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.
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.
The Government played no part in the decision to suspend children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, peers were told today.
Health minister Earl Howe said the decision was taken by the local health trust in agreement with the Care Quality Commission and NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.
– Lord Howe
The Government strongly believes that it was the right thing to do.
It is absolutely right that the NHS should act quickly and decisively if there is any evidence that patient safety maybe at risk.
But Liberal Democrat Lord Shutt of Greetland warned there had been "murky internal health politicking" going on over the issue of children's heart surgery in Yorkshire.
– Lord Shutt of Greetland
Why is the Government determined to deny the people of Yorkshire a children's heart unit when Yorkshire has a population of 5.3 million - similar to Scotland, Denmark and Finland.
Yorkshire is double the size of the north east of England, where the Government is happy to see that region locally served.
Lord Howe said the premise of Lord Shutt's question was "incorrect", adding:
– Lord Howe
The Government has not taken a role in this matter. This is a matter which
the NHS has led. There's no agenda by the Government at all apart from our
desire to see the best possible children's cardiac services provided in this
Professor Sir Roger Boyle has stepped down as director of the National Institute of Clinical Outcomes Research. He has been at the centre of the row over the future of the Leeds Children's Heart Surgery Unit.
He said that he would not want his daughter to be treated at Leeds. The comments led to him being taken off the review team that is overseeing changes to children's heart surgery.