Patients with Macular Degeneration are invited to attend a special awareness day at The James Cook University Hospital – and discover how they can make the best use of their eyesight for many years to come. When they are faced with the news they have macular degeneration, in which the central vision deteriorates due to general wear and tear and lifestyle factors, many patients worry they are going blind.
A determined grandad who is battling prostate cancer has spoken of his joy at joining Jeff Stelling on his March for Men walk – and vowed to get involved with the event again next year. Roofer Ken Bashford, 60, of New Marske, walked with Jeff Stelling and other Prostate Cancer UK fundraisers from Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium to the Transporter Bridge, as part of Sky Soccer Saturday anchor’s effort to complete 15 marathons in 15 days, taking in 40 football stadiums across the country, from Exeter City FC to Newcastle United.
When he was diagnosed with the incurable, progressive neurological condition Parkinson’s Disease at the age of just 41, Simon Laverick, 47 “allowed himself a fortnight to cry”.
But now he believes the diagnosis was just part of a new chapter in his life. At the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Week, he shares his inspirational story in a bid to give hope to other sufferers – and say thank you to the Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit (PASU) that has been a “lifeline”.
When self-employed roofer and proud grandad Ken Bashford received an email from Prostate Cancer UK inviting him to take part in local celebrity Jeff Stelling’s latest marathon effort to fight the disease, he was “over the moon”. It was a much-welcomed high point in what has been a rollercoaster ride for the 60-year-old, from Marske, since being diagnosed with prostate cancer himself following a simple blood test in May 2015.
The communication and engagement team at Teesside’s biggest hospital trust is celebrating, after its successful campaign encouraging staff to have their flu jab received international recognition. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s communication professionals picked up the Digital and Social Media gong at the NHS Employers Flu Fighter Awards 2017.
Meet Carol and Eric, part of a new family of ‘plasticine people’ who will be introduced to the North East public for the first time this week through a new NHS advertising campaign. The characters are the first of nine friendly faces who will help the region’s NHS through the challenges of winter, by helping people to make the best use of stretched NHS services – as well as taking better care of themselves and their health.