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Vote of no confidence over Hartlepool hospital services

University Hospital of Hartlepool. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Councillors have recorded a vote of no confidence in NHS health bosses at a controversial meeting to discuss the future of hospital services in Hartlepool.

Hundreds of people attended the meeting last night (November 24), along with the manager of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Alan Foster.

Mr Foster and his colleagues explained why some services had been moved from the University Hospital of Hartlepool to North Tees in Stockton.

But members of the public and local MP Ian Wright, called for services to return to Hartlepool.

During the meeting there were calls for Mr Foster to resign.

Dementia-friendly hospital ward to open

Darlington Memorial hospital Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A newly refurbished outpatient department will be officially opened at Darlington Memorial Hospital later today (May 13), aimed at making life easier for patients living with dementia.

The unit has been completely remodelled, making sure the area is as clear and straightforward as possible.

Dementia-friendly colour schemes have been incorporated throughout the unit to help users distinguish between the different areas.**

There are currently around 6,000 people living with dementia in County Durham and Darlington.

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NHS Trusts meeting after number of "serious incidents"

The Newcastle Gateshead Alliance Clinical Commissioning Board are meeting today to discuss how to improve health care and services in the North East.

It comes after statistics showed that 182 "serious incidents" had occurred in the last 9 months at NHS trusts across the region, which is around 5 incidents a week.

This also follows on from 7 "never events' that have occurred in our region in less than a year.

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Rib helps seven year old to breathe

Great North Children's Hospital Credit: ITV News

An operation has used part of a child's rib to widen his windpipe and help him breathe.

When seven year old Ethan Wiseman from North Shields was born his larynx hadn't fully opened, affecting his breathing. During surgery at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle pieces of cartilage from Ethan's ribs were placed into his windpipe to widen the airway.

Ethan was in the intensive care unit of the hospital for a week but is now back at home. His mother Sonia said: "He's become a totally different boy. He talks non-stop and is so outgoing. It's lovely to see him able to play for as long as he likes."

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