Doctors in Oldham have repeated an urgent warning about the dangers of a drug that's left a man dead and four people fighting for their lives in hospital.
It's believed the substance was the crystal form of ecstasy known as MDMA. Detectives say anyone who has taken the drug - which may be known as 'magic' or 'pink champagne' should seek medical help.
Professor Matthew Makin, Medical Director for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says the risk is too high for people to ignore.
The practice of sending mental health patients far away from friends and family for care has become endemic in the NHS, it has been warned.Read the full story ›
Landmarks were lit up across the North West to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.Read the full story ›
Reports of children being emotionally abused has soared according to a leading children's charityRead the full story ›
The local council says smoking remains the biggest single cause of early death in the boroughRead the full story ›
A campaign by NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people in the North West to register as blood donors this week for National Blood Week.Read the full story ›
Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation publish figures showing the number of women travelling to the UK in 2016 for abortions.Read the full story ›
A former soldier from Rossendale, Lancashire, is walking the entire British mainland coastline to raise awareness of PTSD. Sam Doyle's struggled with the disorder since he served in Afghanistan. He says the walk will be therapeutic.
He will visit 283 towns as he travels clockwise around Britain. Sam, who also served with the French Foreign Legion, will be relying heavily on his army survival training to see him through the 7000 mile journey. He's expecting it to take him two years.
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Seventy six years after Rudy Hughes lost the sight in his eye, there's hope the 89-year-old might see with it again.
After a freak childhood accident to one of his eyes, surgeons couldn't save the sight in it, but did manage to save the eye itself.
Rudy, from Moreton in Wirral, has been back to the Liverpool Eye Hospital to say a very special Thank You.
And he's even been told the hospital could give him some sight back in his damaged eye.
His remarkable story is taken up by Paul Crone:
Fairfield General and Greater Manchester hospital stroke services are now best in England. The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme gave Fairfield, in Bury, an A rating (the highest available) for its programme of hospital care and specialist treatment. SSNAP rates stroke services and rated Fairfield General Hospital’s Stroke Unit, one of three specialist stroke units in Greater Manchester, as the best in England out of 228 units nationally. It was closely followed by Salford Royal, also a specialist stroke unit, in second place and Trafford General’s stroke unit fourth.