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.

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.

Only ring 999 in an emergency.

Think before you dial 999 this New Year

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

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.
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 .

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh.

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.

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.

Picture by Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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.

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.

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.

NTWS medical director Dr Rajesh Nadkarni

Morpeth-based mental health team for mums and mums-to-be in the North East gets £2.7m boost

Mums and pregnant women in the North East will benefit from a £2.7million boost to a specialist mental health services unit based at Morpeth.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, executive medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Patients warned of changes being made to urgent care centres to cope with winter demands

Changes are being made to urgent care centres to help NHS staff cope with an expected busy winter.

Daljit Lally, who has senior executive roles at the county council and Northumbria Healthcare, and county council cabinet member Susan Dungworth.

Very high level of care satisfaction

Care and support services in Northumberland are helping people feel safe and secure, according to national survey results.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance.

Report predicts 135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths by 2025

Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, is backing calls to raise awareness as a new Cancer Research UK report predicts around 135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths in the UK over the next 20 years.

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Grace McShane and her sister Cassie Fairbairn are joined by physios Roz Middleton and Sarah Watling, mum Sarah McShane, aunt Christine Chilcott, Marion Snaith, Sister Lesley McGreavy, and dad Derek McShane.

Family’s donation to thank hospital

A youngster and her family have thanked hospital staff who helped her recover from a brain injury.

Catherine Wilce with her sons John and Alan, her grandaughter Rachel Wilce and a photograph of her late husband John Henry Wilce.
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Family’s anguish as sick father dies in hospital after 11 hour wait for ambulance

A heartbroken family have called for answers after their sick father was left waiting nearly 12 hours for an ambulance.

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Experts agree that sufficient sleep is necessary for children of all ages

Anti-monster spray to favourite stories: Nine steps to help your child go to sleep

It can be one of the toughest tasks a parent faces - quite how to persuade a child to just lay down and go to sleep.

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