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More than half of people in Norfolk who receive social care feel lonely, new figures have revealed.

So what does the draft Brexit deal mean for us?

A Norwich band has organised a charity gig to raise funds for a 21-year-old battling a rare and aggressive bone cancer.

Mental health campaigners will hold a public meeting in Cromer to call for the return of support services to north Norfolk.

A new digital healthcare platform has launched aimed at helping children, young people and their parents in Norfolk better understand pertinent issues relating to younger people’s health, wellbeing and care.

Tinnitus affects one in five people in the UK. Charlotte Smith-Jarvis talks to one Norfolk woman who says more needs to be done to support sufferers.

The leader of a Norfolk council has spoken about a lack of mental health services in the area and said he “can’t imagine” what families who have lost sons to suicide are feeling.

Today, thousands of people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes will be remembering their Date of Diagnosis; the day their life changed irrevocably.

Fears have been raised that a Norfolk hospital could become a “second-rate service” if cancer surgery is moved to Norwich and a ward closed.

Almost two months after patients at a west Norfolk hospital were reassured they would not have to travel to Norwich for surgery, including that for cancer, a leaked memo has revealed a lack of staff may force the move.

Intrepid staff from a Lowestoft-based social enterprise have scaled new heights to raise money for charity.

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

A group of vulnerable people were left without hot water and heating for six days after a boiler broke in their care unit.

A Norwich tattooist is using his artistic talents to help fund a young musician’s life-saving cancer treatment.

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.

Norwich could be set for a new public swimming pool, with council bosses ready to spend more than £200,000 to explore whether it would be feasible.

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

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.

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.

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.

Concerns have been raised that people are not getting the chance to have a good death in Norfolk - because there are not enough palliative care beds.

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

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.

A team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has begun a clinical trial to help reduce treatment times for people with advanced skin cancer.

Past Budgets have quickly fallen to pieces.

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

Plans to build 97 more homes on the Swan’s Nest site in Swaffham have been approved by Breckland Council’s Planning Committee.

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.

Beccles nursery children got into the spooky spirit this Halloween in spooktacular style.

A crewman has been evacuated from a vessel 20 miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth after sustaining a serious leg injury.

Plans to improve road safety by removing slow-moving vehicles from fastest routes sparked a surge in conversation from our readers.

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.

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.

The family of a mental health patient who died while on leave from hospital had asked the ward to not to release him, an inquest has heard.

Norfolk is set to get no new investment from the Budget because it is a “basket case” in the eyes of the Treasury, it has been claimed.

Valerie Slaughter says Rachel Moore was too hard on the baby boomers. The ills of today’s society are not their fault

A retired GP is hoping his new book will become a best seller as all proceeds are being donated to his former practice.

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

The chancellor’s announcement that mental health services for young people are set to get a funding boost has been praised as “a step in the right direction” by those working in the county’s schools.

The spending commitments outlined by the chancellor in his budget are projected to cost a “colossal” £94bn between now and April 2024, writes CLARE GOODSWEN, tax partner at M+A Partners in Norwich.

Tory MPs are looking to chancellor Philip Hammond to raise party morale as he delivers what’s expected to be his final budget before the UK leaves the European Union (EU).

Norfolk actor Matt Long has launched a petition to see train companies give actors cheaper fares. And our readers had a lot to say about it.

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.

Norfolk has faired better than the country’s big name brands in this week’s business news, with the news of Debenhams’ 50 store closures and Topshop owner Philip Green falling from grace, having been named the man at the centre of Britain’s #MeToo scandal.

“I wasn’t on social media but whenever I went out babies were everywhere.”

A nuisance 999 caller who became “obsessed” with a paramedic risked the lives of others by repeatedly calling out ambulances and refusing treatment.

James Marston says Britain has become Dickensian again. And it’s time to stop turning our heads away from this scourge of modern times

A Lowestoft-based social enterprise has been shortlisted for another two national awards.

Norfolk hospitals depend on the European Union for more than one in 10 doctors, new figures revealed, as uncertainty over Brexit threatens to worsen the crisis in the NHS.

A Norfolk carers service are holding a workshop to help those looking after family members.

The chairman of a failing Norfolk hospital has stepped down after deciding a change in leadership was necessary to fix problems found by inspectors.

A new dementia-friendly 56-bed nursing home could open near Norwich if plans submitted to Broadland Council are approved.

Television chef and majority Norwich City shareholder Delia Smith spoke out against Brexit during the People’s Vote march in London.

A family is continuing to fundraise to help pay for a boy to have specialist Proton therapy treatment overseas.

Steven Downes has a controversial solution to the problem of drugs on our streets

A Lowestoft businessman has revealed his intention to buy the town’s closed hospital and transform it into a medical centre, despite a public campaign to stop the sale.

As mydentist in East Harling prepares to close down, people continue to suffer a shortage of places at dentists. Here are some experiences of Diss residents.

A village will be left without dental care at the end of next month, with no nearby practices accepting new patients.

Norfolk is to get almost £4.2m to help alleviate winter pressures on the region’s hospitals - the fourth highest amount across the country.

Almost one in three Suffolk children are finishing primary school obese or overweight, we can reveal.

The NHS’ research arm, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has teamed up with the University of East Anglia (UEA) to create a patient survey for people affected by a language impairment which can be caused by a stroke.

Campaigners have demanded a halt to the sale of Lowestoft Hospital and for its use as a potential medical centre to be examined, despite a planned auction next week.

The impact of alcohol-related liver disease on the health service in Norfolk has been revealed in newly released figures.

Breast cancer affects one in eight women – but would knowing if you were at risk of the disease help or hinder?

A self-testing service used by patients in Norfolk with heart failure or serious lung conditions has stemmed the number of people having to go into hospital.

Two university students from Norwich have delivered first aid training for a major car maker after setting up their own business.

A former hospital site will be auctioned for sale despite calls for it to be reopened.

One in three Norfolk children are finishing primary school obese or overweight, new figures reveal.

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Mental health services have become the “Cinderella of the NHS” because they don’t have enough funding, the leader of an under-fire trust has said.

Authorities have said they do not have enough resources to investigate every rough sleeper death in Norfolk - despite being told to by the government.

The daughters of a 38-year-old woman murdered by a stalker have lost a High Court damages battle.

Our lunch habits have resulted in less time to eat and less time for each other - and the pre-packed sandwich is partly to blame, says Andy Newman

Prostate cancer rates are set to double in the next 15 years, according to the forthcoming Movember campaign to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. But two celebrities with links to this region have played a key role in getting more men to seek help. Sheena Grant reports.

Norfolk’s chief fire officer hopes a lifesaving scheme which sees firefighters respond to medical emergencies in the county can be revived.

A father who froze to death, a 23-year-old found dead near Carrow Road - in the last year homeless people have died in places from cemeteries to hostels - but no one is counting them.

On World Mental Health Day David Powles asks whether progress in tackling the issue is moving fast enough.

People from across Norfolk are being invited to find out about the wellbeing services provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).

The father of a “troubled” 22-year-old man who took his own life claims his son should never have been given a curfew by the courts.

A Norwich father took to two wheels for the first time in 10 years last week to help fund a life-changing operation for his two-year-old daughter.

Young people are helped out of depression and anxiety by a unique music-mentoring scheme

Volunteers looking after a memory and sensory garden for families living with dementia have been shortlisted for a community award.

More than 150 sexual safety issues have been reported at the region’s mental health trust this year, as regulators call for improvements nationwide.

A campaign has been launched to reopen Lowestoft Hospital following the announcement it will be auctioned off in the coming months.

An army veteran who displayed “significant risk factors” before his death was “failed” by services in Norfolk, his family have claimed.

Norfolk’s flagship hospital has been caught up in a scandal where human body parts have been allowed to pile up by a disposal company.

The judges for this year’s Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards have announced the shortlist of finalists ahead of the its annual ceremony.

I find it rather odd to see that ladies like Mrs Beckham are continually shown wearing these atrocious high heels, when in the real world, ladies are suffering daily from deformed feet, as a result of wearing this type of footwear, since the government are continually reducing the places that ladies can get orthopaedic treatment for their feet.

A north Norfolk MP visited patients at a North Walsham hospital to hear about vital physiotherapy treatments.

Front line paramedics who work through agencies are being offered up to £51-an-hour to plug gaps at the region’s ambulance service ahead of another busy winter.

When Joe Harkness began writing a blog about how bird watching helped him manage his mental ill health he had no idea what it would lead to. Ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10 he told Sheena Grant about his forthcoming Bird Therapy book, which has attracted the attention of Springwatch presenter Chris Packham and comedian Bill Bailey.

The government’s announcement that it will pump an extra £240m into social care to stop winter pressure on the NHS has been branded as a mere “sticking plaster” - by a leading Conservative at County Hall.

The number of prescriptions handed out for antidepressants in Norfolk has soared to nearly 1.7 million in a year.

A charity which supports adults with emotional and learning difficulties fears for its future if a popular Norwich venue is forced to close.

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