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Charity: Blood cancer needs to be spotted earlier

A charity has said family doctors need to be able to spot more cases of blood cancer at an earlier stage.

Leukaemia Care said GPs need better knowledge of blood cancers such as leukaemia so they can help diagnose patients when their cancer is at an earlier stage.

More than half of patients with the condition are only diagnosed after they have gone to hospital as an emergency case, the charity said.

This often means that their cancer is at a more advanced stage and can be harder to treat.

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NHS staff asked to help over Ebola in Africa

Staff from the NHS are being encouraged to volunteer to help with the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The Department of Health's chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has written to health service staff to point them towards the UK International Emergency Medical Register.

Doctors, nurses and paramedics are among the medical staff who will be needed to help contribute towards efforts to tackle the crisis, she said.

Sierra Leone locked down for three days to battle Ebola

Thousands of health workers were conducting house-to-house visits today across Sierra Leone in search of hidden Ebola cases as the entire country was ordered to stay at home for three days.

In an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease, authorities hope to find and isolate Ebola patients who have not gone to health centres, regarded by many only as places to die.

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma said health workers would hand out soap and that once a house had been checked it would be marked with a sticker. "The survival and dignity of each and every Sierra Leonean is at stake ... this is a fight for this land that we love," he said.

Ebola has so far killed more than 2,600 people have died across West Africa.

Meanwhile, six people have been arrested following the murders in Guinea of eight people including health officials and journalists who had been on an Ebola awareness campaign. Just one member of the group escaped the killers.

A football fan sanitises his hands in Abidjan ahead of Sierra Leone's African Nations Cup game against Ivory Coast earlier this month. Both countries have been hit by the Ebola virus. Credit: Luc Gnago/Reuters

Ambulance death mother 'treated worse than an animal'

The daughters of a woman who died waiting in an ambulance queue outside a hospital have told ITV News their mother was "treated worse than an animal".

Sonia Powell was outside Swansea's Morriston Hospital for more than half-an-hour before she died.

Daughter Tracey Evans told Rupert Evelyn, "All her daughters and my dad could not be by mother's sides in her last moments, it's absolutely disgusting the way that my mother was treated."

ITV News Wales Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Swansea:

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Health Board 'reviewing all aspects' of ambulance death

The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said this afternoon it is reviewing "all aspects" regarding Sonia Powell's death in an ambulance outside Swansea's Morriston Hospital.

The Health Board is reviewing all aspects of what happened and we are currently discussing these with the family.

We can confirm the ambulance with two paramedics on board left Neath Port Talbot Hospital at 2.49pm and arrived at Morriston Hospital at 3.04pm.

The Emergency Department doctor began his assessment of the patient in the ambulance at 3.07pm. A doctor remained with Mrs Powell on the ambulance until she sadly passed away at 3.40pm."

– ABMU Health Board spokeswoman

"Yesterday was a busy day for Emergency Departments and this was intensified at Morriston by 20 emergency ambulances arriving and departing within a short space of time," she continued.

'It was a nightmare', family say of ambulance queue death

By Rupert Evelyn: Wales and West of England Correspondent

It was a "nightmare" say the family of a woman who died waiting in an ambulance outside A&E at the Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Sonia Powell's daughters have told ITV News that people with "cuts and bruises" were being admitted while their mother, who was critically ill, was kept outside.

Sonia Powell died in an ambulance outside Morriston Hospital in Swansea. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

When eventually she was seen by a doctor it transpired he had travelled to the Morriston from Neath Port Talbot Hospital, the same location that Sonia Powell had just been sent from.

Her family are furious about the way she was treated and claim that paramedics who transferred her could not explain why she had been moved.

ABMU, the board that run both hospitals, are due to release a statement responding to the family's claims shortly.

Family demands apology over ambulance queue death

Heartbroken relatives of a grandmother who died while waiting in a queue of ambulances outside a hospital have demanded an apology from health bosses.

Sonia Powell, was taken to Morriston Hospital's Accident & Emergency Unit in Swansea, south Wales, on Wednesday afternoon, following a suspected heart attack.

The family of Sonia Powell said the 73-year-old had been waiting "at least an hour" by the time she died.

Health officials, who say the wait was in fact around 40 minutes, have now launched an investigation.

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