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Homecoming for Ryan Smith

A Lincolnshire teenager who suffered severe head injuries after being knocked off his bike last year will move back into his now specially adapted home today.

Ryan Smith: on the road to recovery
Ryan Smith: on the road to recovery Credit: Calendar news

Ryan Smith, from Chapel St Leonards near Skegness, was originally given little chance to live after he was left in a coma for four months. It's now 13 months since the 17-year-old was knocked off his bike on his way to work.

His father, Mark, was told that it was unlikely he would survive. But Ryan has been undergoing therapy at the Children's Trust Tadworth rehabilitation unit in Surrey - where he's made remarkable progress, so much so that he's able to go home today.

Humberside police launch seatbelt campaign

Humberside Police begin a month-long seat belt campaign today. Officers say only 85% of front seat passengers and 50% of rear seat passengers comply with the seatbelt laws - and that 370 deaths and 7000 serious injuries could be prevented on the roads each year.

Campaign will run all month
Campaign will run all month Credit: PA

The campaign will focus on educating people around the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt and making sure that children have the correct restraints in place, when travelling in a vehicle.

Officers from across the force will enforcing the campaign at a number of locations during the month of September.

If compliance rates can be increased, the severity of injury in the event of a road collision can be reduced dramatically. By raising awareness it is hoped to increase seat belt wearing compliance levels through enforcement, education and encouragement. A driver is responsible for him/herself and for any passenger under the age of 14 years. Officers from Humberside Police Roads Policing Team will be increasing high visibility policing activity with a view to not only disrupting, preventing and detecting criminal activity but also to reduce road collisions and casualties, particularly those involving death and serious injury."

– Casualty Reduction Roads Policing Officer, PC Barry Gardner,


Dr Kate takes to the skies for Yorkshire Cancer Centre

Kate Granger is taking to the skies today - as the terminally ill doctor continues her incredible fund-raising campaign for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

Dr Granger is facing her fear of heights and doing a sky dive at Bridlington to raise money for the centre. The dive was rescheduled from earlier this month due to strong winds.

Dr Kate Granger
Dr Kate Granger Credit: Calendar news

In the three years since she was diagnosed, Kate and her husband, Chris have already raised more than £124,000 - a big proportion of the funds coming from the sales of her books "The Other Side "and "The Bright Side" in which she campaigns for terminally ill patients to be treated with more compassion. On the back of this she also launched her "My Name IS" campaign.

I am petrified of heights so this is a massive personal challenge for me, but one that I am hugely excited about. The skydive itself has been extremely kindly donated by Sara at GB Skydive in Bridlington so we can maximise the funds we raise for the YCC. Chris and my family will be cheering me on from the comfort of the ground.

– Dr Kate Granger

Two wards close at Scunthorpe Hospital due to vomiting bug

Two wards have been closed at Scunthorpe General Hospital after an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Scunthorpe General Hospital close two wards after outbreak of vomitting
Scunthorpe General Hospital close two wards after outbreak of vomitting Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Ward 16 at the hospital has been closed since Tuesday and Ward 17 closed on Thursday. Both wards will remain closed to admissions until the infection prevention and control team decide no further cases are likely.

Diabetes trials hailed a potential cure

On Calendar yesterday, we told you about teenager Laura Dunion, who's involved in world-leading research for type 1 diabetes.

The lifelong condition stops the pancreas producing insulin, thereby affecting vital blood glucose levels.

Laura, who's from West Yorkshire, has been carrying out overnight trials of what is akin to an artificial pancreas - in the form of a computer programme.

As Tina Gelder now reports, the results have been hailed as a potential technological cure for the illness.

And to see the first of Tina's two special reports, click here

Yorkshire ambulance staff to strike

Ambulance staff in Yorkshire will strike later today in a long-running dispute over working conditions and safety issues.

Ambulance staff to strike
Ambulance staff to strike Credit: PA

Members of Unite will walk out for six hours from 3pm - the union has accused the local NHS Trust of refusing to hold talks at the conciliation service Acas. The trust says the strike's without any concessions for the most seriously ill and injured patients.


Yorkshire teen has pioneering diabetes treatment

A teenager from West Yorkshire is playing her part in making medical history. Laura Dunion has type 1 diabetes - an auto-immune condition.

It means that extreme highs and lows of blood glucose levels are a constant threat to sufferers - particularly when they're asleep.

Laura, who lives near Leeds, is testing what's been described as an artificial pancreas.

In the first of two reports, Tina Gelder looks at how the illness is affecting Laura's life.

Hospital illness spreads to second ward

Staff are working hard to control an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting on wards 16 and 17 at Scunthorpe hospital.

Hospital illness spreads to second ward
Hospital illness spreads to second ward

The illness struck first on ward 17 on Tuesday.

As a result of patients and staff affected on these wards, both have been closed to admissions. Visitors who have been suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

Read: Ward closes at Scunthorpe Hospital after vomiting outbreak

Uniform shops tailor-make clothes for obese children

New fears around childhood obesity have been raised as school uniform shops reveal they are now having to tailor-make clothes to fit larger children.

Figures from Public Health England show almost a quarter of pupils starting primary school in Leeds, Barnsley and Wakefield are now overweight or obese.

Over a third will be overweight by the time they leave primary school.

Brad Robertson from Rawcliffes Schoolwear says they are often asked for larger sizes:

Huddersfield bowlers lose appeal for new facilities

Indoor bowls has been removed from the plans for a new leisure centre in Huddersfield.

Plans for the new leisure centre in Huddersfield
Plans for the new leisure centre in Huddersfield Credit: Kirklees Council

Cabinet members discussed the issue after the decision not to include bowls was referred back by scrutiny councillors.

Councillors have agreed to meet bowlers to discuss future provision for their sport.

In a statement, Kirklees Council said Council Leader Cllr David Sheard listened to bowlers, but said that the financial case did not stack up.

They say he agreed to continue to meet with bowlers alongside Cabinet colleagues to discuss where and how flat green bowling can be provided once the current sports centre is closed.

Read: No bowls in Huddersfield

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