News

As a busy acute NHS Trust, there's always something happening at Gateshead. We think of ourselves as very open, and if you are a media organisation with a question about any of our services please don't hesitate to contact us using the details below. We will always try our hardest to accommodate your requests. You'll also find in this section our latest press releases which are available to use for publication, as well as images.

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  • Like most hospitals across the UK QE Gateshead has been experiencing unprecedented demand for emergency admissions over the past few weeks.

    This spike in demand for accident and emergency departments has meant that hospitals across the region have faced increasing pressure on beds to treat patients who need to stay for treatment.

  • A Gateshead hospital is celebrating a decade of success by marking the 10 year anniversary of becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.

    Although there has been a hospital on the site since the 1930s, QE Gateshead came into existence in its current form on becoming a Foundation Trust on 5 January 2005.

    Foundation Trust status allows more local control and encourages people from the area to get more involved in the running of the hospital.

  • Two QE users collaborate on stained glass window for hospital chapel

    A stained glass window for the Chapel in the QE hospital has been created by two former patients who were grateful for the services of the chaplains.

  • The QE held a beautiful carol service last night to celebrate Christmas. 

    Members of the QE choir provided some fantastic entertainment, with their traditional carol singing, accompanied by Mike Bowman from the OD and Training team on the keyboard.

    The carol service was delivered by the chaplains, and there were some very entertaining readings from members of the congregation including staff and a governor amongst others. 

  • Region’s NHS comes under pressure and asks the public to think before calling 999 or attending accident and emergency departments.

    With NHS organisations across the North East of England coming under severe pressure, local doctors, nurses and paramedics are asking the public to help them by thinking carefully about using other NHS services before calling 999 or going to their local A&E department.

  • A local event that saw healthcare, voluntary sector and social care staff coming together to talk to members of the public was a bit hit with people in Gateshead.

    The engagement event provided an opportunity for more than 60 local people to find out and talk about how all these services fit together but also where they could improve.

    The agenda nationally is for greater integration between all agencies providing care to the public and delivering services that fit into a wider plan of improved ‘care closer to home’.

  • An IT project supporting more than 170,000 medical examinations a year will help make radiology in Gateshead easier, safer and more efficient.

    The pioneering new system at QE Gateshead will also mean that medics can now access the results of X-rays, scans and other tests away from their departments and even provide the potential to do it at the patents’ bedside in the future.

  • A landmark piece of public art has just been unveiled in a brand new NHS hospital building in the North East.

    This is the latest phase of the on-going building work at the new £32m Emergency Care Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

    The unit will bring state-of-the-art healthcare services to people across Gateshead and the bright, modern building includes single occupancy rooms and en suite bathrooms for all patients in the short stay wards.

  • Construction work on a major Emergency Care Centre in Gateshead is almost complete.

    The new £32m Emergency Care Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead will bring state-of-the-art healthcare services to people across Gateshead and the bright, modern building includes single occupancy rooms and en suite bathrooms for all patients in the short stay wards.

    Once complete, the new Emergency Care Centre will modernise the way patients are cared for during an emergency by bringing together a wide range of services including:

  • So far, 2014 continues to be the best ever year for the prevention and reduction of infection at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 

    QE Gateshead adopts a zero tolerance approach to all avoidable infections including Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and has had zero reported cases of MRSA bacteraemia during 2014 so far. 

    Throughout the whole year QE Gateshead continues to be a high performing Trust and has maintained one of the lowest rates in the region for: 

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