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Welcome to the first of regular matron columns in the Northumberland Gazette that aim to bring you up to date with developments at Alnwick Infirmary.

Rothbury Community Hospital.

NHS accused of lip service in hospital fight

Campaigners are accusing the NHS of paying lip service following the temporary closure of inpatient services at Rothbury Community Hospital.

From left, Amanda Bellwood, from the Great North Childrens Hospital; Kirsty Hart, from Cargo Creative; Hannah Middleton; Chris Elliott, from Making Research Better; and Catherine Harrison, from Great North Childrens Hospital.

Northumberland teen with rare disorder wins research logo contest

A Rothbury schoolgirl with a rare connective tissue disorder has won a competition to design a new logo for a top research organisation.

From left, Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh; Brenda Warner, manager, Northumberland Stop Smoking Service; David Turnbull, health improvement officer, Public Health, Northumberland County Council; Coun Susan Dungworth, cabinet member for adult care and public health, Northumberland County Council; Connie Reardon, stop smoking pregnancy specialist, Northumberland Stop Smoking Service; Angela Watson, admin support, Northumberland Stop Smoking Service; Kerry Lynch, public health specialist, Northumberland County Council; Tim Holmes, tobacco control lead, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Mandy Young, stop smoking advisor, Northumberland Stop Smoking Service.

Stoptober returns for fifth year of encouraging smokers to quit

People in Northumberland are being challenged to take part in Stoptober and join the nearly 15 million people across the country who have already quit smoking.

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Campaigners desperate for public meeting on future of hospital

Mass demonstrations could be held at public consultation events by campaigners fighting a controversial decision to temporarily close a village hospital’s inpatient ward.

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WATCH: North East mum warns of dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy

The adoptive mum of a toddler with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is calling on mums-to-be to give up alcohol altogether during pregnancy.
The opening of the new Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington was one of the highlights of the last decade.

Health trust marks decade in NHS elite

A health trust has marked 10 years since it joined the NHS elite and became a foundation trust.

Berwick Infirmary.

Plans to rebuild Northumberland hospital are put on hold

Plans to rebuild Berwick Infirmary have been put on hold until early autumn, health and care leaders across Northumberland have revealed.

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Should employers introduce indoor vaping rooms? Public Health England think so

Businesses should create indoor ‘vaping’ rooms so that staff can indulge in e-cigarettes without going outside, according to Public Health England (PHE).

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Deadly flesh-eating dog disease continues to spread across the UK

Pet owners across the UK are being warned that a deadly disease affecting dogs is continuing to spread across the country.


Smartphone alerts ‘causing similar symptoms to ADHD’

Smarthphones have been blamed for many modern ills, from the moral degradation of our youth to ruining people’s attention span. Now a new study suggests there may be some truth in that latter claim.

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Jamie Oliver. Picture by PA.

Surprise sugar tax will have 'profound' worldwide impact on children's health, says Jamie Oliver

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has welcomed a tax on sugary drinks, saying it is a "profound move that will ripple around the world".

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Antibiotic resistance 'high in children', according to new research.

The study, published by the BMJ, showed that antibiotic resistance in youngsters with urinary infections is high - and could render some antibiotics ineffective as first-line treatments.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, executive medical director at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington.

NHS Trust appoints new executive medical director

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed the appointment of Dr Jeremy Rushmer as its new executive medical director.


Scientists link virus and bacteria to development of dementia

New treatments for dementia patients could be a major step nearer after a group of influential scientists identified microbes as a cause.


Health advice at Garden clinic cafe

Meet new people and gain valuable information about your health with talks from top consultants and physicians.

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Health fears as half of mums-to-be in North are overweight at first maternity appointment

More than half of all pregnant women attending their first maternity appointment are overweight or obese, new data suggests.

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Scientists discover 'switch' for killer cells which destroy cancer

A 'switch' that creates immune cells which hunt and kill cancer has been identified.

E-cig warning.

E-cigs could damage airways more than traditional cigarettes, finds study

Smoking e-cigarettes may damage the lungs and throat more than traditional cigarettes, a new study warned.

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Stephen playing rugby. Picture by Chris Lishman Photography

DRY JANUARY BLOG (Part 3): 12 days in – weighty matters: Why, oh why have I gone dry?

Stephen Parsons is an amateur rugby player and coach at Morpeth Rugby Club, a Northumberland County Council employee and a big fan of the Newcastle Falcons and he's giving up alcohol for a month - Dry January. If you want to join him in the quest, it's not too late to sign up and if you're taking part and having a wobble, his posts may inspire you to keep going.
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