Community services

Parkinson’s wasn’t the end – it was the start of something new

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When he was diagnosed with the incurable, progressive neurological condition Parkinson’s Disease at the age of just 41, Simon Laverick, 47 “allowed himself a fortnight to cry”.

But now he believes the diagnosis was just part of a new chapter in his life. At the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Week, he shares his inspirational story in a bid to give hope to other sufferers – and say thank you to the Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit (PASU) that has been a “lifeline”.

Passionate Parkinson’s Team Scoops Second Award!

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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.

Nightingale nurses looking for your nominations

Posted on in Awards, Community services, Hospitals, Nurses, Staff, The Friarage

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.

Chance for Myeloma patients to meet and get support

Posted on in Community services, Events, Fundraising, Nurses, Support groups, The trust

Up to eighty patients suffering from myeloma are expected to attend a special awareness event at The James Cook University Hospital next week, giving them the opportunity to meet and discuss their experiences of living with the blood cancer. Patients will also get the chance to find out about the wide range of support available to them in Middlesbrough, from complementary therapies to social activities.

Hundreds of patients to benefit from at-home therapy

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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.

Vulnerable patients tell staff: ‘We’re relying on you to fight flu’.

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Having the flu jab this year could save a life – yours, a hospital patient’s or a member of your family’s. That’s the message to staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as part of a hard-hitting campaign to encourage them to get vaccinated against flu.

Passionate Parkinson’s team pick up Patient Safety Award

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A passionate team who care for some of the most vulnerable patients across South Tees have been rewarded for successfully turning a pilot project into a vital service – in just 10 months. Dedicated professionals from the Parkinson’s Advanced Symptoms Unit (PASU) – the first of its kind in the UK – picked up the ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’ gong at the Patient Safety Awards 2016.

New technology helps patients sleep soundly

Posted on in Community services, Hospitals

round-breaking wireless technology is helping patients with breathing problems enjoy better sleep and take more control of their own treatment. The new wireless technology remotely monitors patients on home therapy who suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnoea interrupts patients’ breathing during sleep, which results in restless nights and tiredness and has long term health implications.