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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  • Hand holding elderly hand

    A new service providing vital support for people who choose to spend their last weeks of life at home has been launched in Gateshead.

  • Joanne Baxter, new COO

    QE Gateshead is pleased to announce the appointment of a new chief operating officer (COO) with the goal of supporting continuous improvement in the quality of care for patients in Gateshead.

    Joanne Baxter, who is an experienced executive director with more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS, is now in place as the COO for Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. Joanne joins the Trust from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) where she spent seven years as the Executive Director of Quality, Safety, Innovation and Improvement.

  • QE Gateshead logo

    Blaydon Urgent Treatment Centre is currently closed. 

    We are changing how our Urgent Treatment Centres work (formerly known as walk-in centres) from 31 July 2020, to make them safer for our patients and staff during the COVID pandemic.

    We will move to an appointment-based system at the Urgent Treatment Centre (walk-in centre) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and at Blaydon Urgent Treatment Centre.

  • Group shot of staff at QE Gateshead

    Patients have praised the NHS staff in Gateshead and awarded top ratings for patient care, according to the results of a national survey.

    The Adult Inpatient Survey is produced annually by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), who monitor, regulate and inspect health and social care services in England. It is based on feedback from people who spent time as a hospital inpatient during July 2019.

  • The team at project wingman with staff

    A volunteer-run project to support NHS workers is taking off and due to land at Bensham Hospital, Gateshead from Monday 6th July.

    Project Wingman has been in operation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital since the end of May, where furloughed airline crew have been serving refreshments and giving hardworking staff a chance to relax and unwind in a dedicated ‘first class’ lounge.

  • A patient Abraham Adler

    A delivery of technology has helped some of the most ill patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to keep in touch with their loved ones – and it’s proving to be a huge boost for patients.

    Due to the COVID outbreak, the NHS has had to introduce national restrictions on visitors – no visitors are allowed on the Critical Care Unit, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

    So, back in March, iPads were delivered to the department, where some of the most ill patients are being cared for by the team.

  • Image of healthcare staff helping someone

    The NHS across the North East and North Cumbria is encouraging people to enjoy themselves responsibly as bars and pubs reopen on Saturday 4 July for the first time in three months.

    As emergency services and hospitals prepare for an expected increase in demand, health bosses today made an urgent appeal to people:

    • Continue to follow the rules around social distancing, hand washing and contact beyond family bubbles.

  • QE logo

    We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic has been a very worrying time for pregnant women and we thank you for your patience and understanding regarding service changes that have affected your pregnancy care. 

    We are currently in a gradual recovery process from Coronavirus and following review we are pleased to announce the following service changes that come into effect from Monday 29th June 2020.


    Attendance for Ultrasound Scans


    We’re supporting the Great North Run Solo, a virtual running challenge set up following the cancellation of the Great North Run to keep people moving and motivated.

  • Wear a mask

    You will need to wear a face covering when you come to hospital as a visitor or outpatient.

    We are asking that you plan in advance and bring a face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one available when you come to hospital, please see a member of staff on arrival and we will provide you with one.


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