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'Self Care Week' starts to encourage people to take control of their health

'Self Care Week' starts today Credit: ITV News Anglia

GPs from across the East are calling on people to look after themselves as part of Self Care week, which starts today.

The week aims to raise awareness of the ways people can take control of their own health, and educates the public about where to go for help and advice.

GPs at NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting Self Care Week 2015 which runs 16-22 November.

"Self care is about taking control of your own health and doing what you can to stay healthy. At this time of year it's extremely important that people in "at-risk" groups get their annual flu vaccination from their GP. Flu is often thought of as nothing more than a bad cold, however, if you are an older person, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant, the consequences of flu can be very serious, often resulting in an unwelcome hospital stay."

– Dr mark Shenton, GP, Chairman of NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group

Christmas crackdown on drunk drivers begins

Police drink drive campaign Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police across the eastern region are warning people to stay away from alcohol if they're driving. It's part of their push to crack down on drink driving ahead of the busy Christmas season.

The "where will you end up tonight?" campaign warns drivers they face a ban and a hefty fine if they're caught under the influence.

From now until the new year police officers will be out in force to target drink drivers.

"Over the past 50 years the number of road casualties caused by drink driving has fallen dramatically, however we are still seeing far too many. By drinking and driving you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road."

– Inspector Phil Bloor


Two die in crash on A140

The A140 was closed for several hours after a fatal crash Credit: PA

Two people have died after a crash between and lorry a car on the A140.

It happened just before 9pm last night near Yaxley.

The road was closed for several hours but reopened just after 7.30am.

Ex-Hurricane Kate brings heavy downpours, strong winds and unseasonably mild temperatures

It will be a wet and windy afternoon across the Anglia region as the remnants of Ex Hurricane Kate throw in extensive heavy rain for some. This band of wet weather will gradually sweep eastwards through the course of the day, with the chance of disruption and some surface flooding as the downpours fall on already saturated ground.

Credit: Met Office

It will be chilly for a time too, but warming up by the end of the day. In fact, overnight temperatures will be unseasonably mild for those staying out late. The tropical southwesterly air is also courtesy of Ex Hurricane Kate, resulting in minimum temperatures nearer the usual daytime temperatures for this time of year at 8-10C. It will slowly dry up in the south by this evening, with stubborn outbreaks of rain further north. Blustery for all though, with wind speeds nearing 40 mph, especially in exposed coastal spots.

The second half of the weekend brings somewhat drier conditions for most, although still with the risk of some soggy spells. Light, patchy rain and drizzle more the order of the day for Sunday as we sit nestled beneath a thick slice of cloud overhead. The gusty winds will ease a little but it remains remarkably mild for the middle of November with highs of 15C.

The new week brings further unsettled weather across the central region with another band of rain by Monday evening.


'Wise up to winter' campaign launched by ambulance service

The East of England Ambulance service is urging people to get "winter wise" in the coming months.

They've launched their "wise up for winter" campaign, aimed at educating people about ill health, road safety and using NHS services in the safest way possible.

"Last winter, we responded to 263,750 patients, hundreds of whom may be equally or even more vulnerable this year if their health has deteriorated. We urge people to reduce the chances that they will need to call us and above all choose the right service for their needs - be that 111, your GP, a minor injuries unit or pharmacist."

– Sandy Brown, Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality for EEAST

People can access advice at

Old and young gather to pay their respects

Pupils pay their respects. Credit: Tendring District Council

Armistice Day was marked outside Clacton Town Hall today by a large gathering of more than 350 people.

Tendring District Councillors, staff, schoolchildren, shoppers and residents stood side by side with members of the Royal British Legion and veterans.

Veterans pay their respects. Credit: Tendring District Council
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