'Put feet first' is the message to diabetes sufferers in Hampshire, which it's been revealed, has the highest amputation rate in the country.
New figures show more diabetes patients have limbs removed in Gosport and Fareham than anywhere in Britain.
Experts say in many cases, such drastic measures could be have been prevented.
A man who had to have his lower leg removed spoke to other patients at a workshop in Fareham, about the importance of regularly checking feet.
Emma Wilkinson has more details:
ITV Meridian talks to Noëleen McFarland, Consultant in health protection at Public Health England Wessex, about the recent cases of E. coli in Dorset
Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a number of cases of illness in Dorset caused by the E. coli bacteria.
PHE is leading on the investigation of this cluster of illnesses caused by a rare strain of the bacteria called Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli 055 (VTEC 055).
Since July, ten people have been diagnosed with this infection which can cause bloody diarrhoea and seven of those affected have developed kidney problems – called haemolytic uraemic syndrome - a serious complication of an E. coli infection. There have been no deaths.
PHE and local authorities routinely investigate all cases of E. coli infection, aiming to identify the source and take any necessary actions to protect the public’s health. This is a rare strain of the infection and all those affected and their close contacts are being followed up and further investigations are taking place to determine the likely source.
As some cases have occurred in people associated with a children's nursery, letters have been sent to parents whose children attend the nursery and staff, informing them about E. Coli O55 and the ongoing investigation. As part of routine screening, stool samples are being taken from children and staff as a precautionary measure.
Letters have also been sent to hospital doctors and local GPs, alerting them to the possibility of infection and asking they report any further cases of bloody diarrhoea.
It's been criticised as the "worst hospital in the country" - with patients waiting up to 34 hours in Accident & Emergency.
The Care Quality Commission, who monitor hospitals around the UK, are warning about major failings in the Medway Hospital Trust, which last year was placed in Special Measures. The Patients Association represent users of the hospital. They've branded the CQC findings as appalling.
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A man who had his leg amputated because of diabetes is urging other sufferers to know the risks. Former head teacher Barry Smith lost feeling in his feet seven years ago, and now has a prosthetic leg. He joined doctors and experts at a workshop in Fareham, which has the highest amputation rate in the country:
Hampshire County Council is backing this week's HIV Testing Week in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of being tested, encourage HIV tests, especially amongst those most at risk, and increase the number of early diagnoses.
Over 100,000 people in the UK are living with HIV. Of these it is estimated that 1 in 5 do not know they have the infection and are at increased risk of passing the virus onto others.
Early diagnosis of HIV, timely treatment and support can mean a near-normal life span and better long term health outcomes.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said:
Although nationally the proportion of people being diagnosed late has reduced slightly we are hoping this campaign will further encourage those most at risk to get an HIV test.
In Hampshire, not only can people get an HIV test at their local sexual health clinic but they can also access Solent NHS Trust’s Quick Check service which is available at a number of community venues across Hampshire.
For information on HIV testing in Hampshire visit HIV Lives website.
The family of a 15-month-old baby girl, who suffers from Leukemia, are searching for a bone marrow donor to help save her life.
Little Perri Daniel-Jerram, from the Isle of Wight, didn't respond to chemotherapy, so an appeal was launched across the South East to find a match.
Perri's mum posted on Facebook:
"I have been tested today and my two other children will also be tested to see if they are a match. I beg everyone to help us if you are in a position to do this as you could save my daughter's life."
Fareham and Gosport, in Hampshire, have the highest rate of diabetes-related foot amputations in the country.
According to Diabetes UK, for every 1000 people with the condition, five of them have had a limb removed.
Portsmouth and Southampton are next in the table.
A special footcare workshop is taking place in the area today to teach sufferers how best to take care of their feet.
This means people with diabetes in Fareham and Gosport are seven times more likely to have an amputation than people in the best performing area (Brent in London).
Annual amputations per 1,000 adults with diabetes nationally is 2.6 compared to:
- Fareham and Gosport 5.1
- Portsmouth 4.3
- Southampton 4.2
- South Eastern Hampshire 4.1
- West Hampshire 3.1
A former heroin addict who was forced to have a limb amputated has issued a stark warning to young people not to get hooked.
Jamie Connor, from Folkestone in Kent, had been using the drug for ten years when an overdose left him fighting for his life.
A fast food restaurant which has been inside a Hampshire hospital for almost 20 years is set to close.
Burger King's branch within Southampton General Hospital had prompted criticism from health organisations.
Health chiefs confirmed they would not be renewing the fast food outlet's lease when it ran it out in 2016, looking for something more "reflective" of the "healthcare environment."
Patients and relatives have been able to order food at the Burger King branch inside the hospital, at the very same time health experts have called for sick people to eat nutritious, balanced meals.
"The trust is currently in the process of redeveloping its main entrance retail area to ensure it is more reflective of the healthcare environment in which it is situated. The Burger King franchise currently occupies a retail space that is leased until 2016, but there are no plans to extend the contract beyond that point."
"I think fast food outlets like Burger King have their place, but being in a hospital, to my mind, is not an appropriate place. This is welcome news and I hope other hospitals take the time to review the outlets that they have."