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Leicester hospital conducts pioneering operation on baby born with heart outside her body

Doctors at the Leicester Glenfield Hospital have carried out a pioneering operation on a three week old baby who was born with her heart outside of her body. Vanellope Hope Wilkins is thought to be one of the first baby’s in England to have survived such a procedure. She has already had three operations to...

Rise in the number of overweight children in Leicestershire

The number of children classed as obese or overweight has increased across Leicestershire. The figure for 10 and 11-year-olds in the year to April 2016 was 31.5% - up from 29.9% in the previous year. For reception class children, the figure has risen from 20.2% to 21.6% in the same period. Scientists have found that children who...

Free health checks for Leicestershire residents

The county council is encouraging 40 to 74-year-olds in Leicestershire to take up the opportunity of having free NHS health checks. The tests can reduce the risk of developing conditions later in life such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. The health checks are free, take less than...

Bird flu warning in Leicester

People in Leicester are being asked to stay vigilant after a bird flu outbreak was confirmed at a turkey farm housing more than 5,000 birds in Lincolnshire. Most of the birds there died and the rest were subsequently destroyed. Leicester City Council have put up notices in local parks and open spaces, asking people to contact...

Twelve-year-old’s video helps mum raise £50,000 for cancer treatment

A twelve-year-old boy has made an emotional video to help his mum raise £50,000 for the first phase of her life-saving cancer treatment. Louise Gleadell, 37 was diagnosed with cervical cancer in February 2015. She has gone through months of radiotherapy and chemotherapy and now doctors say there is no other treatment available to her...

Over 35,000 sign petition to save Children’s Heart Surgery at Glenfield

A campaign to save children's heart surgery at Glenfield Hospital has received over 35,000 signatures. The online petition calls for a parliamentary discussion and review into the decision to close the Children's Heart Unit in Leicester. The petition needs 100,000 signatures to trigger the parliamentary review. The petition follows NHS England's decision not to support...

New proposals to close three hospitals in Leicestershire

Leicestershire could see the closure of three community hospitals as part of a major cost saving scheme, leading to hundreds of job losses. The proposals were outlined in a report published this week outlining how NHS bosses plan a radical shake-up of patient led services. Under the new draft proposals, hospitals in Melton Mowbray, Lutterworth and...

Glenfield Children’s Heart Unit remains at risk

A public consultation is currently underway following plans announced by NHS England last summer to stop heart surgery at Glenfield Children's Heart Unit. This is because the hospital is not meeting the target of performing 375 operations a year, in line with safety and quality targets. In 2016, Glenfield Hospital operated on 328 children and hopes...

Man contracted sepsis after regular trip to dentist

A man who contracted Sepsis after a regular trip to the Dentist has been talking about how he's tried to turn his life around. Tom Ray from Oakham had half his limbs and part of his face amputated due to the condition, which shuts down the blood supply to vital organs. After contracting the infection, he...

‘Christmas miracle’ boy from Leicestershire wins national award

A Leicestershire schoolboy has won a national bravery award after surviving surgery to remove an orange-sized tumour from his brain. On Christmas Eve last year, Ceylian Bonnet Bocher had the operation to remove the tumour. His parents feared he wouldn’t survive and were so scared they called a priest to come and baptise him ahead...

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