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National Blood Week: Plea for more lifesaving blood donors

There's a warning that more blood donors are needed to maintain lifesaving supplies in the NHS. Fewer than one in twenty of us give blood, even though it only usually takes around ten minutes to do. This week is National Blood Week and there's also a special appeal for black donors so that patients with sickle cell anaemia can get the transfusions they need. Kevin Ashford reports.

Health warnings as heatwave continues in region

The mercury continues to rise across the South East - hitting 30 degrees celsius in Herstmonceux in East Sussex - with forecasters predicting that the heatwave will continue throughout the week. Great news for sun-lovers but doctors are continuing to warn of the dangers of spending too long outdoors.

Public Health England says the elderly and the very young are at most risk and are urging people to take sensible precautions - like drinking a lot of water and using suncream. Derek Johnson reports.


£200,000 appeal to save baby Oliver's life

A couple from Wantage in Oxfordshire are desperately racing against time to save their 18-week-old baby's life. Oliver Cameron was born with a rare heart condition called Cardiac Fibroma. It's been reported only 200 times across the world.

Oliver's only hope is surgery in America as the procedure is not available on the NHS.

But the treatment is not cheap and the family needs to raise £200,000, as Mel Bloor reports.

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Men told to cover up as temperatures soar - skin cancer campaign begins

As temperatures soar, the message is cover up and always wear sun cream to protect yourself . Today the NHS launched a new skin cancer awareness campaign, specifically aimed at men. Skin cancer rates have doubled in the south over a ten year period and they're still rising. Tom Savvides reports.


Baby Oliver has one of world's rarest heart conditions

Oliver's parents monitor his heart rate four or five times a day

A couple from Wantage in Oxfordshire are trying to raise £200,000 to save their baby son's life.

Eighteen-week-old Oliver Cameron was born with a rare and deadly heart tumour called a Cardiac Fibroma. The condition is so rare that only 200 people in the world have been diagnosed with it.

Oliver's parents say his only hope is surgery in the United States of America, since the treatment is not available here on the NHS. There have been a number of cases at the Boston Children's Hospital. However the surgery and the associated costs will be expensive. The family have started a crowdfunding webpage online.

In the report, Mel Bloor spoke to Oliver's mother, Lydia Cameron, about the condition and how it is affecting her baby son's life.

Skin cancer warning as temperatures soar

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Skin cancer rates for men in the south are among the highest in the country and they're rising.

The NHS has started a campaign to persuade men to protect themselves in the sun. It comes as temperature are set to soar again today.

The warning comes as new research suggests the danger is not confined to the height of summer, following unseasonably good weather in April and May which could have damaged winter-white skin.

The Cover Up, Mate campaign urges men who spend long periods of time outdoors to protect themselves against the sun. Farmers, builders, sportsmen and gardeners are all being targeted by NHS England South's "Cover Up, Mate" campaign because of their prolonged exposure to the sun.

Stephen Walsh is a Skin Cancer Specialist...

UV levels are usually highest between May and September, when there is often less ozone high up in the atmosphere to absorb the UV. Clouds don't always stop UV rays, and unlike the sun's warmth, it's difficult to know when they may be harming you. Burning just once every two years can triple your risk of skin cancer. So it's important to keep an eye on our UV forecast so you know when it's essential to protect your skin and eyes from damage.

– Met Office spokeswoman Penny Tranter
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