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  • Caring critical care staff gave a huge send-off to our longest stay critical care patient after he battled COVID-19 for over five months.

    This week, 39-year-old Matt Stewart was finally transferred out of Critical Care after spending 156 days on the unit.

    He was first admitted with COVID-19 on 12th January 2021 and is currently the longest staying patient on the ward.

    Matt said: “The care, support and encouragement from the whole critical care team have been amazing: they literally saved my life.”

  • Rebecca Kennedy, frailty and clinical educator dietitian

    A series of blog posts to give you more information about the role of a dietician in Gateshead. 

    First is from Rebecca Kennedy, a frailty and clinical educator dietitian

    What is your the role as a Dietitian at Gateshead?

  • Care
    Understanding the experiences of patients is essential for the NHS to provide high quality personalised care and treatment. 
    Through our latest Cancer Patient Experience Survey, we’re asking for your feedback about your experiences of cancer care and treatment.
    Questionnaires have been sent out to patients who received cancer treatment during April, May or June 2020. By responding to the survey, you can contribute to future improvements in your local cancer services.
  • NHS Big Tea

    A local hospital charity is asking people to put the kettle on, reflect on a year like no other and raise money for the incredible people in our NHS who’ve done so much to help everyone get through the pandemic.

    QE Charitable Funds, the fundraising arm of Gateshead NHS Health Foundation Trusts, wants as many people as possible in Gateshead to get involved in the nation’s biggest tea break

    The NHS Big Tea, on Monday 5 July at 3pm, will thank NHS staff and volunteers for everything that they have done and continue to do while raising for our local hospital here in Gateshead.

  • Dr Ruth Sharrock, a respiratory consultant

    Dr Ruth Sharrock, a respiratory consultant here at QE Gateshead, joined the All Party Parliamentary Group on 9 June to discuss tough new measures to end smoking.

    News from Fresh North East

    MORE than 113,000 people in the North East have been killed by tobacco companies since the Millennium. The stark new figures are released in time for a major new Parliamentary report calling for bold national action to tackle smoking.

  • We are delighted our brand new CT scanner will start scanning patients from early June for our patients at the QE.

    A CT scanner uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed images of inside the body and is carried out by specially trained officers called radiographers.

    This replaces a scanner that was 10 years old and the lifespan of a CT scanner and technology has moved on substantially in that time.

    The new scanner will:

  • We are delighted to have begun the rollout of our sharps waste disposal bins in our theatres and wards 26 and 27 as part of our sustainability road map.

    The Sharpsmart bins are a smarter, reusable way to dispose sharps waste safely are globally recognised, used widely across the UK with some of its first customers here in the North East.

    Sustainability and waste manager, Sarah Needham said: “After a successful trial in Theatres and Wards 26 & 27, Sharpsmart is to be rolled out across the QE Hospital.”

  • We know that when you are having a baby, the support from your partner, relative, friend or other person throughout pregnancy and childbirth is really important  to your emotional wellbeing. We want you, as a new mother, here at Gateshead to have access to support from a person of your choosing at all stages of your maternity journey.

    As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, we are delighted to be able to continue to welcome a single support person to come with you to all of your maternity appointments and scans at the QE maternity unit.

  • Today (1st June) marks the start of Volunteers’ Week, a week-long annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

    We want to take time to celebrate all of the people who volunteer for our Trust. Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the NHS and to Gateshead Health Trust.

  • QE Hospital is holding Newcastle University’s medical school finals examinations for the 1st time this year on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd June.

    It has taken a monumental effort to get through this COVID affected year and maintain the high standard of teaching we are known for. But it has been a very successful year with excellent feedback from our student groups.

    Holding finals is a fitting end to the challenge, before we draw breath and get ready for the new curriculum in September.


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