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Wards in Nottinghamshire could close under proposed changes to mental health services

A number of wards in Nottinghamshire could close under proposed changes to mental health services in the county.

Under the plans two wards at Queens Medical Centre, Enright Close Rehabilitation Unit in Newark and two more wards at Nottingham City Hospital could close.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare says it will concentrate on improving services for people in their own homes including a 24/7 home treatment service for adults.

The consultation process into the changes lasts for six weeks.

Revive liver transplant a 'significant achievement'

Mr Thamara Perera, a liver transplant surgeon, has called a pioneering new procedure which could change the future of organ transplantation a 'significant achievement'.

It comes after a patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham became the first person in the world to have a liver transplant where a machine was to resuscitate a donated liver which would previously have been discarded.

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First of a kind liver transplant patient 'very happy'

A patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has become the first person in the world to have a liver transplant using a pioneering new procedure which could change the future of organ transplantation. Surgeons used a machine to resuscitate a donated liver which would previously have been discarded.

Satpal Mahal, who is from Walsall, had cirrhosis of the liver. He is now the first person in the world to have a liver transplant using what has been dubbed as the warm blood machine.

NHS campaign group march to Mansfield

A group of mums who are fighting to save the NHS are marching from Chesterfield to Mansfield today.

The women are joined by hundreds of supporters, and they are following the route of the 1936 Jarrow March.

The group want to see a repeal of the Health and Social Care Act, and want to halt the privatisation of the NHS.

'Save Our NHS' march arrives in Nottinghamshire

Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield
Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A three hundred mile protest march by campaigners fighting to save the future of the NHS arrives in Nottinghamshire today.

More than 35 women supported by hundreds of followers set off from the North East earlier this month on the route of the 1936 Jarrow March.

Today, the '999 Save Our NHS' march arrives in Mansfield. The group aims to protect the health service from privatisation and to keep it safe for future generations.

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'Rat droppings' and 'dead flies' in some fake cigarettes

Trading Standards officers say fake cigarettes are damaging the health and wealth of communities across the Midlands.

They have been at Coalville Market in Leicestershire to warn shoppers about some of the ingredients that counterfeiters put into their products.

Officers also say the illegal trade is putting reputable traders out of business, as well as being highly dangerous to smokers.

READ: Warnings over dangers of counterfeit cigarettes

READ: Birmingham worst city in UK for fake cigarettes

Birmingham worst city in UK for fake cigarettes

Birmingham has been branded the worst city in the UK for illicit cigarette sales
Birmingham has been branded the worst city in the UK for illicit cigarette sales Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Birmingham has been branded the worst city in the UK for illicit cigarette sales.

120 packs were sold to undercover investigators from 48 shops in just three days.

The test purchasers, who were working on behalf of one of the world's largest tobacco companies, were able to buy the cut-price products all over the city - including from a pet shop.

Beware of fake cigarettes containing arsenic, mould and rat droppings, say Trading Standards

Trading Standards warn about fake cigarettes
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Counterfeit cigarettes can contain arsenic, mould and rat droppings - according to Trading Standards in Leicester. These ingredients have been found in cigarettes they've seized.

They're warning about the dangers today with a live demonstration in Coalville, as they create cigarettes using some of the lethal ingredients tests have detected.

"Often the raw tobacco inside is mixed with potentially deadly chemicals and waste products. You wouldn't eat anything with rat droppings in it - so why would you smoke it?"

– Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for Trading Standards, Joe Orson

Trading Standards say the trade in illegal tobacco is used to fund organised crime gangs, and undercuts legitimate businesses, as well as endangering the health of those who buy them.

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