Mental health patients facing long waits for 'talking therapy'

12:02am Tuesday 16th September 2014

ONE in ten people in the North-East waited longer than a year to be referred for psychological therapy, an investigation has revealed.

Call to end North-South health divide

The Northern Echo: Professor Clare Bambra from Durham University, who was one of 11 contributors to the Due North report.

11:21am Monday 15th September 2014

A MAJOR report published today condemns the Government's austerity measures for hitting the north the hardest, and calls for radical change to halt the growing north-south health divide.

Parents 'not satisfied' with school choices

4:53pm Monday 15th September 2014

MORE than a third of parents in the North-East think the standard of schools in their local area is average or worse, according to a new survey.

Darlington comes together to discuss cancer issues

The Northern Echo: LET'S TALK: Patients discuss their experiences of care and support after a cancer diagnosis Picture: IAN MEESON

5:10pm Sunday 14th September 2014

CANCER survivors and those continuing to battle the disease shared their experiences with healthcare professionals at a get-together in a North-East town.

NHS Ambulance service aims to triple its volunteer driver team

2:13pm Friday 12th September 2014

AN NHS ambulance service is appealing for volunteers to drive patients to hospital appointments.

Unions pledge to fight hospital trust's plans to make 350 staff redundant

The Northern Echo: University Hospital of North Durham. GV

2:22pm Thursday 11th September 2014

UNIONS have pledged to fight a North-East hospital trust’s plans to make up to 350 staff redundant.

Academic success still biggest concern for students

The Northern Echo:

1:53pm Thursday 11th September 2014

EXAMS and deadlines remain the biggest worry for North-East university students, a survey has found.

Real terms cut in public health budgets announced

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

6:02am Wednesday 10th September 2014

SPENDING on public health in the region will be cut next year, it was announced yesterday (Tuesday, September 9) – despite Government promises to protect the NHS.

Cancer scanner is UK first

The Northern Echo: The advanced SPECT-CT hybrid cancer scanner at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.

5:49pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A NORTH-EAST hospital is the first in the UK to install a new type of hybrid scanner which will be used to plan complex radiotherapy cancer treatment.

Call for renewed action over dementia

6:03am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THERE are now 34,289 people living with dementia across the North-East according to new figures - and a charity says many are not living well.

Health bosses take hard new line on booze and pregnancy

6:01am Tuesday 9th September 2014

MOTHERS-TO-BE in the North-East have been advised that no alcohol prior to and during pregnancy is the safest option.

Boost for birthmark clinic

The Northern Echo: NEW KIT:   Mr Tobian Muir, consultant plastic surgeon at James Cook University Hospital shows the Venue 50 ultrasound machine to Mrs Ann McCormack, chairwoman of the James Cook Voluntary Service, which presented the £21,000 equipment to the hospital

4:39pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

PATIENTS suffering from vascular birthmarks across the North-East will benefit from a new ultrasound machine to treat birthmarks without the need for any surgery.

Second meeting to explain sight-saving mask

The Northern Echo: EYE PARTNERS: Richard Kirk, chief executive of Polyphotonix, left, pictured with Alex Wade, a director of the Rees & Wade's chain of opticians.

2:15pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

PATIENTS who fear they could lose their sight because of a condition known as diabetic retinopathy are being invited to a second public meeting to hear details of a revolutionary new form of treatment.

Inside Out day to raise awareness of mental health issues

The Northern Echo: RAISING  AWARENESS: Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG staff preparing for September 10 by wearing their clothes inside out. Pictured are Sarah Skelhorn, Maria Dean, Shirley Moses, Kathryn Shaw-Wright and Gemma Swan.

12:53pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

STAFF at a health organisation are turning their clothes inside out to raise awareness of a mental health campaign.

Thousands urged to quit smoking

The Northern Echo: STOP SMOKING: Kate Jeffels from Darlington’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Miriam Davidson (Director of Public Health at Darlington Borough Council) Cllr Andrew Scott and Catherine Taylor from Fresh urge everyone to get on board the Stoptober campai

6:38pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

SMOKERS in the North-East who want to quit are being urged to make the most of the annual Stoptober campaign which gets underway on October 1.

Father's death

6:26pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A 28-YEAR-OLD father died of a heart attack partly caused by alcoholic liver disease, an inquest heard today, Tuesday, September 9.

Darlo Mums' march for the NHS ends in London

The Northern Echo: ON STAGE: The Darlo Mums on stage at the Trafalgar Square rally

2:07pm Sunday 7th September 2014

THEY’VE walked 300 miles, spoken at dozens of campaign rallies and put Darlington on the map.

Councils call for action to reduce damage caused by availability of cheap alcohol

The Northern Echo:

12:03am Friday 5th September 2014

THE leaders of all 12 councils in the North-East have issued an open letter to the Government calling for action to reduce the damage caused by the widespread availability of cheap, strong alcohol.

Trust is looking for nurses

6:07pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A MAJOR recruitment campaign has been launched for nursing staff in the North-East.

Commercial Feature: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

The Northern Echo: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

4:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Social care for smokers costs £36m

2:10pm Thursday 4th September 2014

NEW figures show North-East councils are paying more than £36m a year to help people with smoking-related illness to live in their own homes.

NHS bosses deny claims that Darlington A&E is at risk of closure

The Northern Echo: CLINICS MOVED: Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington

6:03am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

BOSSES at an NHS hospital trust have denied there are any plans to close one of its accident and emergency departments after a petition calling for the facility to be ‘saved’ was circulated in the area.

Brain tumour boy's parents freed in Spain

The Northern Echo: CASE DROPPED: Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of brain tumour patient Ashya King

8:36pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE parents of brain tumour patient Ashya King are being released in Spain, according to family members.

NHS protest mothers joined by thousands on epic walk

The Northern Echo: HIGH PROFILE: Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, who has agreed to play at the People's March for the NHS rally in Trafalgar Square

5:38pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THOUSANDS of supporters have joined the People’s March for the NHS from Jarrow to London, according to organisers.

Heart donors honoured by transplant patients

The Northern Echo: TOUCHING GESTURE: Transplant recipient Natasha Whitfield, 27, from Darlington, attends the event at the Institute of Transplantation at the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle Picture: DAVID WOOD

10:23am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A VERY special group of people who are only alive because of the generosity of others have celebrated the achievements of a North-East heart transplant centre,

Investigation raises health concerns about e-cigarettes

6:04am Monday 1st September 2014

AN investigation into e-cigarettes has discovered a potentially toxic chemical linked to lung disease within one of the e-liquids tested for sale in the North-East.

Group challenges CCG claims

10:02am Saturday 30th August 2014

CAMPAIGNERS opposed to proposals to reduce the skills of ambulance crews in the Durham Dales have challenged new claims made by NHS commissioners.

Grub's on the up at most of region's hospitals

12:01am Friday 29th August 2014

MOST hospitals in the region are given high marks today (Friday) in the first ever ‘league tables’ judging the food given to their patients.

Complaints against NHS have increased

4:37pm Thursday 28th August 2014

MORE than 5,600 written complaints were made against the NHS in the North-East and Cumbria during 2013-14, according to new figures.

Terminally ill mother's emotional video plea for North-East smokers to quit

The Northern Echo:

12:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A 47-YEAR-OLD mother terminally ill with cigarette-related lung cancer has made an emotional video plea for North-East smokers to quit.

More strikes by 999 crews in Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Members of Unite who work for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service plan more strikes over claims that safety is being put at risk.

3:14pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

MEMBERS of Unite who work for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service will strike this Friday and next Tuesday as part of a long-running dispute over alleged safety issues.

Meningitis alert for freshers

4:24pm Monday 25th August 2014

PUBLIC health chiefs are urging new students in the North-East to get vaccinated against meningococcal C infection before beginning university this autumn.

Health Secretary calls for end to hospital parking charges for chronically ill patients

The Northern Echo:

11:01am Saturday 23rd August 2014

RELATIVES of chronically ill patients must be given free or cheap hospital parking under new rules announced by the Government.

North-East 'heroes' backing Future Fund

The Northern Echo: North-East heroes supporting The Future Fund are:  (clockwise from top left):  Sting, David Almond, Dame Margaret Barbour, Prof Sir John Burn,  Tyneside plaque commemorating Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, Ray Laidlaw, Doreen Jardine and Ray Jackson.

1:42pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A STARRY line-up of North-East heroes has pledged support to plans to create a dedicated children’s cancer research centre in Newcastle.

Cot death toll rises in region

6:28pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

CHARITY bosses say we are failing to protect babies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) after new figures showed an increase in ‘cot deaths’ in the North-East.

Quitting rate falls for smokers

4:47pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE proportion of North-East smokers who tried to quit smoking through the NHS - as well as those who actually gave up - has declined for the third year running, according to new statistics.

Families 'fear smokers will die early'

The Northern Echo: Jason Gaskell, pictured at home in Darlington with his grandson Morgan.

12:03am Tuesday 19th August 2014

SEVEN out of 10 smokers in the North-East say their family worries about them dying at an earlier age, according to figures released ahead of a TV campaign.

Lawyers called in after residents and carers at community for people with learning disabilities told not to hold protest vigil

The Northern Echo: CANDLELIT VIGIL: Residents and co-workers from Botton Village held a candlelit vigil on Sunday.

6:48pm Monday 18th August 2014

LAWYERS stepped in after residents of a community for people with learning disabilities were told they would not be permitted to take part in a peaceful protest over proposed changes to their way of life.

Bid to 'beat cancer sooner'

12:32am Monday 18th August 2014

DEATH rates for breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancer have fallen by almost a quarter in the North-East in the last 20 years, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK.

Do more to help families of premature babies, says mother who lost two children

The Northern Echo: FUN DAY:Jill Lynch organises family fun day to raise money for charity Bliss she is pictured with her sonTristen 10. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (9373169)

12:18pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A MOTHER who lost two children has appealed for more to be done to support the families of premature babies.

Minister urges legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use

9:18am Saturday 16th August 2014

TREAT cannabis like morphine and stop criminalising medicinal users, the UK’s drugs minister said this week.

Free school meals 'could save parents £26m'

The Northern Echo: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg pictured during a visit to the North-East

3:48pm Friday 15th August 2014

THE Government is predicting that the introduction of free school meals for children aged between four and seven from September will save North-East parents up to £26m.

Autism help on offer

The Northern Echo: (9345477)

1:41pm Friday 15th August 2014

AN AUTISM charity is expanding its services.

Diabetes family event

The Northern Echo: A little boy checks his blood sugar level at a family event organised by Diabetes UK

2:44pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

DIABETES UK’s Northern and Yorkshire region is hosting a Family Weekend for families who have a child with diabetes this autumn.

Pharmacies should be allowed to do more to tackle obesity, Durham University study warns

6:26am Wednesday 13th August 2014

PHARMACIES should be allowed to do more to tackle the obesity crisis, experts said after they found most people in the UK live within easy walking distance of a chemist.

Anger as leaked ambulance email suggests controversial changes already agreed ahead of public meetings

The Northern Echo: Councillor Tom Deacon pictured outside Barnard Castle Ambulance Station with the leaked email. Pic Keith Taylor (9163974)

6:39am Tuesday 12th August 2014

A LEAKED internal email which suggests controversial changes to the County Durham ambulance service have already been agreed ahead of a series of public meetings has angered councillors.

A&E 'in crisis' as thousands of patients wait for hospital emergency care in ambulances

The Northern Echo:

6:13pm Sunday 10th August 2014

THOUSANDS of patients in the region were left waiting in ambulances at the doors of accident and emergency departments last year because wards were too full.

U-turn on IVF decision deals bitter blow to childless couples

The Northern Echo: IVF BLOW: Disappointment after the Vale of York CCG announced a u-turn on its intention to offer IVF to childless couples

4:45pm Friday 8th August 2014

HEALTH bosses have backtracked on a decision announced earlier this year to offer IVF treatment on the NHS to couples in York.

New care hub will cater for older population

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the new £9m South Tyneside Integrated Care Hub.

3:15pm Friday 8th August 2014

A NEW £9m state-of-the-art care services centre is to be built in the North-East, which will offer services for older people their carers and families.

Charity asks region to 'Stand Up To Cancer'

The Northern Echo: TV presenter Davina McCall who is urging people across the North-East to Stand Up To Cancer

3:15pm Friday 8th August 2014

MEN, women and children across the North-East are being urged to join forces and Stand Up To Cancer.



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