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Berwick woman died in A1 crash near Alnwick

Northumbria Police have released the name of a woman who died in a three-vehicle crash on the A1 near Alnwick last Thursday, 11 December.

Lisa Marie Wood was 49 and from Spittal in Berwick.

She was driving a car which was involved in a collision with an HGV and another car.

Police say enquiries are ongoing and they are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Weather: A chilly day

Credit: Alan Grainger

Bright or sunny intervals and scattered showers, with the showers possibly wintry at times over highest ground, especially this morning. Later today most showers will fade away, leaving clear spells.

Feeling much colder compared to Sunday. Maximum Temperature 6C.

Tyne Tees Weather - Monday

Cresswell Beach SHARON HUNTER

A cold and frosty start with the risk of icy patches on untreated roads and footpaths.

A mix of sunny spells and further showers this morning, again falling as snow over the Pennines.

Mainly dry by the afternoon, with winds easing. A cold high of 4-5°C

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North East nursing recruitment 'crisis'

The Royal College of Nursing Northern region says figures it has obtained under the Freedom of Information Act demonstrates a continuing nursing recruitment crisis in this region.

Despite NHS trusts across the North East undertaking active recruitment campaigns in an effort to fill vacancies, it seems that a number of trusts are struggling to fill front-line nursing vacancies.

Here are some of the figures provided by the RCN:

  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust: 195 nursing vacancies
  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: 163 nursing vacancies
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust: 29 nursing vacancies
  • City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust: 55 nursing vacancies
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: 24 nursing vacancies

"In addition, the RCN is seeking clarity around the data request to Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, which has not yet been able to provide a final response. Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have told us that currently no Ward based nursing posts are currently being “held” vacant. South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust have also indicating that they are currently “looking to resolve...issue[s]” around how their data is captured. Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust have stated that no nursing posts are currently being “held” vacant, and that all vacancies go out to advert internally and then into central recruitment campaigns.

“These new figures show that the Government is failing to ensure sufficient nurses are trained and retained in the NE & Cumbria. NHS trust management across the North East are trying their very best to fill posts and retain staff running ongoing recruitment campaigns, but without sufficient resources coming in from central Government, it is frankly making the task impossible."

– Glenn Turp, RCN regional director

Ice risk overnight into Monday

Warning in place 3am to 11 am Monday 15th Dec 2014

An area of low pressure near Iceland will pull another cold, showery air mass southwards across the region later tonight after rain clears further south.

Showers will be a mix of rain, sleet and snow, with settling largely restricted to roads above 300 m.

Road surface temperatures will fall below zero in many parts as bands of showers move through, falling as snow on hills.

There is a warning currently in place for Northumberland for the risk of icy roads and footpaths.

Tyne Tees Weather - Sunday

Roker KEVIN LEADBETTER

A mainly dry start but rather cloudy day, especially compared to Saturday.

Turning increasingly windy, with outbreaks of rain across western parts spreading east later in the afternoon to affect most parts for a time by evening.

Milder than recent days. Highs 8°C

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