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  • A local hospital is celebrating a significant landmark in the fight against infection after recording more than 1,000 days free from MRSA.

    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead reached this important milestone thanks a wide range of preventative measures and ongoing vigilance by NHS staff.

    The Trust has now successfully reported zero Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood stream infections (BSI) for 1,000 days and continues as one of the highest performing trusts on blood stream infections in the North East.

  • Two nurses

    The latest group of newly qualified nurses got a warm welcome to Gateshead after being paired up with their own personal guardian to help them settle into hospital life.

    To help celebrate their graduation to fully qualified nurses they enjoyed a specially designed cake, were presented with a nursing survival pack and got to meet their dedicated guardian who will help support them over the next 12 months.

  • If you suffer with a heart or lung condition you are highly likely to be eligible for a free flu jab.

    Flu, on top of health conditions likeasthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, emphysema or heart disease, increases chances of serious health complications and a hospital visit. This is even the case even if conditions are mild, managed or symptoms are controlled.

  • Sue Lewis from the resus team

    Over 140 young people in Gateshead received a lesson in life-saving when hospital staff visited their schools on World Restart a Heart Day.

    The Resuscitation Team from Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust visited Kingsmeadow Community School and The Cedars Academy to deliver sessions in vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

  • The last year has seen a rise in abusive behaviour against NHS staff in Gateshead so the hospital has released a number of new posters reminding the public that bad behaviour won’t be tolerated and can have serious consequences.

    Although serious incidents are thankfully still quite rare, NHS staff regularly face low level abuse and encounter unacceptable behaviour at a time when they are just doing their job. Over the past five years the number of incidents of violence or aggression recorded against staff has risen by 9.5%.

  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead will be hosting its annual Open Day on Wednesday 7th November 2018 from 3:30 – 6pm. 

    Come along to meet with staff representing a range of services across the hospital and have a first-hand account on how we treat thousands of patients every year.

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  • A new ‘single point of access’ service for thousands of patients with muscle and joint (musculoskeletal - MSK) problems is to be launched across Newcastle and Gateshead.

    TIMS – Tyneside Integrated Musculoskeletal Services – offers self-care and fast access to information, resources and expert opinion about a variety of back, neck, joint or general muscle conditions.

  • Fun and practical ways to reduce the risk of falls are being highlighted this week across Gateshead.

    National Falls Prevention Week brings together a range of organisations to provide information to people over the age of 50 about the steps they can take to improve their health and reduce the risk of falling.

    Experts believe that the vast majority of falls could be prevented with some modest changes to our lifestyle and home.

  • This year’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th September 2018 in the Education Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital at 9.30 am.

    Open to all members of the public and staff, this meeting provides an excellent opportunity for you to hear about the Trust’s key achievements during 2017/18, our plans for the future, and for questions and discussion.

    The Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18 will be published at this meeting.

  • Maternity staff at QE Gateshead have been showcasing their highly rated NHS unit to a group of special guests.

    A senior leader from the Royal College of Midwives and a local MP got to meet NHS staff, new mums and some newborn babies as part of a special tour of the Gateshead unit.

    New and expectant mothers across the region regularly praise their birthing experience and it has been rated among the very best in the country by the official healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).


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