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  • Health chiefs across the region have welcomed new measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 which come into effect across Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham from 00.01 hrs on Friday 18 September.

    It is hoped the new arrangements will reduce the spread of Coronavirus and ultimately protect the NHS by minimising the number of people who will need hospital treatment across the region.

  • Endoscopy nurses

    A nurse from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has urged people not to turn down vital appointments that could pick up problems such as cancer – and assures patients that staff will make their visit as safe as possible.

    The endoscopy department carries out procedures that look at the inside of the body using a tube with a small camera on the end.  These investigations allow staff to investigate problems and symptoms, which can include cancer.

  • Baby's feet

    With the rise in confirmed coronavirus cases in the Gateshead area, we have made the difficult decision to place restrictions on our current visiting policies in the maternity department. This is to ensure we can continue to maintain a safely-staffed maternity service and ensure the safety of the mothers and babies in our care, as well as the wellbeing of our staff.

    Following robust risk assessments and, using recent national guidance, the following guidance applies: 

    Pregnancy Assessment Unit

  • Gateshead health logo

    To help protect staff, patients and the local community from the spread of Covid-19, we are introducing visiting restrictions in the hospital from Friday 11 September.

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

    We realise this is a very difficult time for patients and their families so we thank you for your understanding and consideration.

    Visiting is now limited to:

    • Patients who are receiving end-of-life care

  • Nursing staff

    We are reintroducing limited visiting arrangements to some areas of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital using an appointment-based system.

    Our main priority is to protect our patients, our staff and the Gateshead community – thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, we appreciate this must be a difficult time if your loved one is in hospital. 

    Where at all possible, we will welcome one visitor from the patient’s family or household to visit for one hour per day.

  • Public asked to #doyourbit to protect the NHS by keeping A&E free for serious emergencies.

    Health leaders across Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead are asking people to do their bit by thinking pharmacy, GP and 111 first, and not just to turn up to A&E.

    The plea is the first part of a new ‘do your bit’ campaign aimed at raising awareness of the first routes people should take for urgent medical advice and treatment, following the disruption caused by Covid19.

  • Breast screening team

    The Gateshead Breast Screening Unit will resume its vital services from Monday 10th August.

    All the necessary safety precautions to minimise the risk of COVID transmission have been put in place for screening appointments, and staff are urging women to attend.

    Our screening locations across the North East will have longer appointment times, social distancing in place, additional cleaning of equipment between each appointment, protective equipment for staff (masks, gloves and aprons), and hand sanitiser.

  • Cancer nurse specialists

    Cancer care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has been rated one of the best in the country – and the best in the North East, according to the latest survey results.

    The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2019 is conducted each year and asks a range of questions about the care patients receive during their cancer journey, from first appointments, to treatment and their ongoing care.

  • We are pleased to announce Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals (NUTH) and QE Facilities (Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trusts wholly owned subsidiary) have entered in to a cooperation agreement to deliver services between organisations. 

    Under this co-operation agreement QE Facilities will provide an estates management service to a number of Newcastle Hospitals’ remote sites and in return Newcastle Hospitals’ estates department will provide a co-ordinated authorising engineers service across the QE Facilities managed sites.

  • Expectant mothers can now invite one additional adult to accompany them to certain pregnancy scans.

    A partner is allowed to accompany a mother to the dating (usually around 12 weeks) and anomaly scans (usually around 20 weeks) and to any early pregnancy scans (in the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic).

    The safety of everyone in our care is always our number one priority. We realise this is a very difficult time for expectant mothers and their families so we thank you for your understanding and consideration during this difficult time.


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