Health trusts agree new management structure in "alliance" plan

A controversial alliance between two hospital trusts has taken a step forward with an agreement to have a joint management structure.
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Mary Olimma. Picture from Central News.

'Die, die, die' nun, 70, banned from nursing for a year after appalling treatment of patients

A nun who told a patient to ‘just die, die, die’ while working as a care home nurse has been suspended for 12 months.
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A teenager who was left fighting for his life in hospital after taking drugs is improving, police have confirmed.

Police confirm Sunderland teen's condition is continuing to improve after taking drugs

A teenager who was left fighting for his life in hospital after taking drugs is continuing to improve, police have confirmed.

Forest View Primary School children knitting group donate a blanket to spina bifida sufferer Rubie O'Brien

South Shields primary school pupils knit blanket for disabled Sunderland girl

A Wearside girl born with serious health problems will now be warm and cosy on days out after kind schoolchildren created a beautiful blanket for her.

(from left Coun Mel Speding opens one of the new specialist rest rooms on Seaburn promenade  with  Jodie Williams, Gavin Barr, Sharon Bell and Phil Hughes from Sunderland People First and the Disability Independence Advisory Group.

New changing room provides a lift for disabled Sunderland Airshow visitors

Life will be easier for disabled visitors to Sunderland Airshow this weekend with the opening of a new specialist changing room on the city seafront.
Concern is growing over the amount of energy drinks being consumed by children.

'Ban sale of energy drinks to under-16s' says Durham expert's report

The sale of energy drinks to children under 16 should be banned following studies linking them to a range of health complaints and risky behaviours, according to a report.

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Patients who do not visit their GP for five years face the risk of being removed from the surgery list

Fears over impact of NHS campaign to remove ‘ghost’ patients from GP lists

Moves to save NHS cash by reducing the number of ‘ghost patients’ on GPs’ lists will put more pressure on already struggling doctors, says the chairman of Sunderland’s health watchdog.

Have a look inside new OAP hub

Have a look inside new OAP hub

Visitors will be able to have a first glimpse of South Tyneside’s new OAP hub.

Brian Hamilton, who has been using the Essence Service run by Age UK Sunderland.

WEARSIDE MATTERS: Essence support changing lives in Sunderland

A pioneering service that delivers life-changing support to those living with dementia and their carers has been praised by a Sunderland couple.

Patients who don;t see their GP for five years could be removed from lists across the North East

Controversial plans could see patients removed from North East GP lists

Patients who do not visit their GP for five years face being axed from their doctor's surgery under plans being rolled out across England.
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Lee gets a little help from his friends

Lee gets a little help from his friends

A terminally ill charity champion saw his friends go to great heights on his latest fundriasing mission to raise £9316.

The North East has been basking in sunshine today - but that could be about to change

Thunderstorms could offer relief to sweltering North East

Ambulances and an animal charity have been inundated with calls as Britain swelters on the hottest day of the year so far.

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Special K adverts promote how you can look good on the beach

Watchdog tells Kelloggs that Special K isn't as special as they say it is

Cereal giant Kelloggs has been rapped by watchdogs over "full of goodness" and "nutritious" claims made in two ads for its Special K range.
Students have been using a 'smart drug' as they cram for exams

How a student 'smart drug' could lead to unplanned pregnancies

A so-called ‘smart drug’ favoured by students cramming for exams could lead to unplanned pregnancies, experts have warned.

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Protein shakes.

SHAPING UP: Protein shakes for getting lean

There’s a huge misconception that protein shakes are only for wide-shouldered body builders who want to increase their size.

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Should employers introduce indoor vaping rooms? Public Health England think so

Businesses should create indoor ‘vaping’ rooms so that staff can indulge in e-cigarettes without going outside, according to Public Health England (PHE).

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And he's off! Joe McElderry taking on 250-mile bike ride for cancer charity

Joe McElderry has set off on a 250-mile bike ride to raise cash for youngsters with cancer.

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Scarlett Ruyten, aged seven, is getting her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust in memory of her gran.

Kind Scarlett inspired by late gran to donate hair to cancer patients

A kind-hearted youngster is coping with the death of her beloved grandmother by doing something to help others.

A nurse visiting an elderly person.

WEARSIDE MATTERS: An added layer of care in city’s homes

Care homes in Sunderland now benefit from an added layer of support, thanks to a programme that sees community-based NHS nurses provide specialist assistance to people who live there, and the carers who look after them day-to-day.

Charity’s very comfy donation

Charity’s very comfy donation

Patients with lung conditions are now sitting very comfortably at South Tyneside District Hospital, thanks to a charity.

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