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    Today marks the launch of the Trust’s ‘Share your story’ campaign, an initiative aimed at increasing and normalising discussion of mental health in the workplace. 

    During the campaign, volunteers from across our teams will voluntarily share their experiences with wider the workforce through a series of items distributed through internal challenges.

  • The Trust is marking the one-year anniversary of its on-site testing unit – and is thanking all of the staff from across the organisation who have helped keep our services running.

    The Patient Covid Assessment Service (PCAS) was set up at the start of the pandemic to carry out COVID tests on staff and their bubbles, as well as patients. It now operates a 7-day service, with a drive-through testing area.

  • Image of the ECC

    Please continue to pre-book appointments for when visiting.

    We continue to operate in a covid-secure way as we work hard to protect our patients, staff and the Gateshead community from coronavirus (COVID-19).

    From 16 July 2021, pre-booking will operate as:

    • One designated person (who is COVID-19 symptom free) will be identified by the patient to visit them in hospital for a maximum of 1 hour.

  • radiology team out on their runs

    The Trust’s radiology team are celebrating after successfully completing the Great Run Solo – and raising vital funds for the hospital’s charity.

    Great Run Solo is a virtual running challenge, designed to help keep runners on track until the next Great North Run is organised.

    The radiography team completed it as a group in February and raised more than £1500 for QE Charitable Funds. Now Katie Kiely, radiographer, is encouraging other people to give it a go.

  • Critical care team with Emily

    Caring staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead gave a huge send off to one of their patients yesterday – after she battled COVID-19 in the critical care ward for more than four months.

    Emily Billingham, 74, from Leam Lane was brought to the critical care ward, which looks after the most poorly patients, on 5th November 2020 – under their expert care she was looked after and nursed back to health by dedicated staff for 127 days.

  • Yvonne Ormston

    Trust chief executive Yvonne Ormston MBE has been included in an annual list of the NHS’s top leaders, published today by HSJ, the journal for the healthcare sector.

    Yvonne, who is chief executive of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, is named as one of the top 50 chief executives in the NHS.

    The list is judged on 3 main criteria, namely the personal example set by the chief executive, the performance of the organisation they lead and the contribution the chief executive has made to the wider health and social care system.

  • Gateshead’s NHS Trust has been recommended by its staff as a great place to work - and they've ranked it among the top 25 acute and community Trusts in the country, according to the latest survey results.

    The NHS Staff Survey is an annual survey, completed by all NHS trusts in England. It provides a detailed insight into how staff feel about their wellbeing, levels of engagement and motivation, equality, diversity and inclusion, safety and quality of care.

  • Healthcare assistants on them team

    A new team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead will provide personalised overnight care for some of its most vulnerable patients.

    The Enhanced Care Team, which is made up of healthcare assistants and will be supported by the Acute Response Team (ART), will provide overnight therapeutic care to patients who may have dementia, cognitive issues or patients with conditions that may require more specialised interventions.

  • A&E teams across the North East and North Cumbria are appealing to the public to only attend A&E or call 999 if they have serious or life-threatening emergencies.

  • Study participants

    The research team at Gateshead’s NHS Trust are celebrating after recruiting their 200th participant to a global study designed to find more effective treatments for COVID-19.

    The team of 35 medical and research staff at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has successfully contributed to the Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy (RECOVERY) study, the world’s largest clinical trial for COVID-19 treatments, and has recently recruited their 200th participant – an amazing achievement.


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