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New Grantham Hospice open day

Lincolnshire residents are being invited to be part of history in the making as the UK's first "hospice in the hospital" prepares to open its doors to patients for the first time.

A public open day is being staged today by St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lincolnshire South West Clinical Commissioning Group, who have pooled their expertise in a unique partnership to create the purpose-designed, £1.2m unit within Grantham and District Hospital.

The local community will be given an insight into the work of the flagship unit; meet the team who will be providing specialist end-of-life care; and be given guided tours of the state-of-the-art facilities.

Less than 48 hours later the six-bed inpatient unit will open - welcoming the first of an estimated 160 people from south west Lincolnshire each year who will benefit from the homely and healing environment that has been created on their doorstep.

It will save them and their family and friends a 60-mile round journey to what is currently the charity's only existing inpatient unit at Nettleham Road in Lincoln.


Cancer survivor welcomes new research centre

A cancer survivor has welcomed the opening of a new multi-million pound centre in Leicester which will research new ways of diagnosing and treating the disease.

The unit, bringing together clinicians and academics to share their knowledge, is the fifteenth set up by the charity Cancer Research UK.

Cancer survivor Mark Powell has welcomed the opening of the centre Credit: ITV News Central

Mark Powell said advances in treatments prevented him having to undergo life-changing surgery when he developed throat cancer four years ago.

The sales manager, from Syston in Leicestershire, had targeted radiotherapy to attack the precise area affected by the disease. In the past, patients would have had to have part of their throat, tongue and jaw removed to get rid of the cancer.

I'm delighted that this investment will aid the development of a new generation of treatments to help save more lives in the future.

Without such research, I doubt I would have survived.

– Mark Powell

Derbyshire charity on standby for Ashya Prague trip

Ashya King with his parents at a hospital in Malaga. Credit: Credit: King family

A charity based in Derbyshire says it is on standby to fly to Prague after a judge gave the parents of Ashya King permission to take him there for cancer treatment.

KidsnCancer which is based in Chesterfield, has reached out to help Ashya's family, and say people have pledged thousands of pounds to help fund the proton beam therapy on his brain tumour at a specialist clinic.

Mike Hyman from the charity said they are now awaiting official confirmation of the decision.

More details of the agreement reached between lawyers and a hospital in Southampton where he was being treated are due to be heard in the Family Division of the High Court on Monday.

Midlands clinic to offer pioneering new eye operation

A pioneering new eye operation to reverse vision problems could banish reading glasses to the history book.

The Space Healthcare clinic in Leamington Spa is the first place in the UK to offer the procedure, known as Raindrop corneal inlay, after it was developed in America.

Reading glasses could be a thing of the past thanks to a new operation Credit: PA

It involves a tiny implant, no bigger than a pinhead, which sits inside the cornea and increases its curvature, allowing the eye to focus properly again.

It's designed to tackle presbyopia - a condition which affects people's ability to switch focus between near and distant objects, especially in old age.


Plastic heart developed to help train medical students

A top surgeon at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre has given his backing to a new prosthetic heart designed to help train medical students.

Richard Arm with his creation Credit: ITV News Central

Richard Arm, a researcher at Nottingham Trent University, created the lifelike replica using 3D-printing. He then used silicone gels to give it the feel and texture of a real human organ.

Mr Arm came up with the idea to help trainee heart surgeons practise their skills before carrying out real operations.

Students would be able to make incisions to experience how it would feel and see what the inside of the heart looks like.

– Richard Arm

The project was undertaken with the support of the Queen's Medical Centre.

Professor Michael Vloeberghs, a consultant neurosurgeon at the hospital, said:

Richard’s research has the potential to help improve the way trainee surgeons develop their understanding of critical operations like heart surgery. This could be a real benefit to way in which we educate students, by providing them with more realistic experiences before they go into live theatre.

– Professor Michael Vloeberghs
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UK cancer charity to fund Ashya King's treatment

A cancer charity in Derby said the King family have accepted their offer to pay the full cost of the proton beam treatment for five-year-old Ashya.

Kidsncancer chief executive Mike Hyman told ITV News they have been inundated with donations from the public following the arrest of Brett and Naghmeh King. He said:

It will take at least a £100,000, and probably a £150,000 to pay for the treatment as well as the cost of accomodation for the months of the treatment for the family. It is our wish that they come back from wherever they go they are not in debt, and can return to their normal life.

The situation they have been through is absolutely appalling. To be imprisoned like criminals, 300 miles away from their sick child is disgraceful and disgusting.

I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, who obviously feel like we do that this family deserve support at this desperate time.

– Mike Hyman, CEO, KidsnCancer

The donation page set up by the charity has made almost £24,000 so far.

Student develops human heart replica with 3D printer

The heart replica made with a 3D printer Credit: ITV News Central

A Nottingham research student has developed a replica of the human heart, using 3D printing technology.

The model seen on a computer screen Credit: ITV News Central

Richard Arm developed the technique with the backing of Birmingham's Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.

It is hoped the heart will help in the education of trainee surgeons and medical students.

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