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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  • 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%.

  • We've just had our election results in please click HERE to find out who your new governors are!

  • The Critical Care department at the QE Hospital have been awarded with three awards at the recent North of England Critical Care Network Conference.

    North of England Critical Care Network acts as an advisory body to NHS Trusts in the North of England providing them with up to date information enabling them the provide the highest, most up to date care for patients.

    The winners from the QE were:

  • William Henry Lorraine - 100 years old – born on the 25th October 1913

    William Henry Lorraine turned 100 years old on ward 24 at the QE Hospital in Gateshead on Friday 25th October.

    A huge milestone for the centenarian who describes himself as just a typical Gateshead lad.

  • QE Gateshead has been categorised as one of the safest in the country by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator for all care providers.

    This week the CQC issued the first of their ‘Intelligence Monitoring Reports’ which gathers local and national data and assigns each NHS trust a banding based on their risk to patients. Every trust in the country has been graded from band 1 (highest risk) to band 6 (lowest risk) and Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust was awarded a band 6 rating.


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