Almost £7,000 has been raised in less than 24 hours for a Norwich five-year-old who is losing her fight against cancer.

A 72-year-old retired NHS worker could be given a criminal behaviour order after making 1,000 calls to the ambulance service in a year - costing the NHS more than £26,000.

When our hospitals are full, ambulances are forced to queue outside, keeping them from getting to other patients. Here, an East of England Ambulance crew member - speaking anonymously - explains what this means for patient safety and why things have to change.

A new discharge suite has been opened at Norfolk’s largest hospital to reduce bed-blocking and get patients home earlier in the day.

More than 32 hours worth of appointments were missed at a town’s medical centre in December, it has been revealed.

Three patients taken to the county’s busiest accident and emergency department in the last eight months tried to self harm while at the hospital because they were not properly assessed.

A Norfolk charity founder who suffered post-natal depression is looking forward to “giving hope” to other parents in her role at the region’s new mother and baby mental health unit.

For two years Cédric Anselin has been an ambassador for mental health after publicly revealing a suicide attempt and a 14 year battle with depression.

She has spent a year bravely fighting and defiantly sticking her tongue out at cancer.

No-one expects their life to change overnight – but for one avid gardener and his wife, their world was turned upside down after a sleepwalking accident left him paralysed.

When Rhianwen Smee signed up for a gruelling, 48-mile ‘ultra’ marathon to raise cash for the eating disorders charity Beat, she opened up to friends and family for the first time about her own struggles with food. The Holt mum-of-four, who has already topped her £400 fundraising target, talks to KAREN BETHELL about her lifelong battle with binge eating disorder.

A new defibrillator has been installed in a rural village, thanks to help from a Lowestoft-based social enterprise.

A Norwich City legend has criticised “archaic” comments made by a Talksport radio host about Andy Murray’s emotional retirement announcement saying they do nothing to reduce stigma around mental health.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is raising awareness of Paget’s disease as it celebrates the 205th birthday of James Paget.

A team of Norwich scientists are investigating whether leading a less sedentary lifestyle can have a positive impact on bone density and help beat osteoporosis.

A fundraising page has launched with the hope of saving a two-year-old who has an aggressive form of cancer.

Norwich-based national eating disorder charity Beat is partnering with Norfolk Community Eating Disorder Service to provide training for parents and carers of people with eating disorders.

The latest human model developed at the University of East Anglia (UEA) can simulate the changes patients experience following eye surgery.

The microbiology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) will officially unveil a cutting-edge new hepatitis C testing machine this month, not currently used anywhere else in the UK.

A disabled woman who had her benefits stopped after she tried to claim more money said she has been forced to beg for food.

A retired surgeon and an anaesthetist with a special interest in pain relief have hit out at new plans to provide palliative care in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

A company is looking for volunteers to try a new monitoring system that could save those with a risk of heart failure.

A Norfolk chef who has struggled with mental ill health is set to hold his third monthly social event surrounding wellbeing.

A care home in Hethersett is welcoming the community for an afternoon of live music and refreshments.

An 85-year-old grandmother says she has twice tried to take her own life after serious concerns went unanswered at a care home rated inadequate.

Cancer can be a scary topic, but in a bid to demystify the illness and make information about it more accessible a bus staffed by cancer specialists is coming to Norfolk.

A “cruel and desperately unfair” postcode lottery which locks some Norfolk families out of accessing fertility treatment on the NHS could come to an end after announcements made as part of a long term plan for the health service.

At least 14 ambulances were forced to queue up outside Norfolk’s largest hospital during one of its busiest ever days at A&E.

Up to 500,000 lives could be saved under plans for the NHS in England over the next decade, health chiefs claim. But what does the announcement mean for Norfolk and Suffolk? Health correspondent Geraldine Scott explains.

Harry Deeba is facing the hardest battle of his life at the age of just two years old.

A Norfolk model and former winner of Miss UK who has been fighting cancer for five years has been told her brain tumour is inoperable.

A link up between the Ipswich-based St Elizabeth Hospice and East Coast Community Healthcare to help improve adult community services and specialist palliative care across Great Yarmouth and Waveney has been developed.

A duo of slimmers who lost nine stone between them have been recognised for their exceptional efforts towards a healthier lifestyle.

A senior manager at the region’s mental health trust’s troubled crisis service was previously dismissed from another NHS organisation for gross misconduct, it can be revealed.

Up to £20,000 is to be made available to help lower Suffolk children’s sugar intake.

Palliative care beds will finally be made available for patients in Great Yarmouth and Waveney as a new service is set to be launched.

A record number of staff at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital University (NNUH) have benefitted from a flu vaccination over the past few months – one of the best levels of take-up amongst NHS staff in the country.

More than 700 patients waited more than an hour to be transferred from an ambulance into Norfolk hospitals last month.

Mental health services for those with more serious issues at a Norfolk prison have been taken back into NHS hands from private firm Virgin Care.

People should pay more tax so funding to cope with growing levels of mental ill health can be doubled, an MP who also works as a doctor has said.

Special teddy bears designed to help children and young patients with learning disabilities understand medical procedures are all set for use at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Ambulance staff in the region were assaulted on average three times a day last year, it can be revealed.

A care home in Wisbech has been ranked as outstanding for putting people at “the heart of their service”.

More women have come forward to describe the risky ways they are having to obtain medication not available on the NHS for thyroid issues.

The boss of an autism charity has said she is ‘beside herself with anger’ after it was denied the funding it says it needs to continue providing services in Norfolk.

Staff at a Norfolk hospital are celebrating after being ranked in the top 10 stroke units for another year.

Norfolk’s community healthcare is applauding the fact that over 1,500 members of staff have been vaccinated against the flu, after its most successful vaccination drive to date.

A patient transport service with bases in Norwich and King’s Lynn has been rated as good by inspectors.

A handful of parents in Norwich had a new year to remember as six babies made their arrival on New Year’s Day.

As the new year begins, public affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer takes a look at six of the biggest challenges which the region is facing in 2019.

James Paget University Hospital has urged patients not to use its A&E department unless there is a genuine emergency.

It has been another year of high demand and difficulties for the region’s health and social care service, health correspondent Geraldine Scott looks at what 2019 could bring.

It has taken three years of fund-raising, 14 hours of surgery and weeks of gruelling training.

A resident at a failing Norfolk care home was left without medication needed for their mental health for a week, it can be revealed.

Nearly 4,000 people over the age of 65 in Norfolk are living with undiagnosed dementia, according to the NHS.

A care agency which provides help for people in their own homes has been rated as inadequate by inspectors after it was found medication was not given according to NICE guidelines.

Unclean and unsafe equipment were among the risks found at a Thorpe St Andrew care home rated “inadequate” for a second time.

A Norfolk woman who realised she was not able to fully enjoy being a mum due to her weight shed nearly half her body weight in two and a half years after joining Slimming World.

A counsellor who has provided one-to-one support to patients with mental ill health for 27 years has spoken of her anger at a decision to cut the service.

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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