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A&E at Heartlands Hospital under 'extreme pressure'

Bosses at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham announced overnight its Accident & Emergency is under extreme pressure.

People are being urged to only go if they have an 'acute urgent illness'. Patients are asked to use walk-in centres, local pharmacies or the NHS 111 number instead.

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Desmond D'Mello: 4,000 patients provide blood samples following dentist hygiene concern

Desmond D'Mello was suspended over serious hygiene concerns Credit: ITV News

More than 4,000 people have given blood samples at a Nottingham clinic since serious hygiene concerns were raised about a dentist in the city.

More than 22,000 patients were recalled for tests by NHS England after Desmond D'Mello was suspended from his practice.

D'Mello, who worked at Daybrook Dental Practice for 32 years, allegedly failed to wash his hands and change gloves when treating different patients.

Police are still investigating whether Amy Duffield, 23, died because of care she received from the dentist.

2,800 people have been offered advice by phone.

Read: help line and walk-in clinic set up for D'Mello patients

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Health regulator takes further action to improve A&E services Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust

Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

The health regulator Monitor is taking further action to improve accident and emergency services at the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust.

It has appointed one of its officers to work alongside new leadership at the trust to ensure improvements are made.

Monitor has acted after the trust consistently failed to meet the national target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within four hours.

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Internet sensation premature baby celebrates birthday

The parents of a girl from the Black Country who was born three and a half months prematurely have been celebrating their daughter's first birthday.

Daisy-Mae Little faced a range of health problems as she fought for her life during her first few weeks - but now, a year on, her parents will be celebrating their first proper Christmas at home. Lee Comley reports.

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Christmas Ball in memory of cancer boy Ethan

A Lincolnshire-based children's charity is hosting a festive event this evening in memory of a young boy who lost his battle to cancer earlier this year.

Ethan Maul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Ethan Maull 'Up Yours To Cancer' Foundation will stage its annual Black and White Christmas Ball tonight at Jocasta's in Lincoln.

The charity ball is in memory of ten-year-old Ethan, who passed away on 5th May 2014 after losing his battle against cancer.

Ethan and his family, who live in Torksey near Lincoln, set up the foundation in 2013 to help raise awareness of osteosarcoma after he was diagnosed with the rare form of children's bone cancer in December 2012.

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More NHS 'heroes' join Ebola fight in Sierra Leone

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A second wave of NHS 'heroes' are due to arrive in Sierra Leone today to help tackle the deadly Ebola outbreak.

The 25 doctors, nurses and other medical staff from across the UK will join 30 NHS volunteers who flew out last month.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: "These NHS heroes will play a vital role in our efforts to take this disease on at source."

The volunteers have had five days of intensive training in Worcestershire before travelling to Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

After arriving they will complete further in-country training and acclimatisation, including at the British-built treatment centres where they will be working.

Staff nurse Hannah McReynolds, from Leicester, said: "As soon as I heard NHS staff were volunteering I didn't hesitate to apply.

"I feel privileged to have been selected to be part of this team. This is a global issue and I am proud of my colleagues who have volunteered and want to encourage others to do so."

Norovirus: Wards closed to visitors at Warwick Hospital

An outbreak of Norovirus has closed two wards to visitors at Warwick Hospital Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An outbreak of Norovirus has closed two wards to visitors at Warwick Hospital.

All other wards are subject to visiting restrictions, as staff try to control the highly contagious infection.

Nobody may visit Squire Ward or Nicholas Ward, and other wards are only open to friends and family between 13:30 and 15:30 and 17:30 and 19:30. The following departments are exempt from these new rules: maternity, paediatrics and ITU.

Police launch campaign to make Stafford safer at night

A campaign to keep people safe on a night out in Stafford is being launched today.

Police will be giving out booklets about guidelines for alcohol units. Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

As part of the 'Be Aware, Be Safe' campaign booklets designed to fit into wallets and purses will be handed out, giving information on taxi rank locations and alcohol unit guidelines.

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