Health chiefs in the north east are today announcing that they are now suspending non-urgent patient transport services to hospitals and clinics and starting to postpone non-urgent planned operations and outpatient appointments to ensure the NHS is as prepared as possible for coronavirus.
News archive (March, 2020)
Sadly, we can confirm that a man who was being cared for at The James Cook University Hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, has died. The patient was 85 years old and was admitted with underlying health conditions.
The region’s NHS is appealing to the public to take sensible steps to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The plea from health chiefs comes as detailed planning continues across the NHS in the North East and North Cumbria to ensure it is well prepared to care and protect patients, staff and communities.
Thousands of pounds worth of new books has been donated to the children’s ward at The James Cook University Hospital thanks to the hard work of an independent book seller and the generosity of local businesses. Sarah Gatenby, an independent Usborne Books at Home organiser who runs Wise Owl Reading Tree, collected donations from businesses and housing companies to create a new reading library in the children’s ward.
Patients have been self-administrating an asthma injection that they would previously have to come into hospital for every two weeks. In the past respiratory patients at The James Cook University Hospital have had to travel to the outpatients department to receive their Omalizumab injection, which for some has been an inconvenience on their family and working life for years.
People with symptoms of the winter sickness bug, norovirus are being encouraged to remain at home until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have ceased. Norovirus is one the most of common winter sickness bugs circulating in the community at this time of year
We are currently experiencing intermittent problems with our telephone lines across the trust. This is affecting some incoming external calls to our switchboard and Patient Connect.