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‘Raychel’s Law’ would be a fitting tribute

A new law criminalising dishonesty on the part of health service staff should be named after Raychel Ferguson who died after being fed the wrong type of saline drip following an appendix operation in Altnagelvin in 2001, her heartbroken mother has said.

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Reunion with Pamela Smyth, Jennifer and Lodge 554,Campsie.

Lodge members applaud at presentation to Jennifer Smyth

On January 4, W E Scott Memorial Lodge 554, Campsie, held their first stated communication of the New Year and after the close of the meeting, the brethren had the pleasure of giving a warm welcome to Pamela Smyth and her daughter Jennifer. On their entering the Lodge room the brethren stood in respect and gave a hearty applause as Jennifer walked down the hall.

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Tristin and his dad, Shane, pictured after the operation.

Tristin beats cancer after foot is amputated and reattached backwards

The mother of a boy whose foot was amputated and reattached backwards has spoken of her thanks for the skilled surgeons whose intervention means her son can now walk again.

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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.
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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.

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Ceremonies to remember local people who died by suicide

Ceremonies to remember local people who died by suicide

The Northwest and Roe Valley Bereaved by Suicide Support Groups will hold their annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremonies next month.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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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Rev Adam Pullen in the Church of Ireland church in St  Josephs Hospital, Stranorlar. Pic: Anne McMenamin, Finn Valley Voice newspaper

Assurances given on future of Donegal CoI hospital chapel

The Irish health service has given formal assurances to a Donegal Church of Ireland cleric that it will not be removing a chapel for his denomination from Stranorlar Community Hospital.

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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.

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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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VIDEO: Humanoid robots a step closer as synthetic muscle developed

Humanoid robots are a 'strong' step closer after engineers developed synthetic muscle that can lift a thousand times its own weight.

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Shower head  (Ian Nicholson/PA Wire)

Automatic shower units to help flush out Legionella risk at sport centres

Automatic flushing shower units are set to be installed at local Council sports pavilions as part of Legionella risk control measures.

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The Waterfoot Hotel in the Waterside.

Local event focusing on respiratory disease

The Western Trust is to stage a free event locally focusing on ‘living well with respiratory disease’ in the Waterside.

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The NSPCC is hoping more volunteers will help them deliver the programme to more children.

NSPCC calls for more local volunteers to deliver child safety project

Over 9,000 children in the west have been given advice on how to get help if they are living with the threat of abuse or neglect.

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TV personality Eamonn Holmes visits the Northern Ireland Hospice in north Belfast and chats with patient Ursula Burns. Photo by Pacemaker Belfast

Eamonn Holmes: People don’t come to NI Hospice to die, they come here to live

TV star Eamonn Holmes, who grew up a short distance from Northern Ireland Hospice’s adult and children’s facilities in north Belfast, said he had witnessed an amazing transformation.

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An organ donor

Hundreds of transplants missed each year because families didn’t know relative’s wishes

A reluctance to talk about death is leading to hundreds of life-saving transplant opportunities being missed, say the NHS.

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A general view of a hospital corridor

Health waiting times grow even worse

Crucial health service waiting list times have continued to worsen, according to the latest set of figures released today.

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