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Suspected case of Ebola in Northamptonshire

Northampton General Hospital has confirmed a patient has been admitted with a suspected case of Ebola Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Northampton General Hospital has confirmed a patient has been admitted with a suspected case of Ebola.

Tests are being carried out on a woman who has recently travelled abroad.

Staff at the hospital say they have isolated the patient and are confident they've taken all necessary precautions and they have stressed there is no risk to the public.

Initiative to encourage takeaways to sell healthier food

The HOT scheme aims to encourage takeaways to sell healthier food Credit: PA

A scheme to encourage takeaway food outlets to sell healthier food is being launched in Nottinghamshire today.

The Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) scheme will accredit takeaways in the county that take positive steps in how they prepare, cook and promote their food.

Qualifying outlets will be able to display HOT branding in their premises to let customers know they are offering healthier options.

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Public's views wanted on Foundation Trust ahead of inspection

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals is asking people for their thoughts of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust, which runs the new and existing Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Selly Oak Hospital, is being inspected later this month.

A general view of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The public's views will help the panel decide what to look at.

The findings will be published later this year.

Nottingham MPs call for summit on hospital crisis

The trust which runs hospitals in Nottingham says it struggling to cope Credit: PA

Nottingham's three MPs are calling for an emergency summit over the crisis in the city's hospitals.

Earlier this week the trust which runs them said it was struggling to cope with demand.

Graham Allen, Lilian Greenwood and Chris Leslie have written a joint letter to the trust's Chief Executive.

Read more: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust struggling to cope with demand

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Walsall Manor Hospital latest to declare 'major incident'

Walsall Manor Hospital Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Officials at Walsall Manor Hospital say they plan to open a new 30 bed ward to try to ease pressure on patients and staff.

The hospital is the latest in the West Midlands to declare a major incident after a surge in emergency admissions.

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What is a 'major incident' and what does it mean for patients?

Several hospitals across England have declared 'major incidents' this week, but what does that mean and what cases them?

As more hospitals close what is a 'major incident'? Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

A major incident is usually declared after a big industrial or traffic accident or emergency, or a severe regional flu outbreak and usually happens in the winter when hospitals are already under strain.

Declaring a major incident allows hospital bosses to to call in extra staff and get staff to work more overtime.

However the main impact for patients is that a major incident allows a hospital to close its doors to all but the most acute cases.

In some extreme situations a hospital can close its A&E department completely - effectively closing the hospital, but this is rare.

More usually routine scheduled operations will be cancelled to free up beds and staff to deal with the influx of patients.

Different Hospital Trusts will have different criteria for declaring a major incident and may have different plans to deal with a surge in demand.

Ambulance control: 50% of calls aren't emergencies

East Midlands Ambulance Service says its control centre is getting one call every 20 seconds, but 50 percent are not emergencies.

It's as a number of hospitals in the region have declared 'Major incidents' because of the numbers of people visiting Accident & Emergency.

Speaking to ITV News this morning, emergency medical dispatcher Jodie Baxter said she has received abuse from people calling 999.

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