It is one of the most under-used maternity units in the country and the subject of two serious investigations into standards of care.
But the trust that runs Berwick Maternity Unit says it will remain open. Despite today's announcement, it is not clear what kind of facility it will provide
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The proposals have prompted protests by local residents.
In the early hours of Sunday morning a 33-year-old man was stabbed outside Lloyds bank at Haymarket Metro Station.
The Great North Air ambulance were called to the scene in Seaham to take the children to the James Cook University hospital.