Keep calm and call 111 this Easter, say health chiefs

The Northern Echo: Keep A&E free for real emergencies

2:06pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

PEOPLE are being urged to use the NHS 111 number for urgent medical care other than emergencies.

GP opening hours to be extended after £2.9m cash boost to improve care

The Northern Echo: Skin specialist: Dr Jenny Steel

12:10am Monday 14th April 2014

FAMILY doctors in the region have been given an extra £2.9m to make it easier to see a GP, prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and ease pressure on hospital A&E departments.

Heart failure care in region is 'among the best in UK'

The Northern Echo:

7:20pm Friday 11th April 2014

A HEART specialist who highlighted national shortcomings in the care of heart failure patients across the UK has reassured patients about the high quality of care in the North-East.

Alcohol support team warned of potential job losses

The Northern Echo: Tasty: But the dangers of drinking too much are well documented

6:40am Thursday 10th April 2014

A SPECIALIST team which helps problem drinkers rebuild their lives has been warned of potential job losses.

False limb expert "made sexual gestures" at female colleague, professional hearing told

The Northern Echo: James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

6:10am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A SENIOR Freemason and false limb expert unzipped his trousers and told a colleague to “get on that and ride that baby”, a misconduct hearing was told.

Wearable computer 'could help people with Parkinson's'

The Northern Echo: Partners Ken Booth and Lynn Tearse who both have Parkinson's and took part in the Google Glass research

3:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A NORTH-EAST couple are among the first in the world to trial the benefits of futuristic techonolgy for people suffering with Parkinson's disease.

Speech and language therapy services facing cuts, union claims

The Northern Echo: NHS charging proposals slammed

5:39pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

UNION chiefs have raised fears that up to 3,500 children in the region could miss out on speech and language therapy.

Fracture service has increased 'brittle bone' diagnoses

The Northern Echo: Pictured (L-to-R):  Members of the South Tees Hospitals fracture service, consultant physician Dr Thant Oo, consultant in elderly care Dr Pratibha Tryambake, specialist nurse Anne Tate and consultant rheumatologist Dr Stephen Tuck

3:30pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

MORE patients are being tested and treated for osteoporosis at a North-East hospital trust thanks to the setting up of a fracture liaison service.

Coundon's 'Little star' saves her mum by ringing 999

The Northern Echo: Lauren Price Pic: Chris Booth

11:30pm Monday 7th April 2014

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl who calmly dialled 999 for an ambulance after her diabetic mother blacked out at the wheel has been praised by paramedics.

Warning as insect-borne diseases spread

The Northern Echo: Professor Steve Lindsay from Durham University

12:34pm Monday 7th April 2014

GOVERNMENTS and individuals need to be alert to environmental changes that could help spread diseases transmitted by insects, a Durham University scientist has said.

IT cash injection will equip 500 nurses with wi-fi laptops

The Northern Echo: Student Nurses: Bedpans and Bandages, filmed at the Royal Bolton Hospital

12:39pm Friday 4th April 2014

A NORTH-EAST mental health trust has been awarded £880,000 to invest in IT technology for staff.

Mental health nurses joint police as new scheme is launched

12:10am Friday 4th April 2014

A NATIONAL scheme which involves placing mental health professionals in police stations and courts is being trialled across two sites in the North-East.

Charity appeal attracts £26,000 donation

The Northern Echo: Doug Long, chief executive of Heel & Toe,  who is appealing to North-East businesses to support the work of his charity

5:06pm Friday 4th April 2014

CHILDREN with cerebral palsy have been given a lifeline thanks to a £26,000 donation to help provide new facilities for to the North-East’s only charity providing specialist therapy for youngsters.

GPs get advice on new personal health budgets

The Northern Echo: NHS charging proposals slammed

3:29pm Friday 4th April 2014

NATIONAL experts are taking part in a North-East event to help roll out a new initiative for people with long term health conditions and disabilities.

North-East researchers label care of heart failure patients as 'inadequate'

The Northern Echo: Darlington Memorial Hospital

12:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

CARE of patients with heart failure in the UK is inadequate and has not changed in a decade, according to startling findings from North-East researchers.

Spinal injuries team from region to compete in national games

5:25pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A TEAM of recently injured spinal patients from the North-East will take part in the Inter Spinal Unit Games next week at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

New breath test for asthma 'already in use' in region

4:52pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A NEW breath test already being used by pioneering medics in the North-East has been recommended for use on the NHS in a bid to prevent asthma attacks.

New boss of NHS visits County Durham on his first day in the job

The Northern Echo: Practice Nurse Lesley Dobson takes the blood pressure of the new chief executive of NHS, Simon Stevens at Consett Medical Centre in County Durham.

6:34pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE new boss of the NHS visited a hospital in County Durham on his first day in the job.

New NHS chief 'comes home' to the North-East

3:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE new chief executive of NHS England is spending his first day in the job in the North-East today, where he started his career 26 years ago.

Campaigners call for an end to 'wasteful' NHS spending

3:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE Taxpayers’ Alliance has accused the NHS of wasting millions of pounds of public money on “unnecessary” jobs such as public relations, diversity and ‘green’ staff.

Implant helps deaf woman to hear for first time

The Northern Echo: Joanne Milne

4:35pm Thursday 27th March 2014

DEAF since birth and having never heard a sound, the moment a woman hears for the first time and has her life transformed has been captured on film.

Police and crime commissioners criticise Government's cheap alcohol plan

The Northern Echo: KNOCKING IT BACK: Research shows that making alcohol more expensive can have a beneficial effect on health

4:43pm Thursday 27th March 2014

THE North-East's three police and crime commissioners (PCCs) have strongly criticised the Government's plans to tackle problems caused by cheap alcohol.

Hospital justifies scrapping free parking for disabled visitors

The Northern Echo: New £2.2m railway at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

4:43pm Thursday 27th March 2014

HOSPITAL bosses have justified scrapping free parking for disabled visitors after being criticised by union officials.

Hospital staff face bigger increase in parking charges than visitors

The Northern Echo: New £2.2m railway at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

7:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

HEALTH workers at one of the region’s biggest hospitals are facing a 36 per cent increase in the cost of parking, officials have revealed.

Charity calls for action on neglected children

2:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

SEVENTY-SIX per cent of children in the North of England know another child who is suffering from neglect, according to a report published today by Action for Children.

Big hike in hospital parking charges 'will help pay for new car parks'

The Northern Echo: New £2.2m railway at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

4:52pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

HOSPITAL bosses have justified a big hike in car parking charges by arguing it will help pay for two additional car parks.

Darlington Borough Council cuts means smokers face a postcode lottery in hospital

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for a children's residential centre near Heighington

6:00am Tuesday 25th March 2014

A COUNCIL’S decision to cut back on funding for hospital-based stop smoking support will mean patients will face a postcode lottery, it was revealed last night.

Social workers being used as "cannon fodder" says mother-of-three stabbed by psychiatric patient

The Northern Echo: NO SUPPORT: Claire Selwood. Picture courtesy of The Sunday Times / News Syndication.

5:54pm Monday 24th March 2014

A SOCIAL worker stabbed six times by a psychiatric patient - who has won a seven-year battle for compensation - claims her profession is being used as “cannon fodder” by uncaring council bosses.

New hospital opening hours on their way

The Northern Echo: James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

2:14pm Monday 24th March 2014

VISITING times for all wards and hospitals run by one of the region's biggest hospital trusts are being standardised to avoid confusion.

Call for improved training for health visitors to improve ethnic minority care

The Northern Echo: Shocking shortfall in number of health visitors

12:01pm Monday 24th March 2014

NORTH-EAST health visitors are suffering from severe professional anxiety because they are being inadequately trained to treat minority ethnic groups, researchers have found.

Leukaemia discovery could lead to better cancer treatment

The Northern Echo: Charity plea to help raise thousands to beat leukaemia

6:00pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

RESEARCHERS, led by a team at Newcastle University, have found that people born with a rare abnormality of their chromosomes have a massively increased risk of a rare childhood leukaemia.

Residents in affluent areas 'live longer lives'

The Northern Echo: Harrogate Pump Room

2:50pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

IN some affluent areas of North Yorkshire men can expect to enjoy 10 more years of ‘good health’ compared to those living in less affluent areas of the North-East, according to new figures.

Health Secretary urged to rapidly review Friarage Hospital decision

The Northern Echo: Coun Jim Clark.

5:42pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE Health Secretary has been asked to order an urgent review into plans to downgrade maternity and paediatric services at a general hospital.

Cash boost for regional maternity units

The Northern Echo: Darlington Memorial Hospital

5:22pm Thursday 20th March 2014

TWO North-East hospitals are to share more than £390,000 from the Government to improve their maternity facilities.

Health Secretary urged to rapidly review Friarage Hospital decision

The Northern Echo: Coun Jim Clark.

5:23pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THE Health Secretary has been asked to order an urgent review into plans to downgrade maternity and paediatric services at a general hospital.

MPs criticise regional variations in leg amputation rates

The Northern Echo: Stroud MP Neil Carmichael

12:43pm Thursday 20th March 2014

MPs have criticised regional variations in diabetes-related amputation rates as new figures highlighted black spots in our region.

New mental health unit for young people offers safe haven

The Northern Echo: From left, modern matron Leah Allinson, consultant Dr. Indranil Chakrabarti and director of operations Adele Coulthard in the new young peoples mental health unit

11:30am Thursday 20th March 2014

A NEW unit for young people with mental health difficulties has opened in Middlesbrough.

Grim report reveals extent of prostitution across Teesside

The Northern Echo: EXPLOITED: A prostitute on the streets of Middlesbrough

6:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

A DISTURBING report into the sex trade in Teesside, has revealed that prostitutes are gripped in a cycle of drugs and abuse.

Lung cancer rates continue to rise for women and fall for men

12:10am Thursday 20th March 2014

LUNG cancer rates in North-East women have risen by around 16 per cent over the last twenty years according to new Cancer Research UK figures.

Sobriety celebration in Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo: Middlehaven in Middlesbrough

2:16pm Thursday 20th March 2014

RECOVERING addicts and alcoholics will be partying at Middlesbrough Town Hall to celebrate turning their lives around.

Government invests in new drug and alcohol recovery services

The Northern Echo: A group to help alcohol and drug addicts has received a £10,000 boost

3:50pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

THE Government is investing £826,000 in drug and alcohol recovery services in the North-East.

Family's anger after hospital staff failed to disclose that elderly relative had suffered a cardiac arrest

The Northern Echo: MUCH LOVED: Maisie Ward

6:00am Wednesday 19th March 2014

A FAMILY initially told that their much-loved mother and grandmother had died in her sleep is calling for a full disclosure of the facts after discovering she actually died after a cardiac arrest.

Cast-offs get a new lease of life to raise money for Teesside Hospice

The Northern Echo: Cleveland College of Art & Design fashion and textile student Sophie Patterson, 17, of Ingleby Barwick (second right) with Teesside Hospice marketing manager Debbie Coulson, Teesside Hospice retail area manager Tracey O’Donnell and CCAD tutor Diane Wats

4:01pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

CASTOFFS have been transformed into coveted home accessories by fashion students to raise money for Teesside Hospice.

Yorkshire Ambulance Trust workers announce further strikes

The Northern Echo: Unite pickets outside Keighley ambulance station during the strike action taken on Saturday

4:51pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

Ambulance workers are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a long-running row over shifts and working hours.

Heart attack survival is the same 'where ever you live'

The Northern Echo: Monday morning is said to be the time when people are most likely to have a heart attack

3:46pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

NORTH-EAST specialists have shown that you are just as likely to survive a heart attack in the most rural of areas as you are if you live near to a hospital.

Opening of research centre by Sir Ian Botham is a "milestone" for NHS trust

The Northern Echo: Cricket legend Ian Botham opens Darlington Memorial Hospital's first clinical research unit

1:20pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

SIR Ian Botham today officially opened Darlington Memorial Hospital’s first clinical research unit which has been hailed as an important milestone for the County Durham and Darlington Trust.

North-East care firm honours its best

The Northern Echo: Tracey Murray, with compere Steve Walls and Henry Cave

2:42pm Tuesday 18th March 2014

A NORTH-East care company has honoured its brightest and best.

Hague backs move to get Friarage Hospital scheme independently reviewed

The Northern Echo: Richmond MP William Hague

3:39pm Monday 17th March 2014

WILLIAM Hague has welcomed a move to refer the decision to downgrade maternity and paediatric services at a hospital to a Government advisory service.

Information day is planned to raise awareness of common bone disorder

The Northern Echo: Rheumatologist Dr Stephen Tuck (left) and chemical pathologist Dr Stewart Pattman pictured with Diana Wilkinson of the Paget's Association on a visit to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

3:44pm Monday 17th March 2014

RHEUMATOLOGISTS are urging people to be more aware of a common bone disorder which affects hundreds of people across the region without many of them even knowing about it.

Friarage Hospital units may be forced to close over patient safety ahead of Health Secretary decision

The Northern Echo: Coun Jim Clark.

7:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

A HOSPITAL’S maternity and paediatric units could be shut down before a decision is made on whether the services should be downgraded.

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