Grace leads the way for Steve and Marina

100 mile drumming marathon for Grace

A couple from Baildon are setting off on a 100 mile drumming marathon to raise money for a little girl with a rare degenerative condtion.

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Air pollution. Is it set to improve?

Air pollution is forecast to be moderate to high over parts of our region and very high over parts of north-west Norfolk.

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Father killed himself after pleas for help were ignored

Alvan's daughter Kelly, Alvan and his wife Valerie

The family of a man with a history of depression who took his own life are considering suing the NHS after hearing his urgent treatment was delayed by communications errors within the health system.

Alvan Brown from Retford died in April last year having contacted health professionals 10 times in the previous two months - but no staff realised just how desperate he was.

Not enough nurses at Mid-Yorkshire hospitals say patients

The trust which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals has been placed among the worst in the country for patients feeling there aren't enough nurses.

Patients say there are not enough nurses at hospitalsPatients say there are not enough nurses at hospitals
Patients say there are not enough nurses at hospitals

The Care Quality Commission found more than half of patients who took part in a survey, felt there weren't enough nursing staff on duty.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust says most patients are happy with their care and £1.2m will be used to recruit more nurses.


Barnsley hospital welcome financial investigation

Health regulator Monitor has announced it will be looking into the finances of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Bosses at the Trust say they will be carrying out their own investigations, alongside those of Monitor, into the hospital's finances.

On 31 March 2014 the Trust declared a Serious Incident into financial irregularities at the Hospital. Supporting this, the Trust has also commenced both internal and external investigations into our how our finances have been managed. Monitor, our Regulator, has announced that it will be carrying out its own investigation into the Trust’s finances and also our performance against the national four-hour wait target. We will be working in partnership with Monitor and will be fully co-operating with its investigation.

The Trust would like to reassure patients that services are in no way affected by its financial position and patient care continues as normal.

– Barnsley Hospital spokesperson

Council warn of increase in scarlet fever

Medical professionals in York are warning residents of an increase in cases of scarlet fever.

Symptoms include a high temperature
Symptoms include a high temperature Credit: Press Association

City of York Council is urging parents to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever after Public Health England (PHE) has reported widespread increases of the disease.

A total of 868 notifications have been received in England in the last four weeks compared to 591 for the equivalent period last year.

Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease with around 90% of cases occurring in children under 10.

It is most common in children between the ages of two and eight, with four year olds most likely to develop the illness. Adults of all ages can also catch scarlet fever, but the diesease is much less common in adults.

*Symptoms include: *

Sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting

White coating on the tongue, which peels a few days later leaving the tongue looking red and swollen

Swollen glands in the neck

Fever over 38.3C or higher is common

Bicycle crash victim stands for first time

A teenager who suffered serious brain damage when his bicycle was hit by a van has stood for the first time since the accident.

Ryan Smith, who's 17 and from Chapel St Leonards in Lincolnshire, was left in a coma after deciding not to wear a helmet for fear it would ruin his hairstyle.

He's remained in hospital ever since but this weekend, with the help of medical staff he was back on his own two feet.

His dad shot this footage as he stood up:


Barnsley sun beds exceeding radiation limits

A check on Barnsley tanning salons has found a worrying amount of sunbeds emitting radiation levels over the legal limit.

Barnsley Council’s Regulatory Services and Public Health departments have completed a project with the aim of helping businesses to comply with the Sunbeds (Regulations) Act 2010 and to test actual radiation levels from their sunbeds using specialist equipment.

Regulatory Services officers visited all known sunbed businesses within the borough and offered advice and information about the levels of radiation emitted from their sunbeds, the potential effects of sunbed use on health and the importance of controlling sunbed use in compliance with legislation.

Sunbeds well above this level are blasting customers with rays that are only found in outer space. The levels found are literally out of this world. We expect all sunbed operators within Barnsley to ensure that they comply with the legislation and acceptable standards of safety.

– Cllr Roy Miller, Barnsley Council

Calderdale A&E concerns to be heard by Shadow Health Secretary

Doctors and patients in Halifax will get their chance to air their concerns about the possible closure of the town's A&E department to the Shadow Health Secretary later.

A care commissioning group has put forward the plans to save £50 million, but campaigners say it could put lives at risk.

The proposals include options to downgrade either Halifax or Huddersfield’s casualty service - but downgrading Calderdale Royal Hospital's service is the preferred option.

Health warnings issued over pollution

Health Agencies have issued health warnings after a rise in the level of air pollution across the region.

Public Health England say that most people will not be affected but some people with specific medical issues should be more careful.

Whilst most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with pre-existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.

On occasions where air pollution levels are high, adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion.

– Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber
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