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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  • The hospital waiting times on our website have now been viewed more than 25,000 times since they went live last year.

    The real time updates for our urgent care services were added to the hospital website to help patients understand how long they may need to wait before being seen.

    A dedicated webpage now provides live information on waiting times for the public at both the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Blaydon Urgent Treatment Centre, so users can see them in real time on smartphones and tablets.

  • Patients with a rare medical condition can receive life-saving treatment at the touch of a button thanks to a new device developed by scientists.   

    Researchers at Newcastle University have devised a way for patients and healthcare professionals to access web-based emergency clinical management information for Addison’s disease.

  • The team celebrating their award shortlist

    Congratulations to our Medicines Management team, who have been shortlisted in the 2018 Patient Safety Awards for their work in reducing the amount of omitted doses of medicines, due to medicines not being available.  

  • A specialist team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has won national recognition for its work to empower and support children living with diabetes.

    Gateshead Children and Young People’s Diabetes Service supports children who have Type 1 diabetes, as well as their parents or carers. The service has achieved an Investing in Children award to recognise its work to consult with and listen to the children in its care, as well as make improvements and changes to the service based on their feedback.

  • staff at cragside

    Patients at one of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s specialist units enjoyed a cinematic treat last week and were treated to a full movie-going experience on their ward.

    Staff on Cragside, an in-patient unit for older people with dementia, recreated the full cinema experience with a screening of Cliff Richard in Concert, followed by a showing of the musical Carousel.

  • Hospital staff in Gateshead have been helping a local lady celebrate a very special day. Centenarian Elizabeth Cuthbert has just turned 103 years and celebrated with the team on Ward 4 at QE Gateshead.

    She was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire and suffered early tragedy in life when her father was killed in World War 1 while she was just two years old.

    She left school aged 14 and for many years she worked in the woollen mills and married her husband William in 1993. Sadly he passed away in 1999.

  • Patients and staff at QE Gateshead got a musical treat this week when musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) gave an exclusive performance on one of the hospital’s older persons’ wards.

    The amazing performance by a string quartet of musicians brightened the day of patients and staff alike on ward 23, as they spent a relaxing afternoon listening to classical sounds.

  • A team from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has won a national award for the work they do to support patients with a common, but often misunderstood medical condition.

    Although Delirium can be fairly common most people are totally unaware of the condition, but a team from the critical care unit at the hospital has just picked up an award for the way they manage it at the I Can Prevent Delirium Conference in Durham.

  • Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary since the Queen Mother officially opened the QE back in 1948 and in celebration of this special birthday, we welcomed some special guests to the hospital.

    Attendees included two of the first babies born here at the hospital - Margaret Jobson, who is one of our governors, and Alexander Clarke. 

  • This week QE Gateshead celebrates 70 years since the Queen Mother officially opened our hospital. The QE started as a fever hospital as part of a pre-war hospital centralisation scheme.

    A general hospital was later built on the same site and in December 1943, the maternity unit was opened. Some of our first patients in the general wards were expectant mothers evacuated from London in the autumn of 1944.

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