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Charity creates exercise 'prescription' toolkit for young heart patients

Sheffield boxer Tommy Frank meets Riley Platts and Dr Dominic Hares Credit: Heart Research UK

New research shows that young heart patients could be missing out on vital exercise because they are not always given clear guidance when leaving hospital on how active they can be. Now, Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK, has launched a Helping Little Hearts appeal to fund a “toolkit” that will give every young heart patient in the UK an exercise “prescription” showing how much activity their condition will allow. The pilot will also include consulting young heart patients and their families at hospitals in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster with the charity hoping to raise £100,000 to fund its roll out to patients across the UK.

Police appeal over serious sex assault

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to trace in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Leeds.

CCTV image of men police wants to speak to in connection with a serious sexual assault Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The 19-year-old victim had been at the University of Leeds Student Union on the evening of Friday, November 7.

In the early hours of Saturday, she became separated from her friends and met two men in the venue.

The three went to a house in the local area where she was subjected to a serious sexual assault.

CCTV image of man police want to speak to in connection with a serious sexual assault Credit: West Yorkshire Police

"We urgently need to identify these men and I would urge anyone who recognises them to contact us immediately."

– Det Con Tony Thewlis, Leeds District CID


West Yorks Police set up unit to tackle child sex expoiltation

West Yorkshire Police is to set up a dedicated team of officers to deal with child sexual exploitation.

The unit of twenty officers, costing £1.5m, will be embedded in the five policing areas across the county.

And in another development, hoteliers and guest house owners in Calderdale are being asked to play their part in the crackdown. Frazer Maude has this exclusive report.

7000 potential new bone marrow donors come forward in memory of Joel

Nearly 7000 potential donors have come forward in a campaign launched after the death of a six-year-old boy from Nottinghamshire. A donor match was found too late for Joel Picker Spence who lived near Newark, and died of leukaemia in 2008. The charity Anthony Nolan have described the results of the campaign in his name as "outstanding". Now six years after his death a special recruitment event is taking place in his memory, Victoria Whittam reports.

92% increase in number of operations cancelled on the day in Hull and East Yorkshire

Figures released today by Labour show Hull and East Yorkshire has one of the worst records in the country when it comes to the last minute cancellation of hospital operations. Patients in the area have seen a 92% increase in the number of operations cancelled on the day they were due to go ahead, compared with last year. The hospital trust said it was mindful of the huge impact such cancellations had on patients and their familes and was taking measures to see them significantly reduced.

Leeds hospital praised for prostate care

A report this week from the Royal College of Surgeons says four out of five hospitals treating prostate cancer don't have the most advanced radiotherapy - but one hospital in Leeds says it is confident it is providing some of the best treatment available.

Staff at St James' hospital in Leeds have also been making a bit of history today, as they carried out their 3000th Brachytherapy treatment for the disease .

Frazer Maude reports:


A&E departments under pressure

A third of patients of visiting one of our busiest A and E departments could be treated elsewhere, according to health bosses. They say some people are arriving in Accident and Emergency with colds, small cuts and sprains. A new campaign, backed by the television presenter Zoe Ball, is informing people that those with minor illnesses should go to their GP, use walk-in centres or pharmacies. Earlier today that was backed up when Rotherham Hospital asked potential patients to think carefully before they attended A&E as they were under "extreme pressure" due to the number of visits. Tom Savveedes reports.

Different faces, same genes: twins discover they share DNA during cancer treatment

Two women who didn't know they were identical twins have been able to share a liver in lifesaving treatment at St James' Hospital in Leeds.

Geraldine Rowing had liver failure after treatment for cancer and was on the waiting list, when tests showed she had the same DNA as her sibling Annemarie. The match means Geraldine won't need anti rejection drugs.

The pair, from Rothwell, say they always thought they had been quite different from each other:

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