Health

Sheffield celebrates 50 years of kidney transplants

Surgeons and kidney patients gathered at Kenwood Hotel in Nether Edge to celebrate 50 years of kidney transplants in Sheffield. The first successful transplant in Sheffield was carried out in 1968 at a time when success rates were very low. In the last year the NHS performed 81 transplants with a 90 per cent success rate. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to retired kidney transplant surgeon Andrew Raftery.

Walk-in centre and minor injuries unit gain reprieve

Sheffield’s NHS walk-in centre and minor injuries unit are to remain open for at least two years as health bosses back down on closure plans. The reprieve agreed by the Clinical Commissioning Group follows months of protests and provides time for a review of the business case to be carried out next year. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Crookes man builds Shed of the Year

Sheffield firefighter, George Smallwood of Crookes, has won the national Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition for his eco-friendly shed which offers a haven for wildlife. Built over two months the shed features a self-watering roof top garden with beehives, a bug hotel and a hedgehog house. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Demand for support dogs on the rise

Support Dogs Sheffield told Sheffield Live! they are stretched to the limit with a huge increase in demand for support dogs to assist a range of conditions. The charity, who provide a free of charge service, are dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with various medical conditions such as seizures and autism. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Drivers set to face on the spot eye tests

Police are piloting a scheme to test the eyesight of all drivers stopped and which could be extended nationwide. Failure could lead to a driving licence being revoked. The scheme, being tested in Hampshire, Thames Valley and the West Midlands, follows calls for mandatory eye-testing of all drivers backed by the road safety charity Brake. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Public urged to register as organ donors

Beneficiaries of organ donation are supporting a week long NHS-led campaign to promote voluntary registration as an organ donor in the event of death. Just over one in three adults are currently registered as organ donors with the government considering replacing current arrangements with an opt out system where people would be automatically included with the option to withdraw. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Sam Blackburn, a recipient who received a kidney donation in 2008.

Sheffield Council warning to tree campaigners

Sheffield council have sent letters to fourteen people, including Nether Edge and Sharrow councillor Alison Teal, threatening a further injunction to prevent tree felling protests. The campaigners have been asked to give a written undertaking not to engage in tree protests in order to avoid the Council taking legal action. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!