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Calls to strip Coperforma of Sussex patient transport service contract

Embattled patient transport service provider Coperforma should be stripped of its contract, one union has suggested.

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Vicki Jenner who is awaiting an operation on her ankle. She has had two already but a number of others have been cancelled by East Surrey Hospital at the last minute. She is in constant pain and has frequent falls. Pic Steve Robards  SR1623800 SUS-160822-153745001

Nightmare ordeal of woman ‘left in constant pain’

A woman who has undergone a nightmare ordeal after a string of planned operations on her ankle were cancelled has now been left in constant pain.

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Take care during the hot weather

Warning to take extra care during hot weather

The NHS in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex is urging people to take extra care after the Met Office predicted a 60% chance of a heatwave until Friday (August 26).

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Dental survey

Tooth decay ‘acceptable for children’ in South-East

Almost a quarter of parents in the South-East think that it is acceptable for a child to have experienced tooth decay before they have reached their teenage years.

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Heart attack victim Peter Williams with his life-savers Lauren McCracken and Jim Burroughs SUS-160818-123406001

‘I am a very lucky man’ says heart attack victim saved by a voice on the end of a phone

A woman working in an ambulance control room helped save the life of a man who suffered a heart attack miles away from her - by telling a passerby what to do over the phone.

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Woman living with a serious ‘hidden’ illness in battle to help others

A young woman who has lived with excruciating pain and exhaustion because of a serious hidden illness is now battling to help others.

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‘I long to stand up to my full 6ft 3ins again’

A man who has been confined to a wheelchair unable to walk after being struck by a progressive disease has launched a brave battle to stand up again.

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Seb and Mum Natasha

Cancer tot, two, helps spearhead a new life-saving campaign

A toddler from Burgess Hill whose life was saved by a blood transfusion is now helping to save more lives by spearheading a new NHS campaign.

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Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton (Photograph: Eddie Mitchell)

Damning report is ‘shot in the arm’ that Brighton hospital needs

There is no quick fix for the ‘stark’ situation at the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH), but the damning CQC report which branded the hospital ‘inadequate’ should be ‘the shot in the arm’ needed to kick start improvements.

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How much sunshine can your skin stand?

How much sunshine can your skin stand?

Although sunlight boosts our mood and is good for us in small doses, too much exposure can lead to serious long-term consequences, including skin cancer as well as damage to your eyes.

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New wonder drug proves a lasting legacy for Sussex scientists

New wonder drug proves a lasting legacy for Sussex scientists

Scientists at a pharmaceutical company that pulled out of Horsham two years ago have left a lasting legacy - a new drug that could revolutionise the treatment of asthma.

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Dad in six-year kidney swap ordeal reaches out to other families

A man whose family life has been put on hold while he’s been waiting over six years for a kidney transplant hopes that he can now help other families.

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Sussex to benefit from new diabetes prevention campaign

Sussex to benefit from new diabetes prevention campaign

People in the South-East at greatest risk of developing Type 2 diabetes are set to benefit from increased help to avoid the disease.

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Patient transport service vehicles used by SECAmb before the contract was taken over by Coperforma

Coperforma suspends six staff working in Sussex patient transport service

Coperforma has suspended six staff working on its Sussex patient transport service contract.

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Product recall

Metal flakes found in supermarket puddings

Supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have been forced to recall chilled desserts after the manufacturer reported that they could contain flakes of metal.

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Patient transport service vehicles used by SECAmb before the contract was taken over by Coperforma

Union to ballot patient transport service staff on strike action

Staff working in Sussex’s patient transport service could strike in September over an estimated total of £45,000 unpaid back-pay.

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Sussex ambulance service agrees to joint working with neighbouring trust

Sussex’s ambulance service has agreed to formal collaborative working with a neighbouring trust covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, and Oxfordshire.

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Giant hogweed. Photo: Olaf Booy

Sussex parents warned about the dangers of the giant hogweed

A warning has been issued about keeping clear of the invasive weed giant hogweed which can damage skin.

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Product recall

Supermarket recalls nut product because of presence of... nuts

Waitrose has recalled a peanuts and raisins product because of the undeclared presence of nuts.

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Product warning

Top five supermarkets recall over 20 different yogurt brands after health scare

Five of the UK’s leading supermarket are recalling a number of own-brand yogurts after the Food Standards Agency found they may contain pieces of rubber.

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