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Looking for heart defects in the young

Following the death of a teenager from Kent, a heart screening programme has been taking place in Faversham today. Six years ago young, fit Jack Maddams died in his sleep, days before his 18th birthday, from an undiscovered heart defect.

Since then his parents have fundraised tirelessly to raise money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young to pay for public heart screenings and prevent other families suffering the same loss.

Every week in the UK at least 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Janet and Roger Maddams and Dr Harshil Dhutia.

Speeding is no laughing matter

Roadside signs that frown at speeding drivers are being tested outside schools in Medway.

Drivers who obey the speed limit are greeted with a smiley face. The images are instantly understood by adults and children - a powerful bit of psychology, say road safety chiefs.

John Ryall spoke to Medway Council's director of regeneration Robin Cooper and Chatham head teacher Gillian Hill.


Hospital bosses step down after critical reports

A hospital which was put into special measures is looking for new managers after its two top bosses resigned. The Chairman and Chief Executive of the Medway NHS Trust have announced they're both stepping down.

It comes at time when the hospital is trying to turn itself around following a series of highly critical reports. Tom Savvides has the latest. He spoke to Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillngham and Rainham.

Managers at failing hospital step down

Managers step down at failing hospital

The two senior managers of a failing hospital have announced they're stepping down from their posts.

Chairman Denise Harker and Chief Executive Mark Devlin are in charge of The Medway Martime Hospital in Gillingham.

The hospital has been criticised in a number of reports about patient safety and has been put on 'special measures" and told to improve.

Earlier this week it was announced that an extra five million pounds was to be spent improving the A and E Department.

VIDEO: Schools in Medway 'underperforming'

The education watchdog, Oftsed, has delivered yet another damning report on one of the south east's education authorities. They say many primary schools in Medway are failing and the action plan to improve them is not fit for purpose with little chance of success.

We spoke to Tristan Osborne, who is a councillor in Medway, and hoping to become a Labour MP in the area.


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Schools' watchdog criticises Medway's primaries

Schools inspectors have delivered yet another damning report on one of the south east's education authorities. Ofsted says primary schools in Medway are failing. And it says the action plan to fix them is "Not fit for purpose". John Ryall spoke to Peter Read, & Medway Council's Kelly Tolhurst,

Cancer-causing toy dolls seized at market

Fruit-head dolls containing a chemical which can cause cancer Credit: Medway Council Trading Standards

Dangerous toy dolls banned across Europe have been seized from a market stall in Medway. Fruit-head dolls containing the chemical phthalates which can cause cancer, deformity in unborn babies and infertility in men, were confiscated by Medway Council Trading Standards.

Traders, who may buy them in good faith, if convicted, could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000 for breaching toy safety rules. The dolls were discovered on a stall at a Medway market but the council say it cannot be identified while an investigation is continuing.

Cllr Peter Hicks, from Medway Council, said: 'These dolls were selling cheap and would appear to be an attractive present. I would urge anyone who has bought one of the dolls to keep it away from their children and tell our trading standards service immediately.'

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