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26.07.22 – Delivery Driver saves father of two, Neonatal Community Outreach Team, Summer Reading Challenge

Written by on 26 July 2022

A father-of-two from Stoke-on-Trent is a walking miracle thanks to the quick actions of a delivery driver, West Midlands Ambulance Service and staff at University Hospitals of North Midlands.

Rob Coburn, from Longton was walking his dog when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.  Delivery driver, Anthony Heath, who had only completed his CPR training two weeks before the incident, noticed Rob and immediately started to administer CPR.

47 year old Rob was kept alive until an ambulance arrived and staff at Royal Stoke University Hospital continued to save his life.

Rob said: “I am so unbelievably grateful to Anthony for saving my life and giving me CPR. I was given a five to ten per cent chance of survival so to be here today telling my story is amazing.


Tiny twins from Stoke-on-Trent born five weeks early at the Royal Stoke University Hospital have been able to go home earlier than premature babies would traditionally be able to thanks to the launch of a new community outreach service.

The Neonatal Community Outreach Team (NCOT) supports families and babies in the community who require additional care and support such as specialist feeding support, home oxygen and home phototherapy.

Twins Holly and Ellie Hobson were born on 8 June and on 6 July after just four weeks in hospital they were able to go home thanks to the support from the outreach team (NCOT) which has visited the family at home once a week to provide essential health checks to both babies.


More than 80 lives have been saved or improved thanks to patients who donated their organs at University Hospitals of North Midlands in 2021.

Thirty patients donated their organs following their death, giving 85 people the chance of an improved life.

The annual ‘Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report’ revealed that UHNM was one of the top 20 donor hospitals in the UK last year.

Dr Matthew Lewis, Medical Director at UHNM, said: “Transplants can transform lives and I am proud that we have continued to contribute to this valuable work through Covid-19. Please register your organ donation decision and tell your family. Letting your family know what you want to happen when you die will make it much easier if there comes a time when organ donation is a possibility.”

You can find out more and register your decision by visiting the NHS Organ Donation website

Register at and don’t forget to share your decision with your family.


It is not too late to sign up for this year’s ‘Summer Reading Challenge’

Thousands of children are expected to sign up for the campaign being delivered by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Service in partnership with ‘The Reading Agency’ and the ‘Science Museums Group’. This year’s theme is Gadgeteers.

The Summer Reading Challenge has now launched in libraries across Staffordshire – it runs throughout the summer holidays and is free to take part.