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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  • A specialist prevention team has advised more than 100 patients, relatives and staff about the best ways of preventing falls while in hospital.

    Last Wednesday the QE Gateshead ‘falls champions’ met with a range of people from across the hospital to warn of the potential dangers and the strategies that are being used to minimise the risks.

  • QE Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust Nurse Cadets have all passed their cadetship and are now about to embark onto the next stage of their careers.

    The Nursing Cadets are the first group to complete the Trust’s new cadet programme and all were successful in gaining the required grades to enter the BSc Adult Nursing Degree through an Advanced Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare Support and a BTEC National Extended Diploma in Health Studies. 

  • A team at the QE Gateshead are recreating a famous Victorian park within a hospital garden, as part of their work using nature to treat patients with Dementia.

    Features from Gateshead’s beautiful Saltwell Park, which opened in 1876, have served as the inspiration behind a new nature area for Dementia patients at the hospital’s Cragside court.

    The area is currently being redeveloped after work by doctors in Gateshead found that exposure to nature had a range of beneficial effects on patients and could trigger positive emotions and memories.

  • So far, 2014 has been 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 up until July 2014. 

  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has again been named as one of the safest in the country and is now the only hospital in the North East to win and retain 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.   

  • Hilary Lloyd has been appointed as the new director of nursing, midwifery and quality at Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust.

    She takes up the role after three years working as the deputy to current director Gillian McArthur who retires later this year. 

    Hilary first joined QE Gateshead in 2011 bringing a wealth of expert nursing knowledge and experience, coupled with a strong track record of excellent leadership.

  • A local conference exploring the approach taken by the Virginia Mason Medical Centre in the USA has attatced so much attention that it has now sold out. 

    Virginia Mason Medical Centre, a healthcare provider based in Seattle USA, has earned an international reputation for improving the quality and safety of patient care using management techniques normally found in industries like car manufacturing. 

  • Brian Stephens

    Man urges others to complete bowel screening tests after it saves his life   

    QE Gateshead is saving lives with their bowel screening program, which has been running since 2007.

    The South of Tyne bowel screening centre is a collaboration between QE Gateshead, South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland foundation trusts, and through their GP, invites all people aged 60-74 to complete a screening kit at home.

  • QE Gateshead has developed a new set of standards around caring for pregnant young women after working closely with a group of expectant young mums.

    The new care standards set out what younger people can expect from healthcare staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and outline some of things that the young people highlighted as there biggest priorities.

    The standards were developed as part of the QE’s work with the Gateshead Young Women’s Project which wanted to explore some of the challenges facing young women during pregnancy.


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