NHS pays out £40million in medical damages claims in Sunderland

NHS bosses in Sunderland paid out more than £40million in medical damages claims over the last five years.

David Bolt will represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia later this year.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke: We have some major talent in Sunderland

The theme of last week’s column was celebrating people in Sunderland who have had great success in their chosen field or done exceptional things, but have kept it fairly quiet, so not many people are aware of them and their story.

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How to beat Blue Monday

Today is ‘Blue Monday’ - recognised as the most depressing day of the year.
Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Respected former Sunderland hospital pharmacist died after taking combination of illegal drugs

A former Sunderland hospital pharmacist died after taking a combination of illegal drugs, an inquest heard.

Gabiel Ingram with parents Ben and Victoria Huntington and brothers Caleb Ingram, 9, and Jamie Carr (back).

Community pitches in with birthday bash after disabled teenager’s party is cancelled

A big-hearted community has come together after plans for a disabled teenager’s birthday party fell through.

Be careful when taking out a gym membership

How to avoid getting trapped in a gym deal or other annual subscriptions you don't want

With a brand new year lying ahead, many of us are thinking about turning over a new leaf.

South Tyneside District Hospital.

Scathing attack on hospital plans as decision day looms

A scathing assessment of planned changes to health services in South Tyneside has been delivered by local councillors – just weeks ahead of a final decision.


How to treat yourself if you have flu

With hospitals struggling, flu cases high in the North East and reports of Aussie flu, here's what to do if you find yourself feeling under the weather.


Dentists await judge's decision on treating mentally-ill Syrian refugee who saw torturers pull out brother's teeth

Specialists are waiting to hear whether a judge will allow them to carry out major dental surgery on a mentally-ill Syrian refugee who is thought to have watched torturers pull out his brother's teeth.

Sonia Graham, regional fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust, with Phoebe Hedley.

Teenager who beat cancer aims to raise ANOTHER £10,000 to help others like her

A teenager who beat cancer is looking to do the double and raise another £10,0000 for the charity which helps others just like her.

Sports Therapist Kevin Spanton helping one of the residents at the Yohden Care Complex to keep fit in their new gym.

Care home sets up its own gym to help residents and guest keep fit

A care home has made moves to help its residents and guests step up to the New Year fitness challenge.

What are head lice?

What are head lice? How do I check for them?

Head lice tend to enjoy visiting primary schools - here's how to check your child for them.

Samaritans awareness Brew Up event 
From left outreach Sarah Wright, chairman Steve Hall and fundraiser Louise Tindle

Blue Monday is coming – here’s how a simple cuppa and chat can help

People are being urged to brew up to help beat Blue Monday.

Smoking causes 104 hospital admissions every day in the North East

North campaigners call for NHS to do more to prevent hospital admissions and deaths from smoking

Anti-smoking campaigners have launched a new call for the National Health Service to so more to help prevent hospital admissions and deaths from smoking.

South Tyneside
Present Dame Dorothy Day Care staff, Janice Hardy, Laura Spoor, Ashley Spencer, Clare Watson, Jenna White, Rebecca Lindsay and Natalie Elliott, with the two former managers, Peppa Pig and some of the guests at the party.

Peppa Pig joins Sunderland anniversary party

A Sunderland care facility received a special visitor to help it mark a special occasion.

Accident and Emergency.

Bridget Phillipson MP: Action needed on NHS crisis – not half-baked apologies

In my last column, I warned that our NHS was heading for yet another winter crisis thanks to years of Tory neglect.

Race for Life competitors at Herrington Country Park last year

Sunderland women urged to make Race for Life their New Year’s resolution

Sunderland women are being urged to hit the road and help the war on cancer.

Jack Shields, from Newbottle, Houghton-le-Spring.

Wearside Matters: HELP team support sees Jack fight back

When the racing heartbeat that had plagued teenager Jack Shields for weeks suddenly turned to stabbing agony, he knew he had just seconds to raise the alarm.

Coca-Cola Classic contains 10.6g of sugar per 100ml.

11 things you said about Coca-Cola's plans to raise prices in response to sugar tax

The sugar tax is set to hit the UK in April - and soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has announced it plans to launch smaller bottles of its classic drink at higher prices.

Amber Rose Cliff had expressed concerns to her doctor about her health, was declined the chance to have a cervical check via the NHS.

The call for Amber’s Law needs to be louder if more young women are to beat cervical cancer

The calls to make cervical cancer screening more readily available for young women have been growing louder for some time now.

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