A PASSIONATE Parkinson’s team of hospital staff from across two Teesside trusts has been honoured for a second time, following the success of a groundbreaking new unit. The Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit (PASU), based at Redcar Primary Care Hospital, is the first of its kind in the UK, combining the expertise of clinicians from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with mental health specialists from Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
The Tees valley’s biggest hospital has been recognised as one of the leading UK centres in creating the “next generation” of senior NHS doctors. Dr Mahir Hamad, Consultant Physician and Clinical Director for Acute Medicine, is to receive a prestigious award recognising South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s achievement in enabling 270 junior doctors each year to take a vital clinical practice exam at The James Cook University Hospital.
When Ann Marie Pryde, assistant practitioner on the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital, won the trust’s coveted Nightingale award earlier this year, she described her “shock”. In her mind, there were so many others nurses and midwives who deserved the title just as much – if not more – than her.
A successful project to provide intravenous (IV) antibiotics to patients with a long-term lung condition in their own homes is set to benefit dozens of others with different health conditions. The cutting-edge service improvement enterprise looked at how providing IV antibiotic therapy to patients in their own homes rather than as inpatients in hospital could improve both the patient experience and also reduce costs.
Patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) have praised a unique service providing complementary therapies – plus the opportunity to make new friends with others who have the condition. The Butterwick MND First Contact Group, brainchild of Anthony Hanratty, MND nurse specialist at The James Cook University Hospital, was highly commended in the Innovation in Primary Care category at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards, run by NHS Innovations North and the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and Cumbria.
Elderly leukaemia patients are now able to receive life-enhancing treatment in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to an award-winning service developed at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Patients can now receive chemotherapy injections at home – administered by themselves or a loved one – reducing the need for hospital admissions.