It is hoped the measure can boost the low proportion of donors from black and Asian backgrounds.
Northumbria Healthcare bosses say they want to stop norovirus rates reaching "critical numbers".
A woman's hysterectomy was postponed four times at a hospital experiencing extreme pressures.
Schemes to stop adolescents becoming victims may lower the likelihood of them self-harming, a study says.
Amanda Cox was found in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary hours after she was reported missing.