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  • A new video has been launched today by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust to showcase how a ward accreditation scheme aims to promote safer patient care.

    Ward accreditation schemes are designed to improve the quality of patient care on wards and departments by motivating staff and sharing best practice between areas. 

  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust have digitised and standardised patient records in Community Mental Services. The EMIS system allows clinicians to access patient notes while working in the community. It was launched in partnership between the Trust, Community Mental Health Services and all 36 GP practices within the Gateshead area.

  • Digital whiteboards help to save 5000 hours of qualified nursing time at Gateshead Health NHS Trust

    Gateshead introduced digital whiteboards across their Trust in early 2017 as a way of improving patient safety and care as part of their digital transformation project. Since then they haven’t looked back.

  • More than 100 pupils from a local school attended a special event at the hopsital this month, aimed at educating them on the diverse range of jobs available.

    The Workforce Development team hosted the pupils from Kingsmeadow Comprehensive School in Dunston, Gateshead. The Year 10 students were given bitesize taster sessions of a few areas of work within the NHS, including maternity, the medical sSimulation centre, Nutrition and Dietetics, apprenticeships, and resuscitation.

  • Patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead are the first in the UK to undergo pioneering breast cancer surgery.

    Around 700 women with breast cancer from Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and Durham, are diagnosed and treated every year at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust’s state-of-the-art breast unit.

  • A ground-breaking £985,000 cancer research and treatment project, funded by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation aims to reverse the region's high incidence and low survival rates of bowel cancer (also called colorectal cancer).

    The Colorectal Cancer Screening Prevention Endoscopy and Early Diagnosis project, or COLO-SPEED, will see 17 regional NHS endoscopy units - from Whitehaven to Sunderland, and Northallerton to Cramlington (full list below) - recruiting up to 5,000 patients a year to help speed up research into the disease.

  • Patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead have praised the care they received in a high-profile feedback survey.

    The research carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that patients overall rated their experience at the hospital as 8.4 out of 10. The new figures also showed that Gateshead scored higher than average in two key areas: 

  • QE Gateshead has won another two national awards as part of the Top Hospitals programme.

    The awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK and are given to healthcare organisations for their achievements in quality and improvement. Gateshead is the CHKS Top Hospitals programme national patient experience award winner for 2019 and was also named as one of the Top 40 hospitals in the country.

  • Staff from St Bede's had a successful day showcasing their In-Patient Palliative Care Unit to the Chief Executive of the national charity of hospice care this week.

    Chief Executive of Hospice UK, Tracey Bleakley, visited Gateshead to take a tour of St Bede's In-Patient Palliative Care Unit to find out more about the specialist palliative and end of life care we provide for our patients and their families.

  • To mark International Clinical Trials Day, QE Gateshead's Research and Development team had a successful day with staff and members of the public who turned out to their information stand to learn more about how research shapes the future of healthcare.


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