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Health bosses defend decision to close A & E at Welwyn Garden City's QE2 Hospital

Emergency cases won't be treated at the QE2. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Health bosses in Welwyn Garden City have defended the closure of A & E at the QE2 Hospital.

The hospital is being rebuilt and from today emergency cases won't be treated locally.

An urgent care centre will treat non-life-threatening cases, but the remainder of patients will have to go to an enlarged A & E Department at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage instead.

Jacqui Bunce. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"All the major trauma will be going up to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but we're opening an urgent care centre here on the QE2 site for the majority of patients who currently go to the QE2.

They'll still be able to come here, but it's for those specialist, major trauma and major A & E patients that will be going up to the Lister Hospital."

– Jacqui Bunce, East & North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group


Mother's pregnancy battle after waters break at 16 weeks

Mother goes on to have healthy baby after waters break at 16 weeks Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Hertfordshire mother whose waters broke at just 16 weeks into her second pregnancy has beaten the odds of less than 1%, to go on and have a healthy baby.

35-year-old Katy Evans was advised that she would go into labour within a week and that her only option was to have a termination, but she decided to let nature take its course.

Two weeks later she had a scan which showed her waters had replenished and her baby was okay.

Katy Evans' scan at 18 weeks showing amniotic fluid has replenished Credit: Katy Evans

Katy researched online about " Pre-term premature rupture of the membranes" and found that there was a slim chance of being able to carry her baby to full term.

"Everyone is telling you it's not possible and you want to fight for that little person and so we decided that we would want to give them the chance, let nature take its course and not intervene and let whatever is going to happen, happen."

– Katy Evans
Baby Leo is now 8 months old Credit: ITV News Anglia

Katy then went on to have a normal pregnancy and carried Leo until she was 33 weeks.

The birth of Leo Credit: Katy Evans

"It's wonderful. He had so little hope and now he's made it, you almost forget how awful it was because we are so happy now."

– Katy Evans

Katy now hopes more research is carried out into PPROM and that the current statistics being used by Doctors in the UK, are updated.

She hopes it will lead to women being more informed about what is happening to them.

Fog warning across the East of England

Area covered by yellow weather warning for fog Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Fog warning across the East of England up until 10.00am Monday 29th September.

The warning is across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Southend-on-Sea, Norfolk, Suffolk, Thurrock & Central Bedfordshire.

The fog may make driving conditions difficult in parts of the region.

"Fog is becoming more widespread and locally dense across Eastern England, whilst extensive low cloud is continuing to lower across southern counties of England leading to fog on hills and at lower levels in some places. The fog will lift into low cloud during the first part of the morning in the south, but a few dense patches will persist in the east until mid to late morning."

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