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  • Work on installing a brand new x-ray machine at Blaydon is set to start soon and may have an impact on your service.

    The improvement work will start on 23 April 2019 and should last for around six weeks. If you had an outpatient appointment we should have already been in touch to change it so that you come to the main Queen Elizabeth Hospital instead.

    Please also be aware that if you are seen at Blaydon walk in centre we may need to transport you to the QE if you need an X-ray. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

  • Six NHS organisations in the North East have joined forces to help overcome barriers to accessing employment for people from different ethnic backgrounds.

  •  A new infographic shows how the number of people coming to the Emergency Care Centre (ECC) for treatment is growing every year, with more people needing to be admitted to hospital.

    Despite this increase Gateshead is still seeing more patients within four hours than ever before and the average time spent in A&E is just 2.48 hours.

  • From super-charged smoothies to afternoon teas and chocolate fountains – staff are serving up some special treats for patients in Gateshead.


    This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, which aims to highlight the importance of food and drink to people’s health and wellbeing.

    Over the last six months, staff from Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust have been working with the NHS Improvement Nutrition and Hydration Collaborative to ensure patients are getting the right food and drink to support their recovery and prevent malnutrition.

  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Mrs Yvonne Ormston MBE as its new chief executive.

    Yvonne joins the organisation from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), where she has been the chief executive for more than four years, and brings a wealth of experience from across the NHS.

  • Improvements in care for hip fracture patients in Gateshead are helping to save lives.

    The latest National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) annual report from the Royal College of Physicians found that Gateshead had improved its overall performance - scoring as high as 100% in a number of national benchmarks.

  • Did you know that having patients in their day clothes while in hospital, rather than in pyjamas or gowns, enhances dignity, improves experience and in many cases shortens their length of stay?

    For patients over the age of 80, a week in bed may lead to increased dependency and demotivation. Mobilising has been shown to reduce falls, improve patient experience and reduce length of stay by up to one and a half days.

  • Kids in Gateshead are using a new and interactive way of telling medical teams how much pain they are experiencing after the hospital launched a special pain passport for youngsters.

    Children attending the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are given a pain passport which helps to put the child and their parent or guardian in charge of their own needs and pain management, while also helping medical staff to see if the child’s pain has worsened.


    Patients at QE Gateshead learned how to carry out a simple and potentially life-saving test that can check if they are at higher risk of a stroke.

    As part of Pulse Awareness Month, staff from the cardiology team demonstrated how to check for an irregular pulse – a sign of Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

    If you have AF, you are five times more likely to have a stroke and the condition contributes to just under 20% of all strokes in the UK.

  • Cragside Court hosted a special Time to Talk and Carers' Hub in the newly refurbished family hub on the 7th February, in honour of Time to Talk day.

    Time to Talk Day which is hosted every year, encourages everyone to talk about mental health and break the stigma.


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