Newcastle's 'Bubble Unit' which treats people with chronic immunity diseases, has won a prestigous international prize.
Staff and former patients celebrated picking up the Jeff Model Award at the specialist centre which is based at the RVI hospital.
Only one place in the world receives the honour each year.
Doctors here say that the recognition will help take the Bubble Unit from strength to strength.
More top news
Dry and chilly overnight. Warmer in any sunny spells Sunday
Predominantly dry over the coming few days with variable cloud & some sunshine. Cool start but daytime temperatures should recover a little
War veterans taking part in the walk of Britain got a singing send-off from school pupils in Northumberland.