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.

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.

North Tyneside General Hospital.

Trust wins bid to host urgent treatment centre at hospital

North Tyneside General Hospital has been chosen by NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to host a new urgent care service.

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

A&E and sepsis are among Northumbria NHS trust’s priorities for the year

Reducing the number of people going to A&E and treating sepsis are among the priorities this year for hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

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

Northumbria NHS complaints closure targets not met last year

Fewer than a quarter of complaints to the NHS trust running hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside were closed within the target of 35 days last year.

Paul Liversidge, chief operating officer at NEAS, and Dr Mathew Beattie, medical director at NEAS, in the NHS 111 call handling centre. Picture by Helen Smith Photography.

NHS helpline gets a new five-year contract

A telephone helpline will continue to improve, bosses have said after a new contract was approved.

Northumbria Healthcare's public health consultant Judith Stonebridge and chairman Alan Richardson plant an ash tree to mark the trust going truly smokefree from 31 March with directors of public health in Northumberland and North Tyneside Liz Morgan and Wendy Burke. Picture by Gavin Duthrie

Health trust plants ash tree to mark going smokefree

Roots have been planted to mark a milestone for a health trust.

Fresh has launched a new campaign warning about the dangers of secondhand smoke on children.

Campaign returns to warn about dangers of secondhand smoke on children

A new campaign has been launched warning smokers of the dangers of second-hand smoke on children.

Residents are being encouraged to think GP or pharmacy before A&E this Easter.

Think GP or pharmacy before A&E this Easter

Health chiefs are urging residents to think pharmacy or GP instead of A&E for any non-emergency health issues over Easter.

Jonah Morris, from Whitley Bay, who successful quit smoking and is encouraging other smokers to give up the habit.

Support available to help smokers quit

Smokers are being encouraged to stub out the habit.

The Macmillan Mobile Information and Support Service team and bus that will be visiting Cobalt Business Park. Picture by Mike Davidson/Positive Image

Macmillan Cancer service to make visit to North Tyneside

A free cancer advice roadshow is visiting North Tyneside next week.

Northumbria Healthcare signs the NHS Smokefree Pledge. Left to right, chair Alan Richardson, smokefree lead and public health consultant Judith Stonebridge, chief executive Jim Mackey, and executive medical director Jeremy Rushmer.

North east health trust signs up to NHS Smokefree Pledge

A health trust is making its final push to go smoke-free by signing up to a national pledge.

Acupuncture hopes to create new baby boom

Acupuncture brings birth hope

A North Tyneside therapist is hoping that acupuncture will start a baby boom.

Representatives from P&G have handed over a �7,600 cheque to Marie Curie as a result of their fund-raising activities.

P&G raises £7,600 for cancer hospice

Representatives from Procter & Gamble (P&G) have handed over a £7,600 cheque to the Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice as a result of their fund-raising activities.

Optometrist Gary McMullen carrying out an eye test.

Eye exams help fight the 'sneak thief of sight'

Optometrist Gary McMullan is urging people to have regular eye exams in the fight against glaucoma.
The YMCA's Be Real campaign.

Body image campaign is launched

YMCA North Tyneside has thrown its support behind the Be Real Campaign after new YMCA research revealed that half of young people have been bullied about the way they look.

Mary Glindon

MP raises fibromyalgia awareness

Invisible illnesses can be as devastating as recognised ones, but do not receive the attention they need, according to a local MP.

Stephen Darke, centre, celebrates 65 years since Percy Hedley School'opened alongside chief executive Carole Harder and chair of trustees Jonathan Jowett.

Milestone reached at Percy Hedley

A leading charity is celebrating 65 years of improving the lives of disabled people in the region.

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

Think twice before going along to A&E

People in North Tyneside and Northumberland are being urged to stay away from A&E unless they are seriously unwell or in need of critical or life-saving care.

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