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Organ donations up in the region - but more needed

The NHS are calling for more donors Credit: Clive Gee/PA Archive/PA Images

The number of people becoming organ donors in the region has increased.

Last year two hundred and twenty four people signed up to donate their organs after they die.

The health service says three people a day die because they're waiting for a transplant.

And NHS Blood and Transplantation say that there are still five hundred and sixty nine people from the North West on the transplant waiting list, with a donated organ their only hope.

We're incredibly grateful to all the families in the North West who have chosen to say 'yes' to organ donation. Organ donation is the only hope for many desperately ill people. We know many families feel a sense of pride and comfort from their decision to save lives through organ donation. We want more people to have that opportunity.

We need more people aged over 50 in the North West to support donation.

People in older age groups can still save and transform lives through organ and tissue donation. Many more lives could be saved by telling their families they want to donate.

– Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant

Manchester bomb survivor praises NHS

A teenager who underwent more than 60 hours of surgery following the Manchester terror attack has described NHS staff as "the best people in the world".

Freya Lewis, 15, had to learn to walk again after she was caught up in last year's atrocity and said she owes her life to medics at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Speaking ahead of a service to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS at Westminster Abbey, where she is due to speak, Freya told the Press Association: "I feel very honoured because this is the kind of thing I usually read about in the newspapers.

"It's a bit crazy I was even chosen to even come here, let alone speak. "I feel like I can show them how much I appreciate them.

"They're the best people in the world. They're very under-appreciated. They basically saved my life."

The teenager, from Holmes Chapel in Cheshire, said the experience had inspired her to think about a career where she could help people, although she ruled medicine out as she is "not good with blood".

Paying tribute to the nurses who cared for her every day, she added: "They were more like friends to me."


NHS at 70: nurses dress in uniforms of the past to mark anniversary

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The hospital where the NHS was launched 70 years ago today has put on a costume display to mark the occasion.

Trafford General Hospital in Manchester, former Park Hospital, was where the then Health Secretary introduced the National Health Service back in 1948.

Today nurses dressed in the uniforms of their predecessors from each decade since the 1940s.

Liverpool Women's Hospital neonatal unit under review in Chester baby 'murders' probe

Lucy Letby, 28, has been arrested under a probe into the deaths of babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital

Liverpool Women's Hospital has confirmed that a nurse being held on suspicion over murder and attempted murder of babies in Chester also undertook work placements at its neonatal unit.

Lucy Letby, 28, is being held on a probe into the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six at the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Officers are said to have arrived at the home of the nurse early on Tuesday, hours before police announced a female "healthcare professional" had been arrested in a probe into the deaths of 17 infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Detectives said they are also looking at 15 non-fatal collapses at the unit between March 2015 and July 2016.

Liverpool Women's Hospital have confirmed that they are co-operating with the Police as part of their investigation as Ms Letby undertook placements in the Neonatal Unit during her training. The Hospital said that currently there is 'no suggestion' that any patients at Liverpool Women's came to any harm.

The statement says:

"A healthcare worker currently involved in a police investigation undertook placements at Liverpool Women's during their training. We are co-operating with Police as part of their investigation which includes a routine review of patients cared for on our Neonatal Unit during the time of these placements. There is currently no suggestion that any patients at Liverpool Women's came to any harm in relation to this investigation."

– Liverpool Women's Hospital
  • You can find the statement here.


NHS AT 70: High Tech hospitals

Granada Reports is doing a series of reports marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Tonight we're looking behind the scenes at the latest hi tech developments at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital in Liverpool.

A new 'innovation hub' uses technology like virtual reality and 3 D printing for treatment.

Iain Hennessey is the Director of Innovation at Alder Hey.

Hospital staff 'want to get answers' for families after baby deaths

Countess of Chester Hospital where a female health worker has been arrested Credit: PA

The Medical Director at the Countess of Chester Hospital says staff 'want to get answers' for families and are continuing to support Cheshire Police with their ongoing investigation.

A female healthcare worker has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six after an investigation of the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Police have not confirmed if the arrested woman is a nurse, doctor or other health professional.

Ian Harvey said: "Asking the police to look into this was not something we did lightly, but we need to do everything we can to understand what has happened here and get the answers we and the families so desperately want.

"The Countess is now equivalent to a Level 1 special care baby unit and we are confident the unit is safe to continue in its current form."

Police investigation at Countess of Hospital in 2017 Credit: PA

The arrest comes as part of a long-running investigation following a high number of baby deaths at the hospital. Police have said the investigation had widened.

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