Winter still biting hard on Northumbria Healthcare hospitals

The pressures of winter are still being felt within Northumbria Healthcare hospitals, according to the latest NHS figures.
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Catch it, bin it, kill it – help stop the spread of flu germs

Northumberland County Council is reminding residents of the importance of good hand hygiene to help stop the spreading of the flu virus.

Colin Shevills, of Balance.

Major new report reveals what we think about drink

Eight in 10 North-Easterners think the UK’s relationship with alcohol is ‘unhealthy’, a major new report has revealed.

Cath and Jeff, pictured far right, with their four other siblings, Karen, Jean, Gail and Stuart (in the foreground).

Heartbroken sister raising awareness in brother’s honour

When Cath Burrows’ brother belched after eating, his family thought nothing of it – even laughing it off as typical behaviour of a burly man.

E-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than traditional tobacco products.

Campaign group welcomes new e-cigarettes report

Fresh in the North East has welcomed a new report on e-cigarettes, which confirms that vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking.


WATCH: New cancer centre in Northumberland will soon be open

A £32million state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility in Northumberland is set to be opened in May.

Patrick Price, Northumbria Healthcares equality and diversity and LGBT lead and champion.

Organisations in top 100 for LGBT staff

Three of the region’s public-sector organisations have been named among Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.

Alcohol increases the risk of seven types of cancer.

Drinkers urged to take more days off the booze

With Dry January over, drinkers in the region are being encouraged to take more days off the booze.

Emergency nurse practitioners Anne Spours (left) and Sonia Arkle in the minor injuries unit at Alnwick Infirmary

Trust is taking action to reduce spread of viruses

Welcome to my first column of 2018.

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb.

Mental-health summit in North East

A conference that took place in the North East attracted local speakers and a host of national experts to address some of the key issues surrounding mental health.

Diabetes UK is looking for people to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22

Take to the pool and raise money for charity

A charity is looking for people to make a splash this spring.

A victorious Ronnie Campbell at the Northumberland General Election count 2017

MP’s praise for care he received from NHS

A Northumberland MP has paid tribute to North-East health trusts – a year after he survived life-threatening cancer operations.

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, one of the hospitals run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

How Northumbria NHS Trust is coping with the winter crisis

NHS England is publishing data each week which documents how each hospital trust is coping with the winter crisis based on key indicators.
Colin Shevills, director of Balance, the North East Alcohol Office.

Delaying introduction of MUP will cost lives, warns Balance

At least 75 North-East lives will be lost if the Government delays the introduction of a minimum unit price (MUP) in England for five years, the region’s alcohol office has warned.


Glowing report for care home which is rated as outstanding

A residential care home in north Northumberland has been rated outstanding by inspectors.

The bill for all types of medical negligence claims in England, including damages and legal fees, has risen four-fold in 10 years.

NHS payouts: The cost of medical negligence in the region

Medical negligence payouts have cost Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust almost £32million in the past five years, although it has avoided the eye-watering bills seen elsewhere in the country.

The first graduates pictured with Marie McKeown, practice placement facilitator, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Jane Douglas, senior lecturer, Northumbria University. Picture by Simon Veit-Wilson

Hats off to the graduates from new nursing course

The first students to study on a new 18-month full-time work-based nursing degree have graduated with flying colours.

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Tackling cancer over the next five years

A strategy and action plan for tackling cancer in the county over the next five years has been published.

Amble Health Centre, part of the Coquet Medical Group.

Appointment no-shows are wasting vital nurse time

An under-pressure medical group is losing nearly a week of nurse time each month due to patients failing to attend appointments.

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, one of the hospitals run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Picture by Jane Coltman

Hundreds of Northumbria emergency patients forced to wait up to an hour in queuing ambulances

Ambulances were forced to wait up to an hour at A&E 311 times last month, with emergency patients waiting to be admitted.
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