The Medical Director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, will visit Cramlington today to look at the progress of a new "super hospital." The facility, which will open in June, will be the first in the country to be staffed by emergency care specialists 24 hours a day. But campaigners fear A and E departments at neighbouring hospitals will be downgraded.
Sir Bruce will meet some of the doctors and nurses who have helped design the hospital and who will be caring for seriously ill or injured patients from North Tyneside and Northumberland.
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Sir Richard Branson says rail commuters in the region should not be concerned about rising prices on the East Coast mainline.
Speaking on a visit to Newcastle this lunchtime he told ITV Tyne Tees that concerns about lack of competition and increases in fares were unfounded.
Virgin Rail and Stagecoach took over the running of the East Coast Franchise this week. They already run services on the West Coast line. There have been concerns from the Competition and Marketing Authority about lack of competition in some areas driving prices up.
Sir Richard Branson invites a member of the audience up on stage for a photograph after she asks him to help promote her fundraising page.
Tycoon Sir Richard Branson is in Newcastle to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The owner of the Virgin business empire is at an event for young people at the Northern Stage theatre.
It comes just two days after a consortium involving Virgin took over train services on the East Coast mainline.
It is three years since Virgin Money took over Northern Rock, the failed Newcastle-based bank.
Sir Richard Branson amused the press when he pointing out that Stagecoach co-founder Brian Souter usually wears red trainers and that he had worn his to match.
Police used new drug driving legislation shortly before midnight on the first day it was introduced. A driver was stopped on Marsh House Avenue in Billingham and provided a positive roadside drug test.
The 21-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody.
Officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit say they will continue to use the new legislation.
Following showers of a wintry mix during Tuesday, icy stretches are expected to form on untreated surfaces on Tuesday evening and last into Wednesday morning's rush hour.
In addition, further showers are likely overnight which may lead to wash-off of salt.
These showers will be wintry over high ground, giving further local snow accumulations of some 2-5 cm above around 400 m.