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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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  • QE Gateshead has appointed two new non-executive directors, after the tenure for two long serving non execs came to an end.

    Gateshead Council leader, Cllr Mick Henry has been appointed alongside Shaun Bowron, a former Group Operations Director for GMG radio.

    Councillor Mick Henry

    Born in Gateshead, Mick was first elected as a councillor for the inner city ward of Saltwell in 1986 and has been Leader of Gateshead Council since 2002. In 2007, he was awarded a CBE for his services to local government.

  • THE QE Gateshead has been the recipient of a very generous donation this week, of a ‘cuddle cot’ worth £1500 from the parents of those that have lost children/grandchildren.

    The cuddle cot is used for stillborn babies and late miscarriages, keeping the babies cool for longer, slowing the decomposition process, enabling parents to take babies home to grieve and say goodbye. It’s used in a moses basket so it’s not clinical and helps parents come to terms with their loss.

  • A SCHEME to improve the way staff can record their attendance at work has led to the QE being shortlisted for a national award.

    The Health Service Journal’s Efficiency Awards look to champion innovative and cost-effective measures which reduce costs while maintaining the highest standards of patient care. The QE has been shortlisted in the workforce efficiency category thanks to a special project that aims to boost efficiency and improve work/life balance for both clinical and non-clinical staff using a special electronic solution.

  • from right-left - Jane Puntin - Breastfeeding Co-ordinator, Margaret Horburgh, Sarah Wilkinson, Wendy Turnbull - all Healthcare Assistants based in the community 

    Gateshead maternity staff helping mums and babies get the best start

    NURSES from QE Gateshead are helping mums and babies get off to a great start with breastfeeding at an event in Saltwell Park next week.

  • QE GATESHEAD today welcomed a patient back to the hospital to meet his lifesavers.

    66-year-old, Mr Cocks from Guisborough, was invited to an AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) study day, to meet the screening staff and consultants that saved his life when he was diagnosed with an AAA at a routine screening. He had also been invited to chat to other consultants attending the study day, so they could hear the AAA experience from a patient’s point of view.

  • We can confirm that following an incident at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 26 cars belonging to staff and others were damaged. The incident involved a member of the public who was subsequently arrested and detained by Northumbria Police.  This was a distressing and upsetting experience for all involved though fortunately no-one was injured. All our procedures were managed correctly and we cannot comment further.

    (For further information, please contact Lucia Hiden, Head of Communications, on 0191 445 6120).

  • PHOTO/FILMING OPPORTUNITY

    Screening programme for 65 year olds celebrates 65th anniversary of the NHS

     
    QE GATESHEAD is highlighting their screening programme for 65 year old men, as part of celebrations for the 65th anniversary of the NHS.

  • The QE has re-launched its charity in an attempt to raise awareness of the ways in which people can help the hospital.

    QE Gateshead Charitable Funds is the charity attached to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. Last year, more than £300,000 was raised by patients and their families, staff fundraising, through donations from bereaved families and kind legacies left to the hospital.

  • PATIENTS in Gateshead are getting five star treatment in a new discharge hospitality lounge (DHL) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

    The DHL is designed to give patients who are being discharged from hospital, a comfortable and positive experience before going home.

  • AN innovative reference tool for clinical staff at QE Gateshead is being picked up by other Trusts in the region.

    QE Gateshead was the first Trust in the region to use Up-To-Date, an American made reference tool used for diagnosing patients, and giving doctors the most recent up to date studies to back up treatment.

    The system, which updates with new studies and clinical trials monthly, was pioneered in the region by the QE.

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