A consultant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital says five babies in his care have died over 18 months because of rules around organ donation.
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.
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:
The chief executive of Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust says a new campaign to build a "home from home" at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle shows confidence in the future of the heart unit, which is being looked at as part of a nationwide review by the Health Department.
Sir Leonard Fenwick said: "Parents and their supporters choose to come to Newcastle because of the outcomes and the breadth of service."
A campaign is being launched to fund a new two million pound 'Home from Home' at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The accommodation will benefit families of children who are being treated at the hospital's specialist heart unit.
The funding drive is being launched in partnership by the Sick Children's Trust and the Children's Heart Unit fund.
Earlier in 2013, ITV's From The Heart campaign featured the stories of dozens of transplant patients, to highlight the shortage of organ donors.
The campaign had a huge response, with 6,000 people joining the organ donor register in the North East.
Not all of the stories had happy endings, but two that have had their lives transformed by transplants are 5-year-old Aaron McAleese and teenager Joshua Boyle.
You can see more stories from From the Heart here.