mother of two from Cambridgeshire was diagnosed with cancer after a chance encounter with a family doctor in Cyprus.

Danielle McCulloch from Crowland near Peterborough was getting married on the island, where her grandmother lives, when they bumped into the GP who spotted an unusual lump on her neck.

When she looks back at her wedding photos Danielle says she can see where her neck had swollen because of a tumour.

She's backing a new campaign by Cancer Research UK called Right Now, which highlights the importance of getting symptoms checked by a doctor.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Cambridgeshire's Police and Crime Commissioner urges others to join him in 'Dry January' campaign

Jason Ablewhite wants others to join him in giving up alcohol in January.

Cambridgeshire's Police and Crime Commissioner is urging people to join him in giving up alcohol for a month.

Jason Ablewhite is taking part in the Dry January campaign, which is now in it's fifth year.

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The Dry January campaign is now in its fifth year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Coles will also be giving up alcohol in January.

“Taking part in Dry January brings so many benefits – from weight loss to higher energy levels, to saving money and sleeping better.

"And after the excesses of Christmas and New Year celebrations, what better time to join Andy and I!”

– Jason Ablewhite, Police and Crime Commissioner, Cambridge
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