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Life-saving blood transfusions inspired by armed forces

In the last year, 9 lives have been saved after blood was carried on Great North Air Ambulance helicopters and given to injured people at the scene of accidents. 36 people were treated between January 2015 and 2016. Dr Rachel Hawes, who works with the service, says it was inspired by her time as an army reservist in Afghanistan.

Man thanks pioneering blood transfusion for saving his life

9 lives were saved in the North East last year, under a pioneering scheme to give blood transfusions to critically injured patients before they're transported to hospital. Bags of blood have been kept on Great North Air Ambulance helicopters, since January 2015, allowing more specialist procedures to be performed at the scene of accidents. They're transported to air bases, on motorbikes, by the charity Blood Bikes.

To mark a first successful year, a celebration was held at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. One Northumberland man, whose life was saved by the procedure after a cycling accident, says it's a vital service:


Newcastle mother says she's struggling to get medication for her son's rare neurological condition

A mother from Newcastle says she's struggling to get medication for her son who has an extremely rare neurological condition.

Jack Duffy suffers up to 60 seizures a day, and can't sit up or walk. He has non-ketonic hyperglycinemia (NKH) which affects only 1 in 60,000 babies.

Mum Lisa Duffy has had difficulty getting the recommended medication as it doesn't have an import certificate. Researchers at University College London say the treatment is only able to manage the condition, not cure it, and further studies are needed.

Robin Davies reports.

Clown Doctors bring Easter treats to Newcastle hospital

(L-R) Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Lara Bewick (7) from Consett, Jack Steabler (18 months) from Houghton-le-Spring, Dr Tammy Teacosy and Libby Nolan (The Children's Foundation) Credit: Longstone PR

Young patients in the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle have had a bit of an Easter surprise....after the Clown Doctors paid them a visit.

They delivered Easter Eggs and treats to children who will spend the Bank Holiday in hospital.

(L-R) Dr Tammy Teacosy, Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), and Finley Thompson (4 months old from Seaham) with mum, Kay Credit: Longstone PR

“It’s always hard for children in hospital but it’s especially difficult on special occasions like Easter.

Anything we can do, even simple things like sharing Easter eggs, helps lift the children and gives them something new to focus on.

– Libby Nolan, fundraising manager at The Children’s Foundation


So how many Easter Eggs will YOU get?

Chocolatiers work on the hand-crafted chocolate Easter eggs and rabbits at Betty's in Harrogate Credit: PA

Children will get on average five Easter eggs each over the Easter holidays.

That's according to research from the website MummyPages.

The survey of Mum's shows that most are worried about the amount of sugar their sons and daughters will consume over the Bank Holiday, some chocolate eggs containing up to 60 teaspoons of sugar.

The number of mums who ration their child's Easter Egg chocolate intake.
  • 59% of mums regularly intercept or take away some of their child's chocolate Easter Eggs without them knowing
  • 63% of respondents think parents should be consulted before an adult gives their child a gift of a chocolate Easter Egg
  • Popular alternatives to chocolate Easter Eggs for children include:

  • Books (83%)

  • Toys (63%),

  • New clothes (57%)

  • Home-made gifts (43%)

  • Special family day out (40%)

  • Gift vouchers (33%)

  • Home baked goods (33%)

  • 56% of mums think Easter Eggs should be limited by law to just one aisle or display in supermarkets

  • 19% of mums think there should be an extra 'sugar tax' on Easter Eggs

  • Mums average Easter Egg spend: Up to £10 (28%), £11-20 (48%), £21-30 (14%), £30-40 (7%), £40-50 (3%).

Teesside takeaway owners to get lessons in cooking 'healthy options'

The healthy option? Free masterclasses to be given to Redcar takeaway owners Credit: PA stock image

Takeaway owners in Redcar and Cleveland are being encouraged to produce healthier options on their menus.

The Council's public health teams are going to provide free takeaway 'master classes' to try and tackle the problems associated with high fat, salt and sugar intake.

It's hoped it'll help tackle the obesity problem too.

Takeaway owners with a food hygiene rating of three and above can book on to one of two sessions to be held on Wednesday 13 April.

We all enjoy an occasional takeaway, but unfortunately the takeaway business has developed a reputation for serving calorie laden and relatively unhealthy food.

“We want to help takeaways overcome this reputation by introducing healthier ingredients, preparation and cooking methods without compromising on taste or profits.

“Attending these free sessions can also help takeaway businesses increase custom, widen customer choice, save money and improve business reputation.”

– Cllr Lynn Pallister, cabinet member for health and housing

Northumbria Police to get money for eye detection testing for sex offenders

Northumbria Police is to get over £171,000 to implement polygraph and eye detection testing for sex offenders.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Coleman, from Northumbria Police, believes it will help officers be more accurate in the risk management of suspected and convicted sex offenders, as well as protect vulnerable victims.

"Introducing eye detection testing will be a first for the UK and we look forward to rolling out detail of this pioneering way of managing offenders in the very near future - one of many innovative ways in which we are seeking to provide better protection for the people of Northumbria."

– Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird
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