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Westminster debate over A and E closure plans

Campaigners against closure

There will be a debate in Parliament today about the future of Accident and Emergency services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

It was announced last month that the A and E department in the town would close in favour of keeping emergency care at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.

The debate was secured by the Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney who says the proposal to close the Huddersfield department is completely the wrong decision and needs overturning.

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart has also voiced his support for the campaign to save the unit. The Mirfield born star says the closure would be a "grave mistake."


Calls to make IVF fairer and cheaper

There are calls to make IVF fairer and cheaper for couples in our region.

Laura and Chris Pye from Barnsley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Many hospital trust areas offer couples just one or two free cycles, saying they have other priorities.

Laura and Chris Pye from Barnsley had to fundraise for more chances to conceive - but still do not have a baby.

See the full report here from Helen Steel:

Sarah Norcross, from campaign group Fertility Fairness, spoke to Calendar about the IVF lottery in our region:

Sir Patrick Stewart backs campaign to save Huddersfield A&E

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart has tweeted his support for a campaign to save Huddersfield's A&E department. The Mirfield born star says the closure would be a "grave mistake."

The department's future is in doubt with plans being considered by the trust which runs hospitals in Huddersfield and Halifax.

It wants just one A&E department, which would be at Halifax not Huddersfield.

World first for Leeds hand transplant team

Surgeon Professor Simon Kay is to head a team at Leeds General Infirmary which is to run a national NHS hand transplant programme.

He performed the country's first hand transplant, on Halifax pub landlord Mark Cahill, in 2012. Four people are currently on a waiting list and Professor Kay says staff at Leeds are world leaders in this cutting-edge surgery.


Leeds scientists receive £100,000 grant to fund research into blood clots

Scientists at Leeds University have been awarded more than £100,000 by the British Heart Foundation Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Scientists at Leeds University have been awarded more than £100,000 by the British Heart Foundation to fund research into how to prevent life-threatening blood clots from forming.

Each year in the Yorkshire and Humber region around 10,000 people die after suffering from a heart attack or stroke, often caused by a blood clot forming in the arteries that lead to the heart or brain.

Blood clots are made from a mesh of fibres which traps blood cells and makes the clot hard to remove. The Leeds research team are aiming to find which proteins are best at making a blood clot less stable, and therefore easier to break down. If successful, the findings could be used to treat patients who are at high risk of a heart attack.

Dr Ramzi Ajjan, Associate Professor and Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Leeds, said:

"Currently, if a person develops a blood clot in the artery leading to the heart they require life-saving intervention that can involve physically removing the clot before the heart becomes irreparably damaged. However, we're hoping that eventually this research will enable us to target the fibrinogen of people at risk and prevent these clots from forming in the first instance."

– Dr Ramzi Ajjan

Campaigners fighting Huddersfield A&E closure to meet tonight

Campaigners have vowed to fight proposals to close Huddersfield A&E department Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Campaigners fighting against proposals to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary's Accident and Emergency Department will host their first public meeting tonight.

The event will take place at Huddersfield Methodist Mission at 7pm.

Around 1000 people attended a rally against the closure last weekend.

A public consultation on the proposals is expected to begin next month.

Lincoln Hospital 'norovirus-free'

The norovirus outbreak at Lincoln County Hospital has now been officially declared as over.

Although it is now over, norovirus continues to circulate in the community and the hospital is still experiencing a number of cases of patients admitted to the hospital who are incubating the infection.

The number of visitors per patient is limited to a maximum of two per bed, in all but exceptional circumstances. Children aged 5 years and under should not visit the hospital.

If you have norovirus symptoms or have had them in the past 72 hours, do not attend A&E or visit the hospital.

“It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff that we are able to declare this outbreak over. Many of them have gone above and beyond what is normally required of them to ensure disruption to the hospital is minimised and ensuring patient safety and care is not compromised.

“I’d like to thank the public too. In staying away from our wards and A&E they have helped us cope and keep disruptions to a minimum. But we still need their support. Visiting restrictions remain in place in order to limit the spread of the virus and to protect our vulnerable patients and our staff.”

– Michelle Rhodes, Director of Nursing for ULHT
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