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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

People recently discharged from hospital who struggle to get around after operations should be given temporary permits allowing them to park in restricted areas while they recover, according to a Norfolk MP.

General view of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney.

Towns halls in the region are gearing up to fight a potential attempt by the cash-strapped NHS to win a reduction in business rates similar to that enjoyed by charities.

Annie Walker, who was given contaminated blood in a transfusion in the 1970s. 
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Major concerns have been raised that new proposals to properly compensate those affected by the contaminated blood scandal will actually make their situation worse.

Pressures on young people can be intense. Picture posed by models. Picture: Newscast Online

Two young women, both articulate, bright and dearly loved by their protective families, spoke lucidly on BBC Radio 4 this week about losing their teenage years to desperate mental health problems.

Sisters Liza, left, and Natalie Worboys, before they have their hair cut short to give their hair to the Little Princess Trust. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Two sisters from Norfolk have had more than half their hair chopped off to help raise much-needed funds for a children’s charity.

Juniors doctors and supporters walk out on strike at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The Government will impose its new contract on junior doctors after talks failed to reach agreement, Jeremy Hunt said today.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Date: Aug 2014. Picture: MIKE PAGE

More space is needed to cope with a rapid rise of patients, the head of the region’s biggest hospital has warned.

Junior doctors on strike at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Junior doctors today say they are “fighting for the future of the NHS” as they strike action against the government, prompting disruption to hundreds of patients across the region.

David Quinn suffered a mental breakdown last year, he was sent to Southhampton for treatment because there were no inpatient beds available for him in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Picture: James Bass

“It felt like having a heart attack in the middle of the hospital, but no one was helping me.”

Those are the words of David Quinn when asked to describe how he felt when mental health staff told him there were no free beds in the region where he could be treated.

Junior doctors on strike at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Junior doctors today insist they “do not want to strike” as patients in the region face having operations and appointments cancelled by hospitals.

The Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk protest taking place in Norwich centre in January 2016. Photo: Steve Adams

The practice of sending mentally ill people long distances for treatment should end, a commission has said, as experts branded some services “potentially dangerous”.

Rory Brown, a nutritionalist from South Wootton who runs Rory Brown Ltd.

A nutritionist and hospital fundraising manager are calling for people to add something extra to their new year’s resolutions – by helping a fundraising campaign.

Millsopps Estate Agents are backing the QEH and EDP's Excel Appeal, by donationg £100 for every customer they deal with who works for the NHS - From left, Pam Hart, Steve Galligan, Jane Denton, Estelle Frisby, Dale Newson and QEH fundraising executive Laurence Morlaas. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A prominent town estate agent has thrown its weight behind a hospital appeal for fundraising to improve its care of elderly patients.

Lil Chris, real name Chris Hardman, died in March last year, when he was found hanging at his home at the age of 24. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The inquest into the death of Chris Hardman, from Lowestoft, heard how he struggled with depression and fame at a young age.

Laura Thompson, left, of Rockland All Saints, who was the second person to have a kidney transplant where the kidney had been tested in a new machine beforehand. With her is her friend and carer, Shirley Colenutt. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

For years, she has battled a debilitating condition, requiring thousands of hours of treatment. But today Laura Thompson is looking to the future with new confidence, after becoming one of the first two people in the world to benefit from a revolutionary treatment.

Sited off the Ipswich road outside Norwich, Dunston Hall is now a luxury hotel set in 150 acres, which includes a golf course.

The Government health watchdog’s “new style” inspections regime landed taxpayers with a six-figure hotel bill while checking on NHS organisations in the region, an investigation can reveal.

Jackie Hollings is raising money to create a safe soft play area in her home for her 2-year-old autistic son Oskar, who has outgrown his playpen.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A mum from Norwich is appealing for help to put on a charity comedy club to get much-needed funds for her two-year-old son.

Christine Allen, chief executive of the James Paget University Hospital.

A hospital, which faced “unprecedented” levels of demand for accident and emergency services earlier this month, is undertaking a “full review” of the business continuity incident.

Dr Alan Early, who has served 50 years in the NHS.

A consultant radiologist at West Suffolk Hospital who began his career before the invention of CT scans, MRIs and ultrasound is celebrating spending 50 years working in the NHS.

Charlotte Crowe <cor> who had her head shaved to raise money for cancer charities after her breast cancer diagnosis. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A brave woman is raising awareness after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust had their busiest ever January receiving more than 80,000 emergency calls last month.

The ambulance service took the man to the James Paget. Photo: Submitted/Library

A man in his thirties was treated in hospital after falling from a ladder.

Parents Claire and Simon Nicholl, of Eaton, with their young son Harrison Nicholl who died aged four days.

A family will pay for a day of care for children with terminal illnesses as a tribute to their own son who died four days after being born.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney. Picture: James Bass Copy: Rebecca Gough For: EN News Evening News © 2009  (01603) 772434

Norfolk’s biggest hospital has been named among the best in the country for its survival rate within an increasingly common type of cancer.

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Fresh fears have been raised over mental-health beds in the region after it emerged the future of a 20-bed facility is under threat.

The Wensum Centre at Fakenham Cricket Club. Picture: Ian Burt

The Wensum Centre has been supporting people recovering from mental health issues for more than 30 years.

A GP checks a patient's blood pressure.  Photo credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Almost six in ten GP practices in the region believe the quality of service given to patients has “deteriorated” in the last year, a survey has revealed.

Dr Usen Ikidde was a doctor at James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, Norfolk.

An A&E doctor has been banned from working in medicine after accusing a colleague of having an “inappropriate and sinister” interest in children.

Dr Pascale Harvey who is organising a danceathon to raise funds for the Big C. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A cancer specialist is organising a fundraising event for Norfolk’s biggest cancer charity after both she and her father suffered from the illness simultaneously.

Dorrington House, Dereham. Pictured are (from left) Mary Blake, Lorraine Dorrington and Doreen Page. Picture: Ian Burt

Our two-day special report has revealed how four out of ten care homes in the region are failing to meet acceptable standards. David Powles visits a care home to see what issues they face and looks at the future for the sector.

Junior doctors on strike at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Junior doctors will go on strike next week after talks with the government failed to reach an agreement.

Hellesdon Hospital, the home of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.  Photo: Bill Smith

The region’s mental health trust has confirmed the findings of an inquiry into the rise of unexpected deaths will be shared publicly.

Consultants at Slimming World in West Norfolk have agreed to support the Excel Appeal. L-R (back): Katie Hopgood and Christine Szewc. L-R (front): Sabrina Barrow and Jo Jackson.

A slimming company has become the latest to support a hospital’s fundraising appeal after pledging to organise events and activities across its area.

Our Investigations Unit is taking a look at care homes. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A Norwich woman, who did not want to be named, described the problems she has witnessed at the city home where her grandmother is being cared for.

Care homes

Tougher inspections of care homes have led to high numbers in the region being labelled as inadequate. But are many of our elderly enduring unacceptable standards? Investigations editor David Powles reports.

A Wellbeing Festival for mental health across south Norfolk is held at the Connaught Hall in Attleborough, hosted by the ABCD Project which is run by SOuth Norfolk CCG it brings together all the services available to people.

Resources to help people across south Norfolk nurture their wellbeing have been drawn together at a community festival.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney. Picture: James Bass Copy: Rebecca Gough For: EN News Evening News © 2009  (01603) 772434

A plan to build a new medical centre at Norfolk’s largest hospital to ease pressures at the already-stretched site has been announced.

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Pictured: Pharmacy.Picture: Supplied

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond in providing care and support for people with a mental health condition?

If so, we want to help that person to receive the recognition they deserve.

Rachel Alexander, and her three-year-old son Cobie, at their home at Mulbarton. Rachel wants to thank paramedics after Cobie had what seemed a harmless seizure, but had an epileptic fit in the the ambulance. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A mother today praised the “fantastic” paramedics who raced her three-year old son to hospital after he became unresponsive in an ambulance.

Christopher Higgins died unexpectedly while in the care of the trust in 2013.

An independent inquiry into the rise of unexpected deaths at the region’s mental health trust will be carried out after it emerged figures for Norfolk and Suffolk were the highest in the country.

Sarah Cassells on the EDP Norfolk Magazine editorial team.

Sarah Cassells swapped a writing career for a staff nurse post and explains why life experience and transferable skills could be the secret to making a change.

Hellesdon Hospital, the home of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.  Photo: Bill Smith

The region’s mental health trust has apologised to the family of a patient who died after strangling herself while in the care of staff on a ward.

Michael Scott chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Photo : Steve Adams

The chief executive of the region’s mental health trust insists the service provided is safe despite new figures suggesting the number of unexpected deaths this financial year will reach a record high.

Will Croft

The music community in Norwich will unite for a special gig to pay tribute to a talented artist and raise money for his baby daughter.

Paul Farmer, centre, national Mind CEO, cuts the ribbon to open Norwich Mind's new Wellbeing Centre at Norwich Cathedral Close. From left, Norwich Mind CEO, Amanda Hedley; patron William Armstrong; patron Lady Dannatt; and chairman of the trustees, Kevin Long. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A service aimed at offering specialist support for common mental health problems has a new base right in the heart of the community it helps.

A partnership between Reedham Parish Council and Freethorpe First Responders has been successful in securing the funds to install a defibrillator at Reedham Village Hall.
(L TO R) David Breeze, Roger Ditcham, Margaret Ditcham, Lesley George, David Hale and Mary Anne Fermoy.

Picture: James Bass

Residents in Reedham have been handed a lifeline with the installation of a vital defibrillator at the village hall.

Norwich MIND. David Whitehead, left, and Jason Edwards. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

In the final of our three-day series on Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind, David Powles spends some time with a service user and a staff member who gives him vital support.

Richard Kennan of Gig House Films in Norwich 
picture by Adrian Judd
for EN

A film producer has told of his agonising three-hour wait for help after he dialled 111 to get advice on how to cope with back pain.

NHS 111 and out-of-hours GP services were provided by East of England Ambulance Service Trust until last September, when IC24 took over.

A shortage of GPs is at the root of the problems faced by the region’s NHS 111 and out-of-hours services, a report by health bosses has revealed.

NHS 111 and out-of-hours GP services were provided by East of England Ambulance Service Trust until last September, when IC24 took over.

Health bosses insist improvements are being made to the NHS 111 and out-of-hours GP services after a report published today highlighted a series of failings to patients.

Norman Lamb (Lib Dem) arrives at the Norfolk North Parliamentary Constituency General Election 2015 count at North Walsham Sports Hall, The verification of votes is well underway with nearly all of the ballot boxes back and being sorted before the count. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The boss of Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust has insisted the service is safe after “deeply distressing” data showing the highest number of “unexpected deaths” in the country.

Norwich MIND. Jason Moores. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

As part of our ongoing Mental Health Watch campaign, access has been granted to the work carried out by the Norwich and Central Norfolk branch of the charity Mind. Today, investigations editor David Powles meets the people behind two of its key services.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon Parker

A ward at a Suffolk hospital has closed to new admissions after patients showed signs of norovirus.

Susanne Benjamin with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Fundraising stall. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hundreds of people found bargains at a special charity event held at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Norwich MIND chief executive Amanda Hedley. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Hundreds of people with a mental health illness receive support from the Norwich and Central Norfolk branch of Mind. As part of our Mental Health Watch campaign, the charity has granted exclusive access to its work. Investigations editor David Powles spoke to its chief executive, Amanda Hedley.

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A teenager is back home after spending nearly five weeks at Addenbrooke’s, in Cambridge, after being hit by a car.

Norwich Maternity Clinic in 1958. Picture: EDP Library

From burgeoning laboratories to old-fashioned foot care, busy and dedicated health care professionals and institutions form the subject of this week’s archive feature.

Deafness is viewing the world differently, says our columnist Laura Rose Hawksworth

It’s been almost a year since I started writing for Evening News and I have loved every single moment of it.

Leah and Shaun Scott of Eccles with their three children, Paige, 3; and twins seven-month-old Phelix, centre, and Oscar; who all have MLD. The family are travelling to Italy for treatment for the twins to stop the disease developing. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A heartbroken family are taking their two baby sons abroad for a lifeline treatment for an incurable genetic disease, which has already left their older sister unable to walk or talk.

Mental Health Campaign. 

Matthew Thornton leading the group  The Way Out Society  Charing Cross Centre, Norwich for people who suffer from anxiety. Photo : Steve Adams

Being able to go out with friends for a meal and drinks is something most people don’t think twice about.

But for those who suffer with anxiety, it can be a major problem – having to make sure they know where the exits are, finding it hard to eat in front of people and having nervous thoughts.

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