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Should health authorities follow the Hexham model for Newark Hospital?

1:24pm Fri Dec 19, 2014
People are being urged to check the opening hours of pharmacies in Newark during the Christmas period.
9:11am Fri Dec 19, 2014
Forty full and part-time jobs could be created if plans for a supermarket are approved.
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History enthusiasts can see how Newark’s new civil war museum is taking shape during an open day in the new year.
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Churches Together In Newark will be carol singing in the Market Place on Saturday from 10am to noon with the Newark Salvation Army Band.
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More tributes have been paid to a young woman who died on the A1 near Newark.
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A father-of-two died from a fatal drugs overdose whilst at home with his wife.
2:19pm Fri Dec 19, 2014
Firefighters rescued a man from a car which left the road and ended up in a field.
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Patients and visitors can park for free at Nottingham's hospitals on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
11:53am Fri Dec 19, 2014
Tools and bicycles have been taken from garages in two villages in separate break-ins.
10:42am Fri Dec 19, 2014
Labour has held the Nottinghamshire County Council seat left vacant following the death of the county council's longest-serving member, Mrs Stella Smedley.
8:33am Fri Dec 19, 2014
A village pre-school has been rated good in its latest Ofsted report, which says children make good progress in all areas of learning and development.
1:59pm Thu Dec 18, 2014
Eleven rare English Civil War coins, from the 1645 siege of Newark, are set to be sold at auction for around £15,000.
Heated debate
I recently commented on those correspondents who get bogged down over arguments about renewable energy in the face of the bigger and more important issue of climate change.

Letters from Mr Southgate (Smelling A Rat On Climate Change) and Mr Sheppard (Call For Rethink, News Views, December 11) illustrate my point.

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing us all, and the reason why world leaders have been in Lima this week to hammer out a new treaty on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

There the politics were not about whether man-made climate change can be halted, but about the will to tackle it.
­— JOHN FREEMAN, Tinsley Close, Claypole.
Case for change
THE example of Hexham Hospital, in Northumberland, deserves the full attention of those responsible for health services in this area. The hospital is run on a model that could be adopted at Newark.

It is MP Robert Jenrick’s preferred option for improved services at Newark Hospital.

The Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign wants the current Minor Injuries Unit to be upgraded to an Urgent Care Centre, which Hexham has.

For the majority of people, emergency care is at the heart of hospital services and enhanced provision is essential for a town and district where the population is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

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