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 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.

  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital like all other trusts in the country, is being monitored on it's winter stats for  by the BBC News website.

    Gateshead can be proud of the fact that it's hospital is coping admirably over winter and compared to the national stats is doing brilliantly with much lower than national averages for:

  • QE receives national accreditation for staff health and well-being

    Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has successfully achieved the Health & Wellbeing Good Practice Award from Investors in People for the second time

    After undergoing a rigorous assessment involving interviews with over 100 staff, the Trust celebrated maintaining the Award at the end of November 2013.   This followed the Trust being the first hospital trust in the region to have achieved the Award at their first assessment three years ago.

  • QE Gateshead is among a handful of international organisations that have had a winning poster design showcasing their quality improvements chosen to be displayed at the fourth annual International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in le Palais des Congrés de Paris in France, in April.

    This annual forum is a four day meeting that brings together over 3000 health professionals from over 85 countries, from Chief Executives and Government officials to healthcare clinicians and managers who all have a common goal and passion, to improve quality and safety in healthcare.

  • The Nursery on the site of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead will be closing on the 31st January 2014.

    Sadly the very difficult decision to shut was taken by the Trust Board on the 27th November as it is no longer economically viable to run. The nursery needs to run at 80% occupancy to break even and despite communications campaigns to raise awareness, its occupancy has remained low at 48%.


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