Dr Nick Timlin’s Column

Time To Talk About Obesity

Although a controversial issue at the moment, obesity is an alarmingly common problem in the UK and I feel it is important for me to make people aware of the steps you can take to address the problem. Worryingly, obesity Read more

Know How To Reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Risk

This week is Safer Sleep Week which is hopefully going to raise awareness about a terrible condition – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is a horrible experience for any parent to go through and I cannot begin to imagine Read more

Stay Safe and Warm From the ‘Beast From The East’

With the ‘Beast from the East’ causing so much adverse weather over the last week or so, I sincerely hope everyone kept themselves safe and warm in potentially treacherous conditions. With temperatures dropping well below freezing, it is vitally important Read more

Eating Disorders Rightly In The Spotlight

This week as it is eating disorders awareness week I would like to talk about an issue that can be devastating. An eating disorder is defined as having an unhealthy attitude to food and can involve eating too much or Read more

Supporting Serious Head Injury Patients is Paramount

It was disappointing to hear footballer Ryan Mason has been forced to retire from playing aged just 26 due to a fractured skull he suffered in an accidental collision last year. Without the brilliant work of surgeons at St Mary’s Read more

Living with dementia

I was heartened to read that according to a recent study, a simple 10 minute chat with someone living with dementia can significantly improve their quality of life. Just 10 minutes. That’s barely enough time to make a cup of Read more

Catch it Bin it Kill it

You can stop the spread of flu germs this winter by using a tissue and washing your hands thoroughly. We are in the midst of one of our worst flu outbreaks for years but you can help by taking simple Read more

NHS Smokefree website

Was stopping smoking one of your New Year’s resolutions? Found you don’t know where to start? How about going on the NHS SMOKEFREE website www.nhs.uk/smokefree You can join the millions of people just like you, who have used Smokefree support Read more

Evening and weekend GP appointments

People in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees can now access GP and nurse services until 8.00pm on weekdays and up to 5.00pm on weekends and bank holidays in addition to 24 hour urgent care services at North Tees and Hartlepool hospitals.   Read more

Raising awareness of ovarian cancer

In Hartlepool we are more likely to die young from cancer than people in most other parts of the UK. March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month so this week I really wanted to draw your attention to the symptoms and Read more