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CEO Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Mark Davies, right, and director of nursing, Emma McKay, back, with volunteers Chris Wiltshire, left, and Ruma Dasgupta, wrap donated gifts which will be given to patients in the hospital on Christmas Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Hospital bosses are hoping the public will keep up its generosity as they joined calls for a final push towards a Christmas appeal which will brighten up patients lives over the festive period.

The new temporary theatre at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which opens in December.

Hospital bosses are stepping up plans to ensure key targets are met in a bid to avoid potential penalty fines which could have a severe financial impact.

Almost 50 new jobs are to be created as part of a £1,1m drive to prevent bed blocking of Norfolk’s hospitals and to ease pressure on other social care and health services.

One of the 'beds with care' at Park House care home

More people will be treated for conditions in their own homes, without the need to be admitted to hospital, when a pioneering new way of offering care in Great Yarmouth fully comes into effect next week.

The new operating theatre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will look like this. Image: NNUH

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is setting up a mobile operating theatre - which it describes as “temporary” - for two years.

Mental health. Pictured: A woman suffering from depression is consoled by her friend in a playground. Picture: Newscast Online

Campaigners say their “worst fears have been confirmed” after it emerged that the number of unexpected deaths of mental health patients in the region is continuing to rise.

Picture of ambulances queued up at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. PIC: Peter Walsh

Patients in Norfolk are being urged to think about whether they need an ambulance this winter after more handover delays at one of the region’s biggest hospitals.

Elderly people are being told to keep warm this winter - but many can't afford to.

Official figures show a surge in winter deaths among the elderly last year.

Launch of the EDP / QEH Excel Appeal at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Picture: Matthew Usher.

It may only be a 30-minute activity but it can make the world of difference to an elderly patient.

Mr Junaid Hanif, a consultant at the N&N, and some of the equipment he will take to Pakistan.

A consultant at the N&N is set for his seventh trip to the middle east to help treat poverty-stricken patients at a hospital.

Mental health. Pictured: A young woman suffering from depression is consoled by her friend. Picture: Newscast Online

Former care minister Norman Lamb has hailed the government’s announcement to inject £600m into mental health services as a “breakthrough”.

Chef Catherine Jeans, left  and medical herbalist Alex Hobbs  holding a special food workshop where they will be demonstrating how to make nutritiuos food to cancer patients. Photo : Steve Adams

Cancer-sufferers and their families were given tips on how small and simple dietry changes can help them better manage their condition at a workshop hosted by a Norfolk charity.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivers his joint Autumn Statement and Spending Review to MPs in the House of Commons, London. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

George Osborne has scrapped planned cuts to tax credits for millions of low paid workers and ruled out further reductions in police budgets - but Norfolk and Suffolk police will still need to make savings.

Flashback to 2003: A delighted Sir Michael Caine with the Blue Plaque he unveiled outside the school he attended as a wartime evacuee  in North Runcton. 
Photo;John Hocknell

For many, they are remembered as times of great deprivation and hardship.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

A senior figure at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) says “robust plans” are in place to cope with an expected increase in patient numbers.

Eleven-week-old Reece Smith meets Anna Wisken, the ambulance call handler who helped deliver him with advice over the phone. With them is Reece's mum, Mallory Spencer, right. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As a 999 call handler Anna Wisken is used to dealing with emergencies in all walks of life.

Staff and residents at Eversley care home celebrating their good CQC report.

Picture: James Bass

Staff have received glowing praise in the latest Care Quality Commission inspection at Eversley Nursing Home in North Denes Road, Great Yarmouth.

. A selection of breads. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Gluten-free foods will no longer be prescribed to coeliac sufferers if health bosses in west Norfolk agree to proposed funding cuts.

Norwich City V Southampton, the match that gave them thier first win of the season. Leon McKenzie.
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As part of our campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues and fight for better services for sufferers, former Norwich City star striker Leon McKenzie talked to Luke Powell about his own experiences.

Norwich Foodbank. Photo: Steve Adams

The number of malnutrition cases reported by Norfolk’s largest hospital more than doubled in the space of two years, new figures have revealed.

The James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston.  Picture: James Bass

A ‘snapshot’ of the health of finances at Norfolk and Suffolk’s NHS Trusts and commissioning groups has revealed they are staring at a deficit of almost £50m by the end of the year.

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A grandfather whose family had just been told by doctors that he had died walked into a room and shouted ‘dead man walking’.

Sunbeams in Great Yarmouth celebrated its official opening with a crowd of well-wishers and the special guest mayor Shirley Weymouth.

The varied aspects of a specialist centre for children with autism were seen by well-wishers at its official opening.

Mr Breeze (patient, front right) with the ENT Research team at the N&N - Mr Phillips (Consultant ENT Surgeon, back), Kirsti Withington (Clinical Research Nurse) Mr Breeze (patient, front right) with the ENT Research team at the N&N - Mr Phillips (Consultant ENT Surgeon, back), Kirsti Withington (Clinical Research Nurse)

Once bedridden with exhaustion, a King’s Lynn man is now celebrating 200 dizzy-free days thanks to a Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) trial.

Great Yarmouth Round Table joined forces with the Jay Jones Charity to purchase much needed equipment for the Neonatal Unit at the James Paget Hospital. Left to right, Oliver Hurren, Albert Jones, Josephine Baker, Mandy Jones, Matthew Smith, James Shipp.

Following in the tradition of making a difference locally, Great Yarmouth Round Table has joined forces with the Jay Jones Charity for Sick Children to buy much needed equipment for the Neonatal Unit at the James Paget University Hospital.

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Community and Social Care. Picture: Department of Health

As we continue our campaign for better mental health services, political editor Annabelle Dickson spoke to mental health minister Alistair Burt.

Steve Sillett on his hospital bed

Victims of a contaminated blood scandal fear a promise by prime minister David Cameron to provide acceptable compensation will take more than a year to be realised.

Lizzie Ford, who died at the age of 18 from an asthma attack, but whose donated organs saved five lives

A teenage girl who died after suffering from severe asthma has left an extraordinary legacy - with her donated organs saving the lives of five people, including that of a boy her own age.

Long-established gardening company GDC has invested £2000 in a defibrillator for the area.
Colin, Nigel and Staurt Barnes with Toni Anderson and Grace King holding the defibrillator.

Picture: James Bass

After learning about the life-saving value of defibrillators a long-established family firm has invested in one for the benefit of its employees and wider community.

John Graves, right, with his old clothes from when he weighed over 55 stones, and who has now lost over 30 stones by exercising in the Broadly Active scheme, with co-ordinator Dan Goodwin. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The remarkable story of how a man shed more than 30 stone to save his life can be revealed today.

Manav Arora has been jailed for two years.

A doctor who sexually assaulted a male patient on a ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been jailed for two years.

University of East Anglia. Picture: Supplied

Researchers at the University of East Anglia are part of a new £2.5m project to improve hospital treatment for patients with pneumonia and tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Roger Kingerlee, a psychologist with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Veteran soldiers who struggle in civilian life with mental health illness will benefit from a new programme run by a psychologist and former guardsman.

Junior doctors in an earlier march against the new contract proposal. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Hospital bosses are drawing up plans to keep patient-disruption to a minimum after junior doctors voted overwhelmingly to strike for three days over a contract row with the government.

An ambulance from the East of England Ambulance Service.

New figures show an increase in the number of physical assaults against front-line staff at the region’s ambulance service.

If a strike goes ahead, doctors will take action over three days, providing emergency care only for 24 hours from 8am on December 1, followed by full walkouts from 8am to 5pm on December 8 and 16.

Thousands of junior doctors in England have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strikes in a bitter row with the Government.

Key speakers at the Suffolk User Forum's Stepping Forward event in Ipswich, (l-r)  Peter Devlin, mental health and social care lead at the NSFT,  Suffolk User Forum chairman Jeannie Wright, trustee Jeff Stern, and Healthwatch's Tom Delaney

The findings of a “damning” survey highlighting widespread perceptions of failings in Suffolk’s mental health services will be used to hold providers to account, campaigners say.

Naomi Farrow, 31, of Holt, with twin daughters Erin (left) and Tess (right), both 1.

A mother-of-three is organising meeting places using social media to offer a free and easy support service for mums struggling with pre- or post-natal depression (PND).

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn are using cleaning robots in the fight against infection. From left, Ian Hosein, Angela Hircock and Edward Libbey. Picture: Matthew Usher.

As the Queen Elizabeth Hospital treats cases of Norovirus, advice has been issued to the public to prevent further spread of the infection.

Joanna Hall is a new co-ordinator for a charity scheme called Helping Handbags. Picture: Ian Burt

A new worldwide initiative, aimed at donating health and hygiene products to homeless women, has been launched in Norfolk and is already gathering widespread support.

Pictured, from left: Professor Jerome Pereira and Chris Pyke.

Breast surgery consultants and doctors from as far away as Australia spent a day last week at the James Paget University Hospital taking an exam.

Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Experts are reminding the public that antiobiotics will not help people recover from mild winter illnesses such as coughs and colds.

Norman Lamb

Former minister Norman Lamb has taken the campaign for increased funding for mental health services to chancellor George Osborne.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will be given support over the winter if junior doctors go on strike, a health minister has said.

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A Great Yarmouth bowel cancer survivor is part of an award-winning health promotion team at Bowel Cancer UK. The charity announced recently they had won one of the Health and Wellbeing Awards from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for their Health Promotion Volunteer Programme.

Katie Davis, of Norwich, one of the EDP's Mental Health Heroes.

She has had anorexia, anxiety, and depression, but now 22-year old Katie Davis is determined to help others with mental health problems.

Peter Aldous, Dr Hilary and Category Winners at the Kingsley Care Awards

A prominent breakfast television star praised the “unsung heroes” of the health service at a glittering awards night.

It is hoped the pharmacists will be in place at the GP surgeries from spring next year.

Patients will soon have access to expert advice from a clinical pharmacist when they visit their GP thanks to a multi-million-pound government cash injection announced today.

Gregg Lowe, from Gorleston, was clinically dead after finishing a Toronto marathon. He was bought back to life by student paramedics.

A super-fit Norfolk actor who collapsed and “died” on the finish line of the Toronto marathon is recovering well and looking forward to coming home.

Hearing aids on the NHS could be restricted to some patients in South Norfolk.

The chief executive of a Norfolk support group is warning that elderly people with hearing problems will be left isolated if health bosses push ahead with cuts to audiology services in a bid to save much-needed cash.

The Rock Choir are performing on November 14th at the King's Lynn Minster. Pictured (from left) Jackie Page, Sandra Secker-Parkman, Mary Secker, Rev Chris Copsey and Bev da Salva. Picture: Ian Burt

The Rock Choir will be singing for everyone who has lost a loved one through suicide at a concert on Saturday night at the King’s Lynn Minster.

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A union representing mental health workers in Norfolk and Suffolk has echoed financial warnings made in a report highlighting “widespread evidence of poor care” in services nationally.

Oulton Medical Centre.

New GP surgeries to replace two closed in Lowestoft by a health watchdog have been ruled out if the practices are shut permanently.

James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, Norfolk.

Managers have praised staff at Norfolk’s second-biggest hospital after it was rated ‘good’ by a government watchdog.

Mental health. Pictured: A woman consoled by her friend. Picture: Newscast Online

Children and young people in Norfolk and Waveney are set to benefit from a £1.9m investment into mental health services.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney.

Inspectors from a government watchdog have today started their assessment of the region’s biggest health provider.

Rachel Fleming picking courgettes
 at Clinks Care Farm. Picture: James Bass

A revolutionary treatment for mental health issues has been ongoing in rural Norfolk for five years now. George Ryan visits a farm where patients are prescribed a visit by the doctor.

Russia's Mariya Savinova crossing the finish line to win the Women's 800m Final during Day the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released its independent commission (IC) report into doping within athletics.

Lakenham from above. 
Picture by: Mike Page

A pilot project to cut inequality in Norwich could see part of one city estate redesigned in an attempt to combat anti-social behaviour.

.The Patrick Stead Hospital, Halesworth.

Hospitals and GPs surgeries across Great Yarmouth and Waveney are set to close following a governing body meeting of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on Thursday.

Picture: Newscast Online

Campaigners for Norfolk and Suffolk have labelled the region’s spend on preventing mental health problems as “shameful” and have issued an appeal for greater investment.

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