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Spandau star is just the tonic; DUDLEY.

HEART-THROB actor Martin Kemp, whose life was saved by pioneering brain treatment, visited a hospital to open new facilities worth thousands of pounds.

Kemp, who starred with pop group Spandau Ballet before launching a successful acting career, visited Dudley's Russells Hall Hospital to open its new CT Scanning Suite in the X-Ray department.

He was accompanied by his wife Shirlie.

The 44-year-old actor was taken on a tour of the department to meet staff and view the latest in X-Ray and scanning equipment before unveiling a commemorative plaque.

He was also taken on a tour of the acute stroke ward where he delighted staff and patients.

During the mid-90s Mr Kemp recovered from two life-threatening brain tumours.

He resumed a successful acting career and also had a noteable spell in EastEnders.

Ghis Morris, head of service for X-Ray, said the staff and patients had eagerly looked forward to the actor's visit and added: "It was a lovely way to open the new CT suite and to celebrate not only the facilities we have here in the new unit but also the hard work and commitment of our staff."

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IT'S TRUE... ex-pop and soap star Martin Kemp swamped by staff and visitors at Russells Hall Hospital.' OPENING... Kemp in scanning suite.
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Date:Jan 20, 2006
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