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Lancaster hospital ward closes after norovirus outbreak

A hospital ward at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has been closed to admissions after a norovirus outbreak.

The hospital said some patients on Ward 32 were suffering with diarrhoea and vomiting as a result.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary Credit: Press Association

“Diarrhoea and vomiting can be spread through contact with an infected person, by contact with contaminated surfaces or by consuming contaminated food or water.

“We hope by taking the measure to close the ward to admissions we can resolve this outbreak quickly – however we apologise for any disruptions caused to patients or visitors during this time.”

– Angela Richards, Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Family demand answers after inmate dies of asthma attack in prison...

A family want answers after a young man died from a huge asthma attack just days before his release from Liverpool Prison. 25 year old Ashley Gill was found by staff at the jail in Walton.

His family have told of concerns raised previously by Ashley alleging that guards had taken his asthma inhaler from him.

An independent investigation will be carried out to establish the circumstances of the tragedy, and if Ashley could have been helped. His grandmother Annette says the family just want to find out exactly what happened.

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Little Lewis to star in superhero movie

A seven-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect at birth has been granted his wish to star in his own superhero movie.

Lewis Hussain, from Sandbach, Cheshire, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and only has one functioning lung.

His condition is incurable and is managed through heart surgery and medication. In between his care, Lewis's family said he loves spending time watching his favourite superheroes and wanted to star in his own film.

Thanks to Make-A-Wish, Lewis created the characters and script for his film, Trouble In Sector 51, and travelled to London with his family for a day of filming, where he starred as Fast Heat.

  1. Victoria Grimes, ITV News

A warning about the dangers of drugs from a mother who's daughter was left brain damaged

A mother from Lancashire is keeping a bedside vigil by her daughter, whose life has been wrecked by drugs.

Stacey Jewell, aged 29, is in hospital with brain injuries. She suffered a violent reaction after taking what she apparently thought was amphetamine.

Her family have been told she's unlikely to recover.

Stacey's mum Marie Greer has released pictures of her daughter in hospital - to act as a warning to others.

She's been talking to Victoria Grimes:

  1. Amy Welch, ITV News

Grieving mother says Furness midwife 'should never work again'

A grieving mother has told a nurse's misconduct hearing that the midwife involved in delivering her daughter should never be allowed on a maternity ward again.

Lesley Bennett waived her right to anonymity as she gave evidence at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The hearing is looking at the actions of Marie Ratcliffe at Cumbria's Furness General Hospital.

Our reporter Amy Welch was at the hearing in London:

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