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Four-year-old boy urges people to give blood over festive period

A four year old boy whose life was saved by blood donors, is calling on people to make a very special gift this Christmas time.

Joseph Mayman from Leeds is recovering from a rare form of childhood cancer, but his mum says he might not have been here to celebrate the festivities if people hadn't given blood.

Twelve thousand donations will be needed over Christmas and New year, but stock must be replenished if supply is to meet demand.

Victoria Whittam reports.

Mid Yorkshire NHS trust among the country's most complained about

The trust which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury Hospitals is one of the most complained-about in the country.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust received more than 1,400 complaints in a year which is the third highest number nationally.

A report out today by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman says most complaints are about poor communication, errors in diagnosis and poor treatment. The Mid Yorkshire Trust say they take every opportunity to improve the quality of the services they provide.

Chris Kiddey reports:


Family fears over NHS funding treatment for child with life-limiting condition

Sam Brown lives with a condition which affects his growth. The six year old is no bigger than a two-year-old old.

He has taken part in a clinical trial for a new drug which his parents say has made a massive difference to his life.

But the trial has now ended and his family fear that the treatment will be refused by the NHS when they decide next month whether to fund it.

Michael Billington reports:

We sympathise with any patient and family who await a decision on the authorisation of a drug or treatment and appreciate what a difficult time this must be. Decisions to fund treatments and drugs are made based on their effectiveness following clinical trials. NHS England awaits the decision to recommend Vimizim be funded by the NHS to treat Morquio which the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group will announce on December 15.

– NHS England in Yorkshire and the Humber spokesperson

Trading Standards warn about counterfeit 'Frozen' toys

Parents are being warned about dangerous counterfeit toys being sold on the back of the popular Disney film "Frozen".

Trading Standards have issued warnings about the counterfeit snap bracelets Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The snap bracelets, which wrap around the wrist, contain sharp strips of metal which could injure a child. Trading Standards officers became aware of the bracelets when a mother from Newark bought some online.

Official opening for Scunthorpe's refurbished intensive care unit

Scunthorpe hospital's newly refurbished intensive care unit is to be officially opened after a £559,425 facelift to provide new equipment and an improved environment for patients and staff. Work began on the unit in August 2014 and past patients are to officially open the unit on today. Work on the unit included new ceilings, flooring, a revamped medicine preparation area, a new isolation cubicle, as well as innovative ceiling pendants that house all of the medical gases, monitors, syringe pumps and other vital equipment at the patient bedside.

Our new look unit will provide a real benefit for our patients and staff. The new isolation cubicle will allow us to care for the most critically ill patients requiring ventilation such as those with infectious illnesses like TB or viral fevers. We usually have to transfer these patients to infectious disease units in other hospitals in the region.

– Amanda Holmes, ward sister for ICU


Yorkshire Ambulance thank staff for safe service during strike

NHS workers from 11 trade unions - including nurses, midwives and paramedics, staged a four hour walkout this morning.

Pickets were outside hospitals across the region from 7am including ones in Leeds, Lincoln and Bradford. The industrial action is over a pay dispute, and follows a strike involving thousands of workers last month.

Liz Furness from the Royal College of Midwives explained the importance of the strike.

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