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  • 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.

  • A campaign to encourage more people to get the flu jab organised by QE Gateshead has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

    The work has been recognised by the Association of Healthcare Communications and Marketing (AHCM) Awards, having fought off a number of entries to make it to the top six in the Best Internal Communications category.

    Fraser Woodward, chair of the AHCM, said: “These are the only awards that recognise and reward excellence in NHS communications, marketing and engagement. The calibre of the entries this year has been high.”

  • A landmark piece of public art has just been installed in a brand new NHS hospital building in the North East.

    This is the latest phase of the on-going building work at the new £32m Emergency Care Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 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.

  • 57 year-old Kim Hannant, lost her 21-year-old daughter Nikki Westgarth earlier this year to flu, just four days after giving birth to her daughter Eva Rose Westgarth-Burrell.

    Nikki who also leaves behind a four-year-old son Jake Grimes, died after contracting flu whilst pregnant with her daughter, leaving her family including dad Gary Westgarth step dad 49-year-old Ian Hannant  grief-stricken.

  • A national survey of cancer patients has again named QE Gateshead as one of the best performing hospitals in the country.

    Gateshead came second in the national league table measuring patient experience across England, according to results released today by Macmillan Cancer Support, based on research commissioned by NHS England.

    This is the fourth year running that Gateshead has featured in the top five nationally and is testament to the hard work and dedication of staff at the hospital in caring for cancer patients.

  • The Annual Report and Accounts for the Trust have been presented to Governors and the public at a meeting at QE Gateshead today (24 September 2014)

    This year we've done something slightly different and produced a summary of last years activity that provides some of the highlights from the past financial year. 

  • QE Gateshead are now using pictoral menus on all wards to help people who may have additional communication needs choose their meals.

    The books which are on all wards, have a large colour picture, with a written description of the food for the day including lunch, and dinner choices over a two week period, which acts as a visual cue for patients who can point to their choice. Malnutrition in hospitals is high on the public agenda, and this is another step to ensure patients are eating their first choice of meal every time.

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

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

    QE Gateshead has now started work on refining the pathways for patients with musculoskeletal problems and is now looking for feedback.

  • Doctors and nurses at QE Gateshead will soon be using iPads and iPods instead of the traditional bedside paper observation charts at the hospital. 

    Over the next few months these new smart devices will be appearing on wards as part of an innovative project throughout the in-patient areas of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.


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