Our objective as part of this research is to find out how many patients suffer from extremely rare forms of Anaemia. By taking part in this poll we’ll be able to tell approximately how many, the country in which you live and of which rare type of Anaemia it is you’ve being diagnosed with. From this we’ll be able to develop a trend analysis in the longer term.
Noémi Roy’s research focuses on rare inherited anaemias, in particular looking for new genes not previously known to cause anaemia. By trying to understand these mutations, she is hoping to better unravel the normal processes by which red blood cells develop. Ultimately this could lead to new treatments for patients with both inherited or acquired anaemias, or help grow red blood cells in the lab to be used for transfusion, thus reducing dependence on blood donors.
Archie Ramshaw (9) turned on the Christmas lights at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
The Northwold youngster, a patient on the Rudham ward, was unaware he had been chosen to do the honours, but jumped at the chance to flick the switch and illuminate the tree outside the rehabilitation unit.
Yesterday’s switch-on event followed the official opening of a new specialist unit at the hospital which could spell an end to cancelled operations.
The ward will cater solely for patients coming in for elective (non-emergency) procedures such as hip replacements and beds will be ring-fenced so operations can go ahead as planned without being affected by other hospital pressures.
It has been formed by combining the former Denver and Elm wards into a single, 44-bed unit and was opened by retired consultant surgeon Mr Robert Greatorex.
“While I was here I tried for nearly 20 years to get such a unit established,” he said. “I am delighted that it has finally come to fruition.”
Staff at Debenhams in King’s Lynn donated money instead of giving Christmas cards, using the proceeds to buy selection boxes for the Children staying on Rudham Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. From left, patient Archie Ramshaw (8) gets a selection box with Sister Avril Forster, Janice Dagless from Debenhams, Staff Nurse Emma Isaacson and Kerry Usher from Debenhams
Children spending Christmas in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn got some extra treats thanks to store workers.
Instead of buying each other Christmas cards, staff from Debenhams, in the town’s High Street, put the money they would have spent on them in a pot.
They wrote festive greetings on a graffiti wall in the staff restaurant and also put prizes donated by the store for a staff raffle in the pot as well.
When management at Tesco heard they were planning to come in and buy selection boxes for the children’s ward, they also donated some gifts and gave them a discount.
There were smiles all round when Debenhams workers Janice Dagless, from women’s wear, and Kerry Usher, from cosmetics, delivered the sweets to the QEH’s Rudham Ward, just in time for Christmas.