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Hospital opens its doors for 'behind the scenes' tour

Hull Royal Infirmary is opening its doors for members of the public to get a behind the scenes look at what happens in a hospital.

Alongside a host of stands and exhibitions, guests will be invited to take part in food tasting, tour the hospital archive for a hidden slice of history, and experience what it's like to be at the heart of an emergency with a series of simulated A&E scenarios. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the service tunnels underneath Hull Royal Infirmary.

Hull Royal Infirmary
Hull Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News Calendar

We're giving visitors the opportunity to hear from a series of experts, both from within the Trust and respected national and international speakers, on some very topical subjects such as the healthcare implications of an increasing elderly population.

Whilst this is designed to be very much a feel-good event, we'll also be sharing information on the work we're doing to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our hospitals today, such as difficulties in recruiting, waiting times, and supporting people's ongoing recovery once they're discharged from hospital.

– Myles Howell, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals

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IVF hopes "could be dashed" because of local doctor's MP aspirations

Campaigners in York claim the hopes of childless couples wanting to have a baby could be being dashed because an influential local doctor wants to become an MP.

There was fury earlier this month after the NHS in the city refused to lift a ban on providing IVF treatment for women struggling to conceive. It said there simply wasn't enough money.

But now it has emerged one of the key health chiefs who is in favour of IVF in York did not vote at the crunch meeting because he wants to be a Labour MP in the area - and he thought there might be a conflict of interest. Kate Walby reports.

Pioneering health centre changing miners' lives in South Yorkshire

The lives of former pitmen with chronic chest complaints from years of working underground are being transformed by a pioneering centre in South Yorkshire.

The Breathing Space hub at Rotherham was set up as a pilot scheme six years ago at a cost of £11 million.

Today it is a thriving centre staffed by 60 nurses which is helping to improve the quality of life for many former miners and steelworkers.

David Hirst reports:

Rotherham Breathing Space hub a national model of care

Many former miners and steelworkers suffering from chest disease have seen their quality of life improved thanks to a pioneering centre.

The £11 million Breathing Space hub in Rotherham provides a dedicated service for ex-miners like Bill Goddard, who has chronic chest disease from the time he spent as a faceworker at Manvers pit in the Dearne Valley.

The centre has become a model of care and is a national pilot:

Yorkshire's smokers struggling to quit

New figures show almost a half of smokers who tried to quit using local health services in our region failed to give up the habit.

Almost 50,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire attempted to quit last year using NHS stop smoking clinics
Almost 50,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire attempted to quit last year using NHS stop smoking clinics Credit: Press Association

Almost 50,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire attempted to quit last year using NHS stop smoking clinics. Fifty-four per cent of them were successful, but more than 22,000 smokers slipped back into their old ways.

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Revolutionary treatment aids former miners' health

A revolutionary treatment centre in South Yorkshire set up to help former miners with breathing difficulties has been making strides into improving their health.

Former miner Bill Goddard gets advice from a nurse as he exercises at the Breathing Centre
Former miner Bill Goddard gets advice from a nurse as he exercises at the Breathing Centre

The Breathing Space centre has helped reduce reported cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis in the area to 30 per cent below the national average.

A report by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust found that former mining communities suffer worse health and social issues than the rest of the country, particularly relating to respiratory illnesses.

  • 11.7% of people living in the coalfields communities report long-term health problems, compared to 8.6% nationally
  • 8.4% of adults of working age in former mining towns and villages claim incapacity benefit, which is 2.2% higher than the national average
  • 7.9% - some 440,000 people - claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which is a staggering 50% higher than the GB average

Yorkshire ambulance workers call off strike

Yorkshire Ambulance workers have called off a planned strike over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Members of the trade union Unison were set to strike for six hours from 3pm to 9pm on Sunday in an ongoing row over working practices.

They were also due to work to rule continuously from just after midnight on Thursday.

But the strike was called off today after discussions between union leaders and ambulance service bosses.

Fatal chopper crash survivor claims new breathing system could have saved lives

A man from Hull who survived a helicopter crash off Shetland, which claimed the lives of four oilworkers believes a new emergency breathing system could have given those on board a better chance of survival.

The new equipment is being brought in after a Super Puma helicopter crashed into the sea in August last year. It came into use for the first time today on some flights to and from North sea oil installations. Ross Govans reports.

Woman left unable to walk by stroke will tackle Whitby's steps

A woman from York who was left unable to walk after a stroke will today climb Whitby's famous 199 steps.

After the stroke, five years ago, 51-year-old Jo Milan was only able to say three words: "yes", "no" and "nurse".

She spent a year in hospital, having physiotherapy and speech therapy, and is still recovering.

Now, she hopes to reach the top of Whitby's famous stairs to raise money for The Brooke, an animal welfare charity.

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