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  • Neil Halford, deputy medical director

    NHS staff in Gateshead are reminding people that they’re here to help with other health conditions – despite the fact that everyone is working hard to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    If you or a member of your family, especially children, are feeling unwell, you should seek help. We can still treat serious symptoms, for example chest pains, severe headaches, pain after a fall or an accident at home.

  • Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead have launched several new services that are designed to help patients and their loved ones stay in touch while ward visits are suspended.

    The new ‘Message to A Loved One’ service will help keep patients and their family and friends in contact with one another during the Covid-19 crisis. People can send a message to a dedicated email address, which will then be passed on to the patient.

  • The medical director at Gateshead Health has praised the efforts of local NHS staff for the care they have been providing to people in the town.

    The lead doctor at QE Gateshead Andy Beeby has more than 30 years of clinical experience but says the current situation is completely unprecedented.

  • During the current Covid-19 outbreak the Trust will be processing some personal information in a different way to support the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Matt Hancock).

  • To help protect staff, patients and the local community from the spread of Covid-19, there are restrictions on visiting the hospital.

    Visiting is limited to: 

    • patients receiving end-of-life care

    • a birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour

    The safety of everyone in our care is always our number one priority which is why we’ve decided to put these restrictions in place.

  • Across the NHS we’re currently facing a profound and unprecedented challenge in dealing with the current global pandemic.

    Covid-19 is having an extraordinary impact right across the country in what is a fast-moving and very dynamic situation. Our preparations are now well developed and are being led by clinical experts across the hospital/Community.

    Here at Gateshead Health, we have been overwhelmed by both the professionalism and hard work of all our staff and the generosity of local businesses and the wider community.

  • Coronavirus / COVID 19 update

    At QE Maternity we appreciate that this is a difficult and uncertain time. We have all been made aware of how important social distancing is and how these changes can save lives.  Therefore we have had to make some decisions that we would not have considered a few weeks ago to ensure that we protect our mothers and babies and our staff and their families.  

  • Health chiefs in the North East are today announcing that they are now suspending non-urgent patient transport services to hospitals and clinics and starting to postpone non-urgent planned operations and outpatient appointments to ensure the NHS is as prepared as possible for Coronavirus.

    The news comes as the region’s NHS steps up plans to cope with increases in patients requiring hospital admission and respiratory support due to the pandemic.

    It is announcing that:

  • Gateshead Health is a part of the Great North Care Record. This means we make information we record about you available electronically on the Great North Care Record.

    Health and care staff from other organisations in the North East and North Cumbria who are involved in your care can then access this information. It helps us make your care better and safer.

  • The fertility team at QE Gateshead

    The Gateshead Fertility Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been highlighted as one of the best in the country with a higher than average track record of creating families in the North East and beyond.

    According to the latest figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on live birth rates following IVF treatment, the fertility unit is the 9th highest performing unit in the UK, based on the number of successful births per embryo transferred.


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