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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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  • A specialist ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead is using a realistic indoor bus stop to help support patients with dementia.

    The bus stop, which looks just like the real thing, has been kindly supplied by local operator Nexus and is designed to offer some familiar and friendly signs for people coming into a hospital environment.

    Vicky Jobson, a senior nurse at the hospital says the new idea is really helping patients feel more at home when they’re admitted.

  • This year the QE and the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. As part of our celebrations, we sat down with some new and old staff members to hear about their roles within the NHS, the changes they've seen in the NHS over the years and what the future holds.

    How roles are adapting in the NHS

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  • The Research & Development team is celebrating their success in recruiting more participants to their studies.

    The latest NIHR Research Activity League Table was published last week by the National Institute for Health Research and the Clinical Research Network (CRN) - the research arm of the NHS. It shows that in 2017/18 Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust had 55 active research projects open within the Trust to which 1,298 participants volunteered and consented to take part. Our recruitment increased considerably by 277 participants (27.1%.).

  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead is set to invest more than £750,000 in a mental health unit for older patients with dementia.

    The new investment in the Cragside Court unit at the hospital will provide a wide range of improvements for patients and enable staff to offer much better care in a modern, safe and therapeutic environment.

    The new dementia friendly plans will increase privacy and dignity by incorporating more private spaces for patients as well as introducing a separate examination and treatment room.

  • Patients in Gateshead have praised their experiences in hospital in a new survey by the independent healthcare regulator.

    The latest research from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that patients who had spent time at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital rated their care favourably especially around emergency care, their time spent on wards and waiting times for planned admissions. The new figures showed that Gateshead scored higher than average in three key areas:

  • Gateshead Health has launched a new strategy to ensure patients remain at the very heart of the organisation and continue to have a say on the way their care is provided.

    Gateshead already has an excellent reputation for patient experience and involvement and the new strategy, called 'Your care, your voice', has been developed to ensure this continues over the next three years.

  • Cragside Court, an inpatient unit for older people with dementia, has been awarded a Full Monty Award from Star Wards after several months of hard work and collaboration. 

    Star Wards, a project of the social justice charity Bright, provides practical and inspiring examples from and for mental health ward staff.  It aims to discover, celebrate and inspire excellence in inpatient care.  

  • The liver team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is inviting local people to a special event and asking them to give feedback on how to develop the service.

    Staff from the liver team will give an update on achievements so far, but more importantly what they want do to improve the service – and ask patients for their valuable suggestions.

  • Staff on Cragside Court, an inpatient unit for older people with dementia, helped mark a special day in history over the weekend by throwing a special Royal Wedding tea party for patients.

    Patients and their families enjoyed a selection of afternoon-tea style refreshments, activities and a screening of the Royal Wedding to feel part of the special occasion.

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