The short-stay paediatric assessment unit (SSPAU) at The Friarage Hospital will close on weekends from 1 April, following a 12-month review of the service. Currently, the children’s unit opens 10am to 8pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 7pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. But from 1 April 2016, the new opening times will be 9am to 7pm on weekdays with the unit closed on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Nine-year-old speech and language patient Kenzie Hughes will be the envy of his many friends this week, as he stars in an episode of popular children’s programme, Something Special. Viewers of the much-loved CBeebies show will see Kenzie, whose cerebral palsy means he is unable to speak, interact with star Justin Fletcher using eyegaze technology that has given him a voice for the first time – and has also helped bring out a cheekier side to his character!
A Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit (PASU) – the first of its kind in the UK – has opened at Redcar Primary Care Hospital. Unlike a usual 15 or 30 minute appointment, the pilot clinic offers half-day or full day appointments where specialist staff – including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses – have greater opportunity to assess the patient’s condition and to tailor treatment to individual needs.
Smokers who light up in vehicles with children present face £50 fine from today – but the penalty could be far worse, as little ones face increased risk of serious illness. That’s the message from Public Health England and Fresh Smoke Free North East today, as Stoptober begins on the same day a new law banning smoking in vehicles transporting under 18s comes into force.
Teesside patients with possible skin cancers are being offered an express screening opportunity without having to go into hospital.
Clinicians are seeing an alarming rise in the number of melanoma skin cancers across the UK and in the North East in particular. As a way to speed up the referral and treatment process, a clinic held at the One Life Centre on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough has been introduced.