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70 years since the start of the NHS in the Anglia region

The National Health Service is celebrating 70 years since it was created.

The National Health Service is celebrating 70 years since it was created.

There's no doubt healthcare has improved vastly since the inception of the NHS on 5 July 1948.

Back then there were 34 deaths per 1,000 births - now the infant mortality rate has dropped to fewer than four per 1,000 births.

On average, people now live at least 12 years longer than they did in 1948.

  • ITV News Anglia reporter Tanya Mercer has been finding out what life was like before the NHS and how its introduction has changed Britain forever

Coping with twins and triplets deserves special treatment

Coping with being pregnant with twins and triplets is tough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Coping with being pregnant with twins and triplets is tough.

The Rosie Maternity Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has introduced a range of new measures to help families expecting more than one bundle of joy.

The Rosie has been working with TAMBA, the Twins and Multiple Births Association to refine the care it gives. Improvements include a designated ultrasound clinic so expectant mums see the same staff every visit.

Patients now also benefit fromTwin Pregnancy Growth Charts - a world first launched in the UK with the help of Tamba. Previously hospitals plotted twins' growth on charts designed for single babies leaving clinicians to decide how they were progressing.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson


Addenbrooke's Hospital placed on highest level of alert

Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge remains on the highest alert after seeing exceptional levels of demand in it's A&E department.

People are being urged not to attend the A&E unless it's an emergency.

Ambulances are diverting to other hospitals and routine operations have been cancelled.

A Cambridge University Hospital spokesman said yesterday that: “We can confirm that the hospital is at Opel Level Four, the highest level of alert, after seeing exceptional levels of acutely unwell patients needing inpatient beds.

"We are taking action to ease pressures and create flow through the hospital.

“We are temporarily diverting ambulances to other trusts and elective surgery has been cancelled. We would like to apologise to patients for the inconvenience."

New medical suite named after colleague killed in helicopter crash

A new medical suite has been opened at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge - named after a member of staff who died in a helicopter crash.

Kath Walker was 51 when she and her partner were killed in New Zealand in 2015 during a sight-seeing trip. The helicopter they were travelling in crashed into Fox Glacier on South Island.

Today, her daughter Rebecca Walker unveiled a plaque to officially open the Kath Walker Radiosurgery Suite.

It will provide cutting-edge medicine and help save lives.

Watch Matthew Hudson's report for ITV News Anglia to find out more.

Despite 115,000 blood donors in the East, more are needed

More blood donors are needed across the East of England. Credit: ITV News

With the recent high profile tragedies there has been a renewed call for additional blood donors.

In 2016, more than 115,000 people in the East of England gave blood at least once but thousands more are needed to keep up with demand.

Whether it's treatment for cancer, blood disorders, after accidents, surgery or during childbirth, a healthy supply of blood is vital for saving the lives of those who depend on it.

  • Click below to watch a report on National Blood Week by Sarah Beecroft
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