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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  • Over the last 3 years Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has rapidly deployed a fully integrated digitalised medicines system across the organisation.

    The digital transformation has included a state-of-the-art electronic prescribing system, automated drug cabinets and a pharmacy robot all interfaced to provide industry leading levels of service.  

  • QE patients who smoke and want to quit now have access to a new Smoking Cessation Service, which is a behavioural change text message service that is designed to give daily ‘nudges’ of motivation and advice that can give them the support when they need it.

  • An NHS scheme in Gateshead to improve the quality of patient care, as well as increase staff motivation, has been singled out for praise by the national healthcare regulator.

    NHS Improvement, which oversees all NHS trusts in England, has published its Guide to developing and implementing ward and unit accreditation programmes. Gateshead Health NHS Trust’s ward accreditation programme is included as an example of “inspiring” best practice.

  • Join us on Friday 3rd May to help celebrate pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood as part of the International Day of the midwife in Gateshead.

    This will be a fantastic opportunity for you to:

  • The Angel of the North is probably the most famous landmark in the North East but now we’re asking you to tell us about your own Gateshead Angels.

    We want you to nominate your own healthcare heroes as part of our annual staff awards scheme.

    Have you received great care from a member of our team that you’d like to tell us about? Has someone gone the extra mile for you in the hospital or out in the community?

    We know that many of you tell us about those “QE Angels” who’ve looked after you or your family members during your time with us. 

  • Work on installing a brand new x-ray machine at Blaydon is set to start soon and may have an impact on your service.

    The improvement work will start on 23 April 2019 and should last for around six weeks. If you had an outpatient appointment we should have already been in touch to change it so that you come to the main Queen Elizabeth Hospital instead.

    Please also be aware that if you are seen at Blaydon walk in centre we may need to transport you to the QE if you need an X-ray. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

  • Six NHS organisations in the North East have joined forces to help overcome barriers to accessing employment for people from different ethnic backgrounds.

  •  A new infographic shows how the number of people coming to the Emergency Care Centre (ECC) for treatment is growing every year, with more people needing to be admitted to hospital.

    Despite this increase Gateshead is still seeing more patients within four hours than ever before and the average time spent in A&E is just 2.48 hours.

  • From super-charged smoothies to afternoon teas and chocolate fountains – staff are serving up some special treats for patients in Gateshead.


    This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, which aims to highlight the importance of food and drink to people’s health and wellbeing.

    Over the last six months, staff from Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust have been working with the NHS Improvement Nutrition and Hydration Collaborative to ensure patients are getting the right food and drink to support their recovery and prevent malnutrition.

  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Mrs Yvonne Ormston MBE as its new chief executive.

    Yvonne joins the organisation from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), where she has been the chief executive for more than four years, and brings a wealth of experience from across the NHS.


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