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  • As Plan B restrictions are eased in England, NHS staff in Gateshead are reminding the public that infection control measures are still in place across healthcare settings to help protect both patients and staff.

    All current infection, prevention and control measures will remain in place, including:

    • Mandatory mask wearing on NHS premises

    • Encouraging of social distancing at all times

    • Frequent hand washing and sanitisation 

  • QE hospital

    A project to improve the parking at two of Gateshead’s NHS sites will complete at the end of January – and the new system will make it easier and quicker for people to park at the Queen Elizabeth and Bensham Hospitals.

    Management company Parkingeye has been appointed by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust to modernise the car parks and ensure that patients and visitors have a safe and hassle-free parking experience.

  • Main entrance of QE hospital Gateshead

    Launching from Monday (10 January), the Give and Go service will be operating at the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital,  allowing friends/family to deliver essential belongings to patients while they are in our hospital.

    The service will be operating between Monday to Friday, 12pm to 4pm.

    We are also able to collect laundry if visitors let us know in advance – see below for more information

  • Stop smoking promotional image with instructions for NHS Staff

    A QE-based team are leading a regional project to deliver stop smoking support to NHS colleagues across the North East and North Cumbria, having successfully won a bid from NHS England to deliver the programme.

    As part of the initiative, staff at all NHS Foundation Trusts in the North East will qualify for free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products. Alternatively they can request a refillable E-Cigarette package, with both support options available free of charge over a period of 12 weeks.

  • To help protect staff, patients and the local community from the spread of Covid-19, we are introducing visiting restrictions in the hospital from Tuesday 4 January.

  • Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust logo

    Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust would like to advise that Blaydon Urgent Treatment Centre will be closed on Christmas Day (Saturday 25th December), due to extreme staffing pressures. 

    Those requiring urgent care are advised to instead visit the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which will be open as normal. 

  • The Trust is conscious that Covid rate in the community is currently very high and continuing to rise rapidly. It goes without saying that the Trust must do all it can to keep its patients safe.

    Today (23 December), the trust today has new advice regarding visiting within the hospital for patients who may be going on home leave or who might be receiving visitors whilst in hospital on Christmas day and subsequent bank holidays.

  • Peter Henderson

    A Gateshead man, who is undergoing treatment for cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has praised NHS staff as "absolutely amazing" – and gave them recognition on national radio earlier this year.

    Peter Henderson, 53, from Ryton, was diagnosed with myeloma, which is a type of bone marrow cancer, in November.

  • This week, the critical care department at Gateshead Health NHS Trust revealed a wall mural for patients and their loved ones.

    The wall-length mural ‘what to expect from your loved ones critical care journey’ has been placed outside the critical care corridor for patients’ families to read as they come into the department.

    This has been designed to help anxious family members understand what care their loved ones will receive from admission to their assessment, and the support the family will receive on discharge.

  • Cancer nurse specialists

    Cancer care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has been praised by patients in the latest national survey of cancer patients in England.

    The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey is conducted each year and asks a range of questions about the care patients receive during their cancer journey, from first appointments, to treatment and their ongoing care.

    Patients gave Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust a rating of 9 out of 10 overall for their cancer care.


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