Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals are asking people to avoid Accident and Emergency departments where possible. Hospitals across the region, and nationwide have struggled to cope with demand in recent weeks.
Kettering and Northampton are rearranging some routine operations and appointments in order to care for the most critically ill patients, after what they say has been their busiest winter on record. They have apologised for any inconvenience caused, and say that all patients who are affected by the postponements will be contacted.
"We have opened additional beds across the hospital to allow us to meet the care needs of patients.
"Over the last two weeks we have had a 15% increase in admissions to hospital beds. Compared to the same period last year - when we were also very busy - that means we are receiving, on average, an additional 16 patients needing hospital beds each day."
At Northampton Hospital 2,772 patients have gone to A&E during the last 10 days, with 751 of those needing emergency treatment. The hospital has also opened extra beds to help cope with demand.
A rare letter written in the trenches about the 'Christmas day Truce' in 1914 has been found and is to be auctioned off next year.Read the full story ›
A letter written by a Northamptonshire soldier from the trenches of the First World War could fetch £20,000 at auction.
The note by Lance Corporal Willie Loasby describes how he organised the famous Christmas Day Truce by shouting to German soldiers in nearby trenches.
The letter is being sold by a collector from Northampton.
"It's a first hand account written to his mother and it gives details of how they contacted the Germans, how they met, how they were quite antagonistic towards each other, but became quite friendly really."
The public are being urged not to attend local hospitals unless absolutely necessary following a surge in demand.Read the full story ›
There's new hope that a 7-year-old boy who was born with severe limb deformities will be able to walk unaided, after a major operation.Read the full story ›
A seven-year-old boy from Kettering who was born with severe limb deformities is closer to walking unaided after a major operation.
Cavan Kirkham-MacCallum has Hemimelia, meaning some bones are missing, or partially formed.
The operation should reposition Cavan's ankle, to help him eventually walk without a frame.
Click below to watch a clip with Bernadette Kirkham-MacCallum, Cavan's mum:
More than 100 people were evacuated from a nightclub in Northamptonshire in the early hours of this morning after what is believed to be a gas canister was let off.
Police, the fire service and two ambulances were called to Bar Qbano in Ebenezer Place in Kettering.
Police said it is believed a "CS-type gas" was released. Investigations are on-going.
A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Two patients required treatment for breathing difficulties and were both treated at the scene. An additional patient was suffering from abdominal pain and was taken by DCA to Kettering General Hosptial.
“Our second DCA remained at the club to support Police and Fire and be on hand to assist anyone needing medical support.”
A spokeswoman from the club said the venue had now reopened.
The trust which runs Kettering General Hospital has been given an overall rating of 'Requiring Improvement' by the Care Quality Commission.
The health watchdog said it needed to improve a number of areas including its emergency services, maternity and gynaecology.
The Trust says it will address the areas highlighted and is also committed to building on its strengths.
Police are hunting four men who raided a Kettering hotel and threatened a member of staff while dressed in Halloween masks.
The men entered the Travelodge on the westbound side of the A14 sometime between 3.40am and 4.10am on Monday 13 October.
Two of the men climbed over the hotel counter, dragged the receptionist into a back room, threatened to poke his eye out with a screwdriver and punched him before making him lie on the floor while they searched the office.
The thieves stole a small amount of money from the hotel’s safe before getting away.
Police say all four of the men spoke with Asian accents and were around 5ft 5in tall. The men wore Halloween masks, long sleeved T-shirts, jeans and gloves.
Witnesses, or anyone with any information about this incident, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
A taxi driver was punched in the face after getting into an argument with three passengers in Northamptonshire.
The driver was assaulted between 5am and 5.15am on November 2 in Horse Market, Kettering.
The driver was struck in the face by one of the passengers, causing facial injuries.
The passenger in question is described as white and was wearing a light-coloured T-shirt.