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Norfolk: Inquest hears how woman died 48 hours after varicose veins operation

Nicola Tweedy.

An inquest's been hearing how a classroom assistant from Norfolk died 48 hours after undergoing an operation for varicose veins.

54-year-old Nicola Tweedy from Pulham Market near Norwich suffered a pulmonary embolism as a result of the surgery.

Her family claim medical staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital failed to recognise that because of her obesity she was at risk of her blood clotting.

Her husband Chris told the inquest he didn't think she was fit to be discharged from hospital after the operation on March 27 last year.

She was slurring her speech. He was adamant that no advice was given to them about deep vein thrombosis.

Two days later, her son Alex found her lifeless in a chair.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate her but it was too late.

Robert Brightwell, a consultant vascular surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, said that Mrs Tweedy was warned about the risks of surgery; that it can lead to deep vein thrombosis which can cause an embolism.

One in 10,000 cases are fatal. He couldn't recall whether she'd been told her obesity made her more of a risk.

Mr Brightwell admitted there had been two attempts to carry out a thrombosis risk assessment on Mrs Tweedy but it wasn't completed.

Mrs Tweedy's husband said she'd wanted Mr Brightwell to carry out the operation because she liked him and trusted him.

Instead it was carried out by his assistant, although Mr Brightwell was present for most of the surgery, which lasted more than an hour.

Nurse Susan Brown accepted it was an oversight on her part that a checklist hadn't been completed on the patient's discharge notes.

Professor Gerard Stansby from Newcastle Hospital carried out an independent report following Mrs Tweedy's death.

In a statement, he said more training was required at the Norfolk and Norwich to prevent the idea that monitoring for deep vein thrombosis is just a tick box exercise.

The inquest continues.


Norwich and Cambridge to benefit from major cycling investment

The Government is ploughing almost £15 million into improving cycle routes in two of the region's major city centres.

Cambridge is to get £6 million, while Norwich will receive almost £8.5 million.

They're among eight cities across the country benefitting from the "Cycle Ambition" scheme designed to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Van and school minibus involved in Norwich crash

The crash happened near the city's airport this afternoon, just south of Horsford on the B1149 Holt Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A van and a school minibus have crashed, blocking a road out of Norwich.

The crash happened near the city's airport this afternoon, just south of Horsford on the B1149 Holt Road .

There were thought to be about ten children on the minibus.

None are believed to have been hurt.

Three-day-old puppies dumped under a car in Norwich

A box of baby bull breed dogs were dumped under a car in Norwich. Credit: RSPCA.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a box of three-day-old puppies were left under a car in Norwich.

One of them was already dead while the remaining five baby bull breed dogs were extremely unwell.

They all had cleft palates and hairlips which made it difficult for them to feed and were suffering with pneumonia. One puppy was missing its tail.

They have since all been put to sleep.

The animals were found underneath a black Ford Fiesta in a car park in the St Crispin's area of Norwich on Wednesday January 25.

“These poor little things had been just dumped very dangerously underneath a car.

"Thank goodness the owner of the car noticed them and took them home before calling us.

"It seems likely that these little puppies were dumped because they had medical problems and the owner didn’t want to pay for a vet - which is such a callous way to treat little animals which were already suffering.”

– Laura Sayer, RSPCA inspector.

The car owner believes the puppies would have been dumped between 3.15pm and 4pm.

The puppies were in such poor health, a vet decided the kindest thing to do would be to put them to sleep.

Report says region's prisons overcrowded

Norwich Prison Credit: ITV Anglia

Some of the most overcrowded prisons in England and Wales are right here in our region, according to prison reform campaigners. The Howard League for Penal Reform analysed data from the Ministry of Justice. It shows the HMP Prisons in Norwich and Chelsmford are over capacity by around 100 prisoners each.


New cash to ease cyclists' journeys in Cambridge and Norwich

A cyclist in Cambridge Credit: ITV Anglia

Two of the region's cities are to get millions to improve life for cyclists.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a £6 million investment in cycling in Cambridge - to make it easier and safer for people to cycle in the city. The money will go toward plans to build a new bridge over the River Cam, as well as more segregated routes for cyclists.

Norwich will get £8.4m to make more improvements to cycle routes across the city.

Two cycle routes that cross the city centre will benefit from the grant - the yellow pedalway between Norwich International Airport and Lakenham and the blue pedalway from Sprowston to Wymondham.

Theatre forced to cancel performances

The Theatre Royal in Norwich has had to cancel both today's performances of political drama The Absence of War after the lead actor fell ill.

The shows at 2.30pm and 7.30pm have been called off due to the illness of actor Reece Dinsdale. The theatre is trying to contact all ticket holders who'll get a refund.

Reece Dinsdale and the cast Credit: Theatre Royal Norwich
Reece Dinsdale Credit: The Absence of War

A birthday present for Ed Balls - from David Cameron

Ed Balls in the Commons today

Five days to go now until Norwich play Ipswich in the East Anglian derby, and among the celebrity fans bound to be at Carrow Road on Sunday is Shadow Chancellor and Norwich supporter, Ed Balls.

It's Mr Balls' birthday today, and he was given a football related gift from David Cameron at Prime Ministers' Question Time - albeit one he can't unwrap for a little while yet...

Listen to their exchange in the Commons:

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