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  • The NHS across the North East and North Cumbria is today launching a major public awareness campaign in a bid to help ease pressure on busy frontline teams and make sure people use our valuable NHS resources wisely.

    As the NHS prepares to manage the increase in demand which is expected at this time of year, health chiefs are making an important appeal by urging people:

  • A family have praised staff at St Bede’s after they helped save the life of a patient who was given just days to live.

    It was the look in her eyes that told Catherine Loftus that her sister was not ready to give up fighting.

    Unable to talk, it was through her eyes that she would communicate how she was feeling – and when she wanted her favourite thing “cuddles and kisses” from her family.

  • Health chiefs from across the region have confirmed that emergency departments remain very busy and some patients may experience very long waits as frontline teams prioritise serious emergencies and those in greatest clinical need.

    People who do not need emergency care are being urged to think about alternatives to hospital – including using NHS 111 which is available 24/7 for urgent medical advice either by calling or going online at 111.nhs.uk.

  • A dayroom on a Gateshead hospital ward has been transformed into a 1950’s style sitting room to help create a relaxing environment where both patients and their relatives can meet.

    Now instead of the usual hospital colours patients are transported back to a time when Newcastle United were regular FA Cup winners and Frankie Laine topped the charts.

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

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