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.

There are lots of ways of keeping up to date with all our news including a regular magazine and through social media. To find out more visit: www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/communications

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Contact the media office:
0191 445 6221
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  • Bella the Border Terrier, who visits our patients and brings comfort and companionship every week, has won a prestigious award at Crufts.

    Bella is one of our Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs and came second place after being shortlisted in the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year award at Crufts

    She regularly visits patients at our Jubilee Wing and Cragside to brighten up their day. In recognition of all of her fantastic work with patients, Bella was shortlisted as one of six finalists in the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year 2018 award.

  • Medics from QE Gateshead have created a new video to help patients and families spot a common, but often misunderstood medical condition.

    Although Delirium can be fairly common most people are totally unaware of the condition, so the mental health team from Gateshead have made a new video to help raise awareness.

  • Following the severe weather, people across the North East are being urged to stay away from A&E unless they are seriously unwell or in need of critical or life-saving care.

    Members of the public are being reminded to think before dialling 999 and only call if they have a life threatening emergency.

    The plea – from all NHS providers in the region – comes as attendances at A&E have soared since the snow has melted with extremely high numbers of very sick patients requiring treatment.

  • Because of the severe weather conditions and continuing difficulties with transport we have taken the decision to cancel all non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments for the rest of today and Friday.

    Anyone affected by these cancellations will be contacted by the hospital directly if they have not already been in touch.

    Serious and emergency operations as well as other hospital services will continue as normal.

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    We now produce monthly email updates for both the hospital and the charity that supports us.

    These brief emails offer some news, views and pictures from around the hospital to help you keep right up to date. We will also send occasional email alerts during things like extreme weather or interruptions to our service.

    They are both free and can be stopped whenever you like.

    To start receiving them by email simply sign up using these online forms:

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    With the extreme weather across the North East and North Cumbria, the region’s NHS has urgent guidance for patients, staff and the public.

  • Because of the continuing poor weather conditions and difficulties with transport we have taken the decision to cancel all non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments for the rest of the day and into tomorrow morning.

    Anyone affected by these cancellations will be contacted by the hospital directly if they have not already been in touch.

    Serious and emergency operations as well as other hospital services will continue as normal.

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has expanded its facilities by having a Changing Places toilet installed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities and those who require additional space and equipment.

    Over ¼ million people cannot use standard accessible toilets, this includes people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy

  • DRINKERS in the North East are being encouraged to take more days off the booze as the results of a survey found 6/10 people who responded admitting they feel tempted to pour a drink most nights.

    Balance is backing a new campaign from Public Health England encouraging people to take at least 2 or 3 days off drinking every week as a way of cutting down to 14 units or under and reducing the risks of an alcohol related disease.

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    Patients and staff at QE Gateshead got a musical treat this weekend when musicians from the Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) performed as a  pop up orchestra in the hospital.

    The exciting lunchtime performance on Saturday brought some amazing classical music to the heart of the community and brightened up the afternoon for many people as they visited family or waited for treatment.

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