MPs to vote 'soon' on new gene therapy - pioneered by Newcastle University team

6:49am Thursday 23rd October 2014

MPs will vote soon on a new gene therapy to stop incurable diseases passing to babies – ending fears the Government is ducking the controversy.

Fears that urgent care centres 'may be axed'

The Northern Echo:

6:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

FEARS are growing that NHS urgent care centres at three County Durham towns are earmarked for closure.

Walking changes could predict dementia

10:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE way someone walks is linked to dementia in Parkinson's disease, North-East researchers have found.

UK first for North-East hospital

The Northern Echo: Pictured (left to right) Dr John Greenaway and Mr Yks Viswanath with Daniel Bedwell of CJ Medical outside the endoscopy unit at James Cook Hospital.

1:56pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A NORTH-EAST hospital has become the first in the UK to perform a new endoscopic procedure for NHS patients with serious digestive problems.

Use of private ambulances in NHS 'rockets'

The Northern Echo:

12:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SPENDING on private ambulance services in the North-East and Yorkshire has more than quadrupled to hit £2.9m and £3.5m respectively, according to new figures from Labour.

Mental health boss urges public to shun 'offensive' costumes

The Northern Echo: John Lawlor, chief executive of a North-East mental health trust, who has called for 'offensive' Halloween costumes to be removed from sale and shunned by the public.

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CAMPAIGN by a North-East mental health trust to remove “offensive” Halloween costume from sale has been backed by the police.

Charity golf day raises £900 for Crook Toddler

The Northern Echo: GOLF DAY: A charity golf day in Crook has raised £900 for Mason, who has an incurable skin condition. He is pictured with his parents Miles and Samantha Crossley. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:02am Monday 20th October 2014

A CHARITY golf day organised in support of a toddler with an incurable skin condition has raised more than £900 for charity.

Care home wins national accolade

The Northern Echo: NATIONAL AWARD: From left to right, Tenlands Care Home manager Victoria Lee, deputy manager Andrea Green and Quality Assurance Manager Marion Gardiner at the 2014 National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Awards.

1:18pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A CARE home in County Durham has been named the Care Establishment of the Year at a national awards ceremony.

Cancer patients 'could face delays' because of strike

The Northern Echo: Ambulances outside The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. (6011246)

4:54pm Friday 17th October 2014

CANCER patients could be kept waiting for treatment because of a four hour strike by hospital radiographers on Monday.

Marchers call for better deal for workers

The Northern Echo: STRIKE ACTION: Union members take part in the strike action outside the University Hospital of North Durham on Monday.

3:05pm Friday 17th October 2014

FIVE days after NHS staff took strike action across the region, hundreds of North-East health workers are due to take part in a TUC mass demonstration in London.

First figures for FGM are welcomed

The Northern Echo: Professor Nicole Westmarland from Durham University who is an expert in the study of male violence against women.

6:03am Friday 17th October 2014

CAMPAIGNERS in the North-East have welcomed the first publication of figures showing the number of women being treated for female genital mutilation.

Crisis of North East Ambulance Service revealed in secret files

The Northern Echo:

6:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

THE “crisis” facing the North East Ambulance Service is laid bare in secret files, an MP said yesterday – with worried police stepping in to take injured people to hospital.

Hormonal women 'get little support'

6:25pm Thursday 16th October 2014

WOMEN in the North-East get little advice or treatment for symptoms relating to hormonal changes, according to new research - resulting in a third of women saying they are struggling to cope due to their symptoms.

Elderly man smothered wife of 50 years because he couldn't cope with her Parkinson's and dementia

The Northern Echo:

1:41pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

AN elderly man who could no longer cope with the care of his sick wife smothered her to death before overdosing on antidepressants she had been prescribed, an inquest has heard.

Call for action as nearly one in four in North-East admitted to hospital because of drinking

The Northern Echo: CHEAP BOOZE: The North-East has the highest rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions in the country

12:02am Wednesday 15th October 2014

THE number of people in the North-East admitted to hospital because of their drinking has broken through the 600,000 barrier, according to new figures.

Region's striking NHS workers say 'enough is enough' when it comes to pay

The Northern Echo:

9:48am Tuesday 14th October 2014

STRIKING midwives waving blue ‘Enough is Enough’ banners were on picket lines at hospitals across the region yesterday, talking strike action for the first time in their royal college’s 133 year history.

'Don't ignore blood in urine'

5:03pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

HEALTH experts are urging people to go to their doctor immediately if they see blood in their urine.

Scientists may have found 'Achilles heel' of breast cancer

The Northern Echo: Profesor David Elliot of Newcastle University, whose team of scientists have made a potentially significant discovery in breast cancer treatment.

2:47pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

NORTH-EAST scientists believe they may have found breast cancer's 'Achilles' heel'.

NHS strike: 400,000 staff walkout on strike over pay

The Northern Echo:

8:26am Monday 13th October 2014

HUNDREDS of thousands of health workers, included many in the North-East and North Yorkshire, have walked out on strike, many for the first time in their lives, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended one per cent pay rise.

Striking midwives to join massive NHS walk-out

7:11am Saturday 11th October 2014

MIDWIVES across the region will strike for the first time on Monday as part of industrial action by up to nine health unions after most NHS staff were denied a one per cent pay rise.

New software 'should reduce patient risk'

8:13pm Friday 10th October 2014

FAMILY doctors in the North-East are the first in the country to buy into a new software package which promises to improve safety for primary care patients.

Advanced cancer treatment unveiled after £1.2m raised by charities

The Northern Echo: The advanced stereotactic radiotherapy unit in operation at the Freeman Hospital,  Newcastle.

2:02pm Thursday 9th October 2014

CANCER patients in the North-East are benefitting from the most advanced form of radiotherapy in the country – previously only available in London – after a hugely successful fundraising campaign.

Cut waiting times for mental health services, urges North-East charity

The Northern Echo: WAITING times for mental health practitioners should be cut to a fortnight, according to a North-East charity.

1:26pm Thursday 9th October 2014

WAITING times for mental health practitioners should be cut to a fortnight, according to a North-East charity.

Advanced cancer treatment unveiled after £1.2m raised by charities

The Northern Echo: The advanced stereotactic radiotherapy unit in operation at the Freeman Hospital,  Newcastle.

12:03am Thursday 9th October 2014

CANCER patients in the North-East are benefitting from the most advanced form of radiotherapy in the country – previously only available in London – after a hugely successful fundraising campaign.

Brain drain fears for student nurses

2:43pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

NURSING leaders are warning the failure to pay hospital staff a fair pay rise could trigger a brain drain after a survey showed 42 per cent of student nurses in the North-East and Cumbria said they would consider working abroad.

Survey suggests number smoking on the increase in region as nationally figures fall - campaigners say recession to blame

The Northern Echo: REG SINGLE: Plans unveiled to cut smoking in County Durham

4:55pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

CAMPAIGNERS in the North-East have said the “stress and worry” of a very severe recession may be the reason why smoking rates in the region have increased.

Mother of Newton Aycliffe swine flu victim backs NHS vaccination campaign

The Northern Echo: MUCH-LOVED MUM: Nikki Westgarth with her son, Jake Grimes.

5:34pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

THE mother of a 21-year-old woman who died of swine flu four days after giving birth has backed a NHS campaign urging people, including pregnant women, to get vaccinated.

Survey challenges idea that teens with cerebral palsy have unhappy life

12:58am Tuesday 7th October 2014

ADOLESCENTS with cerebral palsy rate their quality of life on a par with their able-bodied peers, according to new research by North-East academics.

Call for better healthcare for mentally ill

The Northern Echo: Schizophrenia patient Bill Watson who choked to death when he was 38 because of the medication he was on to treat his mental illness.

12:03am Monday 6th October 2014

THE parents of a North-East man who choked to death because of the drugs given to him to treat his mental illness are backing a national campaign to improve healthcare for people with schizophrenia.

Schools urged to 'crack the code' to increase social mobility

4:29pm Monday 6th October 2014

THE Social Mobility Commission - headed by former Darlington MP Alan Milburn – has called on schools to do more to improve exam results for poorer children.

At-risk groups urged to have flu jab

12:03am Monday 6th October 2014

HEALTH experts are urging at-risk groups in the North-East to have a flu jab in case this winter is a bad one.

Review into urgent care service in County Durham and Darlington

2:13pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A REVIEW into urgent and emergency care services across County Durham and Darlington is being carried out, it has emerged.

Doctor wins national award

The Northern Echo: The award-winning pharmacy team (pictured L-to-R):  Karen Glasper,  Dr Julia Blagburn and Ben Fatemi

5:09pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST doctor has won a national award at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Awards.

Cancer campaigners join fight to save Stockton haematology ward

The Northern Echo: CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER: Allison White, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, credits the haematology ward at the University Hospital of North Tees with saving her life.

2:51pm Friday 3rd October 2014

CANCER campaigners have backed a petition to save a North-East haematology ward.

£8m boost for North-East science

12:03am Friday 3rd October 2014

TWO North-East universities will benefit from an £8m investment announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

New service to help tackle drug and alcohol dependency

The Northern Echo: DEPENDENCY HELP: The new drug and alcohol service, officially launched during a meeting with North Yorkshire County Council's public health team and other agencies and workers

12:09pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A NEW service has been launched which will provide treatment and support for adults in North Yorkshire with drug and alcohol dependency.

Region has highest hospital admissions for alcohol

3:37pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

NEW figures show that the North-East continues to have the highest rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions – with figures almost doubling over the past ten years.

North-East 'best for most childhood jabs'

4:17pm Thursday 25th September 2014

NEW figures show that the North-East has the highest levels of immunisation for most routine childhood vaccinations.

Anger over NHS chiefs' pay as unions prepare week of strike action

12:02am Thursday 25th September 2014

NHS managers in the region were handed an extra £130,000 last year when front-line staff faced another year of pay freezes, a report will reveal today (Thursday).

Roy Chubby Brown makes £5,000 hospital donation...and gets parking ticket

The Northern Echo: Gill Perry and Janine Evans from South Tees Hospitals Charity receive the £5,000 cheque from Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown watched by Claire Huntley, superintendent radiographer.

6:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

COMEDIAN Roy Chubby Brown needed his sense of humour when he got a parking ticket at a North-East hospital minutes after handing over a cheque for £5,000 to help cancer patients.

Hospital trust announces plans to spend £5.6m improving A&E in Darlington and Durham

The Northern Echo: SPENDING PLANS: The University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham City

6:32am Saturday 20th September 2014

A HOSPITAL trust has announced details of plans to spend more than £5m making improvements to accident and emergency departments in Darlington and Durham.

Barbour Foundation makes £1m donation to child cancer fund

The Northern Echo: CHARITABLE DONATION: Dame Margaret Barbour with cancer patient Mary Dafter pictured in Newcastle Hospital's Great North Children's Hospital

12:03am Saturday 20th September 2014

A CHARITABLE foundation has donated £1m to a campaign to set up a specialist children’s cancer research facility in the North-East.

Cancer drug trials bring hope to kids like Joe

The Northern Echo: Former cancer sufferer Joe Johnson from Medomsley near Consett  pictured at home with mum Carla.

6:04am Saturday 20th September 2014

NEWS that her son Joe was in remission brought to a close more than a year of heartache and torment for Carla Johnson, who watched her child transformed almost overnight by cancer from a healthy three-year-old to being on the brink of death.

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.



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