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Nurse hits fundraising target for advanced cancer treatment

Heidi's page has hit more than £50,000 in donations. Credit: GoFundMe

A fundraising page set up to help send a nurse with a rare form of breast cancer to Germany for special treatment has hit its target of £50,000.

Heidi Roberts, from Knowsley Village, near Liverpool, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer 12 months after her primary diagnosis in 2012.

Doctors say conventional treatments are no longer effective for Heidi.

After exploring treatments available abroad, Heidi found a clinic in Germany that offers advance therapies.

Now, thanks to the generosity of nearly 2,000 people she will be able to travel to Germany to continue her fight against the disease.

Heidi has been battling the disease since 2012 and now it has spread to her lungs. Unable to go through more chemotherapy, Heidi is hoping an alternative treatment will be the cure she is looking for.

The PD-1 immunotherapy is not available in the UK and could be Heidi's only lifeline.

Her friends Mel McDonough and Vicki Wilson hoped to fund the immunotherapy at Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany by setting up a GoFundMe page.

A Facebook page has also been set up for Heidi's cancer journey.

Ebola screening to be extended to Manchester airports

Ebola screening is to be extended to Manchester Airport Credit: PA

Ebola screening for travellers arriving in Britain from affected areas in West Africa is to be extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports, the head of Public Health England has said.

In his weekly message to staff, Duncan Selbie said that once the existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham," he said.

I appreciate very much that we are taking people away from their normal work, and please be assured that we are thinking hard and listening carefully to those on the ground to see how we can make this more sustainable.

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, head of Public Health England.


Shadow Health Minister: NHS heading in wrong direction

Andrew Gwynne says the NHS is 'heading in the wrong direction' Credit: PA Images

Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne says the NHS is "heading rapidly in the wrong direction" after several professional health organisations signed a letter to the three main political parties claiming the service is at 'breaking point'.

Mr Gwynne, the MP for Denton and Reddish, also accused the Prime Minister of "wasting" £3 billion on a damaging NHS re-organisation.

“Everywhere you look there are signs of an NHS now heading rapidly in the wrong direction...Patients are already seeing waiting times and cancer care heading downhill - people will fear that much worse will be in store next year. You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS."

– Andrew Gwynne, Shadow Health Minister

'The forgotten Thalidomide' to be raised at Westminster

Controversial drug to be discussed in Parliament Credit: PA

The drug some have called "the forgotten thalidomide" will be discussed by an all-party parliamentary group at Westminster later. Watching closely will be Karl Murphy from Liverpool.

Karl Murphy from Liverpool Credit: PA

Karl has had to live with, what he says are, the consequences of Primodos for more than 40 years. It's alleged the hormome pregnancy test, used back in the 1970's, is to blame for birth defects.

Sophie's family thank 165,000 people on petition

The family of Sophie Jones say they can't believe 165,000 people have signed their petition calling for cervical smears to be available to under 25s if they think they need one. Sophie was 19 when she died of cervical cancer last weekend.

Her mother Peri and sister Chelsea spoke to Tony Morris and Lucy Meacock on Granada Reports

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