The region’s NHS is urging patients to only use A&E and emergency services for serious and immediate care, following a very busy weekendRead the full story ›
From April 2017 people will be able to access GP services until 9.30pm on weekdays and from 8am-9.30pm on weekendsRead the full story ›
Pharmacists are no longer able to prescribe cornflour, meaning 6-year-old George Morrison's parents must by 180g of the substance each day.Read the full story ›
An inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the trust as ‘Requires Improvement’, however some services were rated as ‘Good’.Read the full story ›
A new study based at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary has revealed 70% of hospital admissions at weekends are alcohol related.Read the full story ›
Thousands of people marched through the centre of Newcastle on Saturday, October 24, in protest against changes to junior doctors' contracts.
Some say it will put patients at risk, as the proposals will make doctors tired and more likely to make mistakes. But the government claims the changes are necessary to create a seven-day NHS that woud be safer for patients.
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Following the closure of the Harbottle surgery in August, NHS England has said that some services will be put back into the village.Read the full story ›
Health chiefs are urging patients not to miss hospital appointments after 67,500 were wasted last year at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The trust, which runs The James Cook University Hospital, Friarage Hospital and services at a number of community hospitals, had a “did not attend” (DNA) rate of 8% in the last financial year.
This cost the trust more than £1.6million in wasted staff time – the equivalent of paying for 74 registered nurses – and approximately £5m in lost income.
This does not take into account those cancelled at short notice which subsequently could not be filled.
Members of the public are being urged to:
- turn up to appointments on time
- let hospital staff know as soon as possible if they are not going to be able to attend
- ensure their GP surgery has their correct address and contact details.
Appointments can be cancelled by calling individual departments or online at southtees.nhs.uk.
A young couple grieving after the death of their baby have hit out at the NHS for bombarding them with calls about appointments.Read the full story ›
The number of strokes occurring in men in the North East of working age has rocketed by more than a third in seven years, according to the Stroke Association.
Analysis of hospital admissions data by the charity highlights the dramatic increase. It is thought that much of the rise is due to an increase in so-called unhealthy lifestyles.