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Hospital trusts are grappling with multi-million pound budget deficits, while also facing a shortage of nurses. Picture: Frank Dwyer

"Long way to go" as short staffed hospital trusts tackle budget deficits

e-cigarettes placed under the spotlight in the North-East

Middlesbrough, pictured, had high levels of inequality between the most and least deprived areas - 21 years for men and 20 for women.

North-East's poorest residents face 20 years of bad health, shocking new report claims

Experts are warning about the long-term risks of drinking too much alcohol

Too much alcohol causes sharp rise in North-East cancer-related hospital admissions

118 people have died in the North-East over the last four years because of organ shortages

118 people have died in the North-East over the last four years because of organ shortages

Junior doctors in England have voted in favour of strike action over a contractual dispute with the Government

Junior doctors back strike action – how will it affect the region?

Star Performers winners at the County Durham’s NHS Stop Smoking Service awards

Smoking cessation stars honoured at awards ceremony

TUMOUR TRAGEDY: John Annis, sharing a moment his daughter, Sophie, shortly before he died

Widow's personal account of how husband's brain tumour shattered family

TONY DOVESTON: Significantly raised the charity's profile.

Air ambulance stalwart calls it a day

Junior doctor records video diary to highlight concerns over extension to working hours

Junior doctor records video diary to highlight concerns over extension to working hours

A nurse gives a patient a diabetes test

Audit highlights lack of blood sugar awareness in many pregnant women with diabetes

Teaching assistants in County Durham are up in arms about plans to cut their pay

Teaching assistants "to fight" pay cut proposals

Carl Winspear, whose mother, Elaine Winspear has won her High Court case over a "do not resuscitate" notice that was placed on his file

Bereaved mother wins High Court case over disabled son's do not resuscitate order


Anti-alcohol campaign launched after survey reveals one million North-Easterners don't realise they're drinking too much

Phil Simpson aged 15, on the day of his bone marrow transplant

Ex-bubble boy backs £500k medical appeal

North-East local authorities urged to spend more on mental health

North-East local authorities urged to spend more on mental health


Police and mental health trust work together to support vulnerable people in Durham and Darlington

About 130,000 people in the UK suffer from Dementia with Lewy Bodies and it is hoped a Newcastle study will be able to develop tools to diagnose it quicker

£500k funding for Newcastle University dementia study

About 30 staff, employed by the North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NEAS) and who work as part of the hazardous area response team, have now voted to take industrial action following a ballot.

Hazardous response paramedics being "belittled" in North-East pay dispute

A study has revealed more men in the North-East have considered suicide than anywhere else in the country

Half of all North-East men under 45 have considered suicide, poll reveals

Darlington MP Jenny Chapman says Chancellor George Osborne is being "penny wise and pound foolish" over proposals to make savings to local councils' health budgets

George Osborne branded "foolish" over "disastrous" proposals to cut £16m from North-East and Yorks health budgets

Gerry Coyne and his son Tim, right, who spent time in the bubble. Picture: PHIL PUNTON

Bubble Foundation launches £500k appeal

4,000 junior doctors march through Newcastle to protest over contract changes

4,000 junior doctors march through Newcastle to protest over contract changes

A retired paramedic says he was disrespected and “messed about” when trying to do his bit to cure a staffing shortage at the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

Retired paramedic says he was 'messed about' after offering to help North East Ambulance Service

Demonstrators listen to speeches in Waterloo Place during the 'Let's Save the NHS' rally and protest march by junior doctors in London on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

North-East junior doctors to protest over new contract

Cheap alcohol contributing to rising deaths of pensioners in North-East

Cheap alcohol behind rising numbers of pensioner deaths, say experts


Ambulance workers honoured at awards night


Family of brain tumour girl overwhelmed by support from footballers across the world

Fewer people in the North-East are smoking than ever before, new figures show.

Fewer people smoking in the North-East than ever before

SUPPORT: Lorna Birse-Stewart, chief executive of the The Ambulance Services Charity with charity chairman Cliff Randall

Stressed out ambulance staff to receive help from charity

RESEARCH: Newcastle University’s Dr Anil Namdeo, who led a team conducting an experiment into the effects on children of smoking in cars

Even an open window won't protect children from smoke in cars, say North-East researchers

BANNED: Smoking in vehicles with anyone aged under 18 present is now illegal

Three month grace period over new smoking law


Former Stockton doctor warned he faces jail after assault on male patient

CHIEF: New North East Ambulance Service chief executive Yvonne Ormston who says recruiting paramedics is a priority

North East Ambulance Service looking to recruit 118 paramedics amid national shortage

DELIGHTED: Dr Hugo Minney

South Durham Health Community Interest Company to plough thousands back into community healthcare

HEADWAY: Rob Cromey-Hawke. Pic: Invictus Games

Support group set up for veterans with traumatic brain injuries at Phoenix House is first of its kind in the UK

Dated: 20/09/2015
MEMORY WALK ... TV star Denise Robertson launches the 2015 Alzheimer’s Society Tyneside Memory Walk on the banks of NewcastleGateshead Quayside yesterday (SAT) by cutting a ceremonial ribbon to get the walkers under way in an event tha

Grief stricken family of Byker Grove star join Alzheimer’s Society Tyneside Memory Walk

IMPROVED: Work has been carried out to improve Ward 23 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

Hospital ward improves service for dementia patients

EYESIGHT: More than 2,500 children in special schools across the region have never had an eye test, a charity has revealed

Thousands of vulnerable children missing out on crucial eyecare, charity finds

PREGNANT: Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth

Smoking rates among pregnant women hit all time low in North-East

LIFESTYLE: Walking is one simple way to improve health and fitness

Take that step towards a better lifestyle

WARNING: Balance launched its 049 campaign at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. Pictured, from left, are Mary Edwards from Balance, along with mums to be Laura Paterson, Leanne Kettlewell and Lauren Williams, who are joined by midwife consult

Mums-to-be urged not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy

GPs across the region given clean bill of health

GPs across the region given clean bill of health

REPORT: Children living in the North-East are more likely to suffer from a range of health problems than those in other regions, a study has revealed

Huge gaps in obesity levels, tooth decay, injury and educational development in region's children

REMINDER: Sue Clark, assistant practitioner, and Julie MacDonald, cardiothoracic administrator, in the cardiothoracic outpatients department at The James Cook University Hospital.

Missed appointments cost hospital trust millions

DRUGS: More people have died in the North-East through drug use than anywhere else in the country in the last year

North-East tops the table for drug related deaths for second year

STOPTOBER: Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health

Smokers urged to sign up to this year's 'Stoptober' event

CONCERN: Alex Cunningham

Blood closure will be 'damaging to public health' - MP

ALCOHOL: Dr Emma Giles (front), with Professor Newbury-Birch researching how alcohol affects teenagers.

Research into how to tackle the effects of booze on teenagers

RISK: A nurse gives a patient a diabetes test.

250,000 people in North-East at risk of type 2 diabetes


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