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  • On 23 January, NHS England is introducing a campaign to increase awareness of when to use NHS 111, either by phone or online.

    NHS 111 online uses the same clinical algorithms as the 111 phone service, taking you through questions about your symptoms to receive tailored advice on what to do next and where to go.

    You can access NHS 111 online on a smartphone, tablet or computer - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and if needed you will be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist or GP.


    The NHS is urging people to use 999 and Emergency Departments (A&E) wisely as the region’s emergency services report an increase in pressure.

    With increasing demand on services, people are asked to consider whether their condition really needs emergency treatment from the ambulance service or their local hospital.

  • Gateshead Health Foundation Trust is working in partnership with Gateshead College to deliver an apprenticeship scheme which aims to increase skill levels of staff who support qualified nurses, physios, occupational therapists and dietitians. 

  • You can now sign up to do the Great North Run for our charity, QE Charitable Funds.

  • Patients at the children's emergency ward got a special festive treat with a visit from local footballers in the run up to Christmas.

    Manager Steve Watson and a group of players from Gateshead FC took the time to make a Christmas visit to the hospital and spread some seasonal good will.

    The players met with NHS staff, poorly children and their families while giving out a range of special gifts on behalf of the football club.


    It's been another exciting year for the NHS in Gateshead with lots of new developments and interesting stories from across our hospital and community services.

    As our 70th Birthday year comes to an end we've created a new video highlighting some of the key news from the NHS in Gateshead over the past 12 months. From special celebrations to national awards it's been a really busy year and these are just some of the news stories from 2018.

  • Critically ill patients at QE Gateshead were treated to a soothing live music session to help them on the road to recovery.

    The ICU-Hear project brings gentle acoustic music to hi-tec intensive care units (ICUs) and aims to reduce stress and anxiety during this frightening time for patients as they undergo life-saving treatment.

    It is provided by the charity Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC) which works with professional musicians who perform live in hospital wards, care and residential homes, hospices and day care settings across the UK.

  • The festive season is a time for celebration but sometimes the stress and worry associated with the lead up to Christmas can spoil the occasion for everyone.

    That’s why the Older Persons Mental Health Liaison Team at QE Gateshead has been supporting staff and visitors to hospital by offering support and advice on preparing for a “Stress free Christmas”.

  • A mental health unit for older patients with dementia is set to offer a wide range of benefits for patients after a £750,000 make over.

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


    Gateshead Care Partnership, which brings together the NHS, council and local GPs, was presented with a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award last night.

    The partnership was presented with the award for Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government in recognition of how they have streamlined health and social care services for the people of Gateshead.


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