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  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has again been named as one of the safest in the country, retaining the top rating from the national regulator.

    The new inspection system first started in 2013 and The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has now confirmed that the QE will remain at a band 6 rating (the highest possible) after figures from the latest Intelligence Monitoring Report were published today.

  • Did you know that you that we have a dedicated newsletter all about what’s happening across the hospital each month?

    You can sign up to get all the latest news from the QE straight to your inbox by signing up for this service from the trust.

    The email newsletter – called QE Update – provides a concise monthly round-up of all the latest information and news from the Trust, so you’ll never miss the latest developments.

  • As you may have already heard some of the national Trades Unions are currently in an ongoing dispute with the NHS.

    As part of this dispute some staff in Gateshead will be taking industrial action on the morning of Monday 24 November. This is a countrywide issue which cannot be determined by QE Gateshead locally and will only be resolved at a national level.

  • QE Gateshead is launching a photo competition to find a special picture to hang in a brand new Emergency Care Centre, which is currently under construction.

    The wining photographer will not only get the chance to win a great prize, but will also have the honour of seeing their image displayed in the new hospital.


  • Have you suffered and been treated for a sore back, painful joints or muscles?

    Muscle, joint and back issues are collectively known as musculoskeletal (MSK) problems and can be very common.  These can vary widely from short term acute pain that needs rapid intervention to chronic, enduring problems.

    Now QE Gateshead has started work on refining the way it works for patients with musculoskeletal problems and a recent event helped bring services closer to the public.

  • A delegation from Hong Kong has been visiting Gateshead for a tour of the new Emergency Care Centre which is currently being built at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

    The overseas visitors came to the North East specifically to look at the new £32m facility which is set to revolutionise emergency treatment for people 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.

  • The new improved service introduced in December 2013 for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) patients has seen mortality rates fall.

    COPD affects three million people in the UK, and is a respiratory illness which includes diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. When a patient is admitted to hospital with symptoms related to their COPD, one treatment that may be needed to help their breathing is putting them on a ventilator which requires a tube inserted through the mouth and sedation on the critical care unit. 

  • November is lung cancer awareness month, something which is very important to the Queen Elizabeth, as lung cancer affects 250 people each year in Gateshead. 

    Most people in Gateshead present with advanced lung cancer and complex symptoms resulting in poor survival rates and increased suffering. The QE’s specialist lung cancer nurses want to raise awareness of the disease so it can be caught early and let people know what we can do to help. 

  • Don and Mitzi renew their vows on ward 23,  sixty years after first saying I do 

    Patient ,Don McGee and his wife Mitzi  have just renewed their wedding vows at the QE hospital on ward 23 after 60 years together. 

    The 80-year-old’s from Dunston, Gateshead had originally planned to have their wedding vow renewal at Gateshead Civic Centre where they got married, both aged 20 in 1954 but Don fell ill, and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth for treatment. 


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