Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, has told Sheffield Live! dirty air is contributing to hundreds of deaths and an increase in cancer and asthma patients in the city. Fell said the introduction of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Sheffield is mainly to address these health related issues. Dozens of people joined a protest rally at the weekend calling on the local authority to stop charging vehicles that do not meet the legal standard. CAZ came into force in February, meaning drivers of the most polluting vehicles such as taxis, vans and lorries will have to pay a charge to drive into the city centre and the inner ring road. Taxis will pay £10 while buses and HGVs will pay £50 per day. Baillor Jalloh reports.
The president of Sheffield Hallam University Students Union is backing a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues. The Mind Your Head campaign calls for greater attention to mental health at universities. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Abdullah Okud, president of SHUSU.
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.
A coaching scheme for a healthy lifestyle has been launched at Sheffield’s Quaker Meeting House to support those who struggle to manage their weight. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffieldf Live!
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!
Signs are being installed across 20 schools in Sheffield which warn parents they could face fines for leaving their cars running during pick-up and drop-off times. Sheffield is one of the first cities outside of London to introduce the policy. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
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!
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 are planning to reclad the The Hanover Tower block which failed safety tests implemented after Grenfell Tower fire, with the cost to the authority expected to be around £1 million. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
School students joined a demonstration in Firth Park to highlight the dangers of air pollution following a report that puts Sheffield among cities that exceed the legal limits. The World Health Organisation has identified 30 areas in the UK where fine-particle air pollution is in excess of ten micrograms per cubic metre. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Graham Jones of the Burngreave Clean Air Campaign.