Newcastle's 'Bubble Unit' which treats people with chronic immunity diseases, has won a prestigous international prize.
Staff and former patients celebrated picking up the Jeff Model Award at the specialist centre which is based at the RVI hospital.
Only one place in the world receives the honour each year.
Doctors here say that the recognition will help take the Bubble Unit from strength to strength.
The Bubble Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary will receive an award today.
The Jeff Modell Award is only given to one hospital in the world each year.
The Bubble Unit helps to treat children from the across the region, who have chronic conditions that affect their immune systems.