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Children learn about ocean wildlife in our waters

It's not a sight you get to see everyday, but ferry passengers and school children were given the opportunity to come face-to-face with 43ft whales, sharks and dolphins.

We spoke to the director of marine charity ORCA, Sally Hamilton, and Portsmouth International Port manager, Martin Putman about the exhibition, which highlighted the variety of wildlife found in our seas off the Solent.

Chloe Oliver has this report.

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Parents urged not to be alarmed by Hep A outbreak

Almost 800 children and teachers in Portsmouth are to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A after an outbreak of the disease.

The viral infection is usually associated with far away destinations like Africa and India.

But several cases have been reported in Portsmouth, including at at a junior school in the North End area.

As investigations continue, the decision has been taken to vaccinate all children and staff at Isambard Brunel Juniors, Meredith Infant and Pre-school, and Izzies Nursery School - which are all on the same site.

Tonight's ITV Meridian programme had all the information:

Hepatitis A vaccination extended to more children

A single case of Hepatitis A was confirmed in Portsmouth last month Credit: PA

As Public Health England (PHE) continues investigations into a cluster of illnesses caused by Hepatitis A in Portsmouth, a decision has been made to extend vaccination of children attending schools where further cases have been confirmed.

Dr Anand Fernandes, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health England (PHE) Wessex has advised that all children and staff at Isambard Brunel Junior School, Meredith Infant School, Meredith Preschool and Izzies Nursery School in the city will be offered Hepatitis A vaccination.

As advised previously, we continue to monitor the situation and following consultation with national immunisation experts, we have concluded that vaccinating all staff and students at these schools and nursery is a reasonable precautionary step to take even though there have been no cases at the nursery and preschool.

– Dr Anand Fernandes

Charlie has his sights set on Hollywood

The Hampshire actor now lives in Hollywood Credit: Charlie Clark

An actor from Portsmouth is so determined to break into the big time that he's moved to Hollywood. Charlie Clark, who's 24, is studying at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting. Former students include Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland.

It's a very competitive place, and you have to work your socks off. It's a little strange when you get invited to a George Clooney party. A couple of years ago I was catching the train from Cosham to Commercial Road every day. Now I'm next to the beach with palm trees everywhere. I have some upcoming projects and I'm really excited.

– Charlie Clark

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Case of Hepatitis A reported in Portsmouth

Public Health England is investigating a single case of Hepatitis A in Portsmouth.

People connected to the case will receive a vaccination Credit: PA

The Wessex PHE Centre has recommended that close contacts of the case, including household, children and staff attending the same class group as the case should receive Hepatitis A vaccination to prevent further spread of this infection.

This viral infection which is very uncommon in England is often associated with foreign travel. It can cause a range of illness from mild, non-specific nausea and vomiting through to hepatitis (liver inflammation, jaundice, or icterus) and rarely, liver failure.

The illness in young children may often be very mild or they may not show any symptoms at all but can pass the infection to others.

We are working closely with colleagues in the local NHS and Portsmouth City Council Environmental Health and Public Health departments to manage the low risk of spread of this illness.

We have reviewed the risk posed by this infection and have recommended the vaccination of all children and staff in a specific class as a precautionary measure.

No other children, staff or visitors to the schools will be offered the vaccine at this time as the risk of exposure to them is very low. However, we are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to review the need to extend vaccination.

– Dr Anand Fernandes, Consultant in Health Protection at PHE Wessex

Thousands of pounds awarded to Portsmouth schools to help them serve up school dinners

Cash to help provide school dinners Credit: ITV news

Schools served up meals grants

Three Portsmouth schools will benefit from Government funding to help them deliver hot school meals to infant pupils.

College Park Infant School has been awarded the maximum £250,000 to install a new kitchen and extend the dining hall area, with the council funding an additional £90,000. Debbie Anderson head teacher at College Park said: "Being able to have a kitchen on our own school site will really help us to efficiently provide free quality meals to those families who want to take them up for their children. It will make a real difference to our lunchtimes."

Devonshire Infant School was also awarded £250,000 with an additional £30k from the council to build an extension to create a larger dining hall and additional seating space. Mayfield School was also awarded £90,000 for refurbishments to create a servery and dining space for their infant pupils.

Neill Young, Cabinet Member for Children and Education at Portsmouth City Council said: "Regular meals and eating a healthy balanced diet is fundamental to the development of children's health and wellbeing and healthy pupils are more likely to be better learners and to get more from their school day. Lunchtime and the dining environment are important and being able to provide a hot, free school meal to our infant children is beneficial. We're really pleased to have been awarded grants to enable three of our schools to improve the dining experience for their young pupils."

Chance to quiz organisation that commissions Portsmouth's healthcare

Patients and service users will get another chance to quiz the organisation which commissions most of Portsmouth's healthcare services today.

Meeting will start at 1pm at St James' Hospital Credit: PA

NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a governing board meeting in public from 1pm to 3pm at St James' Hospital, Milton.

This will be followed from 3.15pm to 4pm by a question and answer session for the public, who can either attend to ask their questions or email them in advance to enquiries@portsmouthccg.nhs.uk

The CCG says GPs and other board members will try to answer any issue relating to the commissioning of the health services that they buy in, or other related health issues. But they cannot answer questions relating to individual patients.

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