How one woman overcame a debilitating stammer to follow her dream of becoming a teacher

For 20 years Katie Toulmin was unable to even say her 
name without stammering. Now she is training to be a 
special needs teacher. Catherine Scott meets her.

Irene Simister. Picture: David Simister

Sons slam Harrogate hospital for elderly mother's 'traumatic and distressing' death

The sons of an 83-year-old cancer patient have called for an urgent review into the care of terminally ill patients at Harrogate District Hospital, following the “traumatic and distressing” death of their mother.
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Irene Simister.

Review launched following move of dying elderly woman at Harrogate hospital

Harrogate District Foundation Trust has announced that it will be launching a review into the decision to move an elderly cancer patient, less than an hour before she died.
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WARNING: Children at risk from virus that can leave victims paralysed

WARNING: Children at risk from virus that can leave victims paralysed

A health alert has been issued warning parents over an outbreak of a polio-type virus that can easily be spread through coughs and sneezes.

SOS issued by health equipment charity

SOS issued by health equipment charity

A registered charity that recycles health equipment and sends it all over the world is desperately searching for a new base after having to leave its home near Boroughbridge.

future: Claire Surr, Professor of Dementia Studies at Leeds Beckett University

The diaries helping those living with dementia in Yorkshire

A group of people living with dementia have been keeping audio diaries in a bid to help their memory. Catherine Scott reports.

Pic: PA Photo

Major study examines antibiotics use in sheep sector

The rise in human resistance to antibiotics has prompted a major study to establish when and why sheep farmers use the drugs, in a bid to reduce dependency in agriculture.

Friends hold a ball to remember

Friends hold a ball to remember

Friends of a Wetherby woman who passed away from breast cancer will hold a Memory Ball to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Haven, Yorkshire.

The Harrogate and District CCG imposed the cuts following a meeting of the governing body yesterday (Thursday October 6)

Harrogate district health body delays surgery for smokers and obese people

Smokers and obese people across the Harrogate District will be delayed from having operations in a move by the local health commissioner to save £8.4m.
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2015 Volunteer Oscars winners. (1510301AM27)

Harrogate and District Volunteering Oscars 2016: Nominate now

Welcome to the Harrogate & District Volunteering Oscars Awards 2016.

Nationally, patients book around 57 million GP consultations for minor conditions each year.

Can the Harrogate District save its own NHS?

It’s no secret that financial strain on the NHS is increasing year on year, while the demand for health services from an ageing population continues to grow.

Air pollution is increasing across the district.

Work to improve Knaresborough air pollution moves ahead

Work to improve air quality at Bond End in Knaresborough has started to move forward after increasing pressure from town residents.
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Linda Ko Ferrigno

REVEALED: Statistics show Harrogate to have highest breast cancer mortality rate

Alarming statistics have revealed more women are diagnosed with and die from breast cancer in the Harrogate District than anywhere else in Yorkshire.
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Competition winner Eleanor Grattoni-May presents the cheque to Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder.

Poetry competition winner, Harrogate schoolgirl, given tour of Houses of Parliament

A Harrogate schoolgirl’s poem about the dangers of carbon monoxide has won a gas safety competition.

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Felix with Rainbow fund members. Alex Vere, Caroline Carter, Catherine Clowe, Hannah Campbell and James White of The Rainbow Fund with Felix Williams (5) and family members sisters Amelie(9), Kitty(8) and mum Sarah. (1609276AM)

Young Harrogate boy gets his Christmas wheelchair wish as town's generosity shines through

Harrogate’s Felix Williams is set to receive the “perfect Christmas gift” after a charity’s goodwill meant he could finally secure his long-awaited self-propelling wheelchair.
Left to right: Keith Davies, Kerry Waddington, Janice Davies and family pet Billie.

Harrogate woman's epic charity swim in memory of loving partner

A Harrogate woman whose partner died suddenly has bid to raise awareness of the life threatening condition to prevent others from going through the same experience.
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Pictured from left are Matron Steph Davis, Freemans Provincial Grand Master, Rt W. David Pratt; A&E Charge Nurse David Haggart; Chairman of West Riding Masonic Charities Jack Pigott and Staff Nurse Peter Monks

Child patient in Harrogate receives charity's 100,000th teddy

A young patient at Harrogate District Hospital has become the 100,000th child to receive a teddy bear in a charitable scheme to ease the suffering of child hospital patients.

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Five year old Felix Williams with mum Sarah. picture : Adrian Murray (1609206AM1)

Harrogate boy devastated after hopes of promised new wheelchair dashed

A Harrogate boy suffering from a life-limiting neurological condition has been left “devastated” after his hopes of a promised self-propelling wheelchair were dashed.
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Dr Ros Tolcher

Harrogate and Distritct Hospital highlighted for "best practice" in Parliamentary Review

Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT) has been singled out as an example of “industry best practice” in the 2015/16 healthcare edition of The Parliamentary Review.

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Up, up and away...Redbrick aims to raise 10,000 this weekend for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

VIDEO: Put your feet up to help raise £10,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance with Redbrick

Forget sponsored runs for charity...this weekend you can help raise £10,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by putting your feet up or getting a good night's sleep!
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