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.

Lynn Haveron.

Call for more people to know symptoms

The charity Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer commissioned a YouGov survey to gauge awareness of the symptoms of Northern Ireland’s third most common cancer.

Ricky Darling uses art to help him express his emotions and journey through Parkinson's

Parkinson’s leaves me frightened, lonely and isolated

A Co Antrim man who is living with Parkinson’s has told how he tries to maintain a positive outlook despite feeling “frightened, lonely and isolated”.


Carl Frampton: I can feel lonely and down - men need to open up and talk more

Carl “The Jackal” Frampton talks loneliness and mental health ahead of his April 21 showdown at the SSE Arena.

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.
Members of Tildarg Cultural Society attended the mood matters event.

‘Support always there for people in need’

Members of a local community group recently hosted a Mood Matters training session with Aware NI on good health and well-being.

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.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Hamill is joined by Chief Executive, Jacqui Dixon; Head of Leisure, Matt McDowell and Valley Leisure Centre Manager, Sean Doherty for the official reopening of the Valley Leisure Centre fitness suite.

Mayor re-opens new Valley fitness suite

The Valley Leisure Centre fitness suite has been re-opened following a £230,000 investment from Antrim and Newtownabbey Council.

Professor Joe O'Sullivan's albums have been inspired by the cancer patients he has treated

Top doctor’s musical tribute to his cancer ‘warriors’

One of Ulster’s leading cancer doctors has paid a musical tribute to some of the patients he has treated at Belfast City Hospital’s cancer centre.

Staff member Denise Campbell and Wood Green manager Tiago Moreira are hoping to create a gentleman's club at the care home

Care home needs help to create pub

One of NI’s most recently opened care homes has come up with an innovative idea to help male residents suffering from dementia rekindle happy memories.


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.

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.

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.

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