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  • Improvements in care for hip fracture patients in Gateshead are helping to save lives.

    The latest National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) annual report from the Royal College of Physicians found that Gateshead had improved its overall performance - scoring as high as 100% in a number of national benchmarks.

  • Did you know that having patients in their day clothes while in hospital, rather than in pyjamas or gowns, enhances dignity, improves experience and in many cases shortens their length of stay?

    For patients over the age of 80, a week in bed may lead to increased dependency and demotivation. Mobilising has been shown to reduce falls, improve patient experience and reduce length of stay by up to one and a half days.

  • Kids in Gateshead are using a new and interactive way of telling medical teams how much pain they are experiencing after the hospital launched a special pain passport for youngsters.

    Children attending the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are given a pain passport which helps to put the child and their parent or guardian in charge of their own needs and pain management, while also helping medical staff to see if the child’s pain has worsened.


    Patients at QE Gateshead learned how to carry out a simple and potentially life-saving test that can check if they are at higher risk of a stroke.

    As part of Pulse Awareness Month, staff from the cardiology team demonstrated how to check for an irregular pulse – a sign of Atrial Fibrillation (AF).

    If you have AF, you are five times more likely to have a stroke and the condition contributes to just under 20% of all strokes in the UK.

  • Cragside Court hosted a special Time to Talk and Carers' Hub in the newly refurbished family hub on the 7th February, in honour of Time to Talk day.

    Time to Talk Day which is hosted every year, encourages everyone to talk about mental health and break the stigma.

  • Cherished memories flooded back to patients in Cragside Court when they received a special delivery of handwritten letters from their new friends at Washingwell Primary School.

    Hearing that some of the patients did not have family to visit them over Christmas, caring pupils in Y6 stepped in to spread some festive cheer.  

    They described in wonderful detail the fun events they had been taking part in at school, the Christmas traditions which they enjoy with their families and shared their favourite jokes. 

  • Maternity care in Gateshead has been praised by new mums in a report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 

    The NHS Maternity Survey takes place every year and gives women the chance to provide medical staff with vital insights into how to improve the services they offer. 

    The busy maternity unit at the QE Gateshead sees around 1,800 births each year while the community midwifery teams provide care for more than 2,350 women.

  • Our newest nursing recruits got a warm welcome to Gateshead this week at a special event to help them settle in before they officially start work.

    The welcome event was designed to help new nurses who are poised to join the organisation get to know a little bit more about Gateshead, hear from staff who already work here and understand a more about what makes us tick.

    They got the chance to meet senior leaders, other nurses from across the wards and specialist staff who could explain how different parts of the hospital all work.

  • 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.


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