Patients assemble on street to show support for patient recall doctor

A succession of patients treated by Dr Michael Watt, the man at the heart of a major patient recall, spoke warmly about him as they staged a gathering in Belfast.


Concerns over ambulance cover in East Antrim

Concerns have been raised over how mounting pressures within the health service have impacted on ambulance cover in the east Antrim area.

Pictured at the official opening of the hydrotherapy pool at Roddensval School are Gavin Boyd, Education Authority Chief Executive, Ms Sharon O`Connor, Education Authority Chairperson and John Madden, school principal. INLT 11-001-PSB

Official opening of new hydrotherapy pool at Roddensvale School

Roddensvale School’s new £950,000 hydrotherapy pool was officially opened by the chairperson of the Education Authority this morning.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Paul Reid with Maurice Meehan, PHA Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement for the Northern Area and P7 pupils from St MacNissi's Primary School, Larne.

Play parks in Larne become ‘smoke-free’ zones

Play parks in Larne are set to become ‘smoke-free’ zones after a new initiative was launched by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council this week.

Antrim Area Hospital. AT5-312JC

Recruitment day for nurses

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust will be hosting a recruitment open day for nurses who would like to work in the surgical division in Antrim Area, Causeway, Mid Ulster or Whiteabbey hospitals.

Winter weather

Temperatures drop triggers Cold Weather Payments for 16,000 people

A drop in temperature across parts of Northern Ireland has triggered the first of this winter’s Cold Weather Payments.
Alison Bell  from Newtownabbey and her six year old son Ollie, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) last year, are calling on local people to give whatever then can to support children whose lives have been devastated by cancer.  To find out more visit

‘Cancer turned our world upside down’

Alison Bell, from Newtownabbey, is sharing her son Ollie’s story as part of Cancer Fund for Children’s Christmas appeal, to encourage local people to do whatever they can to support children whose lives have been devastated by cancer.

An unhappy child

Sharp rise in counselling for sexually exploited children in NI

The NSPCC have reported a sharp rise in the number of counselling sessions on Child Sexual Exploitation.

Ken Carson, from Bangor, who reached out to RNIB for emotional support to help come to terms with his sight loss.

Free emotional support for those affected by sight loss

A project offering free emotional support and confidence building for people affected by sight loss is available in the east Antrim area.
An unhappy child

Hundreds of NI children contact Childline with bullying woes

NSPCC Northern Ireland is marking anti-bullying week with new figures revealing that almost 300 local young people turned to Childline last year with worries about bullying and cyberbullying.

Prince Harry’s praise for ‘Royal’ team in Belfast

Prince Harry has personally thanked a team of health professionals from Belfast – using video technology as Storm Ophelia prevented the RVH team from making it to London to receive a prestigious award in person.

Preparing an injection

Thousands eligible to receive shingles vaccination - are you?

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding all people aged 70 that they are eligible to receive the shingles vaccine.

Whiteabbey Hospital (image Google)

Reprieve for Whiteabbey as Trust scraps majority of ‘major’ cuts proposals

A series of controversial proposals which would have seen the closure of wards at Whiteabbey Hospital have been scrapped by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Meadowbridge Surgery (image Google).  INCT 42-734-CON

‘National crisis’ in GP services, says Whitehead surgery

Meadowbridge Surgery in Whitehead has sought to allay concerns over changes to some of its services in light of the “unprecedented pressures” facing healthcare.

Whiteabbey Hospital. Pic by Google.

Health cuts exercise labelled ‘pointless and chaotic’

A local MLA has hit out at what he describes as the ultimately pointless exercise from the Health Department, to demand undeliverable and dangerous savings, only for many to now be abandoned.

Julie Aiken from Samaritans pictured alongside Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Paul Reid and the Public Health Agency's Gabrielle Rawashdeh at the Suicide Prevention Training held at the Adair Arms Hotel, Ballymena.

Councillors and staff receive suicide prevention advice

Elected Members and senior staff at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have been taking part in awareness sessions with the Public Health Agency on suicide prevention.

Protestors showed their opposition to the proposed cuts at Stormont.

Healthcare funding provides ‘short-term respite’

A £40 million cash injection will reduce the need for the most controversial cuts to healthcare in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has said.

Air Ambulance NI

Air Ambulance NI recruiting for members of fundraising team

The Air Ambulance Northern Ireland is now recruiting for Area Fundraising Managers across Northern Ireland - after deployment of the service has exceeded expectations in the first two months since its launch.

The average life expectancies in Northern Ireland for men and women are 78.3 and 82.3 years respectively.

REVEALED: Life expectancy in your area

The life expectancies for men and women living in the 11 local council areas of Northern Ireland have been revealed.


Grieving mum makes asthma awareness video

The mother of a young man who died after a severe asthma attack has made a moving video to highlight how serious the condition can be.

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