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North East Rev to become Bishop of Hull

The Revd Canon Alison White. Credit: Diocese of York

The Revd Canon Alison White, priest-in-charge of Riding Mill in the Diocese of Newcastle, has been appointed as the Bishop of Hull.

“In 2010, I was privileged to be invited to take part in the York Diocesan Clergy Conference where I got a profound sense of a Diocese with faith and hope. I know that there is a real vision to be Generous Churches Making and Nurturing Disciples and can’t wait to be part of loving God and growing the Church in this great part of Yorkshire”.

– The Revd Canon Alison White

“This is a joyous day! I am delighted to be welcoming Alison as the next Bishop of Hull. Whilst she will be working with others across the Diocese of York encouraging faith in urban life, she will have particular responsibilities for the vibrant city of Hull and the glorious coastline and countryside of the East Riding. Alison is a person of real godliness and wisdom – it is fantastic that she has accepted God’s call to make Christ visible together with all of us in this Diocese of York.”

– The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

The Revd Canon Alison White will be consecrated on Friday 3 July 2015, at 11.00 am, at York Minster. She succeeds the Right Revd Richard Frith, who became Bishop of Hereford in November 2014.

She is married to Bishop Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle.

Quicker treatment for South Tyneside heart patients

Consultant Cardiologist Dr Mickey Jachuck with cardiology and radiology staff in the new laboratory. Credit: South Tyneside District Hospital

Treatment for heart patients in South Tyneside has been speeded up thanks to a new £1.1m state-of-the art facility which is reducing waiting times.

A refurbished laboratory at South Tyneside District Hospital now contains the latest imaging and monitoring equipment, some of which is being used for the first time anywhere in the UK.

The lab is used predominantly for the investigation and treatment of patients with cardiac disease but, also, for some radiology procedures.

Since the previous lab was installed over 10 years ago, we have seen a dramatic change in the way that patients with heart disease are assessed and managed, with a major rise in the numbers of those with suspected angina requiring tests such as coronary angiography. In addition to this, for patients who are admitted with a suspected heart attack, there has been greater emphasis on ensuring that they receive appropriate interventional tests and treatment as soon as possible. This facility allows us to perform these procedures promptly, effectively and safely. We have also seen a steady growth over the years in the numbers of patients requiring invasive cardiac treatments, such as pacemakers. These have previously been performed in operating theatres but can now be performed in the new lab. This means all cardiac procedures can be done in the same place which, in turn, allows us to work more efficiently and reduces the time patients spend waiting.”

– Consultant Cardiologist Dr Mickey Jachuck

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Operation Sanctuary: 53rd person charged

A man has been charged as part of Operation Sanctuary, Northumbria Police's investigation into crimes of a sexual nature against vulnerable women and girls.

Loghman Faramazi, 31, of Bowness Avenue, Wallsend, has been charged with sexual assault by touching.

He is the 53rd person to be charged in connection with Operation Sanctuary, and will appear before Newcastle magistrates on April 20th.

Comedy star Sarah Millican to play Whitley Bay

Sarah Millican

North East comedy superstar Sarah Millican has announced that she will take to the stage at the Whitley Bay Playhouse.

It will be the smallest venue as part of her 'Outsider' tour, with 633 tickets due to go on sale this Friday.

In just seven years the South Shields lass has gone from winning the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to becoming one of the UK’s most successful and multi-award-winning comedians.

She also holds the record as the highest selling female comedian in the DVD market.

Her Whitley Bay gig is scheduled for November 17th.

Clarke Carlisle: 'No shame' at suicide bid

The former York City footballer, Clarke Carlisle has today said he felt "no shame" about his recent suicide attempt as he joined the Deputy Prime Minister at the launch of a project to tackle mental health discrimination in sport.

The 35-year-old former chair of the Professional Footballers' Association spent six weeks in a psychiatric unit after attempted suicide by throwing himself in front of a lorry in North Yorkshire in December.

Speaking at the Oval Cricket Ground in London during the launch of the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation, Carlisle said:

People are very delicate stepping around it - there's no shame invested in it for me. I tried to commit suicide because I was incredibly unwell, but it's changed my life. I stand here today with a very different perspective of what it means to be alive in this world.

A large proportion of society will look at a sports star and say: 'You're doing the job of you're dreams, you're getting paid fantastic amounts of money, you're getting adulation and playing in front of crowds, what have you got to be unhappy about?'

Depression, anxiety, all the plethora of strands of mental health, they've got nothing to do with happiness or sadness. It's an illness. It's not a choice, it's not an option, it needs treating in the right manner.

– Clarke Carlisle

Major sporting bodies including the Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board and the Football Association, have all committed to sign the charter committing to removing the stigma and prejudice around mental health from the world of sport.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance and Professional Players Federation have brought together around 20 organisations, including leading mental health charity Mind.

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