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  • Health chiefs in the North East are today announcing that they are now suspending non-urgent patient transport services to hospitals and clinics and starting to postpone non-urgent planned operations and outpatient appointments to ensure the NHS is as prepared as possible for Coronavirus.

    The news comes as the region’s NHS steps up plans to cope with increases in patients requiring hospital admission and respiratory support due to the pandemic.

    It is announcing that:

  • Gateshead Health is a part of the Great North Care Record. This means we make information we record about you available electronically on the Great North Care Record.

    Health and care staff from other organisations in the North East and North Cumbria who are involved in your care can then access this information. It helps us make your care better and safer.

  • The fertility team at QE Gateshead

    The Gateshead Fertility Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been highlighted as one of the best in the country with a higher than average track record of creating families in the North East and beyond.

    According to the latest figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on live birth rates following IVF treatment, the fertility unit is the 9th highest performing unit in the UK, based on the number of successful births per embryo transferred.

  • New parents with midwife

    In 2020 we are planning some significant upgrades to our maternity unit at QE Gateshead.  The first phase of upgrades, which includes improving our water birth facilities and delivery rooms, and building a new obstetric theatre, will begin this week.


    The NHS in Gateshead and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

    The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

  • Clinical staff in Gateshead are now using new smart devices to monitor patients, after the hospital introduced a state-of the-art electronic observation system.

    The traditional bedside paper charts that were once a common sight in hospitals are being phased out with doctors, nurses and other health professionals using special e-devices to measure all the information taken about each patient.

  • The latest nurse welcome event in Gateshead had some special little helpers to promote NHS careers and assist new starters get settled in.

    The welcome events are designed to help newly qualified nurses to meet others who are starting with the Trust, speak to current members of staff and understand more about the Trust.

    It’s a great way to ask any questions and use as a platform to settle into their new role.

  • A leading dementia unit for younger people has had a major refurbishment after moving to a new home in Gateshead.

    Although dementia is often associated with the elderly, people can be diagnosed in their thirties or forties and the specialist Woodside Unit provides a wide range of support for local people and their families.

    Staff, patients and families were celebrating at a special open day last week after the unit reopened in a completely refurbished area of Bensham Hospital.

  • Huge congratulations to everyone involved in winning the Forward Healthcare Award in the Community / Primary Innovation category.

    This prestigious award was won for the implementation of EMIS Community Web, a full electronic patient record system in Gateshead Community Mental Health Services.

    The award is also an acknowledgement of the fantastic collaborative working between the Systems Team, Older Persons Community Mental Health Team and the Projects Team, who made this project a huge success.

  • Here at Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust, we are delighted to be working towards Nursing and Midwifery Excellence supported by #TeamCNO (NHS England and NHS Improvement).


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