A £500,000 review has revealed efforts to stem demand in Norfolk’s NHS has been “fire-fighting”, improvements were “starting from behind” and a lack of social care means patients stay in hospital eight days longer than necessary.

A thyroid drug which has been hailed as life-changing and has been at the centre of a fierce campaign for access will finally be available more easily in Norfolk and Waveney.

A crowdfunding appeal to help a three-year-old girl gain access to costly treatment abroad is over half way towards its £50,000 target.

Everyone knows someone that takes part in parkruns - but as Nick Richards explains, the weekly running event is doing a huge lot of good for the nation both physically and mentally

The situation facing Suffolk and Norfolk’s struggling mental health trust has been dubbed “scandalous” after it emerged patients in crisis are still being sent hundreds of miles away for treatment.

Emergency services were called to Southwold yesterday morning after a man suffered a cardiac arrest.

Kelling Hospital has received funding from a local government partnership to bring together services across the county.

Mothers and friends Emma Taylor and Zoe Lee had no idea their children would be born with Down’s syndrome until the moment they came into this world.

A woman who has suffered with anorexia for more than 30 years has highlighted how services continue to fail those with eating disorders.

County Hall has denied the accusation that they knew about the closure of three nurseries prior to the decision to shut 38 children’s centres across Norfolk.

In the last decade tobacco has been made less attractive by hiding products from display in shops to printing horrible images of their effects on packets. Steven Downes believes it’s about time alcohol followed suit

Families living in a notorious block of flats have finally been moved into emergency accommodation - after having to endure years of complaints and problems.

In 20 years time, more of us will suffer from diabetes caused by poor diet and lack of exercise.

I’m a mum as well as a Member of Parliament. In 20 years time, my tiny family will be all grown up. Like all parents, I want them

Doctor appointments on your mobile phone, smart watches taking vital stats and fewer visits to hospital.

Getting on to the property ladder can be difficult but now a new scheme from Bovis Homes is here to help ease the financial burden.

A woman whose father was admitted against his will into a failing care home and had his home care package cancelled said the situation is an abuse of his human rights.

The Conservative’s prospective parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk at the next general election, Duncan Baker, has been setting out his priorities and laying down his marker. The man he will most probably have to beat to become the MP is Lib Dem Norman Lamb, who has been in office since 2001, and will take some beating. Reporter DAVID BALE spoke to them both...

Furious neighbours slammed a planning chairman who backed a £9m hospital revamp they fear could trigger subsidence under their homes - seconds after he said he would not want to live in their street.

A decision will be made today (Thursday, February 14) over whether a £9m hospital revamp can go ahead.

NHS bosses have admitted there is no “definitive timeline” for when changes will be made to the region’s failing mental health services.

Photo journalist Maurice shares the latest installment of his stpry since being diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkin’s follicular lymphoma, grade three stage two.

The family of a three-year-old girl are raising £50,000 for trial treatment abroad to save their daughter could have just months to live.

A small village is set to see hundreds more homes built, in plans which will also bring a new roundabout at a dangerous junction close to a primary school.

Suffolk’s Citizens Advice Bureaux have had their funding restored after the county’s health services stepped in to make up the cash cut being planned by the county council.

Two-and-half million NHS patients across the region are registered at GP surgeries with unsafe levels of air pollution.

Norfolk and Suffolk police have today announced a collaboration to provide staff and officers bespoke mental health support when needed.

A community has received a cash boost after a healthy living project awarded several projects funding following a “fantastic” response from residents.

A village is set to almost double in size after two separate applications for nearly 250 homes were submitted for approval.

A north Norfolk charity has teamed up with a doctors’ surgery, to launch a scheme aimed at supporting Cromer residents who have difficulty accessing transport to GP and hospital appointments.

Waveney has been rated as one of the worst places for young people to live, a survey has claimed.

The £9m revamp of a Norwich hospital looks likely to get the go-ahead, but concern the work could trigger subsidence to nearby homes means further tests will be needed.

A “bright and joyful” sign that had brought trade to an out-of-the-way angling shop has been vandalised for the second time.

The region’s busiest hospital is “absolutely overflowing” and will need an extra 200 beds in the next four years, its outgoing boss has said.

Couples in South Norfolk will once again be able to access fertility treatment after health bosses reversed a decision made two years ago.

Rachel Moore joined the growing number of people who have taken up running - but found that rather than help her not become a burden on the NHS, it may have had the opposite effect

Parts of rural Norfolk have been rated as among the worst places for young people in the country to live, a survey has claimed.

James has been looking through rose-tinted glasses at his past when the fun recorded on film filtered out tougher times

The chief constable of Norfolk has said organisations across the county need to work better together to help solve society’s problems - because he “cannot arrest” his way out the County Lines problem.

Men are being encouraged to join slimming groups by a south Norfolk weight-loss expert.

A series of short videos are being released to put the issue of sexual consent in every day contexts as reported rape and sexual assaults continue to rise.

A hospital has once again warned patients not to use its A&E department unless there is a genuine emergency.

A hospital has urged patients not to use its A&E department unless there is a genuine emergency.

“You have to wait for someone to recover or to die to get help.”

Health bosses have admitted a plan to overhaul services published in 2016 was “over optimistic” as it was revealed the budget for Norfolk and Waveney was £96m behind where it should be.

The troubled mental health trust in Suffolk and Norfolk could be split into three, we can reveal.

Questions have been raised over the number of GPs available out of hours in Norfolk, Waveney, and Wisbech.

Thousands raised from the sale of Lowestoft Hospital have been pumped into “transforming” the James Paget Hospital’s emergency department.

An Attleborough family is becoming more desperate for a game-changing to drug which they believe could let their baby daughter live for an extra 23 years.

An unusual dinner and dissection event is touring the UK and making its way to Norwich.

The boss of the county’s busiest hospital has announced he will be stepping down.

The boss of the county’s busiest hospital has announced he will be stepping down.

A woman has told of her “utter dismay” at a Norfolk care home’s failure to improve standards, six years after neglect allegations prompted a police probe.

A £22,000 facelift has turned a community hospital day room into a welcoming space where patients and visitors can relax and reminisce.

The damning details behind the closure of a Norwich care home for people with mental health issues have been revealed.

A former housing association chief executive is “looking forward” to his next challenge – after joining the board of directors at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

A £9m revamp of a Norwich hospital has cleared a significant potential hurdle, after council bosses said they would withdraw their flooding-related objection to the proposals.

Charities, community groups and other good causes received cheques totalling £31,250 from the Aylsham Show.

Doctors are being offered a £20,000 golden hello to come and work in west Norfolk.

A cross-party group of MPs have demanded the “chaos and confusion must end” over the region’s failing mental health care provision.

County Hall faces the threat of cyber attack tens of thousands of times every day, with around a dozen posing serious risks, officers have revealed.

First steps to a fitter you

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

No time, a sore knee, aching back, it’s too cold, you haven’t got the right shoes, people will laugh… most of us are full of excuses not to get fitter. But maybe 2019 is the time to try.

Six more GPs could come to Great Yarmouth as part of a national scheme to fill doctor vacancies in hard-to-recruit areas.

New mothers and heavily pregnant women with serious mental health problems will soon be able to receive help without being separated from their babies, as a new £4m unit in Norwich is about to open.

A Norfolk man has turned his health around after joining his local weight loss group.

The uptake of young woman attending a potentially life-saving routine test is at an all time low after new research has revealed many feel too embarrassed, scared or vulnerable to go.

A health and wellbeing information event being held next month is aiming to raise awareness of the support available for those with bowel and bladder conditions.

Police have spoken to the Duke of Edinburgh after he was pictured driving a new Land Rover without a seatbelt just 48 hours after his crash with a car carrying two women and a baby.

Heather Bellamy is 48 and she might not see 50 unless her family can raise £200,000 to send her to America for life-saving treatment.

The Duke of Edinburgh has visited a Norfolk hospital for a precautionary check up following a crash in the county on Thursday (January 17).

The mystery buyer behind the £475,000 winning bid to take control of Lowestoft Hospital has vowed to be ‘sympathetic’ to its history.

Pharmacists in Norfolk are “at their wits’ end” as they struggle to get hold of many common medicines, including painkillers and anti-depressants.

Patients at Cromer surgery should now have a shorter wait for round-the-clock blood pressure monitoring.

A west Norfolk hospital in special measures has welcomed its new interim chief executive.

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.

Paul Beamish is the owner of two Suffolk based businesses, Ravenwood Packaging, a world leader in environmental labelling systems and Krazy Horse, the octane fuelled motorcycle and car destination dealership in Bury St Edmunds.Paul runs the Indian Motorcycle Uk flat track team and has worked with Guy Martin on a number of his Channel 4 Speed programmes. He lives with his wife Becky and two cats just outside Bury St Edmunds. He talks to Gina Long

A Suffolk taxi driver has been jailed for getting behind the wheel of his cab while more than four times the legal alcohol limit.

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

I had to be fit for work, now it’s not so easy, says ex-city footballer Darren Eadie

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 former war correspondent has praised the doctors, nurses and surgeons who rebuilt his face after he tripped over a suitcase at Gatwick Airport.

From a brewery tour to ballet, there is something to suit every taste over the next seven days in Norfolk.

A casualty had to be freed from their vehicle by firefighters after a crash on a rural road.

The struggles of the retail sector in 2018 have left their mark on high streets across the country, including in Norwich.

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.

After 30 years, a family-run, ladies fashion chain is closing one of its stores in west Norfolk.

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.

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 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.

Emergency services were called out in the early hours after a man was taken ill on a boat.

A hotel which closed after struggling with low occupancy rates could become a private rehabilitation centre for people suffering from addiction.

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.

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.

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

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

Who has Norfolk County Council been spending your money with this 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.

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

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

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