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NHS & Health News

CLOSED: Robinson's butchers in Billingham

Butchers at centre of E.coli outbreak investigation to close voluntarily as probe continues

HEADLINES: Ashya King made headlines when his family took him out of hospital to get proton beam therapy

Proton Beam Therapy centre to open in the region

Stroke services at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been rated top following a national audit. Dr Adrian Bergin (left) and the stroke team staff on ward 28 at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough

Stroke services at James Cook highly rated by national audit

CARE: Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington

New programme aims to improve urgent and emergency NHS care in the region

Noel Hemmings of Action For Blind People, Middlesbrough, was behind the launch of the charity's new social media site Action Connect.

Charity launches social media site for visually impaired

PROBLEM: Four in ten North-East secondary school children have tried alcohol, a new report has found.

Four in ten North-East secondary school children have tried alcohol, report finds

New Government scheme to help sick employees get back to their jobs

DONATE: More than 150 from the region have died waiting for an organ transplant in the last five years.

150 people died waiting for organ donor, shock new figures reveals

Clive Peedell

Pioneering treatment for prostate cancer sufferers

WARNING: North-East drinkers are more likely to be hospitalised with seven types of alcohol-related cancer than anywhere else in the country, experts say.

More North-East drinkers hospitalised with cancer than anywhere else in country

CLUE: The North-East – where about a quarter of adults are smokers – has the highest lung cancer rate in the UK

Smoking blamed as region revealed as lung cancer hotspot

Dr. Tom Heffernan who has been leading research at Northumbria University into how use of steroids for muscle growth can cause issues with memory.

Anabolic steroid use leads to memory issues, North-East study reveals

Stephen Blakeburn, 50, from Darlington, County Durham, who cares for his mother, Jenny, 86, (left) who was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. Picture: Alzheimer's Society/PA Wire

Darlington man speaks out as GPs admit dementia services are inadequate

SUPPORT: PTSD Resolution is offering support for those suffering from the effects of military post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Charity provides support for veterans suffering with PTSD

PCSO Liam Robertson pictured in 2012 with alcohol seized from school-leavers in Darlington. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Campaigners in North-East call for spirits tax rise to protect young people

CRISIS: The child, adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) crisis and liaison team

Mental health crisis support for young people

CONCERN: Although the number of sexually transmitted infections are falling, cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea have shown a sharp rise

Concern over sharp rise in syphilis and gonorrhoea cases in North-East

New investment to keep population healthy

BOOZE: Almost one million people in the North East face an increased risk of cancer due to drinking over the limit.

Booze battles increase cancer risk

GPS: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Figures show region has escaped worst of GP crisis

FAGS: Many North East women continue to smoke while pregnant

North East has highest proportion of women who smoke during pregnancy

INVESTMENT: James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, which is part of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS trust moving towards a paperless future

TEAM: Consultant gynaecological oncologist Raj Naik and the team at the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre

Double boost in cancer fight

OBESITY: Experts have called for better public education about the health impact of obesity after a survey which showed many underestimate their weight

Region 'most likely' to underestimate weight

WARNING: How smoking affects the North-East.

Stopping smoking could lift 34,000 North-East households out of poverty, campaign claims

NHS: Demonstrators outside the One Life Centre in Hartlepool. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Mask-wearing protestors demonstrate against Richard Branson and government over NHS privatisation

TRUST: Acting director of Fresh, Lisa Surtees

People 'don't trust' the tobacco industry

BOARD: Members of the board of South Durham Health CIC who developed the suicide prevention scheme

Life-saving scheme extended

CIGS:This light fitting contained a hidden cache of illegal tobacco

Crack down on illegal tobacco

SOLUTIONS: MP Alex Cunningham who wants the public to have their say at consultation events being organised by the Care Quality Commission

MP's appeal over healthcare consultation events

Positive inspection report for mental health trust

Tyneside trust 'clear winner'

CARING: Left to right - Dr David Russell, Karen Fuat, Dr Richard Stevens, Dr Sally Stone and Dr Steve Charlton

Gold standard for Darlington GPs' practice

RESEARCH: Dr. Quentin Anstee pictured at Newcastle University Medical School.

Pioneering research will benefit liver disease patients

TRIAL: Patients at the University Hospital of North Durham have taken part in an important drug trial

Hospital in superbug treatment trial

Public urged to 'find out more'

Inactivity 'costs millions'

Inactivity costing North-East NHS £52m a year

CAMPAIGN: Former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan is backing a public health campaign

Ex-Corrie star backs campaign

PILOT: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg has welcomed the extension of the pilot scheme

Mental health pilot extended

AWARENESS: Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Barry Coppinger

Cleveland Police highlight mental health issues through awareness week

GP recruitment drive launched in North-East

GP recruitment drive launched in North-East

REPORT: In 2011 only 15 patients had to wait between four and 12 hours until they were admitted – but by 2015 this figure had risen to 141

'Massive spike' in long A&E waits highlights crisis facing North-East NHS

SIGN: The private Nuffield Teesside Hospital in Stockton is 'a top performer'

Hospital is 'top performer'

Trust is given 'good' rating

Inspectors defend use of luxury hotels

RECOGNITION: James Cook Hospital staff nurse Sarah Brooks is the overall winner of their annual Nightingale awards for nursing

Neonatal nurse wins trust award

BALANCE: The first study of its kind has shown that ‘exergamers’ who played the of the Nintendo Wii Fit console were more engaged and more likely to use it regularly over a prolonged period of time than doing a normal workout.

Playing on a Wii Fit could help MS sufferers, North-East university researchers reveal

HEALTHY: Walking group leader Ray Wheatley

Walking group aims to boost health

CLOSED: Kirklands Day Nursery in Barnard Castle

Children in hospital after E.coli outbreak - nursery closed as precaution

UNITED: Representatives from Primary Healthcare Darlington at a recent gathering

NHS is safe with us, insist GPs

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