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Family say Bedford hospital partly responsible for pensioners death

Bedford Hospital says its carrying out a full investigation into the death of a pensioner who caught an infection while having chemotherapy for cancer.

The family of Diane Lorraine believe the treatment she received at Bedford Hospital was partly responsible for her death.

Diane's husband says she was placed next to a patient with a chest infection, which he believes she contracted leading to her death.

The hospital says "patient safety is of the highest importance" and that they are currently carrying out a full internal investigation which has involved meeting with the family to listen to, and discuss, their complaint.


Nurses from East Anglia invited to Royal Wedding

Nurses Lucy Andrews and Vicky Amiss-Smith has been invited to the Royal Wedding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two nurses from Cambridge and Bedford have been invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Lucy Andrews and Vicky Amiss-Smith will be donning their best frocks and heading to watch the ceremony in a special area of Windsor Castle.

They're part of an invited group of people who work for charities that are important to the royal couple.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

£6m to be spent on redeveloping Bedford healthcare hub

Three GPS surgeries will be brought under one roof, alongside community, mental health and specialist services. Credit: PA

Six million pounds will be spent on improving a 'healthcare' hub at Bedford Hospital.

Gilbert Hitchcock House will be refurbished to help ease demand on the hospital.

It's hoped the hub will also be able to support the growing population of Bedford.

The funding will also be used join three GP practices together, alongside community, mental health and specialist services.

This investment has been long sought and is very good news.

I am pleased for those GPs who inspired this and welcome the Government pulling these services together. As I recall from my time as Minister in the Department of Health, it is a long standing aim to improve GP practices, and this is an important investment in our local NHS services.

– North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt


Four people threatened with knives during a night of robberies in Bedford

The attacks took place on footpaths near the River Great Ouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for people to be extra vigilant after a series of knifepoint robberies in Bedford.

Luckily only one person suffered minor injuries as three men made off with wallets, cash and even a bike.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

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