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.

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.

The staff team at the Mitford Unit, Northgate Hospital. It will take patients in from Monday.

Tailored autism care at new hospital unit

A new in-patient facility to support adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is opening at Northgate Hospital in 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.

Karen Linnell, specialist occupational health nurse, gives Northumbria Healthcare chief executive David Evans his flu jab.

Those eligible ‘should get their free flu jab’

Health staff in Northumberland have been encouraging people to get their flu jab this winter – leading by example.

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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Soaking up the sunshine.

Casting light on ‘sunshine vitamin’

It may surprise you to learn that Northern England, along with Scotland and Northern Ireland, is believed to have the highest rates of vitamin D deficiency due to limited exposure to strong sunlight. Here Michelle Winspear, from Advanced Nutrition in Sanderson Arcade, explains the importance of vitamin D.

Superjab, designed by patients at Northgate Hospital, Morpeth.

Patients are heroes of hospital’s annual flu jab campaign

Patients are helping hospital staff to stay fighting fit as they join in a flu jab campaign.

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.

Counsellor Anna Dallavalle, of Stepping Stones.

Quality of life is what matters to many of us

I recently came across a book called Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End and felt compelled to read it.


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.

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Partnership is looking very healthy

A business partnership launched by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with GPs, including a group in Ponteland, is going from strength to strength.

The Whalton Unit, Northumbria Healthcares specialist inpatient facility, on the first floor of Foxton Court.

A great facility for patients’ rehabilitation close to home

Welcome to the first of regular matron columns in the Morpeth Herald that aim to bring you up to date with developments with NHS services in Morpeth.

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