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Amputees describe their Greenland adventure

It's less than three years since Alex Lewis had all four limbs amputated - after contracting a rare Strep A infection. Incredibly he's just kayaked more than 100 miles around Greenland.

It's all thanks to the Pilgrim Bandits - a charity set up to help amputee soldiers. They believe having no legs is no reason to give up sky diving, skiing or any other physical sport.

If you would like to know more about Alex and the charity, check here and here.


Petition questioning Patient Transport Service

A petition with twelve thousand signatures has been handed in - calling for improvements to the Patient Transport Service in Sussex.

Coperforma have been running the service since April and there have been complaints about long waits and delays.

Sussex Defend the NHS who organised the online and paper petition said, "This CCG need to stop being complacent about the service and take some real action to ensure its safety and security for patients and the drivers. This chaos has gone on long enough."

Meanwhile the GMB union is organising protests on Tuesday in Eastbourne and Brighton.

Businessman who died from cancer leaves £10m to hospital to benefit other patients

A number of rare cars, motorcycles, watches and cameras, once owned by a businessman from Poole, will go up for auction on Monday. The proceeds are set to transform the lives of countless cancer patients.

Robert White died of cancer last year at the age of 62. The money raised from his lifetime collection will build new state-of-the-art facilities at Poole Hospital and the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

And it's all thanks to the help of the famous American chat show host, Jay Leno. Richard Slee explains.

New procedure to reduce high blood pressure is a success

Julie's treatment has been successful Credit: ITV

A new medical procedure to reduce high blood pressure has taken place in the UK for the first time.

One of the patients was Julie Wanstell from Rainham in Kent, who has been affected by hypertension for the past 30 years.

Barostim Therapy involves fitting a pulse device into the chest and sending electrical impulses to the brain to control blood pressure.

Doctor Melvin Lobo, Consultant Cardiovascular Physician and Director of the Barts Blood Pressure Clinic, said: "The success that Julie is experiencing with this therapy could provide new hope as an alternative option for treating patients with high blood pressure in the future.”


Job losses for ambulance staff?

Many ambulance drivers across Sussex fear they may no longer have jobs tonight after their employer went bust. Drivers working for Docklands Medical Service - which have depots across Sussex - say they're owed thousands of pounds.

It's believed Docklands are owed more than a million pounds by Coperforma, who took over the contract to provide non-emergency ambulances in Sussex this year. But it's been plagued by operational and financial problems. Charlotte Wilkins reports..

Shortage of people who care for vulnerable adults

Nationally, there's a serious shortage of people who care for vulnerable adults in their own homes. Care companies say it could lead to people ending up in hospitals and care homes, who shouldn't be there.

They're also warning that could lead to spiralling costs for the Government. ITV News has spoken to one company who say they need more than fifty staff just to cope with demand.

There are calls for better funding of home care - to ease the strain on the NHS, care homes and the families of people who simply need looking after. Katie Oscroft reports.

Why are young people shunning dairy products?

The idea of a glass of milk at school is something that most of us are probably familiar with. But there are concerns in the dairy industry that young people are shunning milk and dairy products. A recent survey for Dairy UK found that, on average, people over 65 drink milk 875 times a year. But it's only consumed by those under 25 years old 275 times a year. Hannah Thomas reports.

Assurances over Patient Transport Service

Coperforma says the Patient Transport Service will not be affected Credit: ITV

We are urgently seeking clarification of overnight reports that Docklands Medical Services (DMS) has ceased operations and will issue further information as and when we receive it.

In the meantime we can assure all patients that there will be no impact on the provision of the patient transport service across Sussex because one of the key benefits of the Coperforma managed service is that we can quickly switch capacity, as we have done in this case, to another provider.

We had no prior knowledge from the management of DMS of this turn of events, particularly as all our contractual financial obligations to the company are fully up to date, we have received written assurance from them to that effect, and we were assured that all staff salaries were being paid.

Since DMS agreed to take over from VM Langfords we have made payments to them totalling £479,256.

Coperforma is a financially sound company, our contractors’ invoices are being paid on time and the Sussex patient transport service is operating well.

– Coperforma
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