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As a busy acute NHS Trust, there's always something happening at Gateshead. We think of ourselves as very open, and if you are a media organisation with a question about any of our services please don't hesitate to contact us using the details below. We will always try our hardest to accommodate your requests. You'll also find in this section our latest press releases which are available to use for publication, as well as images.

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  • Caring staff and local businesses in Gateshead helped bring some happiness to a local couple who wanted to get married despite being confided to a hospital ward.

    This week, Ward 2 at QE Gateshead held a beautiful wedding for a patient and his future wife. The nurses on the ward planned a wonderful ceremony in just 3 hours that morning, managing to gather flowers, a buffet, drinks, wedding music and most importantly, a wedding dress for the bride-to-be.

  • A Gateshead nurse whose daughter needs a special tube-fed diet has been sharing her experience with a group of patients, carers and health professionals in Gateshead.

    Kristine Flint, who is mum to 12 year old Nieve, explained more about her journey in choosing an alternative method of enteral feeding called a 'blended diet’.

    A blended diet is an alternative approach to nourishing a child who is tube fed. A meal is prepared then blended in a food blender to create a smooth meal which can be given through a feeding tube into the stomach. 

  • Sign for QE emergency department

    Senior emergency medical staff from the QE Hospital in Gateshead have been helping the public understand the pressures facing the NHS in winter and offering advice on the best places for getting care.

    In a new video, Dr Jennifer Rhodes, an Emergency Medicine Consultant in the hospital’s A&E department, explains how the system works, why it gets so busy during the winter and what the public should do to make sure they get the right care when they need it.

  • We were delighted to have Richard Murley, Chair of Trustees from Macmillan Cancer Support, and his team visiting us at the hospital last week.

    It gave us an opportunity to showcase our services and show how joint working with Macmillan has allowed us to develop services to benefit our patients. We are particularly delighted that they are able to support us in our new Hospice at Home project.

  • The state-of-the-art pathology hub in Gateshead has attracted national attention and hosted a visit from the UK’s leading pathology organisation.

    Staff at the innovative Pathology Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital welcomed Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, for a guided tour of the facilities and an overview of the work it does to deliver cutting-edge testing services.

  • A pilot project to help and treat elderly people who have fallen is to run for another year.

    The Falls Rapid Response Service operates in Newcastle and Gateshead and is made up of paramedics and occupational therapists who respond to 999 and 111 calls to the North East Ambulance Service.

    The paramedics carry out a medical assessment and, where possible, treat injuries, before a decision is made about whether the patient is medically well enough to stay at home.

  • The last couple of years has seen a rise in abusive behaviour against NHS staff in Gateshead so the hospital has released a number of new posters reminding the public that bad behaviour won’t be tolerated and can have serious consequences.

    Although serious incidents are thankfully still quite rare, NHS staff regularly face low level abuse and encounter unacceptable behaviour at a time when they are just doing their job. Over the past five years the number of incidents of violence or aggression recorded against staff has risen by 9.5%.

  • Patients and staff from QE Gateshead enjoyed a classical performance this week. The Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) gave an exclusive performance on one of the hospital’s older persons’ wards. 

    The wonderful performance by a string quartet of musicians brightened the day of patients and staff alike on Ward 22, as they spent a relaxing afternoon listening to classical sounds. It may have been a long time since they heard live music but yesterday’s performance was enjoyed by many and brought back positive memories for each of them. 

  • CT team

    A team of radiographers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has won a national award for their hard work and dedication to providing a round-the-clock service for patients.

    The Computerised Tomography (CT) team has been named the Northern Team of the Year 2019 by the Society and College of Radiographers, for their work to make sure that scans are provided quickly and seamlessly.

  • Gateshead has won a national award for its commitment to making sure that staff are able to speak up when things go wrong.

    Freedom to Speak Up Guardians have been in post in all NHS organisations and Foundation trusts in England for a number of years as a result of Sir Robert Francis’ Reports in the fallings at Mid-Staffs hospital. Gateshead has now been commended after achieving the highest Freedom to Speak Up Index score in the Combined Acute and Community Trust category.

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