Babies across the region are now being offered vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis & septicaemia for the first time in the UK. All children born after May 1st are being offered jabs for the B strain of the illness as part of routine injections available on the NHS.
It's the start of Meningitis Awareness Week, and today mothers and their children at the National Childbirth Trust's Mums and Bumps group in Stafford gave their reaction to being able to have the vaccinations for free.
But one mum is advising parents to look out for the symptoms after her 1- year-old caught one of the rarest strains of the illness, which led to his leg and fingers being amputated. Chris Halpin reports.
Babies across the region are now being offered vaccinations against meningococcal meningitis & scepticemia for the first time in the UK.Read the full story ›
More than one million people in the Midlands are putting their health and finances at risk by not getting gas appliances safety checked.Read the full story ›
Women with Crohn's disease stripped down to their lingerie for a calendar to try to help others overcome embarrassment about stoma bags.Read the full story ›
Children under five living in the West Midlands are said to be more likely at risk from childhood obesity and hospital admissions.Read the full story ›
Patients are more likely to die if admitted to NHS hospitals on weekends, a new report claims.Read the full story ›
A teenager from Gloucester who hopes to have a full sex change from woman to man has spoken of how he plans to freeze his eggs in order to have biological children.
In his first television interview, 16-year-old Riley Middlemore told ITV News there are times he wished he hadn't been born transgender but is determined to complete the journey.
What help is out there for advice on gender reassignment?
There are a range helplines available for people seeking advice on gender reassignment. They include:
Information on teenagers and gender identity, parental worries, and young people’s mental health issues.
Offers help to children and young people (up to the age of 18) and their families who are experiencing difficulties in the development of their gender identity. This includes children who are unhappy with their biological sex.
The Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues.
Parents' information service gives advice to parents or carers who may be concerned about the mental health or emotional well being of a child or young person.
A transgender teen from Gloucester has told ITV News how he plans to freeze his eggs before his sex change in order to have children.Read the full story ›
A woman given six months to live and told her to plan her funeral says she was called back to hospital and told it was a mistake.Read the full story ›