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Moves to tackle obesity in Kent

People in Kent are being urged to lead healthier lives Credit: ITV

Organisations across Medway will come together later this week to discuss ongoing plans to tackle obesity.

As part of the fourth annual Health Weight Summit, representatives from more than 25 public, private, voluntary and academic organisations will gather on Thursday, 6 July at Chatham Dockyard.

Wheelchair users set sail in specially-adapted powerboat

Nearly 200 students with learning difficulties will get the chance to enjoy a trip on the water in Sussex - on a new, specially adapted, boat.

The Wheelyboat is a powerboat that can accommodate wheelchair users - and it's the first of it's kind for a school from Lingfield.

Costing over £40,000 - it's been partly paid for by the Wheelyboat Trust charity and through fund-raising by Young Epilepsy. Abigail Bracken reports.

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Fall in number of Hampshire smokers

The number of smokers has fallen since the indoor smoking ban was introduced Credit: PA

Smoker numbers in Hampshire are at low levels after 10 years of the indoor smoking ban

More than half of all adults in Portsmouth (51.7%) and Southampton (58.7%) have never smoked.

Both Portsmouth and Southampton have seen a fall in smoker rates with around just one in five adults now smokers.

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New patient helpline to offer 24-hour advice

South Central Ambulance Service is to run a new patient telephone service for urgent care advice in the Thames Valley.

The new 'Thames Valley 111' telephone service will be introduced in September. It will allow patients access to a 24/7 urgent assessment and treatment service.

A team of healthcare professionals will be available to offer out of hours GP, dental, medical and mental health advice.

This is an exciting time and one which is going to improve patients' experience by getting people to appropriate care more efficiently by this integration of urgent care services.

I would like to thank all those local residents, stakeholders and clinicians who took the time to give their views and feedback during the engagement process. Your valuable contribution will help shape this integrated service and confirms our commitment to ensuring that patients are at the heart of the services we commission."

– Sam Burrows, senior responsible officer for the procurement process

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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