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The great NHS gamble: what you need to know about the crisis facing England’s NHS

Government and National Health Service bosses must plug a multi-billion pound funding gap in the NHS budget.

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New initiative looking for ‘health champions’

An innovative programme aimed at improving the health of residents is being brought to North Shields.

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The rheumatology team, winners of Northumbria Healthcares beat the board challenge, one of a series of initiatives run by the trust to support staffs mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. The team is with senior health trainer Mark Freath (back right).

Golden seal of approval for wellbeing work

Work by a NHS health trust to improve the health and wellbeing of staff has received a golden seal of approval.

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Garden Park Surgery, Howden, Wallsend

GP surgery taken out of special measures

A GP surgery placed in special measures has impressed inspectors with its turnaround.

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North Tyneside General Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields

Urgent care centres to remain closed overnight through March

A temporary suspension of urgent care centres is being extended, health officials have revealed.

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NTW signs the Time to Change pledge

Find the time to talk about mental health

People across the North East are encouraged to take some ‘Time to Talk’ tomorrow as one of the region’s biggest NHS trusts throws its weight behind a nationwide mental health campaign.

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Smoking costs North East £80.5m a year in social-care bills

New figures show that smoking is adding to England’s social-care crisis, with at least £80.5million a year spent in the North East on social care required because of smoking-related illness.

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New figures covering the whole of the Christmas and New Year period have shown the busiest time on record for NHS staff across North East hospitals and for the North East Ambulance Service.

Festive period busiest on record for region’s NHS

NHS figures, covering the whole of the Christmas and New Year period, show the busiest time on record for NHS staff working across the region’s hospitals and for the North East Ambulance Service.

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Think before you dial 999 this New Year

Ambulance bosses are appealing for people to use the emergency service wisely over the New Year.

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An academic has questioned the so-called weekend effect.

Patients no more at risk of death on weekends than during week

Patients are not a greater risk of dying on weekends than at any other times, a British academic has argued.
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Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh.

Opportunity for hospitals to help smokers quit

Hospitals in the North East are making progress to help people quit smoking, but will need to play a greater role in the future to reduce pressure on wards and bed spaces.

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Further calls to raise alcohol unit prices

Health campaigners in the North East are calling for an increase in taxes on the cheapest alcohol following the publication of a report revealing more working years are lost to alcohol than the 10 most frequent cancer types combined.

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NTWS medical director Dr Rajesh Nadkarni

Morpeth-based mental health team for mums and mums-to-be in the North East gets £2.7m boost

Mums and pregnant women in the North East will benefit from a £2.7million boost to a specialist mental health services unit based at Morpeth.

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

Patients warned of changes being made to urgent care centres to cope with winter demands

Changes are being made to urgent care centres to help NHS staff cope with an expected busy winter.

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Colin Shevills, director of Balance.

Report predicts 135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths by 2025

Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, is backing calls to raise awareness as a new Cancer Research UK report predicts around 135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths in the UK over the next 20 years.

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Shannon Collins (front) helps launch the Baby Buddy app at Northumbria Healthcare with midwives, health visitors and infant feeding co-ordinators. Picture by Gavin Duthrie.

New app-enings to help parents-to-be

New resources are in place to help parents-to-be in their journey through pregnancy and into parenthood.

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Experts agree that sufficient sleep is necessary for children of all ages

Anti-monster spray to favourite stories: Nine steps to help your child go to sleep

It can be one of the toughest tasks a parent faces - quite how to persuade a child to just lay down and go to sleep.

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Campaign leads to increased awareness of links between alcohol and cancer

A campaign highlighting the links between alcohol and at least seven types of cancer relaunched this week as findings show more people in the North East are now aware of the link between the two.

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The North East Ambulance Service has been rated as good by inspectors.

Ambulance service rated good by inspectors

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has been rated as good following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection of its services earlier this year.

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