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Air ambulance continues its tour of Essex and Hertfordshire

The new Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A new addition to the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance touched down at Wickham St Paul, near Halstead.

The helicopter is the first the charity has been able to buy outright - up until now all its aircraft have been leased.

Over the past week the charity has taken the helicopter on a tour of the two counties, stopping off to thank the thousands of people who raised the £6.5m it cost.

After Wickham St Paul, it was due to move on to Welwyn rugby club.

It will come into service at the beginning of August.

The new Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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New minor injury service to take pressure off Colchester Hospital

It's hoped it'll take pressure of the nearby hospital. Credit: ITV Anglia.

People living in north east Essex will soon be able to use a new service if they have a minor injury.

The local Commissioning Group's introducing the measure to take the pressure off the Accident and Emergency department at Colchester Hospital.

Patients will be encouraged to go to the town's 'Primary Care Centre' instead and it should be up and running by July 2018.

Despite 115,000 blood donors in the East, more are needed

More blood donors are needed across the East of England. Credit: ITV News

With the recent high profile tragedies there has been a renewed call for additional blood donors.

In 2016, more than 115,000 people in the East of England gave blood at least once but thousands more are needed to keep up with demand.

Whether it's treatment for cancer, blood disorders, after accidents, surgery or during childbirth, a healthy supply of blood is vital for saving the lives of those who depend on it.

  • Click below to watch a report on National Blood Week by Sarah Beecroft

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Ambulance service urge people to think before calling 999

Public Health England are urging people to keep hydrated in the heat Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service is urging the public not to call 999 unless it is absolutely necessary during the current hot weather.

The service has been receiving up to 200 calls an hour over the last few days.

They mostly involve elderly people or those with underlying health issues suffering with heatstroke or dehydration.

They are under huge pressure to respond to the big rise and demand.

However, whilst we are able to respond, we urge the public to please think before they dial 999 and use our services wisely and look at other alternatives that they could use before dialling 999.

– Karl Edwards, Deputy Director for Service Delivery
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