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  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead is set to invest more than £750,000 in a mental health unit for older patients with dementia.

    The new investment in the Cragside Court unit at the hospital will provide a wide range of improvements for patients and enable staff to offer much better care in a modern, safe and therapeutic environment.

    The new dementia friendly plans will increase privacy and dignity by incorporating more private spaces for patients as well as introducing a separate examination and treatment room.

  • Patients in Gateshead have praised their experiences in hospital in a new survey by the independent healthcare regulator.

    The latest research from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that patients who had spent time at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital rated their care favourably especially around emergency care, their time spent on wards and waiting times for planned admissions. The new figures showed that Gateshead scored higher than average in three key areas:

  • Gateshead Health has launched a new strategy to ensure patients remain at the very heart of the organisation and continue to have a say on the way their care is provided.

    Gateshead already has an excellent reputation for patient experience and involvement and the new strategy, called 'Your care, your voice', has been developed to ensure this continues over the next three years.

  • Cragside Court, an inpatient unit for older people with dementia, has been awarded a Full Monty Award from Star Wards after several months of hard work and collaboration. 

    Star Wards, a project of the social justice charity Bright, provides practical and inspiring examples from and for mental health ward staff.  It aims to discover, celebrate and inspire excellence in inpatient care.  

  • 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

  • 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.


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