Sports grants for Tees Valley schools

The Northern Echo: GET FIT: The funding will be used by schools to get more children into sports and PE

6:03pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SEVEN primary schools from across the Tees Valley have been awarded a share of National Lottery funding to help more children get active.

BMA calls for action over GP shortage

6:17pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

DOCTORS’ leaders have urged the Government to take urgent action to tackle a growing shortage of GPs, with signs that the North-East is struggling to attract them.

Health bosses looking at 'collaborative' approach to improve hospitals

The Northern Echo: CYCLIST HURT: A 27-year-old man was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital after being knocked off his bike in a suspected hit-and-run

6:03am Monday 21st July 2014

HEALTH bosses in County Durham, Darlington and Teesside have revealed they are developing a radical new way of working to improve care and avoid centralising more hospital services.

Campaign for specialist children's cancer research centre in region receives first major donation

The Northern Echo: Chris Peacock, Chairman of North of England Children's Cancer Research Fund (NECCR) presents a cheque for £500,000 to Newcastle University's 'Future Fund' accepted by Dr. Katie Harland, Senior Development Manager.Pic: Mike Urwin.

6:03am Monday 21st July 2014

THE Future Fund - a new campaign to establish a specialist children’s cancer research centre in the region - has received its first major donation.

Region has lowest healthy life expectancy in country

5:22pm Sunday 20th July 2014

MEN and women in the North-East have the lowest healthy life expectancy in the country, according to official new figures.

Promoted Article: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

The Northern Echo: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

10:40am Friday 18th July 2014

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

Your 'assisted dying' questions answered ahead of today's House of Lords debate

The Northern Echo:

6:00am Friday 18th July 2014

THIS Friday the House of Lords is due to debate what would be a momentous change in the law. Peers will consider an assisted dying bill proposed by Lord Falconer, a life-long campaigner for voluntary euthanasia. Health and Education Editor Barry Nelson answers some of your questions.

Study finds even mild injury can cause brain damage

9:13pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

EVEN mild traumatic brain injury may cause thinking and memory problems, according to new research by North-East academics.

Doctors find way of treating rare disease

4:43pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

SCIENTISTS at Newcastle University have discovered a way of treating a rare disease which leads to kidney failure and death in children.

MP welcomes reprieve for eating disorders unit

The Northern Echo: The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle,  home of the Richardson Eating Disorders Unit

5:59pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

AN MP has welcomed a decision by NHS England and North-East health trusts to retain five beds at an award-winning eating disorders unit which had been threatened with closure.

Health champions wanted

The Northern Echo: (8261497)

5:51pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

HEALTH champions are needed to raise awareness of cancer in their communities.

Disney joins in fight to get kids fit

12:28am Tuesday 15th July 2014

DISNEY characters have been recruited to encourage North-East children to take more exercise this summer.

Mother meets man with son's heart

The Northern Echo: HEART DONOR: Freda Carter, from Sunderland, with a photo of her tragic son John

1:14pm Friday 11th July 2014

A MOTHER whose son died six years ago saw her wish come true when she met the man his donor heart saved in a "completely coincidental" moment.

Schoolgirl goes for gold in Transplant Games, while calling for people to sign organ donation register

The Northern Echo: TRANSPLANT GAMES: Darlington school girl Tegan Ross, 8, is encouraging people to join the organ donation register after undergoing liver transplant and she is going on to compete in transplant games. Picture: TOM BANKS (7996795)

2:03pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A NINE-YEAR-OLD Darlington girl is going for gold in the British Transplant Games this year.

NHS hospitals 'making millions' from car parking

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

3:30pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

BOSSES at a North-East hospital trust have defended its car parking fees after it was revealed it is making a cool £2m a year.

Tributes to mother who helped others throughout cancer battle

The Northern Echo:

11:02am Tuesday 8th July 2014

A MOTHER who became an ambassador for a charity beauty service as she battled cancer has died the day before her 50th birthday.

Fire-fighters to become 'paramedics' as ambulance stations face the axe

The Northern Echo: EMERGENCY SERVICES: Middleton-in-Teesdale Ambulance Station.
Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (7948334)

9:55am Tuesday 8th July 2014

AMBULANCE bosses are planning to use fire-fighters as ‘first responders’ to people having a cardiac arrest, at the same time as drawing up controversial plans to sell off rural ambulance stations.

Families urged to talk about organ donation

12:02am Tuesday 8th July 2014

THE NHS is launching a new campaign to boost the number of organ donors after new figures showed that 39 people died waiting for a transplant in the North-East and Yorkshire last year.

Man backs campaign for improved dementia care

5:28pm Saturday 5th July 2014

A MAN who lost his wife to dementia is backing a new campaign to ensure no-one in the North-East is denied access to support.

Pacemaker for constipation changes mum's life

The Northern Echo: REVOLUTIONARY PACEMAKER: Adele Burlinson, 36-yr-old mum, who has had a revolutionary pacemaker fitted having suffered chronic constipation all her life. Picture: TOM BANKS (7841996)

4:43pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A MOTHER who suffered years of bowel problems has spoken of how her life has been transformed after having an operation to fit an innovative pacemaker for constipation.

Remedy needed for 'Failing' South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Northern Echo:

4:06pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

CASH-strapped South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes James Cook in Middlesbrough and The Friarage in Northallerton, has been found in breach of its licence to provide healthcare.

Donation helps support dementia sufferers

The Northern Echo: WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Gillian Peel of Age UK Darlington receives a cheque from Valerie Dart and other members of the Inner Wheel Club of Darlington Picture: STUART BOULTON

2:35pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A COMMUNITY group has helped a Darlington charity provide vital support for people with dementia by donating £250.

MPs meet nurses' representative to discuss "decent wage" claim

The Northern Echo: Dr Peter Carter

6:49pm Monday 30th June 2014

NORTH-EAST MPs are to meet with the head of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) as part of efforts to secure a “decent wage” for nurses.

Appeal launched to build childhood cancer research centre in North-East

The Northern Echo: Prof. Chris Day pictured at Newcastle University Medical School.Pic: Mike Urwin 041213 (7685772)

2:55pm Monday 30th June 2014

AN ambitious fundraising campaign has been launched to create a specialist children’s cancer research facility in the North-East.

Swinging sixties leads to pensioners supplying alcohol to youngsters

The Northern Echo: Wandsworth's £5m drug and alcohol service is 'poor and inefficient'

11:12am Saturday 28th June 2014

GRANDPARENTS are among the biggest suppliers of alcohol to teenage drinkers, authorities say.

North-East hospitals failing to report safety incidents

The Northern Echo: NEW DATA: Staff at work on the midwife led unit at Bishop Auckland Hospital.

5:56pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

HOSPITALS in the region are failing to report incidents where patient safety has been compromised, new NHS data reveals.

Project launched to help people with speech problems access shops

The Northern Echo: L-Rt: North-East deputy head of operations for Stroke Assoctiation Louise Hedley; County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation speech and language therapist, Jill Dyer; Trust clinical lead for communications Kathryn Cann, Amy Waite of Stroke Association an

3:34pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A PIONEERING project aimed at helping people with speech problems to access shops and businesses has been launched in the North-East.

Experts watch heart ops by video link

The Northern Echo: Mrs Freda Stewart pictured with Dr Javed Ahmed a day after her heart procedure.   Picture by Alan Mountain,  Newcastle Hospitals

2:24pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

A DOZEN North-East patients have undergone complex heart procedures as part of an international training event attending by specialists from all over the world.

Live-saving genetic tests introduced

4:11pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE North-East is introducing an innovative programme of genetic testing which could save lives.

Study aims to find if carrots can fight cancer

2:25pm Friday 20th June 2014

A RESEARCH project to measure the effects of eating carrots on cancer and inflammatory diseases has been launched at Newcastle University.

Chaotic introduction of new benefit is "shocking" say MPs

12:31am Friday 20th June 2014

DISABLED people have been plunged into poverty after being forced to wait six months for a botched new benefit, a damning report reveals today (Friday, June 19).

Plans to build £30m new child heart unit

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of how the proposed  new Children's Heart Unit will look at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle

4:24pm Thursday 19th June 2014

DESPITE continuing uncertainty about the future of heart services in England, the world-famous Freeman Hospital in Newcastle has revealed plans to build a new £30m Children’s Heart Unit.

Health Secretary defends hospital delays

The Northern Echo: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

6:03am Wednesday 18th June 2014

THE Health Secretary has defended the delays to a planned new North-East hospital – insisting he must guard against another “PFI disaster”.

'Fresh approach' is needed to tackle illegal tobacco

The Northern Echo: Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh (Smoke Free North-East)

6:02am Wednesday 18th June 2014

HEALTH campaigners have called for a pioneering approach launched in the North-East in 2009 to tackle illegal tobacco to be rolled out nationally following the publication of a report by MPs.

North-East author raises awareness of childhood alopecia with new book

The Northern Echo: Author Bea Davenport

6:28pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

A N author is using her new book to raise awareness of childhood alopecia.

Concern at rise in sex disease cases

4:27pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

HEALTH bosses have voiced concern at the continued rise in cases of a sexually transmitted disease which is becoming resistant to treatment.

Films aim to ease hospital worries

12:12pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

THREE specially-made films to show people with learning disabilities what to expect when coming to hospital for a radiology appointment, are launched during Learning Disability Week (June 16-22).

Nurses criticise surge in executive pay

The Northern Echo: PAY ROW: Martin Barkley

5:01pm Monday 16th June 2014

THE Royal College of Nursing has criticised the soaring pay bill for senior NHS managers, including at a number of trusts in the North-East and North Yorkshire.

MPs fury at four year wait for decision on new hospital

The Northern Echo: Artist's impression of the original new Wynyard Park Hospital.  The revised plans which are currently with the Department of Health are for a slightly smaller hospital.

6:09pm Sunday 15th June 2014

A FOUR year delay in plans to build a new North-East hospital has been condemned by the region's MPs.

MPs 'fury' over breast cancer clinic switch

The Northern Echo: PASSPORT OUTRAGE: Darlington MP Jenny Chapman

6:51am Saturday 14th June 2014

AN MP says she is “furious” after breast cancer clinics were switched from Darlington to Bishop Auckland last month - without advance publicity.

Bid to raise awareness of bleeding disorder

The Northern Echo: Logo of The Haemophilia Society

3:39pm Friday 13th June 2014

A CHARITY is calling on North-East women to be more aware of the symptoms of a bleeding disorder which affects thousands.

New boss for ambulance trust

The Northern Echo: Yvonne Ormston,  the new chief executive of the North East Ambulance Service

2:18pm Friday 13th June 2014

THE North East Ambulance Service has appointed a new chief executive – Yvonne Ormston.

'Sophisticated' wine drinkers warned

The Northern Echo: Research fellow Dr Lyn Brierley-Jones

3:05pm Thursday 12th June 2014

MIDDLE class professionals think they know better than health experts and drink wine most nights to show they are “sophisticated,” researchers have found.

Family receives multi-million pound payout for son who was left severely disabled after mistakes during birth

The Northern Echo: HELP FOR TOBY: Parents of Toby Hart, seven, now have the funds needed to give him the care he needs.

1:09pm Thursday 12th June 2014

HEALTH bosses have been forced to pay a multi-million pound settlement to a family of a boy left severely disabled after an abnormal heartbeat was not acted upon during his birth.

Accolade for health body

The Northern Echo: VICKY PLEYDELL: "Very pleased."

10:46am Thursday 12th June 2014

A HEALTH body has been given a vote of confidence by the organisations that work with it.

Review into children's heart units hits further delays

The Northern Echo: MPS from Yorkshire  including Ilkley’s MP Kris Hopkins (fifth left) urge the children’s heart surgery review panel to keep the unit at Leeds General Infirmary open.

6:46am Thursday 12th June 2014

THE Government has revealed that the long-running review into children’s heart units will take even longer than expected.

Killer disease 'under reported' by hospitals

12:03am Wednesday 11th June 2014

NEW research has revealed that NHS hospitals in our region are massively under-reporting cases of the killer illness sepsis, which kills 37,000 people a year in the UK.

Berlin Heart baby dies in hospital

The Northern Echo: Tiarna Middleton,  the youngest baby in the world to be fitted with an artificial heart, pictured at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle

7:32pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

AN 18-day-old baby girl who was the youngest and smallest child in the world to be fitted with an artificial heart pump has died at a North-East hospital.

MP hits out at "NHS cuts" in East Cleveland

The Northern Echo: Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

4:41pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

PARTS of Teesside risk being "overwhelmed by cuts and closures" to NHS services, a Labour MP told the House of Commons.

Safety concerns over 'stranger danger' syndrome

The Northern Echo: Bev Smith pictured with her son Dylan McKimm

1:50pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A GENETIC disorder which makes sufferers outgoing and over friendly towards strangers should be better understood in an attempt to improve their safety.

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