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  • New parents with midwife

    In 2020 we are planning some significant upgrades to our maternity unit at QE Gateshead.  The first phase of upgrades, which includes improving our water birth facilities and delivery rooms, and building a new obstetric theatre, will begin this week.


    The NHS in Gateshead and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

    The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

  • Clinical staff in Gateshead are now using new smart devices to monitor patients, after the hospital introduced a state-of the-art electronic observation system.

    The traditional bedside paper charts that were once a common sight in hospitals are being phased out with doctors, nurses and other health professionals using special e-devices to measure all the information taken about each patient.

  • The latest nurse welcome event in Gateshead had some special little helpers to promote NHS careers and assist new starters get settled in.

    The welcome events are designed to help newly qualified nurses to meet others who are starting with the Trust, speak to current members of staff and understand more about the Trust.

    It’s a great way to ask any questions and use as a platform to settle into their new role.

  • A leading dementia unit for younger people has had a major refurbishment after moving to a new home in Gateshead.

    Although dementia is often associated with the elderly, people can be diagnosed in their thirties or forties and the specialist Woodside Unit provides a wide range of support for local people and their families.

    Staff, patients and families were celebrating at a special open day last week after the unit reopened in a completely refurbished area of Bensham Hospital.

  • Huge congratulations to everyone involved in winning the Forward Healthcare Award in the Community / Primary Innovation category.

    This prestigious award was won for the implementation of EMIS Community Web, a full electronic patient record system in Gateshead Community Mental Health Services.

    The award is also an acknowledgement of the fantastic collaborative working between the Systems Team, Older Persons Community Mental Health Team and the Projects Team, who made this project a huge success.

  • Here at Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust, we are delighted to be working towards Nursing and Midwifery Excellence supported by #TeamCNO (NHS England and NHS Improvement).

  • This week it's Cervical Cancer Week and our staff are supporting the Smear For Smear campaign, encouraging all young women to book in for their Smear test.

  • Looking for a challenge in 2020?  We would be delighted if you would join Team QE and run the Great North Run for us.

    Whether you’re a seasoned pro or thinking of taking the plunge and doing it for the first time, we have a number of places at the Great North Run on Sunday 13th September 2020.

    There are so many reasons why you should join our team, but here are our top 5:

  • At the start of 2020, the North East and North Cumbria’s NHS is reiterating its plea to the public to use services wisely amid extremely high numbers of people accessing emergency healthcare services.

    Following a busy festive period for emergency teams, the first week of the New Year has seen demand soar with hospitals across the region and the ambulance service now under severe pressure.


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