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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  • 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. 

  • Scientists and medical staff in Gateshead are celebrating National Pathology Week (3-9 November) in a brand new £12m laboratory, which will bring world class testing facilities to the North of England.

    Most people instantly think of TV shows like Silent Witness or CSI but in fact pathology services are a vital part of all healthcare with testing in labs involved in more than 70% of all diagnoses made by the NHS.

  • The maternity team at QE Gateshead are looking for new or expectant mothers to help make decisions about the look of the current unit and choose new equipment and furniture.

    Midwives at the QE are keen to get input from mums and pregnant ladies to help shape the service at the hospital and get ideas about how the maternity unit should look and feel in the future.

  • The traditional bedside paper observation charts usually associated with hospitals are quickly becoming a thing of the past at the QE, as doctors and nurses make increasing use of the latest technology.

    Three wards at the hospital are now paper free with medical staff using electronic tablets and other smart devices to record the vital signs of patients.

    The new system is currently being rolled out across all in-patient wards at the hospital and is already helping to improve the way staff use and interpret information about patients.

  • A hospital foundation trust in the North East has successfully reduced carbon emissions by 10% a full four years before the national deadline.

    QE Gateshead is now working towards a series of other green initiatives that will not only contribute to national environmental targets but will also actively help to save money in tough economic times.

  • A North East hospital is putting the finishing touches to a new £12m laboratory which will bring world class testing facilities to the North of England.

    Once completed The Pathology Centre will be a new, state-of-the-art lab facility operating at the cutting edge of pathology testing services in the UK.

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