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In Memory of Mum: MP opens dementia courtyard

Hazel Blears and her Mum Credit: MEN Syndication

MP Hazel Blears is opening a special garden at Salford Royal today. It provides a therapeutic environment for patients. The MP for Salford, lost her mother earlier this year at the hospital following a nine-year battle with the illness.

The Dementia Courtyard, which is situated in the Ladywell Buildingat Salford Royal, includes an old red telephone box and will be filled with various props to help patients reminisce and to stimulate memories.

The area is a peaceful haven for patients and their relatives and will reduce agitation and stress, which can occur as a result of boredom or being in unfamiliar surroundings.

It will also provide a safe place for gentle exercise, which in turn will promote appetite and aid sleep.

The new garden is part of an ongoing programme of developments as Salford Royal continues to improve its facilities in order to further enhance the quality of care and experience for patients with dementia.

Dementia garden to help patients at Salford Royal

“Having a safe and peaceful area for patients with a cognitive impairment will encourage social interaction and a sense of well-being. Staff can spend time with patients in the garden and will gather a more personal insight into the individual while relatives can enjoy relaxing with their loved ones in a very tranquil environment.”

– Janice McGrory Nurse for Dementia

The very real dangers on our motorways

Most drivers spend many hours of our lives on motorways - but the gangs who carry out the roadworks risk their lives every day.

In fact, more than 300 have been killed in the last five years.

The dangers can be worse at night and, of course, when drivers speed or use mobile phones.

Roadworks on the M60 around Manchester are a particular nightmare for motorists at the moment.

The work will make it a smart motorway able to monitor a variety of different speed limits.

Ashley Derricott reports:

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Full report: Cancer patient kept "in the dark" to help research

Irene Williams in a balaclava, hat and sunglasses to protect her. Credit: ITV News

This is how Irene Williams has appeared to the world for the last month.

Wrapped in a balaclava and wearing dark glasses whenever she's ventured out of her home.

Irene has inoperable bile duct cancer and is being treated by specialists at Aintree University hospital.

The drug she's been taking is light sensitive, so keeping away from sunlight has become the norm.

Dangers facing our road workers

The dangers facing people who work on motorways and major A roads in Greater Manchester will be highlighted today. Road workers will talk about the risks from passing traffic. Last year saw the highest number of serious injuries for six years, with ten road workers suffering major injuries across England.

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 new multi million pound smart motorway scheme is currently underway on a 17 mile stretch between the M60 near Sale and the M62 near Rochdale. 317 people were injured while working on or near motorways and major A roads in the five years between 2009 and 2013.

The test that could detect early signs of lung cancer

Doctors may introduce a breath test designed to detect early signs of lung cancer . This in turn could help lower the disease's death rate. Researchers at University of Liverpool developed a technique for analysing the vapour inside the container in which the cells were growing and showed it was capable of distinguishing which of the two different genes were faulty.

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Its estimated that lung disease kills more than 35,000 people in the UK every year. It's the biggest cause of cancer death and has a low survival rate because diagnosis is often at the terminal stage.

"These findings tell us that it's theoretically possible to develop a test that could diagnose early lung cancer in the breath of patients. There's an urgent need to diagnose lung cancers earlier, when treatment is more effective."

– Dr Mike Jones, University of Liverpool Roy Castle Lung Cancer Research Programme

Parents shock at treatment of King family over proton beam

The parents of a 13-year-old girl from Rochdale who's had proton beam therapy for cancer in America say they're shocked at how the parents of Ashya King were treated.

The Kings ended up in prison after they removed their son from a hospital. He's now having the treatment in Prague.

In the case of Lucy Briggs she was also diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumour, but the NHS did fund her treatment.

And the same pioneering therapy could soon be available much closer to home at The Christie in Manchester. Rob Smith reports.

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Artist's impressions show future Christie proton beam centre

Artist's impressions have been released, showing the planned Proton Beam Therapy Centre at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

The centre, to be the first to offer the treatment in the UK, has moved a step closer after the government announced £250m of funding has been made available.

The new Proton Beam Therapy Centre in an artist's impression Credit: Christie Hospital
The centre will be the first in the country Credit: Christie Hospital

'Proton beam' therapy to be offered at Christie

The Christie in Manchester has moved a step closer to becoming the first place in the country where proton beam therapy for cancer will be offered to patients.

The Christie will offer proton beam therapy Credit: ITV Granada

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said £250 million of government funding will be used to build two new facilities in Manchester and London.

It will allow the Christie to tender for the necessary building work and equipment needed to offer the treatment.

Currently doctors can choose to send patients to America for the treatment, the new facilities should allow 1,500 patients-a-year to be treated in the UK by 2018.

National Clinical Lead for Proton Beam Therapy Adrian Crellin said: "Whilst we will continue to offer this treatment overseas until the new facilities are built in Manchester and London, I am delighted that we are now a step closer to providing Proton Beam Therapy in the UK.

"Compared to standard radiotherapy options, Proton Beam Therapy offers the opportunity to reduce the risks of potential side effects such as growth deformity, loss of hearing and lowered IQ, which is a particular consideration when treating children and young people."

Patient 'lives in dark' for cancer treatment

A care assistant has become the first person in the world to take part in an international trial of a new cancer treatment.

But the procedure, being pioneered at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has meant Irene Williams has had to spend a month away from bright light.

Irene was forced to completely cover her skin Credit: ITV

The drug Irene was given for bile duct cancer is a photosynsthesizer, meaning it would react to daylight.

So Irene was forced to completely cover up when she left the house.

Irene wore dark glasses and a face mask Credit: ITV

Beating cancer in the dark

A care assistant has become the first person in the world to take part in an international trial of a new cancer treatment.

But the procedure, being pioneered at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool has meant Irene Williams has had to spend a month away from bright light.

Irene has bile duct cancer and the drug she's been taking is light sensitive, so keeping away from sunlight has become the norm.

Because her condition is inoperable she felt this was her only choice.

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