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Queen to present posthumous Stephen Sutton honour

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The mother of remarkable teenage cancer hero Stephen Sutton will collect his posthumous MBE from the Queen later today.

Jane Sutton will collect the posthumous honour from Buckingham Palace on behalf of her son, who died in May following a four-year struggle against bowel cancer.

The 19-year-old, who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 15, raised more than £5 million for charity and became a household name as he approached his disease with good humour and stoicism, with his trademark thumbs-up sign a symbol of his positive attitude.

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Girl, 6, launches new WellChild nurse for East Midlands

A six-year-old girl who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy is helping children's charity WellChild to launch the first WellChild Children's Nurse in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Maddison Sherwood requires 24/7 support and breathes with the help of a ventilator.

Maddison Sherwood, from Nottingham, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Credit: ITV News Central

This week is the official launch of the post of WellChild Long Term Ventilation Nurse Specialist. Rachel Gregory will be providing support and training to families to enable children from across the area to leave hospital and receive the care and treatment they need at home.

The WellChild Nurses' programme was established to address a clear gap in the provision of care and support for sick children with long-term serious illness and complex conditions. It can be more cost efficient to care for a child at home than in hospital.

WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, is funding this new post at Nottingham Children's Hospital to support children like Maddison, whose long term and complex health problems mean they need medical support to breathe.

In the last 10 years there has been a 1,000 per cent increase in the number of children in Nottinghamshire who are reliant on ventilation to survive.

WellChild responded when Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust reached out for funding for a WellChild Children's Nurse to join their team.

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Firework Code: How to stay safe on bonfire night

Top tips on how to stay safe on bonfire night. Credit: ITV News Central
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  • Keep fireworks in a dry and safe place away from children
  • Read and follow instructions on the box
  • Light fireworks at arms length and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets
  • Direct them away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure all fire is out before leaving an area

Highest number of firework injuries happen at family parties

Highest number of firework injuries happen at family parties. Credit: ITV News Central

Research suggests the highest number of firework related injuries happen at family parties.

This week, retailers selling fireworks will get a visit from Derbyshire council inspectors this week to check they are storing them correctly.

Derby City Council say you should only buy fireworks from reputable outlets and avoid unregulated sellers at car boot sales or on social media.

Health chiefs in Leicester welcome robotic surgeon

Senior doctors in Leicester have welcomed the launch of a new £2 million surgical robot, which they say will improve treatment for patients who need operations.

Consultant gynaecological oncologist Esther Moss said the robots could be much more precise than a human doctor.

We are very excited to launch our new robotic programme. Robotic surgery provides a level of surgical dexterity, which cannot be achieved by standard keyhole surgery.

It will enable many patients to have keyhole surgery who are not suitable for standard surgery, thereby enabling them to have the associated benefits, especially shorter recovery time.

– Esther Moss, consultant gynaecological oncologist

Sanjay Chaudhri, consultant colorectal surgeon, said it was hoped the new treatment would help attract world class surgeons to the hospitals.

We are the one of the largest colorectal units in England and treat over 500 patients with colorectal cancer every year.

The robot will allow us to offer keyhole surgery to patients with rectal cancer with improved surgical outcomes.

– Sanjay Chaudhri, consultant colorectal surgeon

New £2m 'Robot Surgeon' to launch at Leicester hospitals

A £2 million new surgical robot will launch at Leicester General Hospital today, with potential benefits to patients suffering a range of conditions needing surgery.

The robot will launch at Leicester's hospitals today Credit: PA

The robot will be able to conduct operations for a variety of cancers through both open and keyhole surgery, and is designed to help improve patients' recovery time with a lower chance of complications, less post-operative pain and reduced blood loss.

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