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Video report: Parents warned over deadly new strain of meningitis

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Parents in the North West are being warned to beware of a new strain of meningitis.

A number of children in our region have already died of it and others have been left with serious medical conditions, as the number of cases of Group W Meningitis has doubled over the past year.

Our correspondent Rob Smith has this report.

Meningitis can kill in hours - know the symptoms

The first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Red ticks show symptoms more specific to meningitis and septicaemia and less common in milder illnesses. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever and/or vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Very sleepy /vacant /difficult to wake
  • Rash(anywhere on the body)
  • Stiff neck(less common in young children)
  • Dislike of bright lights(less common in young children)

For a full list of symptoms and practical diagnosis tips visit:


Report: Diagnosing Cancer early

Many patients across the North West who go to their doctor with symptoms of cancer, are going far too late. Cancer Research UK says forty thousand people here are diagnosed each year.

Yet only just over half of them are catching the disease early enough. The charity's unveiled a disturbing TV ad urging people not to ignore lumps under their skin. Victoria Grimes has met someone who understands that all too well.

Watch: 'The Lump' - New Cancer awareness video

Credit: Cancer Research UK

Nearly 40,000 people are diagnosed with Cancer in the north West every year.

Early diagnosis in the region is lower than the average for England, with only 52% diagnosed early compared with 54% in the rest of the country.

Cancer Research UK is running a month long campaign in March to encourage people to pay attention to lumps and bumps on their bodies.

This promotional video called 'The Lump' is aimed at getting people paying attention to the early signs of Cancer:

Former radiotherapist backs cancer lump campaign

Sisters Elizabeth and Amy Credit: Cancer Research UK

A former radiotherapist is backing a new cancer campaign that urges people to watch our for lumps and bumps.

Amy Horridge, who used to work at the hospital where she is now undergoing treatment, is keen to support the message.

She was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma after finding a lump on her neck.

Amy, who worked at the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital, is now looking forward to completing her chemotherapy in time to marry British Aerospace engineer Toby Campbell in August.

I was getting ready to go out one night and just brushed my hand against a lump in my neck, around my left clavicle, about the size of a grape.

I realised something wasn’t right so, even though I felt well, I went to see my GP to get it checked out. He listened to my chest and also felt around my neck. That was when he discovered another, smaller lump on my right clavicle which I hadn’t noticed.

– Amy Horridge

Amy, who now works as a reception class teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Preston, said her remaining lumps shrank to around half their size following the first couple of sessions of chemotherapy, and she now cannot feel them at all.

Amy’s sister Elizabeth is also supporting the campaign and will be running Race for Life, a series of 5K, 10K and Pretty Muddy events which raise money for cancer research, at Moor Park in Preston on 24 May.

We used to talk about red lights flashing when I worked as a radiotherapist, and there was definitely one flashing on this occasion. I didn’t feel right in myself.

Early diagnosis is really important. My consultant said I might have had cancer for a while, but I still feel like I caught it early.

He says to me during my fortnightly visits that we are 'going for a cure' which is reassuring as it shows that early diagnosis can change the overall outcome.The main thing now is that I finish my chemotherapy in time for my wedding in August.

– Amy Horridge


Cancer campaign: Watch out for lumps and bumps

Cancer Research urge people to watch out for lumps Credit: PA

Cancer Research is running a month-long campaign in the North West trying to get us to pay more attention to the development of unexpected lumps and bumps on our bodies.

The charity says 40- thousand people in the region are diagnosed with the disease each year.

Early diagnosis of cancer in the North West is lower than the average for England, with only 52 per cent diagnosed early, compared with 54 per cent for the rest of the country

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Special Report: the cost of care - can we afford the NHS?

An ITV Poll earlier this year found that voters in the North West see the future of the NHS as the most important issue at the upcoming General Election.

The Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens says the service faces the biggest challenge in its history.

Through the eyes of three patients and NHS staff, our political reporter Daniel Hewitt looks at the cost of running a free national health service in the 21st century.

Fears for the future of Liverpool Women's Hospital

Liverpool Women's Hospital. Credit: ITV News.

The Liverpool Women's Hospital is one of the UK's biggest and busiest maternity units.

It's also one of our highest profile NHS units after featuring on a popular documentary series.

But its bosses say the hospital trust is facing 'significant financial challenges' and could even have to relocate from its current home in Toxteth.

Visiting suspended at hospital after virus outbreak

Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral. Credit: ITV News.

Doctors have suspended all visiting at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral after an outbreak of Norovirus in the local community.

The highly contagious sickness bug has taken hold in the community and the hospital says people are bringing it into the premises where sick and vulnerable patients have been exposed.

"We wish to repeat our appeal not to come to A&E if you have had symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours unless it is a genuine emergency.

"To further contain and prevent the spread of this highly contagious sickness bug and to protect patients we are now suspending all visiting to Arrowe Park Hospital except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of Ward Sisters or nurse in charge.

"We appreciate that this may upset some patients and their friends and families but hope they will appreciate that this action is being taken in the best interests of patient care."

– Statement by Arrowe Park Hospital

Norovirus’ symptoms include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.

Doctors say the illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects.

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