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Is this the world's smallest bus?

A man from Durham has transformed his Fiat Seicento into a miniature school bus.

Chris Atkinson, a bus driver for Arriva, will travel from Scotland to Cornwall to help raise vital funds for The Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The ‘bus’ is painted Arriva blue, with the matching checkered seats and even has a ‘Sorry Not in Service’ sign for when it’s taking a well-earned rest.

The charity is very close to Chris’s heart, as his son Kieran was born 3 months premature. Staff at the RVI provided lifesaving care to Kieran and he is now a healthy young boy


Criticism over new hospital in Northumberland

There has been criticism about the opening of a new hospital in Northumberland. Some people living in rural communities say they are angry that they will have to travel to Cramlington for serious A&E conditions, while only being able to use Hexham, Wansbeck and North Tyneside hospitals for less serious problems. Doctors say it means patients will receive better care.


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.

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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