News

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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  • A pilot project to help and treat elderly people who have fallen is to run for another year.

    The Falls Rapid Response Service operates in Newcastle and Gateshead and is made up of paramedics and occupational therapists who respond to 999 and 111 calls to the North East Ambulance Service.

    The paramedics carry out a medical assessment and, where possible, treat injuries, before a decision is made about whether the patient is medically well enough to stay at home.

  • The last couple of years has seen a rise in abusive behaviour against NHS staff in Gateshead so the hospital has released a number of new posters reminding the public that bad behaviour won’t be tolerated and can have serious consequences.

    Although serious incidents are thankfully still quite rare, NHS staff regularly face low level abuse and encounter unacceptable behaviour at a time when they are just doing their job. Over the past five years the number of incidents of violence or aggression recorded against staff has risen by 9.5%.

  • Patients and staff from QE Gateshead enjoyed a classical performance this week. The Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) gave an exclusive performance on one of the hospital’s older persons’ wards. 

    The wonderful performance by a string quartet of musicians brightened the day of patients and staff alike on Ward 22, as they spent a relaxing afternoon listening to classical sounds. It may have been a long time since they heard live music but yesterday’s performance was enjoyed by many and brought back positive memories for each of them. 

  • CT team

    A team of radiographers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has won a national award for their hard work and dedication to providing a round-the-clock service for patients.

    The Computerised Tomography (CT) team has been named the Northern Team of the Year 2019 by the Society and College of Radiographers, for their work to make sure that scans are provided quickly and seamlessly.

  • Gateshead has won a national award for its commitment to making sure that staff are able to speak up when things go wrong.

    Freedom to Speak Up Guardians have been in post in all NHS organisations and Foundation trusts in England for a number of years as a result of Sir Robert Francis’ Reports in the fallings at Mid-Staffs hospital. Gateshead has now been commended after achieving the highest Freedom to Speak Up Index score in the Combined Acute and Community Trust category.

  • Alison Marshall has been appointed as the new chair of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, formally taking up the role last week.

    She joins the organisation from Northumbria Healthcare where she has been a non-executive director since 2017. She is also a non executive at Northern Powergrid.

  • Fundraisers from the QE will be getting stuck into the muddy Newcastle Stampede Adventure Run later this month to raise money in memory of a much missed former colleague.

    Team QE consists of ultrasound staff, family and friends who all want to attempt the challenge event in memory of Phil Elliott who died earlier this year.

    Phil worked at the QE for many years and was looking forward to his retirement full of cycling, travel abroad and trips in his newly converted campervan.

  • Our urgent and emergency services at the hospital are currently extremely busy so please only attend A&E if you need this service.

    Our urgent and emergency services should only be used for the most serious issues so please use them responsibly.There are many other ways of accessing the right healthcare services for your needs including:

    Make an appointment with your GP

    Get more stay well advice from the NHS here

  • A Gateshead businessman paid an emotional visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital today (Friday October 4) to say a personal thank you to the NHS staff who saved his life when he suffered a cardiac arrest.

    Off-duty heroes, Pippa Hocking and Stephen Armstrong, told how their CPR training kicked into action when Hamid Khazaee collapsed in front of them as they stood in line for a takeaway.

  • NHS leaders across the North East and North Cumbria are encouraging people to get involved in a series of engagement roadshows set to take place over the autumn.

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