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New medical suite named after colleague killed in helicopter crash

A new medical suite has been opened at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge - named after a member of staff who died in a helicopter crash.

Kath Walker was 51 when she and her partner were killed in New Zealand in 2015 during a sight-seeing trip. The helicopter they were travelling in crashed into Fox Glacier on South Island.

Today, her daughter Rebecca Walker unveiled a plaque to officially open the Kath Walker Radiosurgery Suite.

It will provide cutting-edge medicine and help save lives.

Watch Matthew Hudson's report for ITV News Anglia to find out more.


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

Suffolk man dies after wall collision

Police investigate fatal collision

A man who was injured in a car crash in Sudbury at the end of last month has died in hospital.

It happened on 27th August when the Ford Focus he was driving collided with a wall in Alexandra Road at the junction with Windham Road.

The 46 year old was alone in the car and was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge but died on Friday.

Officers with the Suffolk Police Serious Collision Investigation Team want to talk to anyone who saw the crash.

A behind the scenes look at Addenbrooke's as part of 250th Birthday celebrations

Addenbrooke's Hospital holds an open day Credit: ITV News Anglia

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge is holding an open day as part of its 250th birthday celebrations.

It also shares the last day of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Visitors have been given the chance to meet people who work behind the scenes and discover the history of the hospital as well.

"This year, we are celebrating 250 years of staff achievement, patient care, research and teaching - a milestone in our history to look back on 250 years' of achievement and look forward to what the next 250 years could hold."

– Jo Timson, Cambridge University Hospitals

Running all day is the Teddy Bear Hospital, in the Deakin Centre, which is part of a national scheme that runs events for primary school children.

During the Open Day, volunteer expert Teddy Doctors will be running different stations, to teach people about healthcare and healthy living in fun way.


Anger over plans to charge student nurses university tuition fees

In future student nurses will need to take out a student loan to pay their university tuition fees. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Student nurses in the Anglia region are campaigning against a Government decision to start charging nurses for the university tuition fees.

The move to scrap bursaries and replace them with loans will mean future generations of nurses start their working lives thousands of pounds in debt.

The Government says the move will allow more nurses and midwives to be trained. But the Royal College of Nursing believes it will put people off joining the profession.

The Cambridge Labour MP Daniel Zeichner pledged his support to trainee nurses he met at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

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

Elderly man dies and boy critical after road crash in Cambridgeshire

An elderly man has died and boy is critical after a road crash in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An elderly man has died and a young boy is in a critical condition after a crash involving two cars and two pedestrians at Gamlingay in Cambridgeshire.

Police were called to the incident in Drove Road at about 10.10am.

The elderly man who died was one of the pedestrians. The other, a young boy, was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge by the air ambulance where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of one of the cars has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The road was closed between Waresley Road and The Cinques.

Tributes to Cambridge couple who died in helicopter crash

Tributes have been paid to a couple from Trumpington in Cambridge who were among seven people who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in New Zealand at the weekend.

Andrew Virgo and Katharine Walker from Cambridge died in the helicopter crash in New Zealand. Credit: Family collect / SWNS

Katharine Walker, who worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital in the city and her partner Andrew Virco died when the aircraft came down in poor weather conditions on the popular Fox glacier near to Christchurch.

Two other British tourists died in the crash along with two Australians and the pilot who was from New Zealand.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft

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