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In 2008, two days before her daughter’s first birthday, Vicky Rapley lost the sight in her left eye.

Serious safety incidents led to 35 deaths at the region’s mental health trust over a six month period, figures have revealed.

As more presents are dropped off for a Norwich hospital festive gift appeal, caring staff who work on Christmas Day have revealed the traditions that come with being on shift on such a special occasion.

A sobering report into Norfolk’s care homes has revealed places for council-funded residential care will run out within five years - unless action is taken.

An event aimed at enabling people to open up about mental health is set to take place this week.

Spire Norwich Hospital is celebrating after being named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider after successfully completing a national programme of local data audits.

A care home in Cringleford is inviting the local community to a free event offering support and advice to family carers.

Protestors marched through Great Yarmouth today in a rally against proposals which could shut dozens of children’s centres across Norfolk.

A Sheringham church hailed a ‘huge’ success story when it was built five years ago at a cost of £1.6 million is hoping a new £300,000 scheme will help men experiencing loneliness, isolation and mental health problems, by providing them with a space to forge friendships while working on practical skills.

Proposals to bring the five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in Norfolk and Waveney under one single management team will be approved later this month.

A £1.65m project to transform a ward at Beccles Hospital has been presented with a national award for the quality of its designs.

A Suffolk health watchdog has claimed that poor access to mental health services “has not significantly improved” since the region’s mental health trust was first placed in special measures.

Firefighters were called out to 111 false alarms at Norfolk hospitals and NHS trusts within a year.

A West Norfolk runner is celebrating after he completed a marathon just seven months after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Defibrillators are very easy to use and public ones are becoming more and more available at locations across Norfolk and Waveney.

A nurse has been banned from working in the UK after her lack of English meant she could not treat patients safely.

A north Norfolk author and preacher is hoping his latest book will take victims of traumatic events on a journey of spiritual, physical and emotional healing.

She has been tasked with turning around the region’s troubled ambulance service, but Dorothy Hosein, equipped with a wealth of experience under her belt, is confident she will rise to the challenge.

Crucial home care services for elderly and vulnerable people in Norfolk could be disrupted at the end of this month, the health care regulator has warned.

A hospital ward has been closed to new admissions after an outbreak of Norovirus.

A much anticipated £1.2 million improvement project is nearing completion at Kett’s Park in Wymondham.

Patients in Norwich are being encouraged to take part in one of the growing number of parkrun events in the county as part of a drive to get them fighting fit instead of fighting illness.

People at risk of getting type 2 diabetes have been getting advice on how to prevent it.

Despite more fast food outlets opening in Norfolk the amount, compared to restaurants and cafes, has decreased in the past eight years, according to figures released by the BBC Shared Data Unit.

Care could be improved for premature babies due to the findings of an international research trial involving the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

Staff from Cromer hospital have bared all in a bid to raise money to fund a special celebration for patients who reach the end of their chemotherapy treatment.

Shop workers worried about the future of their jobs are to be targeted in a recruitment blitz for care workers - to help ease winter pressures on hospitals.

A new UEA study says online reviewers are less negative after a period of time

Hardworking healthcare heroes from the county’s flagship hospital were awarded on Friday night and recognised for all they do.

A high profile Norwich charity celebrated “the start of a new chapter” with the appointment of their first ever patron.

Employers from across Norfolk and Suffolk are being encouraged to help staff look after their mental health and wellbeing.

A new mental health clinic which hopes to provide an online programme of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has held its inaugural training conference in Dereham.

Although from today, medicinal cannabis products can now be legally prescribed to some patients in the UK for the first time, one Suffolk mum claims she will still have to commit a crime to get her daughter’s life-changing cannabis medicine.

The number of safety incidents reported at the region’s ambulance trust nearly doubled in the space of a year.

Public donations to charity the Big C have part-funded a piece of state-of-the-art cancer fighting equipment, that is now in use at the Norwich Research Park.

An exhibition, which created widespread interest, has been moved to a new venue as it is extended until the end of November.

Concerns have been raised over the use of more than £2m donated by the public to a charity bid to open a new hospice on Norfolk’s coast.

More workers on the ground are urgently needed to help cope with a growing crisis in mental health amongst young people, a member of parliament has warned.

A team delivering an “outstanding service” has been honoured during a prestigious awards ceremony.

A resident was able to set fire to their own T-shirt at a Norwich care home judged unsafe by inspectors three times.

Staff at the county’s flagship hospital, along with their family and friends, will be able to tune in and watch live a glittering awards ceremony on Friday.

The next Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting will take place on November 5.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) will pledge to play its part in reducing the over-medication of people with learning disabilities and / or autism during a special conference taking place next month.

Plans have been made for a new dialysis centre in North Walsham.

After recent deaths in north Norfolk, bereaved parents, a GP and a campaigner tell JESSICA FRANK-KEYES how a lack of local services is failing suicidal young men.

Healthcare staff across Norfolk are being offered rewards ranging from shopping gift cards to prize draw entries to entice them to have a free flu jab.

Poignant stories of the devastating impact breast cancer has on the lives of both patients and families were told as plans were put in motion to improve services in Norfolk.

A mother has criticised a Norfolk hospital over failures she claims led to her baby son being critically ill, hooked up to machines, and needing surgery to help him breathe.

A breast cancer survivor explains how saving her hair during chemotherapy helped her.

A Nurse who has given more than 40 years of service to the NHS is hanging up her uniform to enjoy a well-earned retirement.

Couples in Norfolk and Suffolk are being turned down for fertility treatment because men are too old or overweight, it can be revealed.

A nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has been presented with an award for her work on domestic abuse.

A free event for those suffering with arthritis is to be held in Norwich.

A hospital Christmas gift appeal which was believed to be the first in the country to cater to adults as well as children has received backing from the trust’s top nurse.

More than 200 people braved the bad weather on Saturday morning to don their best Halloween outfits and run 5k.

Residents across Norfolk and Waveney are being invited to a number of public events to discuss the future of mental health services.

Plans on how to spend £4.2m to help with health and social care winter pressures in Norfolk - which was dubbed a ‘sticking plaster’ by a leading councillor - have been revealed.

A mystery buyer was behind the winning bid for Lowestoft Hospital on Thursday, despite a public campaign to stop the auction going ahead.

A hospital has been sold for less than half-a-million pounds after it went up for auction.

Tracey Pretty from Harleston had a mastectomy aged 44. Two years on and still in the clear, she talks about her personal battles dealing with body confidence and coming to terms with her diagnosis.

Geraldine Scott

Geraldine Scott

Health correspondent

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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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