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.
A doctor who volunteered to treat victims in Nepal has told how he ended up running for his life when he got caught near the epicentre of a second earthquake. Dr Muhammad Shafiq was treating patients in a remote mountain village when he found himself jumping out of a building seconds before it collapsed.
The physiotherapy service provided at the Friary Hospital has been enhanced recently with the ‘signing’ of a specialist who this time last year was working for a Premier League club. David Annison has been at the Friary since the turn of the year, but for the previous six years he was a musculoskeletal physiotherapist working for his hometown team of Sunderland AFC.