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Tributes paid to 14-year-old Tyler Garwood

Tyler Garwood died from suspected meningitis Credit: Garwood Family

Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old boy from Newcastle who died from suspected meningitis.

Tyler Garwood died suddenly on Monday morning.

Kenton School where Tyler was a Year 9 pupil released a statement saying:

"It is with deep sadness we have to announce the sudden death of a Year 9 pupil"

The schoolboy was a keen footballer too - and several clubs have been paying tribute to him.

He played for Gosforth FC and Ponteland United

Team Gosforth FC release a tribute on their Facebook page Credit: Team Gosforth FC

North East A&E depts hit by latest junior doctors' strike

The fifth junior doctors' strike began at 8am on Tuesday, and is due to last two days.

Strikers have manned pickets outside of most hospitals in the North East.

This meant a cold start to the protests for many, with unseasonal snow and ice across the region.

Picket outside the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Tuesday morning. Credit: ITV News

This is the fifth strike by junior doctors, and the first time in which they have withdrawn labour from Accident and Emergency departments.

Hospitals say they have arrangements in place to deal with emergency patients as normal, although many routine operations have been cancelled.

The row with the government is over changes to contracts.

The signs and symptoms of meningitis

Following the sudden death of a school pupil in Newcastle from suspected meningitis, here is a list of some of the possible signs and symptoms of the infection.

The following information is taken from the NHS Choices website.

Meningitis rash

The classic rash associated with meningitis usually looks like small, red pinpricks at first.

It then spreads over the body quickly and turns into red or purple blotches.

If you press the side of a clear glass firmly against the skin and the rash doesn't fade, it's a sign of blood poisoning (septicaemia) caused by meningitis and you should get medical advice right away.

The rash can be harder to see on dark skin.

Check for spots on paler areas like the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, the tummy, inside the eyelids, and the roof of the mouth.

Other possible signs of meningitis

  • a high temperature (fever) over 37.5C (99.5F)
  • feeling and being sick
  • irritability and a lack of energy
  • a headache
  • aching muscles and joints
  • breathing quickly
  • cold hands and feet
  • pale, mottled skin
  • a stiff neck
  • confusion
  • a dislike of bright lights
  • drowsiness
  • fits (seizures)
  • Babies may also:
  • refuse feeds
  • be agitated and not want to be picked up
  • have a bulging soft spot on their head (fontanelle)
  • be floppy or unresponsive
  • have an unusual high-pitched cry
  • have a stiff body

Junior doctors' strike will affect A&E

Junior doctors across the region start an all-out strike at 8 o'clock this morning (April 26).

Although this is their fifth strike, it's the first time in history to include A and E departments.

Hospitals say they have arrangements in place to deal with emergency patients as normal, although many routine operations have been cancelled. The row with the government is over changes to contracts.

Dr Andy Thornley a consultant at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough says extensive plans have been made to ensure the safety of patients:

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