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  • Dr Ruth Sharrock, a respiratory consultant

    Dr Ruth Sharrock, a respiratory consultant here at QE Gateshead, joined the All Party Parliamentary Group on 9 June to discuss tough new measures to end smoking.

    News from Fresh North East

    MORE than 113,000 people in the North East have been killed by tobacco companies since the Millennium. The stark new figures are released in time for a major new Parliamentary report calling for bold national action to tackle smoking.

  • We are delighted our brand new CT scanner will start scanning patients from early June for our patients at the QE.

    A CT scanner uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed images of inside the body and is carried out by specially trained officers called radiographers.

    This replaces a scanner that was 10 years old and the lifespan of a CT scanner and technology has moved on substantially in that time.

    The new scanner will:

  • We are delighted to have begun the rollout of our sharps waste disposal bins in our theatres and wards 26 and 27 as part of our sustainability road map.

    The Sharpsmart bins are a smarter, reusable way to dispose sharps waste safely are globally recognised, used widely across the UK with some of its first customers here in the North East.

    Sustainability and waste manager, Sarah Needham said: “After a successful trial in Theatres and Wards 26 & 27, Sharpsmart is to be rolled out across the QE Hospital.”

  • We know that when you are having a baby, the support from your partner, relative, friend or other person throughout pregnancy and childbirth is really important  to your emotional wellbeing. We want you, as a new mother, here at Gateshead to have access to support from a person of your choosing at all stages of your maternity journey.

    As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, we are delighted to be able to continue to welcome a single support person to come with you to all of your maternity appointments and scans at the QE maternity unit.

  • Today (1st June) marks the start of Volunteers’ Week, a week-long annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

    We want to take time to celebrate all of the people who volunteer for our Trust. Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the NHS and to Gateshead Health Trust.

  • QE Hospital is holding Newcastle University’s medical school finals examinations for the 1st time this year on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd June.

    It has taken a monumental effort to get through this COVID affected year and maintain the high standard of teaching we are known for. But it has been a very successful year with excellent feedback from our student groups.

    Holding finals is a fitting end to the challenge, before we draw breath and get ready for the new curriculum in September.

  • Martin Rankin hands over cheque to tracey cowper

    A grateful family were so overwhelmed with the support from one of Gateshead’s community teams that they went out of their way to make a charity donation to say ‘thank you’ – and presented it to staff this week.

    The Hospice at Home service, which helps terminally ill people in Gateshead to spend their last days at home with loved ones, was gifted a £5000 donation from the family of Margaret Rankin, through QE Charitable Funds, the charity arm of the Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Here at Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust we are delighted to be relaunching our journey to Pathways to Excellence.

    This global programme is a ‘nursing excellence’ framework aiming to improve the work environment for nurses, midwives and AHPs which will help staff satisfaction and patient experience.

    The pathways to excellence accreditation encourages staff to be involved in shared decision-making, influence effective change and be part of a collective leadership.

  • Ward 2 team thank you

    Staff in the research team at Gateshead NHS are today celebrating the contribution of patients and staff in the fight against covid – and have thanked everyone for their valuable contributions.

    Despite the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, the research and development team at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust  has continued to deliver ongoing research and development activity and has contributed to many important studies, looking at areas such as treatments for Covid-19, as well as the long-term effects on patients who have recovered from covid.

  • Front-line NHS teams across the North East and North Cumbria are asking people to do their bit and use health services sensibly as restrictions continue to ease.

    The NHS across the region is seeing an increase in the number of people attending A&E department, many of whom could have sought advice from a service more appropriate for their needs.


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