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Craigavon Emergency Department ‘worst yet’ amid calls for immediate action

Ambulances squeezed into the arrival bay at Craigavon Hospital’s Emergency Department last night in what was described as ‘the worst yet’ by one local politician.

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Trying to contain a forceful sneeze could lead to numerous complications

Warning: trying to contain a sneeze could be bad for your health

Holding your nose and closing your mouth while you sneeze might seem a harmless thing to do, but doctors have advised against it following the case of man who ruptured the back of his throat when doing so.

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The health system will not receive the �30m earmarked for immediate pressures in this financial year

Health funds held back in cash reallocation

It has been announced that an array of Stormont departments are to get a cash boost – but shock has been voiced that tens of millions of pounds earmarked for the health system will not be spent this year.

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More than 70 unwell children left on hospital trolleys

More than 70 children were forced to wait on hospital trolleys over the past two weeks.

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BBC newsreader George Alagiah who will undergo medical treatment for cancer, after the disease returned.

BBC newsreader George Alagiah: my cancer has returned

BBC newsreader George Alagiah is to undergo medical treatment for cancer after the disease returned for a second time.

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New Omagh Hospital mental health unit put on hold

New Omagh Hospital mental health unit put on hold

Plans to build a new mental health inpatient facility in Omagh have been frozen due to a lack of funding amid Northern Ireland’s political deadlock, the News Letter can reveal.

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NI hospitals plan to recruit 600 Filipino nurses

More than 600 nurses are to be recruited from the Philippines in an attempt to plug Northern Ireland’s chronic nursing shortage.

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The girl was starved of oxygen when she was born at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald in 2008

Co Down girl awarded £5m damages in Ulster Hospital negligence case

A nine-year-old Co Down girl who suffered devastating injuries at birth is set to be awarded more than £5 million in damages.

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Neil McKinley, pictured centre, with Hill Street team mates Paul Mercer (left) and Greig Stewart (right)

Tributes paid to football mad Lurgan man who smiled in the face of adversity

Even in the face of serious illness Lurgan man Neil McKinley never lost his infectious smile.

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The Reaney family, dad, Stephen, Amber (1), mum, Jane and Abigail (2).INPT02-208.

Poorly Abigail has been ‘let down by the system’, says Dad

The parents of little Abigail Reaney were forced to abandon an important hospital appointment after her patient transport arrived late.

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Craigavon Area Hospital

Craigavon Area Hospital A&E staff ‘burnt out’

Craigavon Area Hospital’s emergency department experienced a high volume of patients yesterday as staff complained of being “burnt out” due to winter pressures.

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The Duke of Cambridge speaks to patient Vusof Omar (left) during his visit to the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London, to see the Trust's facilities and view pioneering robotic surgeries

William views pioneering robotic surgery on cancer hospital patients

The Duke of Cambridge donned surgical scrubs to learn about the pioneering robotic surgery of a leading cancer hospital - then joked its surgeons were computer game fanatics.

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The target for a first cancer treatment for 95% of patients is within 62 days

Rise in waiting times for first cancer treatment

The number of people waiting over two months for cancer treatment has risen, figures published by the Department of Health show.

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A hospital trolley

‘Madness’ over Irish language affecting health

Sinn Fein allowing “a disagreement about Irish language legislation” to hamper key reforms in our hospitals has been described as “madness,” by the DUP’s Paula Bradley.

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Belfast's Grand Opera House could be filled with people who are being saved on Northern Ireland's roads compared to 1970s death rates. A staggering 870 people are alive this January who might otherwise have died  on roads last year if 1972 levels had kept pace with traffic increases

Ben Lowry: The long-term plunge in NI road deaths is cause for celebration yet we are too shy to do so

Imagine the Grand Opera House in Belfast, filled with people of all ages.

Opinion
Jennifer Smyth trials her new ReWalk exoskeleton, donated by Landmarc Support Services

Jennifer beats odds and walks again thanks to robotic suit

Londonderry woman Jennifer Smyth, who was left paralysed after a gymnastics accident when she was 16, is closer to being able to walk again, thanks to a life-changing piece of equipment.

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The RCN is continuing to draw attention to what it sees as a crisis in the number of trained nurses. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Department declines to say who is responsible for ‘dangerous’ gap

The Department of Health has declined to say who is responsible for organising nurse staffing, after a union said the absence of a workforce plan is “dangerous”.

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Professor Ryan Donnelly holding a magnified prototype of microneedles, as researchers have said that a new skin patch could save many lives and tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis.  Photo: Queen's University Belfast/PA Wire

Researchers at Queen’s in antibiotics discovery

A new skin patch could save lives and tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis, researchers in Belfast have said.

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Author Catherine Campbell posted this picture on Facebook along with a tribute to eight-year-old Lucy Parke

Large crowd celebrates life of inspirational Lucy Parke

The funeral took place on Thursday of Lucy Parke – the little girl from Co Down who inspired others in her battle with a rare ageing condition.

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Demand for MLAs to resign amid health crisis

Demand for MLAs to resign amid health crisis

Calls for MLAs to resign and to shut down the NI Assembly have been made by UKiP amid the current health crisis.

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