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New Chief Executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust begins

Credit: South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

The new Chief Executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Steve Williamson, has pledged to lead the organisation in improving the health of local people.

Mr Williamson has taken over from Lorraine Lambert, who retired after 36 years of dedicated NHS service, 18 of those as Chief Executive in South Tyneside.

Lorraine is a hard act to follow but, as a result of her efforts working with our fantastic staff over the years, the Trust is in a strong position going forward to deliver an exciting agenda of integrated health and social care development and I look forward to building upon her great legacy."

– Steve Williamson


Anger after confirmation there will be "no stand-alone GP" in Harbottle

NHS England today confirmed there will not be a "stand-alone" GP in Harbottle again.

People living nearby say they're furious at the amount of time being taken to sort out, what they say is now, a GP crisis.

Harbottle surgery closed earlier this month because of problems recruiting doctors as well as funding changes.

Watch Frances Read's report:

Is this the world's smallest bus?

A man from Durham has transformed his Fiat Seicento into a miniature school bus.

Chris Atkinson, a bus driver for Arriva, will travel from Scotland to Cornwall to help raise vital funds for The Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The ‘bus’ is painted Arriva blue, with the matching checkered seats and even has a ‘Sorry Not in Service’ sign for when it’s taking a well-earned rest.

The charity is very close to Chris’s heart, as his son Kieran was born 3 months premature. Staff at the RVI provided lifesaving care to Kieran and he is now a healthy young boy


New charity ambulance service launched

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A new charity ambulance service that will transport child cancer patients to the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle is due to be officially launched today. Daft as a Brush Cancer Care's ambulance, which will be decorated with patients' artwork, will help children from as far afield as the Scottish Borders, west Cumbria and Yorkshire get to Newcastle for treatment.

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Terms of endearment ...... or just plain patronising?

esidents asked for name preferences Credit: PA

A care home in Harrogate has hit back at claims its staff should not use terms of endearment such as "love" with residents.

Whilst staff at Brackenley home were said to be "150 per cent caring", according to one resident, the Care Quality Commission objected to staff using terms such as "sweetie", "darling", "love" and "handsome". It said although the language was meant to be friendly it could be regarded as demeaning and patronising.

Relatives we spoke with told us they thought that staff usually spoke respectfully to people. However, relatives also told us about other occasions which they had witnessed when staff had spoken inappropriately.

– Care Quality Commission

Stephanie Kirkman Meikle, chief executive of Harrogate Skills 4 Living Centre Ltd, which runs Brackenley said the issue was not as 'starkly black and white' as it may be portrayed.

I am confident that staff at Brackenley, our residential care home comply with the CQC guidelines and that Inspectors can see recorded in people’s care plans, how they like to be referred to. The issue is not as starkly black and white as it may be portrayed. We talk to every person, individually in a manner which meets their needs and suits their communication preferences. Certain people respond to certain pet names well and want us to use the terms of endearment appropriate to them.

– Stephanie Kirkman Meikle
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