Unique opportunity to train as a nurse

People with a healthcare background are being given the chance to train to be nurses in the North East on a unique programme.

Staff at Northumbria Healthcares new emergency care hospital at Cramlington.

Bigger bill for key hospital as rates rise

Rising business rates could cost Northumberland’s key hospital almost £8million over the next five years following a 50 per cent increase in April.

Counsellor Anna Dallavalle, of Stepping Stones.

Honesty is the best policy over addiction

Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a chronic disease. It is progressive, continuous and long-term.

Members of the group "A present for me Nana and Granddad Morpeth" including Dawn Smith, Barbara Ross and Jan Clarke with staff at The Whalton Unit before giving presents to our patients.

Play your part to help the NHS through busy winter

Happy New Year and welcome to the first column of 2017. As we all return to normality following Christmas and New Year, we thought we would use this column to give you advice on how you can help the NHS help you this winter.

Dr Nicholaus Mazuguni and nurse Neema Natai spent time at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

A useful experience for Tanzanian medics

A doctor and nurse have swapped Tanzania for Northumberland to learn valuable skills and experience of the NHS as part of a pioneering international health link.

Those present at the official opening of the garden at The Northumbria hospital included Marian Foster (centre) and Ian McMinn (right).

Garden at hospital is officially opened

A new garden built in the grounds of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital has been officially opened.

Rothbury Community Hospital

County leads the way in new care model

Winter is beginning to bite and our thoughts turn to the annual pressure it places on our services, the NHS in particular.

Community Matron Lyn Darling, Dr Nicky Shiell and Dr Wasim Baqir. Picture by Gavin Duthie.

£4.29m funding as county leads the way

The NHS in Northumberland has been awarded £4.29million of funding as part of its vanguard programme to integrate health and social care services across the county.

Keeping hands clean can help prevent the spread of the winter vomiting bug.

Trust reminder for those with norovirus

Northumberland residents are being reminded about the importance of good hand hygiene and practising self-care to help reduce the spread of winter bugs in healthcare settings.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Ann Stringer, executive director of human resources and organisational development at Northumbria Healthcare, with the award.

Health trust honoured for military support

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been presented with a prestigious national award for the support it provides to the Armed Forces community in the North East.

Only ring 999 in an emergency.

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.
One of the Christmas cards produced by members of the Arts Project based at Northgate Hospital in Morpeth.

Festive designs raise awareness and funds

A group of people with mental health problems and learning disabilities have produced a series of Christmas cards to raise awareness and money for charity.

MND campaigner Colin Hardy, with Coun Susan Dungworth; Coun Grant Davey, council leader; Julie Compton, campaigns manager north for the MNDA; Coun Scott Dickinson; and Kathryn Sheldon, regional fund-raiser for the MNDA.

Northumberland County Council adopts MND Charter

Northumberland County Council has become the first local authority in the north to adopt the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charter .

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.

Ponteland Leisure Centre.

Memberships on increase, says provider

More Northumberland residents are using leisure and sport facilities, according to new figures, but memberships have dropped in Morpeth and Ponteland.

Picture by Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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.

People are urged to take a few minutes of time online this Christmas to give the greatest gift and become an organ donor.

Faffing can be fatal, loafing can be lethal - public urged to become organ donors

If you want to be an organ donor, why wait to join the NHS Organ Donor Register? NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on people to register as an organ donor this Christmas.

The Duchess of Northumberland and Dr Mark Sudlow, clinical director for simulation at Northumbria Healthcare, at the official opening of the new centre. Picture by Gavin Duthie Photography

Duchess opens new state-of-the-art NHS centre for training

The Duchess of Northumberland officially opened the North East’s newest and most advanced NHS centre for simulation-based training.

Northumbria PCC Vera Baird and Richard Bliss, of NDAS, chat to service user Joseph. Picture by Jane Coltman

K(NO)W MORE about abuse in all-male relationships

A new county-wide campaign to support gay, bisexual and trans men when it comes to domestic abuse is up and running.

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