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A day in the life of an NHS matron

This week we joined Matron Aileen Rooney to take a look behind the scenes of the hospital in her role as Theatre & Critical Care Matron.

Saving men’s lives across the North East

AAA screening

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a dangerous swelling (aneurysm) of the aorta – the main blood vessel that runs from the heart, down through the abdomen to the rest of the body.

Investing in patient care for winter

Andy Beeby medical director

Our medical director Andrew Beeby is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist who has worked at the hospital for 21 years. Here he explains why winter is such a challenge for the NHS and how we’re planning for it this year.

Bringing together health and education

Helen McAdam

I started my career in 1996 training as a nurse in Leeds - since then my career has taken me across the country and back again. I also have had the great pleasure of carrying out charity work in some the worlds most deprived places.

Supporting patients through surgery

Angela McPhee

"I feel very privileged to be in the position I am, to care for patients during some of their most worrying times in hospital."

Just have a go - resuscitation could save someone’s life

Sue Lewis, resus officer

"Resuscitation can be frightening if you have never had to do it, nevertheless once a person is in a state of cardiac arrest you can do them no harm. The message our team wants to get out to everyone is: Just have a go; it could save someone’s life."

Creating a dementia-friendly hospital

Stuart Howes, signmaker

I make the signage for all the QE’s hospital sites. One of my main roles is to make the new signs that aim to support people living with dementia who access our services.

The power of people

Karen O'Brien

The world that we live in is changing at an incredible rate and it’s so important that healthcare and the NHS is able to match and meet these challenges head on.

Challenges and rewards of working in trauma orthopaedics

nurse and patient

I started at the QE Gateshead 13 years ago when I came as a trainee nurse. I moved to ward 14a from critical care 18 months ago. The team from ward 14a were welcoming, and ready to take on new challenges to move forward.

Next steps for patients after Critical Care

Susan Lawley

Susan Lawley helps to rehabilitate patients who have had a stay in Critical Care. Here she explains what her job entails.

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