Clive Wheatman received a cancer home-detection kit from the NHS on his 60th birthday.
He threw it in the bin, but his wife insisted that he use it.
Clive says without the test he wouldn't be alive today.
Claire Montgomery reports.
Some of our hospitals are reporting an increase in patients visiting A&E during the hot weather.
Doctors say that people should be more aware of the risks during the hot weather.
Frances Read reports.
The Bubble Unit at Newcastle's RVI has received a new machine meaning some young patients no longer have to travel to Yorkshire for treatment.
The new equipment was funded through charitable donations and treats children with weak immune systems.
Death rates in the North East are the highest the country despite an overall drop in England and Wales to their lowest recorded level.
Figures by the Office for National Statistics show the North East had a 12% higher mortality rate, which have been put down to socio-economic factors.
The number of people suffering from depression in the North East has risen by 18 thousand in just three years.
Nationally the total rose by half a million to 4.7 million in the same period, according to new figures.
Firefighters were called to South Tyneside Hopsital after a chemical spill caused a release of nitrous oxide.
Two chemicals mixed together to create the substance commonly know as laughing gas, on Tuesday.
Three people were treated after complaining of sore throats.
Mothers in Berwick are being given the opportunity to give their opinion on maternity services in Berwick.
An independent survey launches today, researchers will speak to both mothers and future mothers. They will ask around 200 local women what they think of the services.
– Dr Mike Guy, NHS North of Tyne
"In Berwick and the surrounding area many women are choosing to have their babies at Wansbeck, Newcastle or Borders and we need to understand what was important to them when they made these decisions. We also want to hear from local women about what other care is important to them at the different stages of pregnancy, including after the baby is born."
It follows the temporary closure for births and post natal inpatient care at Berwick Maternity Unit, because of safety concerns, in August. At the time, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and NHS North of Tyne reassured the public they would have an opportunity to speak up.
A Middlesbrough baby who received a bone marrow transplant 41 days ago has left the Bubble Unit in Newcastle for the first time.
11 month old Danny Bryan is now in a halfway house before returning home.
It is a major step, but there are still tight restrictions on what he and his family can do.