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RICHARD ORD: My boys are holding Trump card in politics

When it comes to politics, Billy Connolly has it nailed. As he wryly put it: “The desire to be a politician should bar you for life from ever becoming one.”

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LEGAL EAGLE: Claiming medical negligence

LEGAL EAGLE: Claiming medical negligence

Late last year I visited my GP because I had a constant cough and felt very out of breath. I underwent a very brief examination. He told me I had a chest infection and prescribed me some antibiotics. My cough did not clear up and I went back to the GP twice again in February and April this year. I was simply prescribed more antibiotics. By July my cough was becoming worse and I saw a different GP. She referred me straight away for a chest x-ray at hospital and I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had some time off work due to my breathlessness and to have therapy which the hospital say needs to be more than if this had been picked up earlier. It also has made it very difficult for me to take care of my children. I am upset by the delay which had made me anxious. Can I take action against the GP for not taking more steps to investigate?

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Fens Medical Centre

IAIN WRIGHT: Take time to have your say on health

I mentioned in my column last month the ongoing NHS England consultation on whether to close Fens Medical Practice, Hartfields Medical Practice, or both.

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FEELING GREAT: Neck pain not caused by stress

FEELING GREAT: Neck pain not caused by stress

Here’s a quick email I received last week from one of our patients David, 59.

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A body weight squat.

SHAPING UP: Four ways to burn off more fat

There is nothing quite as frustrating as seeing your fat loss results fizzle out.

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Linesman by Robert Gale.

RICHARD ORD: Flagging up an issue of little importance

Scatterflag (verb): The instant dispersal of dads at junior football matches when approached by a coach holding a flag looking for someone to be linesman. Eg. “Quick everyone scatterflag, they’re after a linesman.”

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LEGAL EAGLE: How to get help to stop domestic abuse

LEGAL EAGLE: How to get help to stop domestic abuse

I have been in a relationship with my fiancé for five years, we moved in together about a year ago and we were really happy. He lost his job around six months ago and since then his behaviour and attitude towards me has changed. He physically attacks me, shouts at me and tries to control me and I am afraid of him, I feel like I cannot speak to anyone as if he finds out he will beat me and shout at me. I am very scared, I am feeling low and I don’t know how or where to get help?

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You dont have to stop exercising if you have knee pain.

FEELING GREAT: What the doctor isn’t telling you

This article is for the runner who is suffering with annoying, daily knee pain.

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Bob Farrow will be greatly missed.

IAIN WRIGHT: Bob Farrow did best for his community

It was standing room only at St Cuthbert’s Church last week as Hartlepool, and Belle Vue, said good bye to Bob Farrow.

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Gravy wrestling

RICHARD ORD: I’ve been swozzled by dictionary compilers

Squee! The hardy annual that is the addition of new words to the dictionary appeared in the news this week.

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Whiplash

LEGAL EAGLE: All quiet on proposals to change whiplash injury claims

Q. I have heard that soon it will no longer be possible to make a claim for having been injured in a car accident. Is this so?

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FEELING GREAT: Walking can ease your back pain

Lets talk about back pain…

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A Parliamentary committee led questions of Sports Direct Boss Mike Ashley

IAIN WRIGHT: Hoping for progress for workers’ rights

In my role as Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, I have overseen the inquiry into and production of a report into the working practices at Sports Direct.

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Alison Gopnik

RICHARD ORD: Parents are either Gardeners or Carpenters – which are you?

What kind of parent are you?

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Checking an x-ray.

LEGAL EAGLE: Speak to a specialist lawyer

I hurt my ankle recently while playing football. I thought I had broken it, but when I went to casualty I was told it was sprained and to rest for just a couple of days but still to walk on it when I could. It was still painful and after a couple of weeks I went to my GP who sent me for an X-ray. The ankle is fractured and I will need an operation. I will be off work. I think if I had an X-ray at casualty it would not have been as bad. I contacted a solicitor. I do not really understand what he was talking about, I am worried it will cost a lot to pursue a claim and I will not get my loss of earnings back.

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Ammi majus.

GARDENING: Sow seeds for hardy annuals in September

Most people sow hardy annuals in spring, but you’ll get a much earlier display if you sow seeds in early September.

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Broadband. Picture by Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Broadband issue needs addressing

What I receive in my inbox from constituents in terms of matters which affect them is always interesting, as it reflects concerns of people in Hartlepool.

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Add some flavour to your drinking water.

FEELING GREAT: Back pain: Why you need to drink more water to help relieve it …

Quick question: How much water have you drunk today? For most people, the answer would be “not enough”.

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LEGAL EAGLE: Court a last resort in family dispute

I recently separated from my partner and we have a son together who lives with me. I have been trying to organise contact between my ex-partner and my son but we cannot talk without arguing.

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SHAPING UP: Five steps to a healthier heart

In less than a month, it’s World Heart Day. September 29, the World Heart Federation is asking everybody to pay attention to their hearts and start living healthier lifestyles, so I have come up with FIVE quick wins that you can introduce TODAY to help you avoid this killer disease.

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