Think before you dial 999 this New Year

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

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust staff celebrate #FabChangeDay with Roy Lilley and representatives from The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff at the trust's specialist emergency care hospital near Cramlington.

Staff make a fab pledge to health

NHS workers have vowed to make a ‘fab’ difference to patient care as part of a national day of action.

New Year pharmacy times.

Future of urgent care services

A major review of NHS urgent care in North Tyneside reaches its conclusion next week.

Alex Cunningham MP, far right, at a recent conference on tobacco and alcohol.

Call for Government to publish tobacco plan

Calls from a group of MPs for the Government to publish its promised new Tobacco Control Plan without further delay have been welcomed by campaign group Fresh.


A recipe for success in NHS food

A national award has been dished up to north east healthcare staff for their commitment to patients’ food.


WATCH: North East mum warns of dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy

The adoptive mum of a toddler with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is calling on mums-to-be to give up alcohol altogether during pregnancy.
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Should employers introduce indoor vaping rooms? Public Health England think so

Businesses should create indoor ‘vaping’ rooms so that staff can indulge in e-cigarettes without going outside, according to Public Health England (PHE).

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Doctor logs in to digital health role

A doctor from North Tyneside is lending his expertise to millions of patients as he takes on a new role.

Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital
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Route back into nursing offered

Former nurses are being offered the chance to return to the role.

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