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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  • Hospital staff in Gateshead have been helping a local lady celebrate a very special day. Centenarian Elizabeth Cuthbert has just turned 103 years and celebrated with the team on Ward 4 at QE Gateshead.

    She was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire and suffered early tragedy in life when her father was killed in World War 1 while she was just two years old.

    She left school aged 14 and for many years she worked in the woollen mills and married her husband William in 1993. Sadly he passed away in 1999.

  • Patients and staff at QE Gateshead got a musical treat this week when musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) gave an exclusive performance on one of the hospital’s older persons’ wards.

    The amazing performance by a string quartet of musicians brightened the day of patients and staff alike on ward 23, as they spent a relaxing afternoon listening to classical sounds.

  • A team from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has won a national award for the work they do to support patients with a common, but often misunderstood medical condition.

    Although Delirium can be fairly common most people are totally unaware of the condition, but a team from the critical care unit at the hospital has just picked up an award for the way they manage it at the I Can Prevent Delirium Conference in Durham.

  • Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary since the Queen Mother officially opened the QE back in 1948 and in celebration of this special birthday, we welcomed some special guests to the hospital.

    Attendees included two of the first babies born here at the hospital - Margaret Jobson, who is one of our governors, and Alexander Clarke. 

  • This week QE Gateshead celebrates 70 years since the Queen Mother officially opened our hospital. The QE started as a fever hospital as part of a pre-war hospital centralisation scheme.

    A general hospital was later built on the same site and in December 1943, the maternity unit was opened. Some of our first patients in the general wards were expectant mothers evacuated from London in the autumn of 1944.

  • Bella the Border Terrier, who visits our patients and brings comfort and companionship every week, has won a prestigious award at Crufts.

    Bella is one of our Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs and came second place after being shortlisted in the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year award at Crufts

    She regularly visits patients at our Jubilee Wing and Cragside to brighten up their day. In recognition of all of her fantastic work with patients, Bella was shortlisted as one of six finalists in the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year 2018 award.

  • Medics from QE Gateshead have created a new video to help patients and families spot a common, but often misunderstood medical condition.

    Although Delirium can be fairly common most people are totally unaware of the condition, so the mental health team from Gateshead have made a new video to help raise awareness.

  • Following the severe weather, people across the North East are being urged to stay away from A&E unless they are seriously unwell or in need of critical or life-saving care.

    Members of the public are being reminded to think before dialling 999 and only call if they have a life threatening emergency.

    The plea – from all NHS providers in the region – comes as attendances at A&E have soared since the snow has melted with extremely high numbers of very sick patients requiring treatment.

  • Because of the severe weather conditions and continuing difficulties with transport we have taken the decision to cancel all non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments for the rest of today and Friday.

    Anyone affected by these cancellations will be contacted by the hospital directly if they have not already been in touch.

    Serious and emergency operations as well as other hospital services will continue as normal.


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