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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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  • 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.

  • Nurses at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are being given training to ensure they are able to safely handle obese patients

    Bariatric training is being given to nurses to ensure they are able to safely handle patients who are morbidly obese, often tipping the scales at more than 30 stones.

    It is well known that the North East has a growing problem with obesity in both adults and children as the region regularly tops obesity polls.

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

    As part of this dispute Radiographic staff in Gateshead will be taking industrial action on Monday 20 October between the hours of 9.00 am and 1.00 pm. 

    This is a countrywide issue which cannot be determined by QE Gateshead locally and will only be resolved at a national level.

  • QE Gateshead officially scored good looking by members of the public    

    QE Gateshead has officially been scored as good looking by members of the public in the NHS England’s national PLACE audit. 

    PLACE which stands for patient, led assessment of the care environment, is a panel of at least 50% patients, and aims to provide a snapshot of how an organisation is performing against a range of non-clinical activities which impact on the patient experience of care.

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