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Albanian brain tumour patient discharged

Lorenc Hoxha

An Albanian man with a suspected brain tumour has been discharged from the RVI hospital in Newcastle.

27-year-old Lorenc Hoxha was readmitted to hospital on Wednesday, 10 June, after being removed from the RVI and arrested on suspicion of immigration offences a week earlier.

Mr Hoxha has undergone medical examinations and doctors say he is not in need of emergency medical attention.

A hospital in Albania has said they will provide Mr Hoxha with medical care.

"The gentleman is stable and not in need of emergency based clinical intervention as such, having been discharged from hospital and in the opinion of a team of specialists, medically fit to travel and reside outwith occupation of a specialist hospital bed where his holistic needs can be best met.

"It is to be noted that from both a social and future wellbeing perspective, an acknowledged international medical centre in Albania has indicated the wish to continue to provide effective care and supervision of the wellbeing of this gentleman."

– The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals

Scheme to encourage reading in hospital

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A scheme designed to encourage reading among children and parents in hospital has been launched in Middlesbrough.

More than 3,000 free reading packs will be handed out to new mums and children who are patients at the James Cook University Hospital.

The project was developed by the National Literacy Trust and the council.

Albanian man 'awaiting test results' after being readmitted to RVI

Lorenc Hoxha, 27.

An Albanian man is awaiting test results at Newcastle's RVI hospital after being readmitted on Wednesday night.

Lorenc Hoxha, 27, attended an outpatient clinic at the RVI with a suspected brain tumour on Monday 1 June, but was discharged and detained the next day.

The hospital said he would have received emergency treatment were it necessary.

He was released from an immigration detention centre in London and returned to Newcastle, where he reportedly collapsed in a restaurant in the city on Wednesday night.

Sir Len Fenwick, Chief Executive of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told ITV News Tyne Tees: "He is receiving detailed specialist consultation after 'presenting in an uncertain matter' and doctors are currently awaiting test results.

"As he speaks no English at all, the hospital has sent for an interpreter."

It is expected Mr Hoxha will stay in hospital until Monday.

MORE: Albanian man arrested at RVI readmitted to hospital

Albanian man arrested at RVI readmitted to hospital

Lorenc Hoxha

An Albanian man who was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and removed from the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle has been readmitted to hospital.

27-year-old Lorenc Hoxha attended an outpatient clinic at the RVI with a suspected brain tumour on Monday 1 June, but was discharged and detained the next day.

At the time the hospital said Mr Hoxha would have been given emergency treatment if it was deemed necessary, and that the police were only called after a number of Mr Hoxha's friends who were with him said they could not take responsibility for him.

Mr Hoxha was rushed back to the RVI by ambulance late yesterday evening, Wednesday 10 June, after reportedly collapsing in a restaurant.

He is currently being assed by a specialist team.


HSE orders shutdown at South Tyneside company after Legionnaires outbreak

Legionnaires outbreak at South Tyneside plant Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has served a Prohibition Notice on a South Tyneside company as part of an on-going investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires disease.

The Prohibition Notice stops the operation of four cooling towers at the Faltec site in Boldon, South Tyneside, where four employees and a nearby resident have been infected by legionella bacteria.

The company have 21 days to appeal the decision made by the HSE.

Tests of the water systems on the site has identified the presence of significant quantities of the legionella bacteria.

The company has locked off the cooling towers and carried out disinfection and control procedures.

The cooling towers will not be allowed to be brought back into operation until the company have satisfied the HSE that the risks from exposure to legionella bacteria are being adequately controlled.

An Improvement Notice has also been served on the company requiring them to improve the management of their water systems at the site in relation to the legionella risk.

The HSE say they will continue to monitor the site and work with Public Health England (PHE) and South Tyneside Council to ensure that risks to employees and members of the public are properly controlled.

Residents told to be vigilant over legionnaires outbreak

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A warning has been issued for people living near cooling towers on South Tyneside to contact their GP if they develop sudden respiratory problems.

Samples taken from two of Faltec's cooling towers in Boldon have tested positive for bacteria that can cause legionnaires disease.

Five cases have already been confirmed, including four workers and one resident who lives close to the plant.

The cooling towers have been closed to remove further risk of infection to staff or the public.

"Legionnaires’ disease does not spread from person to person and can only be contracted from contaminated water.

"As a precaution staff have been advised to contact their GP if they develop a chest infection or other respiratory symptoms.

"Any local residents who develop a chest infection or other respiratory symptoms should contact their GP in the usual way."

– Dr Tricia Cresswell of the North East Public Health England Centre

North Sea rowing challenge for cancer charities

Michael Tierney in the training pool at South Tyneside College Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A former North East soldier is planning to row across the North Sea to raise money for cancer charities, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Preparations for the 510-mile challenge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Michael Tierney, from Low Fell in Gateshead, has been undergoing training at South Tyneside College's Marine Safety Training Centre.

Offshore weather conditions can be simulated at the Marine Safety Training Centre Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The technology allows different weather conditions to be simulated in the pool.

Wind, rain and waves can be created Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Michael took up the challenge in memory of his sister, Clare, who died of breast cancer.

He will be joined on the trip by a former army colleague, James Moloney.

The pair are planning to make the 510-mile journey from the Scottish Borders to Denmark in August - a crossing they believe has only previously been completed by the Vikings.

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