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Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge is diverting patients to other units after flooding hit the Emergency department.

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Peanut allergy research has life-changing results

Researchers have hailed a scientific breakthrough that could help cure one of our deadliest allergies

Experts in Cambridge have discovered they may be able to cure children who suffer from a potentially-lethal peanut allergy by feeding them the very things which could kill them.

Medical trials at Addenbrooke's Hospital have focused on building up a patient's resistance to peanuts, and as Matthew Hudson reports, the results can be life-changing


Cambridge hospital implements total smoking ban in bid to encourage healthier lifestyles

Addenbrooke's Hospital has banned smoking anywhere on site.
Addenbrooke's Hospital has banned smoking anywhere on site. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has implemented a total smoking ban to encourage healthier lifestyles.

Staff, visitors and patients won't be able to smoke anywhere on site - and there's no longer any outdoor smoking areas.

The ban also applies to the Rosie Maternity Hospital.
The ban also applies to the Rosie Maternity Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It also applies to the Rosie Maternity Hospital.

The Trust's Chief Executive Dr Keith McNeil says it's in accordance with national guidelines that hospitals should be smoke free.

"It sends a message that we're not just about treating people here, we want society as a whole to be healthier," he said.

"It's very important from that point of view that we don't condone smoking on the site anywhere."

New cancer campaign launched at Addenbrooke's

The Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust hopes to raise £10 million in three years
The Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust hopes to raise £10 million in three years Credit: ITV Anglia

A new ten million pound campaign is being launched at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge to transform cancer facilities at the hospital.

The Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust wants to use the money to support new technologies and therapies in breast and prostate cancer and sponsor cancer research.

Search & rescue first for Addenbrooke's nurse

Deborah Swann has become the only nurse in the UK International Search & Rescue team Credit: Addenbrooke's Hospital

An emergency medic from Cambridgeshire has become the only nurse in Britain's International Search and Rescue team which is sent to help in disasters all over the world.

Deborah Swann, who works in the Emergency Department at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, must be ready to deploy anywhere in the world within six hours.

Deborah, from Bluntisham, was trained to treat casualties at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

She said:

"We simulated rescuing and treating people at heights, in flood waters and confined spaces, all of which are expected following disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist attacks.

“It is genuinely dangerous. We're crawling around in potentially unsafe structures in places at risk of other unpredictable trauma – aftershocks, for example. It definitely appeals to my sense of adventure."


Addenbrooke's first to get government review

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge is to be the first in the country scrutinised by the Government as part of a review into the way the NHS deals with complaints from patients and their relatives.

Its being headed up by the Labour MP Ann Clwyd who was given the role after speaking out about the poor care her husband received at a hospital in Wales. Matthew Hudson reports.

Swine flu jab could have prevented sleep

Researchers at Papworth and Addenbrookes hospitals in Cambridgeshire have discovered that a swine flu jab which was given to hundreds of thousands of children carried an increased risk of developing the sleep disorder narcolepsy.

Working with the Health Protection Agency they found that one child in 55,000 given Pandermix developed the condition. The vaccine was used during the swine flu outbreak that began in 2009.

High Court ruling over 'do not resuscitate' order

Janet Tracey
Janet Tracey died last year after a car crash Credit: ITV Anglia

The High Court is expected to deliver judgement today on the case of a woman who died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire.

Janet Tracey's family claim two 'do not resuscitate' orders were added to her medical notes without her knowledge.

She was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February last year - just a few weeks later, she broke her neck in a car crash.

She died a month later. The hospital has said it did seek consent.

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