Specialist lung cancer nurses are hitting the road to minimise the amount of time patients have to spend in hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. The specialist Macmillan thoracic nurses, who care for patients following lung cancer surgery, are travelling to patients’ homes after their operations to provide medical care and social, emotional and psychological support.
Community matrons have been working closely with care homes across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland during COVID-19 to provide an enhanced level of care and support. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s community matrons are delivering a Care Home Support Service which involves rolling out a full training, advice and guidance package to the area’s 115 care homes.
Community nursing teams have pulled out all the stops to ensure their most vulnerable patients get the care they need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams have adapted their ways of working to keep patient visits to a minimum – whether it’s carrying out telephone consultations or teaching families basic wound care.
Kindness calls are helping people who are affected by health issues, isolated, lonely or just want to talk during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new telephone service, which has been launched by the Trinity Holistic Centre, offers regular 30 minute phone calls from an experienced team of therapists to provide a listening ear, practical advice and information on local services.
Stammering rocks! So say the young people and their parents who attend a regular speech and language therapy fluency group in Middlesbrough, run by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Speech and Language Therapy Department. The group wants people to keep their eyes peeled when out and about across Teesside for one of their brightly painted rocks, which are decorated with messages about how it feels to have a stammer.
A grateful patient has praised the care she received from the James Cook University Hospital’s hand therapy team, after a bad wrist break resulted in intensive physiotherapy. Pam Pedersen, 73, from Great Ayton, says she “couldn’t have asked for better treatment” after losing the use of her left hand and being referred to Gary Rigby, a specialist hand physiotherapist.
A new-look radiology unit at The Friary Community Hospital in Richmond has been officially opened – and has already benefited 81 patients in its first week. The Friends of The Friary Community Hospital donated £170,000 to fund new, state-of-the-art X-ray equipment at the community hospital, which provides instant digital results, and will ensure thousands of patients per year can continue to benefit from this crucial diagnostic service closer to their homes.