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The region’s mental health trust has pledged to eradicate the use of out of area beds by 2021.

A Norwich man has hit out at the alleged “tyrannical” manner in which social workers interviewed his army hero brother over his finances.

Nearly 800 tissue samples taken from patients in north Norfolk may not have been sent for testing for conditions which could include cancer, it can be revealed.

Concerns have today been raised about getting face-to-face time with senior medics as a Norfolk hospital revealed it could bring in video consultations.

Vital debt respite is to be given to mental health patients to protect them from enforcement action following passionate arguments by two Norfolk MPs.

A hospital radiographer is to be presented with a national award after scoring top marks in an examination which highlights expertise in the use of X-ray scans to diagnose patients with osteoporosis.

A care home has welcomed people from its local community for a day of celebrations.

A community service group has brightened the prospects of a two-year-old girl by donating a specially-designed pair of shoes to help her walk.

A life-saving device, which had previously been in use on a gas platform in the North Sea, has been given a new home.

It is a painful emotion which permeates into the lives of more than 40,000 people in Norfolk alone.

Former superbike racer Chris Andrews recounts tales of podium glory as his fingers nip nimbly in and out of a square of fabric.

Imagine what it is like to be losing your sight while at the same time suffering from strange hallucinations that only you can see.

The chairman of the county’s health watchdog has announced he will be stepping down this summer after five years in the position.

A care centre providing over-65s with much-needed support held an open day to increase awareness about its services.

A drug manufacturer has been urged to lower the price of a life-changing treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF) sufferers so it can be made available on the NHS.

New mental health beds for children and young people are set to open in the region after a review found current services were not enough.

Mental health trust staff have held a sleep out in Great Yarmouth and handed out clothes and food parcels to people in need of help.

A dentist from Norwich has thanked the many dozens of East Anglian businesses, schools, and individuals who are helping him enhance the lives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

When former podiatrist Ellen Tatum was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 50, her lifelong struggle with mental ill health began to make sense for the first time.

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

The Waveney and District Group of the Ramblers have two walks coming up in the week ahead.

Twelve members of staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn have been recognised with long service awards.

Planning permission has been granted for a £710,000 resource centre in Halesworth which will provide information and support to people with life-limiting illnesses.

Patients had operations cancelled because a hospital was so short of beds it had to use wards meant for day surgery for emergency patients instead.

Therapy dogs will soon be joining the ward rounds at the Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital in bid to promote wellbeing and help speed up patient recovery times.

Norwich researchers say online adverts encouraging pregnant smokers to get support to quit could be more effective than clinical advice.

A mental health awareness event for young people that featured the father of missing Gorleston student Sophie Smith has been held in the town.

A health union claims proposed increases to parking charges at a Norfolk hospital will wipe out the NHS pay rise for many staff.

The leader of Waveney District Council has pledged to write to the region’s care commission asking them to reinstate funding for an innovative scheme.

Four years after MP Steve Barclay put the outdated North Cambs Hospital top of his Treat Me Local campaign, health chiefs have tonight announced an £8 million investment at the Wisbech site.

A plea has been made to protect an innovative mental health treatment scheme, after a decision not to renew its contract left it with a £23,000 funding gap.

A disused phone box in a village near Great Yarmouth has undergone a potentially life-saving conversion.

A north Norfolk-based health and wellbeing charity is appealing for public support to help it win a National Lottery grant of £35,000.

A trade union has criticised a Norfolk hospital’s decision to increase its car park charges by nearly 30pc.

A health boss has apologised to the family of a woman who died after failings in care at a mental health unit.

The region’s mental health trust has been praised for the support it provides to patients with learning disabilities and autism.

People with dementia and their carers will have a chance to help shape future health and care services, at a focus day being held at Sheringham’s Lighthouse Church on Saturday.

Thousands of women given pelvic mesh implants seek further treatment for complications, according to a Government audit out today.

A 23-year-old who had a breast cancer scare is urging all women to get to know their boobs.

Five Norfolk care homes will be among the first in the country to use a new app to collect feedback.

“The system is complicated, with no easy or clear way to get support.”

Eating disorders are something which is believed will affect one in four and approximately 1.25 million people in the UK at some point, with 14-25-year-olds being the most affected.

Young people from The Prince’s Trust are celebrating after successfully completing their training course with a community care provider.

Football clubs across Norfolk are signing up to a campaign to ban smoking on the touchlines at youth matches.

A charity which has raised nearly £2m for a hospital is to stop operating after more than 35 years.

The James Paget University Hospital is urging people to only use A&E in a “genuine emergency” amid high demand.

Pupils of all ages from Cliff Park Junior School in Gorleston have covered more than 380 miles in a day.

Patients, visitors and staff face paying more to park at a Norfolk hospital.

As brave Sprowston schoolgirl Sophie Taylor began her road to recovery after major surgery, about 200 people took part in a 12-hour danceathon to show their support for the inspiring youngster who is fighting bone cancer.

A ‘last night of the proms’ inspired event is being held as part of an open day celebration.

New life-saving equipment has been installed at a holiday park in Norfolk after “generous” visitors helped fund the project.

The father of missing student Sophie Smith will speak at a mental health awareness event organised for young people in Gorleston and Hopton.

Waveney suffers from more heroin and morphine misuse deaths than anywhere else in Suffolk, according to data from the Office of National Statistics.

A nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is swapping her uniform for running shoes as she prepares to take on the London Marathon.

A Norwich GP surgery is celebrating after a resounding thumbs up from inspectors.

One of the country’s most senior nurses has praised staff following a visit to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

Norfolk’s women are more likely to be admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related condition now than they were five years ago, data reveals.

A mental health boss has hit out and branded it ‘utterly indefensible’ that a bid for more than £5m which would be used to address safety concerns was snubbed by the government.

The county’s busiest hospital is one of 20 NHS trusts which has launched a legal bid for business rates relief, in a landmark case that could save under-pressure hospitals nearly £300m a year.

Geraldine Scott

Geraldine Scott

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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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