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  • The liver team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is inviting local people to a special event and asking them to give feedback on how to develop the service.

    Staff from the liver team will give an update on achievements so far, but more importantly what they want do to improve the service – and ask patients for their valuable suggestions.

  • Staff on Cragside Court, an inpatient unit for older people with dementia, helped mark a special day in history over the weekend by throwing a special Royal Wedding tea party for patients.

    Patients and their families enjoyed a selection of afternoon-tea style refreshments, activities and a screening of the Royal Wedding to feel part of the special occasion.

  • You are invited to take part in a very special Parkrun at Saltwell Park on Saturday 9 June to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

    NHS 70 parkruns will be taking place all over the country on 9 June to celebrate the contribution of the NHS to the nation, whilst encouraging people to get active.

    To take part in our special NHS 70 Parkrun at Saltwell Park just meet at the Almond Pavilion, at the top of the Northern Field in Saltwell Park. Saturday 9 June.  Prompt 9am start


    Norovirus is currently having an impact on some areas within the hospital and as a result we have added visitor restrictions to some of the wards at the Queen Elizabeth.

    Restrictions are currently in place for Wards 4,14a,22,24 and 25.

    Please do not visit the hospital at all if you have had any symptoms of norovirus such as diarrhoea or vomiting with the last 48 hours and always wash your hands before and after visits to the hospital.

  • QE Gateshead has again been named one of the nation’s top hospitals by a healthcare intelligence group.

    Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of the CHKS Top Hospitals for 2018, a prestigious award made after the analysis of data from all hospital trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Over 20 indicators of performance were analysed by healthcare improvement specialists CHKS.

  • MindED

    A consultant from QE Gateshead has contributed her expertise and helped to create a useful website for people dealing with mental health issues in older people.

    Anitha Howard, Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age Psychiatry, has been working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists as an author and contributor to a website that is designed to help families who are worried about common mental health problems in older relatives, as well as older people themselves.

  • Has someone on our team gone the extra mile for you or really made your day? Has anyone been your shining star in hospital or out in the community?

    If so then why not let us know so we can say thank you as part of our Star Awards recognition scheme for NHS staff in Gateshead.

    We know that our staff can often make the key difference to your NHS experience and we want to reward some of our very own Gateshead Angels as part of our annual staff awards.

  • The QE welcomed a special guest last week, when former nurse Christine Maren, returned to the hospital after 38 years to have a tour of the new facilities and to see what’s changed. 

    Born and raised in Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, Christine started working at the QE in the early 70’s as a Cadet Nurse before graduating as a qualified nurse and worked on Ward C (now the Agile office). She worked there until 1980 before emigrating to Los Angeles, California where she now works as a Nursing Supervisor at West Hills Hospital and Medical Centre.

  • To celebrate the International Day of the Midwife 2018, QE Gateshead has organised a special event to bring together local families and midwives.

  • The hospital waiting times on our website have now been viewed more than 25,000 times since they went live last year.

    The real time updates for our urgent care services were added to the hospital website to help patients understand how long they may need to wait before being seen.

    A dedicated webpage now provides live information on waiting times for the public at both the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Blaydon Urgent Treatment Centre, so users can see them in real time on smartphones and tablets.


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