Tackling taboos with local children

Michelle Henderson

A nurse educator explains how the specialist palliative care team is breaking one of the last taboos of palliative illness.

Some advice for newly qualified nurses

Joining the NHS as a newly qualified nurse can be a scary time so here’s some advice from one of our senior nurses in Gateshead.

Thank you to our inspirational Great North Run team

John Maddison, group director of finance at QE Gateshead, thanks everyone who took part in the Great North Run this year to raise vital funds for the hospital.

Why organ donation matters

There are currently approximately 6,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list. Last year in the UK, 400 people died waiting for an organ transplant.

Communicating with you

Head of communications Ross Wigham talks about how his team supports the NHS in Gateshead by making sure people can access information about their local hospital.

What you need to know about older people and depression

Depression can affect older people differently from younger people but it can be treated. Depression can also be common in patients who are admitted to hospital for a physical reason. 

Introducing a calm space for families in busy A&E department

Senior A&E Charge nurse Dale Healy explains why the hospital has created a new bereavement room in the heart of the Emergency Care Centre.

Occupational Therapy in Dementia Care

My name is Rachel Johnson and I am an Occupational Therapist working in Cragside Court Older Persons inpatient assessment unit, where I currently help older persons with dementia to complete everyday activities that are essential to their health and wellbeing.

Providing compassion in end of life care

Dawn Orr

Palliative and end of life care is about supporting patients and their loved ones with the difficult decisions and conversations that they need to make in a compassionate and timely manner, especially when they are approaching end of life and planning for their death.

Do you know about delirium?

Dr Catherine Kirkley

Delirium is something we encounter frequently in hospital. Typically, a relative or carer will notice that the person has become confused over the space of a day or two, they may be sleepy or agitated and have difficulty concentrating.


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