HEALTH care for people living in a deprived area of Hartlepool is to be improved following the introduction of a nurse-led clinic.

It has been set up in the Owton Rossmere Resource Centre, in Wynyard Road, which is the 25th most deprived area in the country.

Two community project nurses, Cynthia Alder and Jenny Jones, will provide health and lifestyle advice on topics including sexual health and smoking cessation.

Both staff are also extended nurse prescribers, allowing patients to obtain a variety of prescriptions without having to make an appointment with a doctor.