Warning to drug users over dangerous heroin mix

A deadly synthetic opioid recently detected in heroin supplies in the North East could be present in drugs around the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned today.

The protest at Rothbury Community Hospital last year.

Protestors lodge last-ditch plans

Campaigners fighting the proposed closure of the inpatient ward at Rothbury Community Hospital have put forward a last-ditch proposal to save it.

Rothbury Community Hospital.

Last chance to have say on ward proposal

People living in Rothbury and the surrounding area have less than a week to make their views known about a proposal to permanently close the 12-bed inpatient ward at the village’s Community Hospital.

Chris Gray

NHS issues plea ahead of Easter period

People across the North East are being asked to help ease the pressure on NHS accident and emergency services over the Easter holiday weekend.


How eating plenty of Marmite boosts the brain

Love it or hate it, a Marmite sandwich a day could stave off Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

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Protestors at the public meeting.

Continued concerns at second meeting on Rothbury hospital

Objectors fighting the proposed closure of Rothbury’s inpatient ward have accused the NHS of not doing enough to utilise and promote the beds.

Rothbury Community Hospital

Protestors to present mass petition against ward plans

A petition signed by more than 4,500 people will be presented to an NHS boss at a public meeting tonight, as objectors continue their fight to save inpatient beds at Rothbury Community Hospital.

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Some of the hiding places used to store illegal cigarettes/tobacco found in shops in the North East.

Call for tougher penalties against illegal tobacco trade

Fresh is calling for tougher penalties for people dealing in illicit tobacco as a national consultation looks at ways of tackling the black market.

Dr David Gill

Belford GP to retire in April after 35 years

A GP at Belford Medical Practice, who has been there since the summer of 1982, has decided to hang up his stethoscope and retire from the practice at the end of April.

Paul Brolly, NEAS community resuscitation training officer, is pictured with, left to right, new Community First Responders (back row) Ian Catchpole and Barry Coulson, (middle row) Naomi Calder, Rebecca Hewitt, Keith Broughton, and Chris Bradley, (front row) Danielle Liddle, Anthony Buchanan, Shaun McKay, Craig Silk, Adam Sparrow, Deborah Still and Rachel Lonsdale.

Northumberland’s newest life-saving volunteers

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) is hoping the number 13 will prove lucky for the Northumberland area after welcoming its latest group of community life-savers.

Steven Mason is the accountable officer for the county council and the CCG.

Berwick MP accused of scaremongering on health funding

Northumberland County Council has reacted angrily to accusations from Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan of health funding potentially being ‘driven towards’ the south-east of the county.

Taking your dog for a walk is an easy way of getting exercise.

Northumberland residents encouraged to get more active

Northumberland County Council and One You are encouraging adults to enjoy the outdoors and move more as the days are getting longer and we enter spring.

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Bondgate Practice doctor Adam Henry, Infirmary Drive practice manager Sophie Jerrom, Bondgate Practice manager Tony Brown and reception manager at Infirmary Drive Kim Hall.
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Alnwick councillors back merger of GP practices

Work is ongoing to look at the possibility of providing out-of-hours GP services in Alnwick and the surrounding areas.

Rothbury Community Hospital

Patients give thumbs-up to pre-op assessment service

Welcome to this month’s column, bringing you up-to-date with developments at Alnwick Infirmary.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan delivering her speech about Rothbury Community Hospital.

MP makes plea to save beds at Rothbury hospital

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan took to the floor of the House of Commons yesterday afternoon to make the case for retaining inpatient beds at Rothbury Community Hospital.

Ollie in a hospital bed.

Mother of boy with ‘cruel’ condition inspired to raise funds

The mother of a little boy with a debilitating genetic condition has helped organise a series of fund-raising events for a charity which supports those living with the ‘cruel’ illness.

Rothbury Community Hospital

Council urges NHS to listen to local views on Rothbury hospital

Northumberland County Council is urging NHS decision-makers to listen to local views over the future of Rothbury Community Hospital.

From left, Kyle Luke, Johnathan Gray, Colin Teago, Alex Mason, Andy Cowan, Emma Rothera and Paul Douglas.

First responders launched on Holy Island

North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has been working with residents and partner agencies on Holy Island to recruit, train and deploy a team of first responders.

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Drug-related NHS hospital admissions

The number of hospital admissions in Northumberland in which the main diagnosis was drug-related disorder doubled in the past year, according to new figures.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan in the House of Commons.

Future of inpatient beds at Rothbury Hospital to be debated in House of Commons

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has secured an adjournment debate in the House of Commons Chamber on the future of inpatient beds at Rothbury Community Hospital.

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