ONS figures reveal worrying poverty rates in the UK

Almost one in three Britons has spent time in poverty in recent years, according to new statistics.
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Your view could help shape the future of local NHS services

Public urged to have a say in major shake-up of local NHS

That the NHS is in crisis is no secret, but the solution is about more than just money. Now people in Tyneside and Sunderland are being urged to take part in a discussion to ‘future-proof’ local services.

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Sweets 'should carry Government health warning', say doctors

Warnings should be placed on packets of sweets and other sugary foods to improve the health of children's teeth, it is suggested.
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Sisters Georgia Fletcher and Olivia Crawford, aka Liv'n'G.

Singers calling for support for Bradley Lowery charity song

A pair of singing sisters are calling for people to download their charity song dedicated to battling youngster Bradley Lowery.

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Dr Hannah Barham-Brown, who had to crowdfund for her own wheelchair. Picture: PA.

Patients relying on crowdfunding to buy wheelchairs, doctor warns

Disabled patients are increasingly having to rely on crowdfunding to pay for wheelchairs, a leading doctor has warned.

More than 800 people have avoided waits in A&E as a result of the scheme.

Sunderland paramedic scheme extended as more than 800 patients avoid lengthy A&E waits

A scheme to reduce A&E visits in Sunderland has been extended after proving to be a success.

Fitness expert Katie Bulmer-Cooke launching her fitness clothing range at Club Zest

Sunderland fitness trainer launches women’s gym wear range

City fitness expert Katie Bulmer-Cooke has taken a step up in her career by launching her own range of workout wear for women.

Natalia Rooks is hoping to raise �6,000 to fly to America for treatment.

Sunderland teenager needs £6,000 to travel to America for cancer treatment

A Sunderland teenager is facing the prospect of having medical treatment thousands of miles in America after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer.

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Sunderland Royal Hospital Reserves Day. Front from left Hospital CE Ken Bremner and Brigadier Richard Spencer OBE ADC Royal Marines. Back from left Consultant Mr Peter Small, Director of HR Kath Griffin, Captain Robert Anderson - Royal Navy and Commander Ian Berry MBE RD - Royal Naval Reserve

Navy chiefs in visit to Sunderland Royal Hospital

Senior Royal Navy officials made a visit to Sunderland Royal Hospital to recognise the trust managing the site is an Armed Forces-friendly employer.

Exercises like hill climbs are designed to get the whole of your body moving.

Shaping Up Summer Body Challenge: Workout 2

Our second workout, which is called 30/30 supersets, is designed to target all parts of the body.
It's important to stay hydrated.

Why it's important to stay hydrated for the Summer Body Challenge

The Summer Body Challenge kicked off last week, when I gave you a meal plan, shopping list, and a home workout to complete three times per week.
Black bean, chorizo, sweet potato and coconut bowl.

Recipe of the week: Black bean, chorizo, sweet potato and coconut bowl

This week's healthy recipe is for a black bean, chorizo, sweet potato and coconut bowl.
From left, Brian Burnie, founder trustee of Daft as a Brush, Lady Elsie Robson, volunteer driver Alan Gibson, from Washington, and Daft as a Brush volunteer Derek Fordy, also from Washington.

Washington man’s vital role in making life easier for cancer patients

A volunteer from Washington is the driving force behind a charity’s bid to make life easier for cancer patients across the north of England.

Carol Joesbury.

Rat infestation leaves disabled woman ‘terrified’ to come out of her flat

A disabled woman claims rats have made her a prisoner in her own home.

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Sunderland Royal Hospital

Consultation over key hospital services in Sunderland announced

A major consultation on the future of key hospital services in Sunderland is coming, it was announced today.

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Dogs Nahla and Ruby cool off in the warm weather. Pic by Tim Richardson

Tips for coping during the heatwave

The North East is basking in glorious sunshine and temperatures have hit 30C in some parts of the UK.

MelanomaMe's Elaine Taylor and Kerry Rafferty.

Washington woman aims to spread life saving message about skin cancer

A woman who was diagnosed with skin cancer is launching a new organisation in the hope of saving lives.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh.

Campaign launched about dangers of children’s exposure to second-hand smoke

Health chiefs have warned that at least one in 10 North East children are still being exposed to toxic second-hand smoke in their homes.


Day of sport marks 21st anniversary of youngster’s tragic death

A day of sports has been held in memory of a youngster who died of a brain haemorrhage aged just 10.

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Nobody should assume the importance of slapping on SPF while out in the sun doesnt apply to them.

Five surprising facts about skin cancer that everyone needs to know

It’s one of the most common types of cancer and on the rise in the UK, but are you as clued up as you think?

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