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  • So far, 2014 has been the best ever year for the prevention and reduction of infection at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 

    QE Gateshead adopts a zero tolerance approach to all avoidable infections including Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and has had zero reported cases of MRSA bacteraemia up until July 2014. 

  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has again been named as one of the safest in the country and is now the only hospital in the North East to win and retain the top rating from the national regulator.

    The new inspection system first started in 2013 and The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has now confirmed that the QE will remain at a band 6 rating (the highest possible) after figures from the latest Intelligence Monitoring Report were published today.   

  • Hilary Lloyd has been appointed as the new director of nursing, midwifery and quality at Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust.

    She takes up the role after three years working as the deputy to current director Gillian McArthur who retires later this year. 

    Hilary first joined QE Gateshead in 2011 bringing a wealth of expert nursing knowledge and experience, coupled with a strong track record of excellent leadership.

  • A local conference exploring the approach taken by the Virginia Mason Medical Centre in the USA has attatced so much attention that it has now sold out. 

    Virginia Mason Medical Centre, a healthcare provider based in Seattle USA, has earned an international reputation for improving the quality and safety of patient care using management techniques normally found in industries like car manufacturing. 

  • Brian Stephens

    Man urges others to complete bowel screening tests after it saves his life   

    QE Gateshead is saving lives with their bowel screening program, which has been running since 2007.

    The South of Tyne bowel screening centre is a collaboration between QE Gateshead, South Tyneside and City Hospitals Sunderland foundation trusts, and through their GP, invites all people aged 60-74 to complete a screening kit at home.

  • QE Gateshead has developed a new set of standards around caring for pregnant young women after working closely with a group of expectant young mums.

    The new care standards set out what younger people can expect from healthcare staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and outline some of things that the young people highlighted as there biggest priorities.

    The standards were developed as part of the QE’s work with the Gateshead Young Women’s Project which wanted to explore some of the challenges facing young women during pregnancy.

  • A former local government director has joined QE Gateshead as a new non-executive director.

    John Robinson joins the board of Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust following a long career in local government.

    He has a professional background in Environmental Health, with over 40 years’ experience of Local Government. He has developed and managed a wide range of services provided by Gateshead Council and led various partnerships involving the Local Community. 

  • QE Gateshead is planning to introduce a much clearer and simpler way of helping people find their way around the hospital site, by taking inspiration from big retailers.

    Work has started to radically simplify signage around the hospital by splitting the site into coloured zones, similar to large shopping centres, and making it easier much easier to find wards and departments.

  • Bear Hunt Image

    Gateshead nurses go ‘on a bear hunt’

    Nurses at Gateshead have used a popular Children’s story to explain how healthcare staff can better understand the needs of youngsters attending hospital as part of a recent conference.

    A group of paediatric nurses from QE Gateshead used the well-known children’s story “we’re going on a bear hunt,” by Michael Rosen to explain to colleagues how they support children and make it easier for them when getting hospital treatment.

  • QE Gateshead's cccupational health department has achieved national accreditation as a Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS).  

    The SEQOHS Accreditation Scheme is a workforce focused scheme of independent assessment against recognised standards for all occupational health services and providers across the UK in the NHS and Independent Sector. It is operated by the Royal College of Physicians of London on behalf of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine for Occupational Health Services.


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