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Former MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and son 'home sweet home' after kidney transplant

Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and her son Mark are now 'home sweet home' after undergoing major surgery.
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Jo-Anne Dobson, her son Mark and a medic

Former MLA Jo-Anne Dobson thanks public for their support after kidney transplant

Jo-Anne Dobson and her son Mark are today "recovering well" after their life-saving operations were carried out yesterday.
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Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson has donated a kidney to her son Mark

Former MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and son doing well after kidney transplant

Former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson and her son Mark are both recovering well after she gave him the gift of new life in the form of one of her kidneys.

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Picture taken this morning of Jo-Anne Dobson and her son Mark

Ex-MLA Jo-Anne Dobson gives son Mark 'ultimate gift' of life as she donates kidney

Former MLA Jo-Anne Dobson is currently in surgery donating a kidney to her son.
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An impression of how the reception might look like at the new South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon

Cost of new leisure centre spirals by £5m

The new South Lakes Leisure Centre is to cost £35 million - £5m more than first envisaged.

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Roy Beggs MLA, Carla Lockhart MLA, Robbie Butler MLA, Gerry McElwee from Cancer Focus NI and Paula Bradshaw MLA.

Lockhart urges smokers to be proud quitters

Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart has backed Cancer Focus Northern Ireland’s call to local smokers to stub out their cigarettes and become ‘Proud Quitters’.

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Raising awareness: Health Visitor Clare Walsh, Health Visiting Manager Deirdre Ward and Cathrine Reid, Head of Service for GP Out of Hours, with Emma Murtagh and her children Pippa and Henry.

Trust helping parents choose the right service

The Southern Trust’s Health Visiting Team is encouraging parents to make the best use of the GP Out of Hours service.

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Storm Emma: Outpatient appointments cancelled in Southern Trust area

The Southern Trust has advised that due to the adverse weather conditions all hospital outpatients clinics have been cancelled today and tomorrow on all its sites.

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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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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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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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‘World breakthrough’ in Cameron’s brain tumour battle

As brave Cameron Truesdale flies back to Mexico to receive further treatment for his brain tumour his mum this week reflected on a ‘world breakthrough’.

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

Tragic Lucy hailed for part in highlighting rare fatal illness

The ageing disease which claimed the life of eight-year-old Lucy Parke on New Year’s Day is a very rare and fatal condition with no known cure.

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Lucy Parke with her mother Stephanie

Heartbreaking loss of ‘special little girl’

A brave eight-year-old from Co Down who “touched the lives of everyone who knew her” has lost her battle with an extremely rare ageing disease.

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Barbara and her husband David

Stroke survivor Barbara Parr: ‘I knew what I wanted to say but the words just wouldn’t come out’

Barbara had her stroke in September 2014 when she became suddenly ill while visiting her mother’s house. Barbara didn’t realise she was having a stroke – but her friend Tara, a nurse, happened to be with her and quickly realised something was wrong and took her to Craigavon Area Hospital.

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‘Help ease pressure on health services’

‘Help ease pressure on health services’

The Southern Trust is urging people to think about how they can help minimise the pressure on local health services over the winter period.

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Craigavon Area Hospital. INLM02-110gc

Trust outlines its plans for ‘challenging winter’

The Southern Health Trust has outlined its plans for what it believes will be “a difficult and challenging winter period for local health and social care services.”

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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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Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Children's Commissioner.

Steady increase in young people seeking mental health support

There has been a steady increase in the number of children and young people being referred for specialist mental health support in the Southern Trust area in the last three years.

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