William Dunlop reveals heartbreaking reason why he withdrew from 2018 TT

Road racer William Dunlop has released a statement revealing why he withdrew from the 2018 TT races.

Top: left, Helen Howell of Bangor; right, Ann and David Allen of Banbridge. Bottom: left, Audrey Barr of Carrickfergus; right, Robbie Brennan of Whitehead

Patients assemble on street to show support for patient recall doctor

A succession of patients treated by Dr Michael Watt, the man at the heart of a major patient recall, spoke warmly about him as they staged a gathering in Belfast.


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.

A mental health event will be held at the Dobbs Room, at Carrick Town Hall.

Mental health event at Carrick Town Hall

South Antrim Community Network has kindly agreed to host a mental health workshop event on Thursday evening (March 22) in the Dobbs Room, at Carrick Town Hall, from 6.30pm till 7.30pm.

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.

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.
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Carrick teen to undergo surgery abroad

A Carrick teenager is to undergo spinal surgery abroad after being told she faces a lengthy delay for the procedure in Northern Ireland.


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.

Arthur with wife Elaine

Carrick man who ‘rebuilt life from scratch’ shortlisted for brain injury award

A caring Carrickfergus father who has had to rebuild his life from scratch following brain injury has been shortlisted for a UK award for the way he is helping others affected.

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.

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‘National crisis’ in GP services, says Whitehead surgery

Meadowbridge Surgery in Whitehead has sought to allay concerns over changes to some of its services in light of the “unprecedented pressures” facing healthcare.

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.

Daniel Ritchie, Michael Lavery, Josh Humphreys, Karen Oroz and Andrew Cuthbert welcome Jody Latham (centre) to Carrickfergus YMCA.

'Shameless' star's support for mental health campaign at Carrick YMCA

Carrickfergus YMCA has welcomed a celebrity guest as part of efforts to boost a UK-wide campaign on mental health.
Julie Aiken from Samaritans pictured alongside Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Paul Reid and the Public Health Agency's Gabrielle Rawashdeh at the Suicide Prevention Training held at the Adair Arms Hotel, Ballymena.

Councillors and staff receive suicide prevention advice

Elected Members and senior staff at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have been taking part in awareness sessions with the Public Health Agency on suicide prevention.

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.

Megan Fleming and her mum, Karen.  Right: an X-ray of Megan's spine.

MLA challenges Health Trust over surgery delay

East Antrim MLA John Stewart has expressed his disappointment at the initial response from the Belfast Health Trust to representations he made on behalf of Carrick girl Megan Fleming, who faces a year-long wait for a spinal operation.

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