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This is the fifth strike by junior doctors, and the first time in which they have withdrawn labour from Accident and Emergency departments.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

Health protection experts from Public Health England (PHE) are advising staff and parents of children who attend Kenton School in Newcastle following the death of a pupil from suspected meningitis.

A statement from Kenton School Credit: School website

This is a sad reminder of how devastating this illness can be and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the child who has died.

It is crucial to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease and to get treatment as soon as possible. But sadly, even with early recognition, it is not always possible to stop the rapid progress of this disease.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but life-threatening infection that occurs mainly in children and young adults.

Meningococcal bacteria do not spread easily. Only people who have had prolonged, close contact with the ill person are at a slightly increased risk of becoming unwell and would be offered antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

We have been working closely with the school and the child’s family. Close contacts have already been identified and are being offered antibiotics as a precautionary measure. It is not necessary for any other people to receive antibiotics.

– PHE CONSULTANT IN HEALTH PROTECTION DR KIRSTY FOSTER

Suspected meningitis death in Newcastle

Health protection experts from Public Health England (PHE) are advising staff and parents of children who attend Kenton School in Newcastle following the death of a pupil from suspected meningitis.

This is a sad reminder of how devastating this illness can be and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the child who has died.

It is crucial to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease and to get treatment as soon as possible. But sadly, even with early recognition, it is not always possible to stop the rapid progress of this disease.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but life-threatening infection that occurs mainly in children and young adults.

Meningococcal bacteria do not spread easily. Only people who have had prolonged, close contact with the ill person are at a slightly increased risk of becoming unwell and would be offered antibiotics as a precautionary measure. We have been working closely with the school and the child’s family. Close contacts have already been identified and are being offered antibiotics as a precautionary measure. It is not necessary for any other people to receive antibiotics.

– PHE consultant in health protection Dr Kirsty Foster

It is with deep sadness we have to announce the sudden death of a Year 9 pupil in the early hours of this morning (April 25).

The cause of death was a strand of meningitis. Information from the local authority about this disease is available from the home page of our website but have been informed there is no heightened health risk. Your child will be given a hard copy of this information to take home with them.

We have support in school for all pupils. If you have any concerns or wish to speak to someone at school, please contact your child's relevant Year Leader. We know that parents will be in the best position to support their children.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the pupil at this difficult time.

– Statement on Kenton School website
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