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People using A&E after eating too many easter eggs

People have been turning up at an A&E for treatment after eating too many easter eggs.

Residents of Teesside have been complaining to staff at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough that they have stomach ache and indigestion after over indulging.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are urging people to go to pharmacies instead instead of A&E.

A post on the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Facebook page is advising people to stay away from A&E and to rest and drink water.

Credit: Facebook

A previous post on the page urged people with minor injuries not to use A&E over the Easter weekend and warned "Don't waste Easter in A&E this weekend".

Julie Suckling, directorate manager of A&E said:

Minor complaints that reoccur should be dealt with by a GP and you should only attend for assessment if you have an acute [sudden and serious] complaint, that requires emergency care."

– Julie Suckling, directorate manager of A&E

The news comes after figures released in January revealed that over a third of attendances at A&E departments in England result in the person being sent home with just advice.

Of 19.6 million attendances in 2014/15 across England, more than a third (6.9 million) involved the person being given advice or guidance.

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UK first: gamma camera installed at James Cook Hospital

Mark Richardson, head of nuclear medicine at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, tests out the new Siemens ‘Symbia Evo’ camera at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough Credit: NHS South Tees

The first ‘Symbia Evo’ gamma camera in the country has been installed at The James Cook University Hospital. It is used by clinicians to see how the body is working.

The camera will be used to diagnose diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s and dementia.

Based in the nuclear medicine department at the Middlesbrough hospital, the £250,000 kit will replace an existing camera, which is 13 years old.

PICTURES: Middlesbrough players make festive visit to children in hospital

Players from Middlesbrough Football Club spread a little festive cheer today as they visited patients on the children's ward at the James Cook University Hospital.

Manager Aitor Karanka and members of the squad came bearing gifts for sick children who may have to spend Christmas on the ward.

Aitor Karanka brought came with some of his squad to the James Cook Hospital Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Daniel Alaya (left) and Abella Damia (right) hand Christmas gifts to a sick baby Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Abella Damia (left) was there to support children of all ages Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
Squad members pose for a photo with an excited mother and child Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News
A young Boro fan is delighted with his early Christmas present Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News

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Walk to thank neonatal team

Fundraisers gather to thank neonatal team Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A devoted dad has led a sponsored walk from Saltburn to Whitby to thank the neonatal team that saved his little boy's life.

Dominic was boen 14 weeks premature Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Roy Willis's son Dominic was born 14 weeks premature last October, weighing just 2lb 3oz.

For three months the neonatal team at The James Cook University Hospital took care of him and keeping him alive, saving his life as many as five times a day.

Doctor cleared after sex pest accusations

A senior doctor from Middlesbrough, who was accused of being a sex pest, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by medical watchdogs.

Stephen Graham, 54, faced allegations including the touching of female patent's breasts while they were under anaesthetic.

It was also alleged he exposed the naked body of a patient by removing part of a theatre gown, the General Medical Council heard.

The 54-year-old worked in Middlesbrough at the James Cook University Hospital as a consultant anaesthetist at the time of the alleged incidents, which date back to 2006.

"I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my fitness to practise hearing. There has been a great burden on me and my family since the allegations were made and I am relieved that this matter is now over."

– Dr Graham

Dr Graham denied misconduct.

An investigation began in 2009 after nurses raised concerns. The trust concluded there was no case to answer.

Dr Graham returned to work in 2010. A second investigation was launched because of similar concerns. It was concluded there was no case to answer.