A flurry of overdoses in 24 hours has sparked fears that an unusually-potent batch of heroin is being pushed on Norfolk’s streets.

A new therapeutic sensory room, which will provide a relaxing environment to young patients undergoing intensive treatment, has been opened at one of the region’s hospitals.

A hospital IT team has been praised for how it handled the cyber attack which hit the NHS two weeks ago.

Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk Philip Curl has officially opened a new group working to tackle loneliness and isolation in Dereham.

A tourist visiting the north Norfolk coast for a special birthday bash has praised its “strong community spirit” following a holiday drama.

Hospital chiefs have praised the dedication of staff, who worked “tirelessly” to minimise disruption following a national cyber attack on the NHS.

Carrow Road played host to a very special mascot this week, as two-year-old Jay Goodman, from Hevingham - who is battling an aggressive brain tumour - took to the pitch with his father.

The region’s mental health trust has said it is on “very high alert” for another cyber attack.

The mother of a teenager who died in a crash on the A47 near Hopton said she is searching for answers about why her daughter was sectioned for mental health issues the night before her death – but then released.

A free event open to those experiencing mental health difficulties and those trying to support and help them will return for another year.

Members of staff from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) will be taking on a 100km charity cycle ride.

The region’s mental health trust is spending so much money on sending patients to beds elsewhere that those controlling the local NHS purse strings have stepped in.

Staff and residents at a Lowestoft area care home expressed pride at achieving a special accreditation for a new standard of dementia care.

Campaigners fighting to save a highly-valued Fakenham care home have dismissed concerns the unit is set to close.

Free half-term activities for children in Lowestoft and the surrounding area are being offered as part of a countywide festival.

It is an issue which is dominating the election agenda, taking a close second place only to Brexit in polls on the most important issue to voters.

The region’s ambulance trust has launched a women’s special interest group in a unique style, with two of its female staff pulling off a feat of strength and determination in an ambulance pull challenge.

Thousands of patients are being invited to attend a public event in Great Yarmouth that will provide an insight into services and dozens of wellbeing and health groups in the area.

The fight to keep services at a north Norfolk healthcare unit has stepped up a gear with a petition containing 1200 signatures being delivered to health chiefs.

A nurse has been handed a three-year caution order by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after failing to call 999 or administering CPR to a care home resident, who was later declared dead.

A focus was placed on the needs of people with dementia and their carers during a conference at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

One of Lowestoft’s biggest employers has converted spare work space into a badminton court so staff can play their favourite sport at lunchtime.

Hidden underneath her clothing, Sarah Barrett has for many years borne the scars of a dark and troubling secret.

While it is impossible to say exactly how many people are self-harming in the United Kingdom, the estimated numbers - one in 10 young people aged between 11 and 16 - are frightening.

Two NHS nurses are touring care homes in central Norfolk, on a mission to support staff in keeping residents safe and well.

Schools in the east are being urged to help nurture a nation of lifesavers by taking part in Restart a Heart Day.

The new mayor of Dereham Hilary Bushell conducted her first official engagement by opening a new wing at Bilney Hall Nursing Home in East Bilney. This year marks a very special year for Bilney Hall.

A Suffolk social worker has been struck off after having an inappropriate relationship with a service user while employed by Suffolk County Council.

Growing up Amy Smith was afraid of the water - a fear shared by growing numbers of children today.

Young people are being invited to join a charity bike ride to raise money for disabled people visiting the region.

The new chief executive of a Norfolk hospital says teamwork is the key to moving forward.

A Conservative government would consult on a possible cap on social care costs, Theresa May has announced.

A nurse who picked food up off the floor and shoved it into a patient’s face while demanding: “How do you like it?” has been struck off from the profession.

Fears have been voiced for the welfare of some of the most vulnerable residents in north Norfolk if health chiefs push ahead with plans to remove beds from a local healthcare unit.

A number of healthy walks in the Waveney area have been organised for next week by OneLife Suffolk.

The Waveney and District Group of Ramblers have two walks coming up over the coming days.

A nursery nurse who was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 24 is urging young women to always take up screening and doctors not to write off potential cases as being too young.

A demonstration will be held against possible cuts to intermediate beds at Benjamin Court in Cromer, ahead of a petition being handed to health chiefs.

“It’s not just elderly people who are lonely” - that is the message from a 21-year-old Stoke Holy Cross woman, as she wants to bring more young people struggling with their mental health together.

A Norwich teenager has brought two parts of her life together to create a short film featuring her own poem about anorexia.

More than 20 public sector and community providers joined the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2017 at the hospital’s dementia information fayre.

When little Amelie Holl was born three weeks early on New Year’s Day 2013, her parents Naomi and Marc could not have expected the difficulties their family would have to battle through.

A pioneering sponsorship deal between the NHS organ donation service and a Southwold sports club has been so successful it is set to continue for another two years. Southwold Cricket team’s shirts have been sponsored by the service for the last two years, and now pitch covers will be added to the deal.

The library at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has welcomed a new addition to its shelves - edited by one of the hospital’s own members of staff.

As the nation marks Dementia Awareness Week, employees at an opticians with branches across the region are becoming qualified to better understand the needs of customers suffering from dementia.

A new support group for people affected by heart conditions is to launch in Acle next week.

A bikers ride out organised by staff from the region’s mental health trust to raise funds in the name of a patient who passed away in early spring has helped the appeal reach the £3500 milestone.

More than 100 people who have trained to better understand dementia gathered on the steps outside The Forum in Norwich to show their commitment to making the city dementia-friendly.

A student nurse at Norwich’s Hellesdon Hospital has received a top award for her work improving patient care.

A Norfolk-based care home provider is celebrating receiving two new awards following feedback from an industry website.

A campaign to encourage elderly patients to be more independent has helped to halve the time they spend in hospital.

A carer who works with people with dementia has spoken about the enjoyment he gets from his job.

A world-leading DNA project will be highlighted in Norwich tomorrow, as it aims to sequence 100,000 complete sets of DNA from around 70,000 NHS patients.

A charity car wash will be held at the weekend to raise money for two good causes.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has been presented with a special award in recognition of the contribution it has made to a nationwide programme which promotes equality and diversity across the NHS.

Residents along the east coast are being invited to examine plans for a ten-bed hospice to be built in Hopton.

A campaigner whose husband died of motor neurone disease (MND) is looking forward to positive action being taken following a Norfolk County Council decision to ratify an MND Charter.

Norfolk’s largest hospital was fined more than £2.5m for missing key NHS patient targets.

An 83-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s was forced to wait two and a half hours for an ambulance, after she fell from her nursing home bed.

As a thank you to Great Ormond Street Hospital for saving his baby daughter’s life Lee Rudd vowed to raise £5,000.

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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