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First Christmas at home for heart transplant toddler

The parents of a Basingstoke toddler are getting ready for a Christmas they thought they would never have with their son.

Three year old Elliott Livingstone received a life-saving heart transplant this year.

His parents are urging more people to become organ donors.

Penny Silvester went to visit the family.

Penny spoke to Elliott Livingstone and his parents Candace and Adrian along with Anthony Clarkson from NHS Blood and Transplant.

Nits: how schools are getting to the root of the problem

It is a recurring problem for two thirds of schools in the Thames Valley

Nine in 10 primary schools in the Thames Valley have experienced head lice outbreaks.

Yattendon School in West Berkshire is doing all it can to avoid the itchy problem with a 'Nit Buster Weekend'.

Each child will be given a special pack containing a free nit comb along with official information on detection and treatment.

Parents will be encouraged to check their children's hair to prevent the problem.


Reminder of button battery dangers

Button batteries also pose a choking hazard

Parents are being reminded of the dangers of button batteries found in many children's toys.

West Sussex County Council's Trading Standards says that they are highly dangerous if swallowed as the electrical charge creates caustic soda inside the body.

In the run up to Christmas parents are advised to ensure the batteries in any toys are securely fixed in place.

The batteries can also be found in products such as animated Christmas decorations, children's thermometers and nightlights.

Hospital to receive share of £130 million cancer funding

University Hospital Southampton is one of 15 to receive funding

A Hampshire hospital trust is to receive a share of £130 million national cancer funding.

University Hospital Southampton is one of 15 trusts set to benefit enabling it to upgrade and replace radiotherapy equipment.

The announcement by NHS England will benefit cancer patients as around four in 10 are treated with radiotherapy.

A £200 million scheme to improve local cancer services over the next two years was also announced.


Medical errors contributed to woman's death

Errors by staff at Maidstone Hospital contributed to the death of a patient from dehydration.

Those are the findings of a coroner at the inquest of Edna Thompson who was admitted to the hospital with a severe eye condition. The coroner said a continued use of a drug led to Mrs Thompson to becoming severely dehydrated. The 85-year-old died from kidney failure as a result.

The Trust running Maidstone Hospital has apologised and says patient care has improved and better systems are now in place.

Edna's daughters Ann Brown & Sue Ealding talk about their sadness:

We are very sorry that Mrs Thompson did not receive the high standards of care we would expect at our hospital and we offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Whilst nothing we can say or do can change the outcome, we have thoroughly investigated the care and treatment she received. As a result, we have implemented a number of improvements to our systems and processes to improve patient care.”

– A spokesperson for the Trust

Here is the full report by Tom Savvides with reaction from Edna Thompson's daughters, Ann Brown and Sue Ealding.

Unplug your Christmas tree lights - or risk fire

Unplug your Christmas tree lights before you leave the house - or risk it catching fire says Hampshire Fire Service.

This video from the Fire Kills campaign shows how faulty lights can engulf a living room in less than a minute.

Check your Christmas tree lights are in good condition and be sure to turn them off before you go to bed.

Keeping your tree well watered can also prevent the risk of fire.

Injured biker wins award after using rehab experience to help others

A man who thought his life was over after a terrifying motorbike accident left him with life changing injuries, has won a national award after picking himself up, with the aim of helping others in a similar situation.

Joe Harman from Aston Clinton near Aylesbury - has set up an inspirational rehab centre, to treat people from Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey - with long term disabilities - to help them come to terms with their lives in a positive light. Cary Johnston reports.

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