Northumberland child protection orders increase

Answers are being sought over the concerning rise in children subject to protection plans in Northumberland, which is part of a pattern across the region.

Chris Brownless in training.

Former jockey getting back in the saddle for charity

A former jockey is getting back in the saddle for charity at York Racecourse on Saturday.

The Northumbria at Cramlington.

Plans to extend Northumberland’s emergency care hospital

Plans have been lodged to build an outpatient extension aimed at de-congesting A&E at Northumberland’s emergency care hospital.

Coun Georgina Hill

Scepticism on use on methadone in Northumberland

Investment in drug-treatment services in Northumberland is estimated to have prevented 85,000 crimes per year, but one councillor is far from convinced about the use of methadone.

Bell View Help at Home staff Malcolm Cresswell (director), Shirley Mills (registered manager), Pat Brown (administrator) and Ian Little (care co-ordinator).

Home care service praised after follow-up inspections

Bell View’s home care service has received a ‘good’ rating following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CCQ).

Last year, 161 cancer patients in Northumberland did not start their treatment within the Government-set target of 62 days.

Target for cancer waiting times was missed in Northumberland last year

More than 15% of Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group’s cancer patients started treatment at least two months after GP referral, missing the NHS target last year.

A GP checking a patient's blood pressure.

Stats reveal issue of high blood pressure

The rate of people with high blood pressure in the Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is among the highest in the country, as experts warn it may be the tip of the iceberg, writes Joseph Hook, data reporter.

Today is World No Tobacco Day.

The cost of smoking revealed on World No Tobacco Day

Smoking costs the North East £613.8million a year, according to new data from Action on Smoking Health.

Northumberland Gazette latest

Surgery proposes changes to calls

Alnwick Medical Group (AMG) has unveiled proposals to improve patient telephone contact, as the surgery cannot currently deal with the volume of calls.

Protestors against the closure make their feelings known.

Community hospitals are a vital part of NHS – says PM

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that community hospitals are ‘a vital part of the NHS’, as the fight to reopen 12 beds at Rothbury hospital continues.

Stephanie Wilkinson in hospital.

Car crash victim praises air ambulance

A woman who required a roadside blood transfusion after being seriously injured in a car crash will feature in a national documentary following the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Northumberland Gazette latest

Figures reveal a high rate of heart failure in Northumberland

Patients in the Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group have one of the highest rates of heart failure in the country, according to new figures from Public Health England.

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

Community’s hospital fight taken to PM

Since my last update, there has been no shortage of politics, sport or national events for the nation to get its teeth into.

An oral check-up at the dentist.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL: Orthodontist service expansion

More than 300 extra patients will be able to be seen in Northumberland when orthodontist provision is expanded from next year.

Tooth decay in youngsters.

Tooth decay is found in fifth of five-year-olds

A fifth of children starting primary school in Northumberland have suffered from tooth decay, new figures from Public Health England show.

Emergency nurse practitioners Anne Spours (left) and Sonia Arkle, from the minor injury unit at Alnwick Infirmary

Improvements will create a better patient experience

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

The number of doctors' fit notes decreased last year.

Fewer workers signed off on the sick

Doctors in Northumberland signed 66 fit notes on average every day in 2017, according to NHS figures.

Colin Shevills, director ofBalance.

Older people more likely to be drinking too much

New figures suggest nearly half a million adults in the North East are drinking enough alcohol to increase the health risks.

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington, which is run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Northumbria NHS Trust top for A&E waiting times

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has the best A&E waiting times in the country with 98.8 per cent of patients being treated or admitted within the national four-hour standard.

Rothbury Community Hospital

Jeremy Hunt refers decision to close hospital beds in Rothbury to independent panel

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has referred a decision to permanently close the inpatient ward at Rothbury Community Hospital to independent experts.

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