A new method of treating breast cancer is available from today, following trials in the North East.
Local NHS chief has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to extend the deadline on children's heart surgery unit report.
Children's heart surgery is set to resume at Leeds General Infirmary after days of uncertainty over its future.
The Freeman Hospital's Institute of Transplantation is to be officially opened today, September 27.
It is the first centre of its kind in the UK, dedicated solely to the provision and advancement of solid organ transplantation.
An injection is available from today which dramatically reduces the time that some breast cancer patients must spend in hospital.
Until now, women prescribed the drug Herceptin have received it via a drip, which is time consuming and can be painful.
In the future they have the alternative of a five minute injection, which will be routinely available across England and Wales.
The drug is used to treat a type of breast cancer known as HER2-positive. Newcastle's Freeman Hospital is among the centres which has been trialling the new method.
Helen Ford has been speaking to some of those involved. Watch her report here:
It is 50 years since kidney transplant operations started being performed at hospitals in Newcastle. The first was in 1963. Now, expertise at the Freeman Hospital is world renowned. Nearly 150 kidney transplants take place there every year.
A meeting will take place in London to give patients' groups more information about a review into the future of children's heart surgery in England, including at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.
NHS experts want to close some units and concentrate expertise in others.
Yesterday, it was announced that no decision would be taken until next year at the earliest.
NHS England said there will not be an announcement on the future of children's heart surgery in Newcastle until June 2014 at the earliest.
Under previous plans, the Freeman Hospital was set to expand its children's heart services, while three other units - including Leeds - faced closure.
Jonny Blair reports.
Researchers at Newcastle University and the Freeman Hospital have discovered fitness is more important than age when you are facing major surgery.
The study could lead to patients being put on exercise regimes before having their operations.
Derek Proud reports:
Staff and patients at the children's heart unit at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle are expecting to hear about its future at 12.30pm on June 12th.
The announcement has been long-awaited following a review over a previous decision to keep it open.
A long-awaited decision is expected over the future of the children's heart unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The government has been reviewing its earlier decision to keep it open, after an appeal from campaigners in Leeds who wanted to save their unit from closure
Plans have been announced to build a new £2 million centre where parents can stay when their children are having heart surgery at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The proposed centre is being seen as a sign of confidence in the future of the Children's Heart Unit at the hospital.
Watch Derek Proud's report here: