The daughter of a severely schizophrenic woman who died choking on chocolate cake in the care of a Reading psychiatric hospital has spoken of her grief at the death of her “loving, supportive and intelligent” mother.

The father of a 19-year-old Suffolk girl who died from anorexia fears many more patients have died as a result of how eating disorders are still treated.

Potentially life-saving surgery at a failing Norfolk hospital could be suspended, this newspaper can reveal today.

The Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) and the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) are hosting a bystander CPR event at the old fire station in Downham Market until Sunday.

Do-it-yourself blood pressure checks can be done at Cromer’s new GP surgery thanks to the fundraising efforts of a patients’ group.

Frontline health staff could be stopped from working with high-risk patients if they do not have the flu jab, the NHS has warned.

Students from the University of East Anglia (UEA) have launched a first-of-its-kind wellbeing app to help their peers understand their emotions, develop coping strategies, and access the support they need, in time for the new university term.

The first clinical trials at a state-of-the-art building in Norwich are set to begin as the first research volunteers are welcomed to the Quadram Institute.

A Cringleford care home is asking people to join them for coffee, cake and a chat to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A psychiatric intensive care unit in Ipswich which closed on safety grounds due to a lack of staff will reopen next week, it has emerged.

A hospital has waved a reluctant farewell to a loyal nurse with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

A Norfolk hospital which recognises that good food is essential as part of the treatment it offers has revamped its restaurant. The James Paget’s Aubergine Restaurant has been offically opened by a Michelin-starred chef who gave the canteen his seal of approval.

A national care provider has opened a new office in Fakenham, creating 50 new jobs in the process.

A Norfolk and Norwich Hospital consultant has passed on his expertise to eye doctors in Africa after leading an international course in Kenya.

A care home in the Norfolk broads village of Hickling has raised £6,500 to buy an interactive table for dementia patients to enjoy.

With just 14 months between them Keata and Leah Wilby were more like best friends than sisters.

An ambulance trust has apologised after it took seven hours to reach a 93-year-old who had fallen and broken her hip.

In all, 1,154 complaints were made to Suffolk County Council last year, according to data published by its audit committee.

There are no plans to scrap NHS parking charges in Norfolk, despite it being announced fees in Wales would be axed.

A trailblazing physiotherapist who turned around the a hospital department she admitted was “worse than average” has died.

Former eating disorder sufferer talks about the battle against social media.

A care centre in Great Yarmouth designed to provide residents with additional short-term support has helped 24 people return to their own homes following treatment in hospital.

Ambulances which are already carrying patients could be sent to new emergencies in a bid to drive down response times.

A quick thinking charity shop manager has recalled how she saved the life of a colleague who begun choking after a sweet got stuck in her throat.

As yet another health trust in Norfolk in plunged into special measures by inspectors health correspondent Geraldine Scott looks at what is going wrong in the county’s NHS.

Members of the public are being invited to attend the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) Annual General Meeting and careers fair

A new programme offering a “long-term commitment” to supporting the rehabilitation of stroke survivors has been launched.

There has been a mixed reaction from the public to the damning CQC report of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A critical care paramedic administered a life-saving drug to a 62-year-old woman, in a new procedure which is being trailled in the region.

It is a simple brown cardboard box, filled to the brim with everything from plant seeds to a book of crosswords.

When nine-month-old Lillie McCarthy lost the use of her right arm due to a rare but serious infection, it could have left her with permanent damage.

A doctor who suffered with chronic hip pain died from an overdose of morphine he was taking to cope.

Some 70 students in Norfolk are some of the first in the UK to be trained for a brand new nursing role, put in place to address staffing challenges within the NHS.

The increase in demand at the James Paget University Hospital’s eye clinic will be the focus of the keynote speech at the Gorleston hospital trust’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, September 19.

A hospital boss has apologised to patients, staff and the community after his hospital was found to be unsafe but pledged that improvements will be made.

The distraught parents of a woman from Ely who has been in a Great Yarmouth care home for five years - at the cost of more than one million pounds to Cambridgeshire County Council - say they live in a “nightmare” battle to get her home.

“Things have gone wrong.” That was the admission from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn today as it was revealed the trust had been judged unsafe and poorly led, leading it to be put into special measures by inspectors.

A major expansion of radiology and cardiology services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is set to begin next month.

A new look hospital foyer has been opened with a Marks & Spencer Food to Go store that has a 70-seater cafe.

A group which has raised millions to support King’s Lynn’s hospitals needs volunteers to help its work continue.

Two Norfolk women have used first aid skills to save colleagues from choking, as research reveals less than half of people in the East would be confident enough to step in.

A Norwich dentist has become one of only 10 people to complete a four-year masters course which he took alongside running his clinic full time.

A charity is spreading its wings to provide comfort boxes for women with primary breast cancer in east Norfolk.

We all know good nutrition is important for health but how many of us realise just what can happen if our children don’t get the vitamins and minerals their bodies need? Sheena Grant learns more from Lucinda Miller, who will be sharing her expertise with parents at an event in Ipswich on September 18.

While the advance of AI, automation and robotics sometimes evokes fears of mechanised armies and widespread unemployment, according to the TUC, there should be a sunny upside for us mere mortals – a shorter working week and higher pay.

A digital agency in Norwich claims that turnover is up 12% since all staff started working a four-day week.

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has launched a Get Up and Go Yellow day this Thursday (September 13) to highlight the work they do and National Air Ambulance Week

City Reach, a service provided by Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCHC) for people who find it difficult to visit mainstream GP services, has become the first in Norfolk to join the national Safe Surgeries scheme.

The new chairman of a county’s healthcare watchdog has vowed to push for more money to be given to the NHS.

An inspection report published about a former care home in Gorleston has rated it as inadequate.

Around 40,000 fewer free dental treatments were carried out in Norfolk last year, with industry leaders saying a “hostile environment” is putting off low income patients.

A Norfolk father-of-two who attempted to take his own life while in the grip of a deep depression has shared his story in the hope of helping others.

A targeted project designed to encourage more men to ask for help with mental health issues has been hailed a success after playing a key role in raising awareness of the importance of safeguarding emotional wellbeing.

People who are contemplating suicide are being offered a powerful message of hope from others who have been in the same position as part of a new initiative designed to encourage them to stop, wait and talk while showing that someone cares.

A photo of injuries sustained by a young mother in a hit-and-run incident in the Fens has been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook to find the other driver.

Over 150 people attended the official launch of the Brandon Day Centre and the newly opened Café 27 along with a new minibus enabling access to the centre’s services.

Lucy Galligan, from Wattisfield, suffers with brittle asthma – a severe form of the illness.

The quick-thinking actions of a Lowestoft father have been hailed, after his prompt response helped save a diabetic pensioner’s life.

People in north Norfolk will soon have to travel to Norwich to have their pacemakers checked because Cromer Hospital is planning to suspend its pacemaker clinics.

Geraldine Scott

Geraldine Scott

Health correspondent



Based in Norwich, Geraldine keeps an eye on developments in health affecting people in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. This includes news from the region’s hospitals, clinical commissioning groups, and other areas of the NHS.

She also covers personal stories of the public’s experience with health and wellbeing, including mental health.

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