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Papworth Hospital has a new chairman

Professor John Wallwork.

Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire has a new chairman. Professor John Wallwork has been at the forefront of transplant surgery and research at the trust for the past 30 years.

He performed the world's first-ever heart-lung and liver transplant. He say he's looking forward to overseeing the hospital's move into its new Cambridge site in 2017.

Landmark reached for pioneering operation

A pioneering heart-lung surgery which has saved hundreds of lives has reached a landmark.

The complex procedure to remove lung clots and involves chilling the body and draining it of blood.

There are only five centres in the world that can carry out the procedure. One of them is Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire - where 1000 patients have now benefitted from the surgery.


NHS: Friends and family test results

It has been described as a "TripAdvisor" for the NHS where patients have been able to rate their care for the very first time.

Patients at every hospital in England were asked whether they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated there.

Papworth Hospital in Cambridge achieved some of the highest satisfaction scores in the country while Basildon Hospital in Essex had some of the lowest.

In a statement Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust, says they are introducing new ways to ensure they are listening to and understanding patient feedback, including the introduction of patient listening events.

The Friends and Family Test is a single question survey which asks patients whether they would recommend the NHS service they have received to friends and family who need similar treatment or care.

If you want to find out how your hospital was rated click here.


Swine flu jab could have prevented sleep

Researchers at Papworth and Addenbrookes hospitals in Cambridgeshire have discovered that a swine flu jab which was given to hundreds of thousands of children carried an increased risk of developing the sleep disorder narcolepsy.

Working with the Health Protection Agency they found that one child in 55,000 given Pandermix developed the condition. The vaccine was used during the swine flu outbreak that began in 2009.

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