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Worcestershire health service consultation to close

The consultation into Worcestershire health services will close today
The consultation into Worcestershire health services will close today Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The consultation into the future of health services in Worcestershire closes today.

Plans include closing the walk-in element of Worcester's Walk-in Health Centre and developing Urgent Care Centres where hospital doctors and GPs will work side-by-side.

The deadline was extended by three weeks.



Advice for asthma sufferers as pollution levels rise

Asthma UK has issued advice for sufferers as pollution levels are set to hit "high" and "very high" levels in parts of the country.

The charity urges asthma sufferers to check the air pollution forecast for their area on the Defra website and if levels are high:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise outside
  • Avoid visiting congested areas, particularly in the afternoon
  • Keep on top of asthma symptoms with an asthma action plan
  • Have your reliever inhaler with you at all times

If you think that you may be having an asthma attack, take one to two puffs of your reliever inhaler (usually blue), immediately.

Sit down and try to take slow, steady breaths - if you do not feel any better, take another two puffs of the reliever inhaler every two minutes, up to ten puffs.

For more information visit the Asthma UK website

Man starts 24-hour charity climb in memory of father

Chris Byrne, from Leicester, has been taking part in a 24-hour challenge to climb the height of Mount Everest.

Chris started the gruelling challenge last night, in memory of his father, who died of bowel cancer last month Credit: ITV News Central
Chris has climbed over eight and a half thousand metres, which is the equivalent of around two-thousand double-decker buses Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester man climbing height of Mount Everest in 24 hours

Chris Byrne is taking part in the climb Credit: Chris Byrne

A man from Leicester is currently taking part in a 24-hour charity climb of the height of Mount Everest.

Chris Byrne is doing the climb in memory of his father who died from bowel cancer last month.

The climb is the equivalent of 8848 metres, 5.5 miles or just over 2000 double decker buses.



Mum says deaf daughter 'took a big chance' on implant

The mother of a woman who has heard sound for the first time after getting a cochlear implant has told ITV News she was "worried for a month" about her daughter's operation.

Ann Milne, who filmed her daughter hearing for the first time, told ITV News Joanne had taken a "big chance" by going ahead with the procedure.

If the operation had failed, Joanne would not have been able to use her old hearing aids again


Deaf woman 'couldn't believe the sound of hairspray'

A woman who recently heard sound for the first time has told ITV News she "could not believe" the noise from everyday objects such as her hairspray.

Joanne Milne, who was born deaf, said she was planning to "enjoy every sound" now that she can hear for the first time in almost 40 years.

Read: Deaf woman: 'Amazing' to hear for the first time in 40 years


Deaf woman thanks readers for 'wonderful comments'

A deaf woman, who appeared in an emotional video which showed her hearing for the first time, has thanked ITV News' Facebook followers for their "wonderful comments" on the social networking site.

Watch: Deaf woman given hearing after 39 years of silence

A video captured the first time Joanne Milne heard a sound. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Commenting on ITV News' Facebook page, Joanne Milne wrote: "Wonderful're making me cry again! Thanks everyone...I'm still on my emotional rollercoaster!"

Watch: Deaf woman tells ITV 'it's amazing' to hear for first time

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