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  • Do your bit graphic

    With the number of Covid infections rising and winter fast approaching, local NHS leaders are urging the public to keep A&E free for serious or life threatening emergencies.

    NHS A&E departments are designed to treat the most serious, life threatening conditions, so everyone across the North East is being asked to #DoYourBit and think carefully before turning up.

  • logo

    Members of the public are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

    The meeting will take place on Wednesday 30th September 2020 at 9.30am via Microsoft Teams.

    The Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20 will be presented by members of the Board of Directors.

    Copies of the annual report and full accounts are available from: Chief Executive’s Office, Trust Headquarters, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, NE9 6SX

  • We're looking for governors to join us and the election process starts on Monday 28th September 2020.

    This election is to be held for a number of vacancies across four of the Trust’s constituencies

    Why you should consider becoming a Governor?

    Being a Governor can be very rewarding and interesting.  Governors play a vital role in shaping the future direction of the Trust and the service provided to local communities.

  • Health chiefs across the region have welcomed new measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 which come into effect across Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham from 00.01 hrs on Friday 18 September.

    It is hoped the new arrangements will reduce the spread of Coronavirus and ultimately protect the NHS by minimising the number of people who will need hospital treatment across the region.

  • Endoscopy nurses

    A nurse from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has urged people not to turn down vital appointments that could pick up problems such as cancer – and assures patients that staff will make their visit as safe as possible.

    The endoscopy department carries out procedures that look at the inside of the body using a tube with a small camera on the end.  These investigations allow staff to investigate problems and symptoms, which can include cancer.

  • Baby's feet

    With the rise in confirmed coronavirus cases in the Gateshead area, we have made the difficult decision to place restrictions on our current visiting policies in the maternity department. This is to ensure we can continue to maintain a safely-staffed maternity service and ensure the safety of the mothers and babies in our care, as well as the wellbeing of our staff.

    Following robust risk assessments and, using recent national guidance, the following guidance applies: 

    Pregnancy Assessment Unit

  • Gateshead health logo

    To help protect staff, patients and the local community from the spread of Covid-19, we are introducing visiting restrictions in the hospital from Friday 11 September.

    The safety of everyone in our care is always our number one priority which is why we’ve taken the difficult decision to put these restrictions in place.

    We realise this is a very difficult time for patients and their families so we thank you for your understanding and consideration.

    Visiting is now limited to:

    • Patients who are receiving end-of-life care

  • Nursing staff

    We are reintroducing limited visiting arrangements to some areas of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital using an appointment-based system.

    Our main priority is to protect our patients, our staff and the Gateshead community – thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, we appreciate this must be a difficult time if your loved one is in hospital. 

    Where at all possible, we will welcome one visitor from the patient’s family or household to visit for one hour per day.

  • Public asked to #doyourbit to protect the NHS by keeping A&E free for serious emergencies.

    Health leaders across Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead are asking people to do their bit by thinking pharmacy, GP and 111 first, and not just to turn up to A&E.

    The plea is the first part of a new ‘do your bit’ campaign aimed at raising awareness of the first routes people should take for urgent medical advice and treatment, following the disruption caused by Covid19.

  • Breast screening team

    The Gateshead Breast Screening Unit will resume its vital services from Monday 10th August.

    All the necessary safety precautions to minimise the risk of COVID transmission have been put in place for screening appointments, and staff are urging women to attend.

    Our screening locations across the North East will have longer appointment times, social distancing in place, additional cleaning of equipment between each appointment, protective equipment for staff (masks, gloves and aprons), and hand sanitiser.


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