New ambulance response standards presented at AGM

The fourth Healthwatch Northumberland AGM took place last week, with more than 70 people attending.

One of the Alnwick Medical Group buildings, which previously housed the Infirmary Drive medical practice.

GPs merger a ‘challenge’, but hard work continues

The merger of Alnwick’s two GP practices has been a challenge, but there’s a ‘real willingness for everyone to work hard to make it work’.

From left, Kevin, Casey, Tyler and Terri Hopper, from Alnwick.

‘Watching your child suffer is devastating’

Sitting with his loving family, young Tyler Hopper looks just like a normal 11-year-old boy.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, the North East Alcohol Office.

Calls to protect emergency staff

Balance has joined organisations across the UK backing a Private Members Bill calling for more protection for emergency workers from assaults which are often fuelled by alcohol.

Simon Le Clerc

Pioneering treatment in our air ambulances

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) could be about to blaze a new trail in treating some of the most seriously injured patients, thanks to a cross-Atlantic partnership.

Protesters outside last month's CCG meeting.

Future of Rothbury hospital ward goes to Secretary of State

The future of the inpatient ward at Rothbury Community Hospital is going to the top, after councillors voted to refer the matter to the Health Secretary.

WATCH: Alnwick pupils learn CPR on Restart a Heart Day

Pupils at the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick have been learning CPR today – Restart a Heart Day.

Protestors make their feelings known. Picture by Jane Coltman

D-Day is looming for decision on inpatient ward

A final decision on the fate of Rothbury Community Hospital’s under-threat inpatient ward could be made next week – although councillors might decide to send the matter to the Secretary of State.

Coquetdale Dental Practice, which is based at Broomhill Health Centre, in Hadston, could be closing,

NHS dental services set to stop in villages

NHS dental services will be stopped in two villages, sparking concerns about patients’ access to alternative services.

MacMillan Day at Percy Court in Alnwick, which raised �380.

Macmillan Day at Alnwick community

Macmillan Day at Percy Court, in Alnwick, took place last Friday, raising £380 for the cancer charity.

HospiceCare North Northumberland's dementia team.

Hospice providing a new and vital service to help dementia sufferers

Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. This year, it starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday, October 15.

Lindsay Davidson with her family at a community walk earlier this year. From left, Robert, Stuart, Angus and Lindsay.

Kielder mum running to help sons beat muscle-wasting condition

A mother-of-two is preparing to take on the Kielder 10k run tomorrow to raise funds towards a treatment that could help her sons.

The swimming pool at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, in Alnwick.

Sign up for discounted membership

Older people in Northumberland are being given a helping hand to stay fit and active with the introduction of a discounted membership at sports and leisure centres across the county.

Tracey Friar is the new consultant at Longhoughtons Slimming World group.

Weight-loss mum to lead slimming group

A weight-loss mother-of-two who managed to shed the pounds is about to become the new consultant of a village’s Slimming World group.

Laura Warburton during her trip to Cambodia.

Eye-opening trip to Cambodia for Alnwick student nurse

A student nurse, from Alnwick, has described an eye-opening trip to Cambodia as a ‘fantastic experience’.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, executive medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

24-hour urgent care to return to two Northumberland hospitals from October 30

Care facilities at a couple of locations in Northumberland are to re-open overnight from next month, health leaders have announced.

Protestors at the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group  meeting about Rothbury Community Hospital at Morpeth Town Hall.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Cries of shame after board agrees Rothbury ward closure

Controversial proposals to shut Rothbury Community Hospital’s inpatient ward moved a step closer to becoming a reality today, after a health board voted in favour of closing the facility.

Tea on the Terrace at Rothbury House - Rothbury Highland Pipe Band performing for the crowds.

RAFA hotel maintains its rating by regulator

The RAF Association’s Wings Breaks hotels, including Rothbury House, have retained their good ratings following their Care Quality Commission inspections.

Catherine Taylor, Fresh Smoke Free North East; Amanda Young, advisor, Northumberland Stop Smoking Service; Alan White, who quit smoking with the support of the Northumberland NHS Stop Smoking Service; Councillor Veronica Jones, portfolio holder for adult wellbeing and health, Northumberland County Council; Kerry Lynch, senior public health manager, Northumberland County Council; Connie Reardon, specialist, Northumberland Stop Smoking Service; Elizabeth Morgan, interim director of public health, Northumberland County Council.

Quitting smoking success rates at 10-year high

Thousands of smokers in Northumberland are being encouraged to take part in Stoptober as new data published last week shows quitting success rates are at their highest for at least a decade.

The Conway family thank the paramedic and coastguard officer who helped Anya.

Life-saving ‘tooth fairies’ thanked

A family has been reunited with a paramedic and coastguard rescue officer, to say thank you, after their five-year-old daughter fell ill on Holy Island.

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