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Showers banned after hospital Legionella bacteria alert

The Legionella bacteria has been found on two wards at Leicester General Hospital Credit: PA

Showers have been banned and bottled drinking water provided on two wards at the Leicester General Hospital, after a potentially lethal bug was found in the water supply.

Legionella bacteria on a petri dish of charcoal Credit: PA

The hospital says that routine testing of the water supply has shown that higher than normal levels of Legionella bacteria were present on wards 28 and 29, triggering its safety plan.

The potentially lethal bug can cause a form of pneumonia called Legionnaires.

Ten-year-old heads to London for vital operation

A ten-year-old boy from Staffordshire who has cerebral palsy is heading to London this week for a vital operation to help him walk without pain.

The operation will help nine-year-old Ben Baddeley walk without pain
The operation will help nine-year-old Ben Baddeley walk without pain Credit: ITV News Central

Ben Baddeley was refused the surgery by the NHS due to funding cuts, but thanks to donations from members of the public, his family have been able to pay for it themselves.

They're still fundraising for his aftercare.


Mesothelioma families hold minute's silence for victims

Families of those who have suffered from mesothelioma hold a minute's silence Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News

Campaigners at an event in Birmingham signing a pledge to try to get the Government to set up a research programme into the causes and cures of asbestos-related mesothelioma have held a minute's silence for family members who have died from the cancer.

Current patients are also there, hearing from experts including a leading clinician about ongoing medical research into treating mesothelioma.

At the end of the event they will release white doves in Chamberlain Square.

Mesothelioma families call for more research

The event in Birmingham is highlighting the research going into Mesothelioma Credit: Andy Bevan / ITV News

Families of those who have died or are currently battling mesothelioma have gathered in Birmingham to call for more research funding to find a cure for the condition.

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and numbers of those affected are on the rise.

10-year-old with cerebral palsy receives signed Stoke shirt

10-year-old Ben Baddeley suffers from cerebral palsy
10-year-old Ben Baddeley suffers from cerebral palsy Credit: ITV News Central

A 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy has been given a Stoke city shirt signed by Peter Crouch.

Ben Baddeley, from Silverdale in Staffordshire was at the Tolgate Business club, who were raising funds to go towards his rehabilitation following his SDR surgery, when they surprised him with the gift.

Ben's family were forced to raise money to pay for his surgery after the NHS cancelled his scheduled procedure due to funding cuts.

Stoke City footballer Peter Crouch
Stoke City footballer Peter Crouch Credit: PA

Mum hopes daughter's surgery will help her walk again

The parents of a girl with cerebral palsy have raised £13,000 for her to have an operation which the NHS says it will not pay for.

Natalie rider hopes her daughter Sophie will walk again after the operation.

She is being treated at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, but the NHS will not pay for the operation because they say it is unproven.

Natalie, who has raised the money with the help of her fiancee, Gary, said:

We're hoping that they'll cut the spinal cord - so that'll kill all the bad nerves in her legs - and then make the good nerves that are working get stronger. We're hoping that one day she'll be able to get up and walk; get some independence for herself or even just crawl for herself.


Paralympian joins sarcoma campaign after losing friend

Nottingham Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead is backing a campaign urging people to seek medical advice if they have any lumps on their body which are growing - and especially if they're bigger than a golf ball.

The Gold Ball Awareness campaign was launched as part of Sarcoma Awareness Week, and warns people to stay alert for large lumps around their body - even if they are not painful.

The runner is helping raise awareness after losing a friend to sarcoma.

Man has melon sized tumour removed from leg

Scan of Nigel Phillips' leg Credit: ITV News Central

Retired Police Detective Nigel Phillips had a tumour the size of a melon removed from his leg - it was a Sarcoma, or cancerous tumour. He spotted the lump in the shower.

Nigel Phillips made a full recovery Credit: ITV News Central

A campaign is taking place this week to get people to seek urgent medical advice if they have any lumps on their body that are growing. Many people don't even notice them, as they're often painless.

Nigel Phillips's scar today Credit: ITV News Central

The campaign - called Golf Ball Awareness - is backed by Paralympian Richard Whitehead from Nottingham, who lost a close friend to the disease.

Leicester General to become a community hospital within five years

Cost saving plans at Leicester's Hospitals will see the General turned in to community hospital and diabetes centre Credit: PA wire

The University of Hospital's Leicester has confirmed it plans to make the Leicester General Hospital a community hospital within five years.

It is part of a five-year cost saving plan that has been unveiled by NHS bosses today.

Over the next two years, the trust will press ahead with plans for an emergency floor at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and for vascular services to be moved from the Royal to Glenfield.

Starting in 2016, the most seriously ill patients would be moved to the two main hospital sites and Glenfield changed to become a community hospital. Many babies are still born at the Leicester General but maternity services would be reviewed and more women encouraged to give birth at home.

The Chief Executive of Leicester's Hospitals said:

“We simply cannot keep doing things the way we have always done. A stable, financially viable future for Leicester’s Hospitals relies on us becoming smaller, more specialised and more able to support the drive to deliver non-urgent care in the community."

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