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County chosen for top health network

The county of Northumberland has been announced by NHS England as one of only 15 areas nationally set to accelerate work to involve people in taking more control of their own health and well-being.

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Top ranking for chief executive

The head of a North East organisation has been named the best mental health trust chief executive in the country.

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The great NHS gamble: what you need to know about the crisis facing England’s NHS

The great NHS gamble: what you need to know about the crisis facing England’s NHS

Government and National Health Service bosses must plug a multi-billion pound funding gap in the NHS budget.

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The rheumatology team, winners of Northumbria Healthcares beat the board challenge, one of a series of initiatives run by the trust to support staffs mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. The team is with senior health trainer Mark Freath (back right).

Golden seal of approval for wellbeing work

Work by a NHS health trust to improve the health and wellbeing of staff has received a golden seal of approval.

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‘Don’t try to ride out bad knee pain’

A Northumberland man who completed a gruelling 64-mile cycle journey just six months after undergoing a knee replacement has urged those suffering from knee pain not to put off having surgery.

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NTW signs the Time to Change pledge

Find the time to talk about mental health

People across the North East are encouraged to take some ‘Time to Talk’ tomorrow as one of the region’s biggest NHS trusts throws its weight behind a nationwide mental health campaign.

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Smoking costs North East £80.5m a year in social-care bills

New figures show that smoking is adding to England’s social-care crisis, with at least £80.5million a year spent in the North East on social care required because of smoking-related illness.

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Health body selected to help others

A regional organisation has been chosen by NHS Improvement to lead the way in developing new methods of working in mental health.

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New figures covering the whole of the Christmas and New Year period have shown the busiest time on record for NHS staff across North East hospitals and for the North East Ambulance Service.

Festive period busiest on record for region’s NHS

NHS figures, covering the whole of the Christmas and New Year period, show the busiest time on record for NHS staff working across the region’s hospitals and for the North East Ambulance Service.

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Staff at Northumbria Healthcares new emergency care hospital at Cramlington.

Bigger bill for key hospital as rates rise

Rising business rates could cost Northumberland’s key hospital almost £8million over the next five years following a 50 per cent increase in April.

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The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital near Cramlington.

Concern over A&E misuse

Health bosses in the North East have issued a stark warning to members of the public who are misusing emergency NHS services.

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Help reduce spread of winter bugs

People are being reminded about the importance of good hand hygiene to help reduce the spread of winter bugs.

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Think before you dial 999 this New Year

Ambulance bosses are appealing for people to use the emergency service wisely over the New Year.

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An academic has questioned the so-called weekend effect.

Patients no more at risk of death on weekends than during week

Patients are not a greater risk of dying on weekends than at any other times, a British academic has argued.
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MND campaigner Colin Hardy, with Coun Susan Dungworth; Coun Grant Davey, council leader; Julie Compton, campaigns manager north for the MNDA; Coun Scott Dickinson; and Kathryn Sheldon, regional fund-raiser for the MNDA.

Northumberland County Council adopts MND Charter

Northumberland County Council has become the first local authority in the north to adopt the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charter .

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Opportunity for hospitals to help smokers quit

Hospitals in the North East are making progress to help people quit smoking, but will need to play a greater role in the future to reduce pressure on wards and bed spaces.

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Ashington Leisure Centre

Memberships rise at leisure centres

Investment in leisure centres at Ashington and Cramlington has paid off, with new figures showing large increases in the number of memberships.

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Further calls to raise alcohol unit prices

Health campaigners in the North East are calling for an increase in taxes on the cheapest alcohol following the publication of a report revealing more working years are lost to alcohol than the 10 most frequent cancer types combined.

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People are urged to take a few minutes of time online this Christmas to give the greatest gift and become an organ donor.

Faffing can be fatal, loafing can be lethal - public urged to become organ donors

If you want to be an organ donor, why wait to join the NHS Organ Donor Register? NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on people to register as an organ donor this Christmas.

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Wansbeck General Hospital.

Overnight A&E loss is a concern

I read with concern that through-the-night accident and emergency services are to be withdrawn from Wansbeck General Hospital.

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