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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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  • Cancer nurse specialists

    Cancer care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has been rated one of the best in the country – and the best in the North East, according to the latest survey results.

    The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2019 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.

  • We are pleased to announce Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals (NUTH) and QE Facilities (Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trusts wholly owned subsidiary) have entered in to a cooperation agreement to deliver services between organisations. 

    Under this co-operation agreement QE Facilities will provide an estates management service to a number of Newcastle Hospitals’ remote sites and in return Newcastle Hospitals’ estates department will provide a co-ordinated authorising engineers service across the QE Facilities managed sites.

  • Expectant mothers can now invite one additional adult to accompany them to certain pregnancy scans.

    A partner is allowed to accompany a mother to the dating (usually around 12 weeks) and anomaly scans (usually around 20 weeks) and to any early pregnancy scans (in the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic).

    The safety of everyone in our care is always our number one priority. We realise this is a very difficult time for expectant mothers and their families so we thank you for your understanding and consideration during this difficult time.

  • Hand holding elderly hand

    A new service providing vital support for people who choose to spend their last weeks of life at home has been launched in Gateshead.

  • Joanne Baxter, new COO

    QE Gateshead is pleased to announce the appointment of a new chief operating officer (COO) with the goal of supporting continuous improvement in the quality of care for patients in Gateshead.

    Joanne Baxter, who is an experienced executive director with more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS, is now in place as the COO for Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. Joanne joins the Trust from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) where she spent seven years as the Executive Director of Quality, Safety, Innovation and Improvement.

  • QE Gateshead logo

    We are changing how our Urgent Treatment Centres work (formerly known as walk-in centres) from 31 July 2020, to make them safer for our patients and staff during the COVID pandemic.

    We will move to an appointment-based system at the Urgent Treatment Centre (walk-in centre) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

    Blaydon Urgent Treatment Centre is closed until further notice.

    We will continue to treat patients who walk in with minor injuries, however, we’re encouraging patients with minor illnesses to seek advice from their own GP in the first instance.

  • Group shot of staff at QE Gateshead

    Patients have praised the NHS staff in Gateshead and awarded top ratings for patient care, according to the results of a national survey.

    The Adult Inpatient Survey is produced annually by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who monitor, regulate and inspect health and social care services in England. It is based on feedback from people who spent time as a hospital inpatient during July 2019.

  • The team at project wingman with staff

    A volunteer-run project to support NHS workers is taking off and due to land at Bensham Hospital, Gateshead from Monday 6th July.

    Project Wingman has been in operation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital since the end of May, where furloughed airline crew have been serving refreshments and giving hardworking staff a chance to relax and unwind in a dedicated ‘first class’ lounge.

  • A patient Abraham Adler

    A delivery of technology has helped some of the most ill patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to keep in touch with their loved ones – and it’s proving to be a huge boost for patients.

    Due to the COVID outbreak, the NHS has had to introduce national restrictions on visitors – no visitors are allowed on the Critical Care Unit, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

    So, back in March, iPads were delivered to the department, where some of the most ill patients are being cared for by the team.

  • Image of healthcare staff helping someone

    The NHS across the North East and North Cumbria is encouraging people to enjoy themselves responsibly as bars and pubs reopen on Saturday 4 July for the first time in three months.

    As emergency services and hospitals prepare for an expected increase in demand, health bosses today made an urgent appeal to people:

    • Continue to follow the rules around social distancing, hand washing and contact beyond family bubbles.

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