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Concern growing for the future of Alexandra Hospital

Those at the rally today said they were deeply concerned about the future of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire.

Hundreds marched through the streets to show support for the 'Save the Alex' campaign.

The future of the A&E department and maternity services are still uncertain.

Campaigners want to highlight how important the issue is to the local area and will be at the forefront of politicians minds after the election.

Lee Comley reports.

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Worcestershire CCG releases statement on 'Save the Alex' rally

We are aware of the rally taking place in Redditch in relation to proposed changes to hospital services.

The Worcestershire CCGs remain committed to commissioning safe and sustainable clinical services across Worcestershire’s three acute hospitals.

It is important that the NHS continues to listen to the public, and we hope to proceed to full public consultation on our plans later this summer.

– Spokesperson - Worcestershire clinical commissioning groups

Hundreds march through Redditch in support for the Alexandra Hospital

'Save the Alex' campaign wanted to highlight how important the issue is to the area. Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of people turned up to take part in a march through the streets of Redditch today to show their support for the Alexandra Hospital.

Three years on from the launch of a review looking into hospital services in Worcestershire, the future of the A&E department and maternity services at the hospital are still uncertain.

Campaigners said the rally would send a clear message to health chiefs and whoever is elected on May 7th, to make services at the hospital their first priority.

NHS ask people to choose services well over weekend

The NHS in Nottingham is asking people to choose their services correctly over the bank holiday weekend.

There are a range of services to choose from if you need healthcare Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

It's reminding people of the different ways they can get advice, support and treatment, with GP surgeries closed on bank holiday Monday.

  • Need help fast, but not a 999 emergency? Call 111. It's available 24 hours a day, and includes a full range of local health services, including doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists.
  • Minor illness or injury? Try a walk-in centre, where you can see an experienced nurse at either the London Road centre or the 8am-8pm Health Centre on Upper Parliament Street.
  • Need advice for minor health problems? Speak to your pharmacist for on-the-spot advice on a wide range of problems such as stomach upsets, coughs and colds.
  • Information is also available online via NHS Choices.
  • You should only call 999 or visit the Emergency Department (A&E) in a real emergency. This includes a serious injury or life-threatening problem.

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Funeral of Eloise Parry to take place

The funeral of Eloise Parry who died after taking suspected 'diet pills' will take place today.

Eloise Parry died after taking pills believed to contain a toxic substance Credit: West Mercia Police

The 21-year-old from Shrewsbury died on 12 April after taking the pills, which are believed to have contained the toxic substance dinitrophenol (DNP).

The formal cause of death has not been confirmed and an investigation is underway to establish where the tablets were bought and how they were advertised.

Eloise's family have requested their privacy be respected as they grieve following her death.

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