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  • NHS staff took part in a regional fundraising event over the weekend and raised over £10,000 to help transform cancer services in Gateshead.

    Eight teams made up of staff from across Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust participated in an inflatable assault course in Darlington as part of a fundraising effort for QE Charitable Funds, the hospital’s charity.

  • Congratulations to Michael Rudge, Lead Pharmacy Technician of Medicines Optimisation who has recently been selected as one of the 20 award winners at the apprenticeship awards hosted by Derwentside College.

    The Trust submitted five nomination entries and following a detailed panel assessment, Michael received his award at the awards dinner on Thursday 5th May 2022.

    Michael is currently undertaking the Level 5 Operations and Departmental Manager apprenticeship and was recently nominated by his manager, Denise Taylor.

  • Surgical team

    Innovative robotic surgery has arrived in Gateshead for the very first time with the local NHS Trust investing £2m in high-tech equipment that will enhance patient care.

    Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has purchased a DaVinci Xi surgical robot to be used at the Queen Elizabeth hospital by the gynae-oncology, upper GI (gastointestinal) and colorectal surgical teams.

  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has succeeded in achieving accreditation for the digital work that has been implemented across the organisation.

    The GDE program (Global Digital Exemplar) has allowed the Trust to make digital improvements and transform its digital framework, making it more resilient and future-proof going forward.

  • Yvonne Ormston

    Gateshead health leader Yvonne Ormston MBE has been included in an annual list of the NHS’s top chief executives, published by HSJ, the journal for the healthcare sector.

    Yvonne, who is chief executive of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, has been named as one of the top 50 chief executives in the NHS for the fifth year running.

  • A graph showing that Gateshead colleagues believe patient care to be the number one priority of the Trust

    Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust today welcomes results from the 2021 NHS Staff Survey. Responses highlight positive staff experiences at Gateshead, with the organisation scoring highly in employee advocacy in comparison to national averages.

    The results are based on a Trust-record participation rate of 47% - above the national average response rate of 46%, and feedback highlights a shared confidence amongst staff in the Trust’s ability to deliver outstanding patient care.

  • Blaydon Urgent Treatment Centre

    Blaydon Urgent Treatment Centre will be closed this Sunday, 27th March, due to staffing pressures.

    Health and care services in Gateshead are continuing to face unprecedented pressures due to covid-19 cases, staff isolating and continuing high levels of emergency attendances. Patients are urged to attend the Urgent Treatment Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for any minor injuries or illnesses.

  • Do your bit graphic

    The NHS in the North East and North Cumbria is calling on the public for help and understanding as pressures mount on hospitals, GP practices and the ambulance service.

    Health services in the region are currently experiencing very high levels of demand and NHS leaders are asking for support through people ensuring they use the right service for their need.

  • Group shot of maternity staff

    Maternity staff in Gateshead have produced a series of online videos to advise new or expectant mums on some important issues around pregnancy – with the aim of keeping mothers and babies as safe and healthy as possible.

    Maternity and clinical staff from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead have recorded four useful videos, which include: infant feeding advice, smoking in pregnancy advice, vaccines for pregnant mothers, and details of the hospital’s birth reflections service.

  • Dr Ruth Sharrock

    Smokers are being urged to give quitting another go this No Smoking Day (9th March) as a series of powerful new films from medics in the NHS are launched encouraging people to quit, including Dr Ruth Sharrock and GP Dr Chris Tasker from the North East.

    It comes as new YouGov data [1] commissioned by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) reveals more than two in every 5 (42%) smokers expect to get advice about quitting, even when visiting their GP on a non-smoking related matter.

    The survey highlights the difference healthcare professionals can make:


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