At this time of year it is common for sports teams to visit local hospitals.
Today (December 17) it was the turn of the Newcastle Eagles basketball to spread some Christmas cheer.
As Kenny Toal reports their relationship with the Childrens Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman hospital is special.
Children's Heart Unit Fund trustee, Ivan Hollingsworth, said the visit by the Newcastle Eagles basketball team to the Freeman hospital has been inspirational for young patients.
Several Newcastle Eagles players including Fab Flournoy have been supporting the Children's Heart Unit Fund by visiting children in the Freeman hospital and bringing festive cheer to the patients and staff alike.
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:
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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.