‘Cutting-edge surgery saved our miracle boys’

A Belfast mother has revealed the “terrifying” ordeal she experienced of having to fly to London for emergency surgery, just days after finding out she was having twins.

GP Dr Thomas Egerton leaving Newtownards Magistrates' Court

GP accused of trying to get drugs for ‘personal use’

A doctor has been ordered to stand trial accused of abusing his position as a GP to obtain massive amounts of painkillers and tranquillisers.

Robert and Joyce Spratt, from Crossgar

Lessons learned from chemo trial woman’s death, says coroner

The family of a woman who died of a condition arising from chemotherapy during a medical trial have been told they should be very proud of her decision to take part.

The BMA's Tom Black said the situation was 'as bad as we've ever seen it'

BMA tells Stormont: NI has fewer GPs than in 1950s

There are now fewer GPs in Northern Ireland than in the 1950s, the British Medical Association has said.

Joyce Spratt was given strong pain relief when she was admitted to Belfasts City Hospital

Family’s anguish over mum’s rare cancer death

A cancer patient who volunteered for clinical trials of a new chemotherapy treatment was let down by a promised dedicated helpline, an inquest has heard.

David Ford has tried to change abortion legislation before

Ford submits bill aimed at reform of abortion law

Former justice minister David Ford has submitted a private member’s bill seeking to reform the law around the termination of pregnancy in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities (FFA).

Simon Hamilton

DUP: unfulfilled waiting list pledge ‘was not electioneering’

The DUP has denied that a pledge of £40m to curb health waiting lists had been a pre-election “stunt”, after it emerged that close to half the money was not spent for that purpose.

A compound found in red wine can help prevent a common condition

Red wine’s new health benefits

A glass red wine a day could help prevent women developing a common condition that can stop them having children, according to new research.

UUP MLA Tom Elliott brought the figures to light

Almost half of £40m to cut waiting lists spent elsewhere

A large chunk of funding which was supposed to be used to curb waiting list times at the Province’s hospitals was never actually spent for that purpose.

The number of cases of enterovirus has more than doubled in the last 12 months.

WARNING: Children at risk from virus that can leave victims paralysed

A health alert has been issued in parts of the U.K. warning parents over an outbreak of a polio-type virus that can easily be spread through coughs and sneezes.

Amnesty poll backs changes in abortion laws

Amnesty poll backs changes in abortion laws

A poll of 1,000 people in Northern Ireland shows majority support for abortion in certain circumstances, Amnesty International has said.

Depression rates are on the rise

‘I’m a depressive but I am also strong and I feel no shame’

Depression has always been with me. Even as a child I was prone to black moods, rumination, weeping for hours, refusing to get out of bed and preferring to hide away in my bedroom rather than joining in group activities.


One in seven older patients missing hospital appointments

Older people are not getting enough support when travelling long distances to attend hospital appointments, a new report has claimed.

Aundrea Bannatyne in Hallwang Clinic in Germany

Son who beat cancer inspires Dundonald mother with terminal prognosis

Aundrea Bannatyne, a mother of two from Dundonald, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July and told she had a maximum of 12 months to live.

Overweight children

TV ads blamed for overweight children

Children eat nearly two fifth more calories if they watch TV ads for junk food, even if they are full.

Brendan Holland viewing the skeleton of renowned Irish giant Charles Byrne

Tyrone ‘giant’ causes stir after appearing on BBC Breakfast TV to warn that Mid Ulster is a ‘hotspot’ for mutant gene

A Dungannon man has found himself at the centre of media attention after appearing on BBC Breakfast to warn that Mid Ulster is a ‘hotspot’ for a genetic defect that produces giants.


Video: Mental Health, The Duchess of Cambridge talks about tackling the stigma

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry mark World Mental Health Day

Exercising while angry or upset poses health risks

Exercising while angry ‘triples heart attack risk’

Attempting to “blow off steam” through vigorous exercise could triple the risk of a heart attack within the hour, experts say.

Paula Bradley said more GPs needed to be trained

Assembly plea over ‘crisis’ in GP practice

Excessive workloads, fewer doctors, and inadequate funding have plunged general practice in Northern Ireland into crisis, the Assembly has heard.

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