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Grandmother stole thousands of pounds from friend who had dementia

A grandmother who stole thousands of pounds from her dementia-suffering friend has received a two-year suspended jail sentence after appearing at Canterbury Crown Court.

Eighty-year-old Margaret Rigby stole £57,000 from her 'friend of 40 years' Barbara Lewis's bank account - to finance a lavish lifestyle - as she lay seriously ill with dementia and memory loss in a care home.

Hospital, in special measures, has hopes for bright future

To say it's had a troubled history is a massive understatement. The Medway Maritime Hospital is in special measures. The NHS Trust that runs it has been dubbed as the worst in the country. The Care Quality Commission has demanded urgent improvements.

The hospital has revealed the latest chapter on what it's hoped will be a bright, new future. It's opened a new minor injuries unit in the Accident and Emergency department. Further developments are planned next year.

But will it be enough to heal the hospital's ills and restore public confidence? Our reporter Tom Savvides has the latest.


The smart bandage that detects infections

From the pilots of the Second World war to some of the casualties of the Shoreham air show, the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead has played a vital role in the treatment and recovery of burns patients across the South East. Now they've developed a new bandage that will make treatment ever better. It changes colour if the wounds gets infected - meaning doctors can act quickly to prevent the spread. It's a collaboration between the University of Brighton, the hospital and the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation. We spoke to Brian Jones, Director of research development, Tania Cubison Consultant burns & plastic surgeon and Tony Metcalfe Professor of Burns and Wounding, University of Brighton.

New hope in the battle against Parkinsons and Alzheimers

Scientists in Oxfordshire say they are closer than ever to finding new drugs to treat diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

Researchers at the Diamond Light Source in Harwell believe a new technique could help them speed up the process of drug development.

Kate Bunkall has been speaking with Professor Andrew Harrison, the CEO of Diamond Light Source and Professor Dave Stuart of the University of Oxford.


One in four people with HIV 'don't know they have it' - full report

One in four people with HIV don't know they have it and are running the risk of passing the disease on to other people - that's according to a new report.

On 'National HIV Testing Week' figures reveal Brighton continues to have the highest rate of infections in the country, outside London, with numbers way beyond the national average.

Andy Dickenson meets one man diagnosed with HIV who is taking his message into local schools and colleges.

Andy speaks to Carl Churchman and Sue Riley of Positive Voices, and Ben Shelley and Kimberly Kabuchi from Terrence Higgins Trust.

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