News archive (2018)

New radiotherapy machine treats patients 3 times faster

Posted on in Services

Cancer patients at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are benefiting from a leading edge radiotherapy machine which can deliver treatment up to three times faster than conventional methods. The new linear accelerator (linac) – a Versa HD manufactured by Elekta – has advanced 4D image guidance systems which provide extremely accurate treatment delivery and minimal side effects.

Hard-hitting warnings from ex-smokers

Posted on in Health improvement

For some smokers in their 30s and 40s, the thought of cancer or COPD is often dismissed as a risk that feels years away… But now two former smokers and cancer survivors are making personal appeals in a graphic quit smoking campaign that urges smokers to quit and reduce their risk – and never assume it won’t happen to them.

Trust introduces patient centred visiting

Posted on in Hospitals, The trust

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has extended ward visiting hours to enable family and friends to see patients at any time during the day. The new patient centred approach, which launched on Monday 1 October, welcomes visitors during daytime hours – providing it is what the patient wants and needs.

Special memorial service

Posted on in Events

A memorial service is being held at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby or young child. The special service will be held on Saturday 6 October from 2pm to 2.30pm in the Chapel of St Luke at the Friarage.

New technique treats spinal fractures within an hour

Posted on in Services

The James Cook University Hospital’s Spinal Surgery Unit has become the first in the region to use a one-step technique to fix spinal fractures. The advanced procedure involves using a special instrument to insert multiple screws into the back through the skin with small stab incisions to stabilise the spine. This takes just one hour and most patients are then well enough to go home the next day.