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GP surgeries in Gateshead rated as inadequate

Rowlands Gill Medical Centre is one of two GP surgeries in Gateshead to be rated as inadequate. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Two GP surgeries in Gateshead have been rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

Dr Syed Masroor Imam and Rowlands Gill Medical Centre have been given the lowest possible rating and could now be placed in special measures.

"If we find a practice to be Inadequate, we will normally put it into special measures, to allow the practice to access support available from NHS England and to ensure there is coordinated response to help the practice improve."

– Care Quality Commission

Under the commissions new programme of inspections all of England's GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.


Breathalysers to be used in bars in Durham

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Breathalysers will be used in a number of bars and clubs in Durham City this evening, as part of a new river safety pilot project.

Last week a report by the charity ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) made a number of recommendations, including additional lighting along the river bank and improving pathways.

Anyone believed to be intoxicated will be breathalysed, and if they are over the limit they could be refused entry.

Woman with failing sight makes bucket-list

Joanne hearing a human voice and music for the first time

A woman from Gateshead, whose sight is rapidly deteriorating, has made a list of things she wants to see before she goes blind.

Joanne Milne made headlines around the world last year, when she was filmed hearing speech and music for the first time.

Despite the successful ear operation, her eyes have continued to fail.

While she still has her sight Joanne plans to visit Glastonbury, learn to play the piano and raise money to support deaf children.

Joanne Milne

Mountaineer with cystic fibrosis tackles Everest

A climber from County Durham, who has cyctic fibrosis, is hoping to be the first person with the condition to scale Mount Everest.

38-year-old Nick Talbot hopes to £100,000.

Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and Nick's biggest challenge will be coping with the reduced oxygen levels at high altitudes.

Nick, who's from Hamsterley Forest, has just passed base camp in a climb that could take up to nine weeks.


UNICEF praise Friarage maternity centre

The midwife-led maternity centre at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has been praised by UNICEF’s UK baby friendly initiative, for the promotion of breastfeeding.

The centre has achieved Stage 3 accreditation, the same as the maternity unit at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The staff at both centres were commended for the efforts made in reaching this stage.

Anna Tainsh, from UNICEF’s UK baby friendly initiative said “It was clear to the assessment team that pregnant women and new mothers receive a very high standard of care. Almost all of the mothers interviewed spoke very highly of the care they had received at Friarage maternity centre and this is reflected in the assessment results.

“Excellent progress has been made toward implementing the new maternity standards into care with all of the breastfeeding mothers interviewed understanding how to feed their baby in a responsive way, and many having had a meaningful conversation about relationship building in the antenatal period.”

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