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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 is investing more than £35,000 in a new pilot scheme that will create a more friendly environment for people with dementia in hospital wards.

    The new scheme will include a wide range of innovative new measures including adapted lighting, new furniture, better signage and coloured cutlery to make a real difference for patients.

    The changes are being trialled on Ward 23 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and are just part of the wider agenda that the hospital is currently looking at for dementia patients.

  • Elsie Jones born 21st May 1911

    A woman born in Brandon, County Durham, turned 103 on ward 23 of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead on 21st April. 

    Elsie lived a very adventurous life even by modern standards. After falling in love with Army Captain George Jones, she decided that she couldn’t live without him and sailed on her own from England to Egypt where he was posted. 

  • Norman Brown turns 100 on ward 24 at the QE Hospital

    Norman Brown born 17th April 1914

    A man born and raised in Rookhope, County Durham, turned 100 on ward 24 of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead on 17th April. This was our second centenarian who reached their milestone on ward 24 in the last 12 months.

    Norman, who used to work in the mines and also in the Coldstream Guards, is the son of two farmers from Rookhope County Durham. He went to school at Westgate Primary School in Weardale and St John’s Chapel Secondary School also in Durham.

  • QE Hospital’s new Emergency Care Centre praised by health regulator

    A recent unannounced inspection from healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC), saw the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead praised for its new Emergency Care Centre (ECC) plans and also given a clean bill of health for its services.

  • QE nurse fulfils item on her wish list of things to do before turning 50

    QE Gateshead Research Nurse Lorna Ingoe, has become a familiar face to patients in more ways than one over the last few months.

    The 48-year-old from South Shields, who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, bagged the lead role in the My Medicines My Health campaign that was launched recently.

  • Healthcare intelligence expert CHKS has shortlisted 15 NHS trusts for excellence in maternity care, as part of its Top Hospitals programme awards and have included the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in this list.

    This puts the QE maternity unit in top 10 per cent of trusts in the whole country.

    The providers were shortlisted following an analysis of nine clinical indicators including caesarean rates, length of stay, complications, readmissions and injuries, as well as three indicators from the Care Quality Commission’s 2013 maternity survey (for English trusts).

  • Jeremy Hunt praises Virginia Mason as QE Gateshead sell out event on VM techniques

  • Congratulations to QE Cadet Nurse, 17-year-old Ashleigh Carr for scooping one of the top prizes, Advanced Apprentice of the year.

    The region’s NHS recently recognised the outstanding dedication, hard work and enthusiasm of its apprentices with a ceremony hosted by Health Education North East. The ceremony took place during Apprenticeship Week on Thursday 6 March.

  • Every three months, two wards are treated with a cream tea for staff and patients by our Safecare team for the highest Friends and Family Test results.

    Ward 4The Friends and Family Test is a set of questions we ask all of our inpatients and visitors to A&E, basically asking if they would recommend our services to their friends and family.

  • A recent unannounced inspection from healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) saw the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead receive unprecedented praise and given a clean bill of health for all of its services.

    The CQC were so impressed with the QE that they did not identify any recommendations for improvement for the hospital.

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