Community services

Lung cancer nurses hit the road

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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.

Care home support team provides enhanced care

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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.

NHS heroes in the community

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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 provide a listening ear

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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.

New phone numbers for community sites

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A number of our community sites are being issued with new telephone numbers from 15 August 2019 including the main switchboard at Redcar Hospital. For technical reasons, we were unable to transfer the numbers previously used.

Stammering rocks!

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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.

Pam praises helping hands of innovative therapy group

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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.

New-look X-Ray department opens at The Friary

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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.

Friary Hospital radiology department has reopened

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The Friary Hospital’s new look radiology department is now open to patients, and will be officially unveiled on Friday 7 July, at a special event to thank The Friends of Richmond Friary Community Hospital for making it possible. The department has undergone a major refurbishment, including the installation of a new digital radiography system to replace outdated X-ray equipment, thanks to a £170,000 donation from The Friends.