Community services

Community Parkinson’s clinic hailed a success

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A Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit (PASU) – the first of its kind in the UK – has opened at Redcar Primary Care Hospital. Unlike a usual 15 or 30 minute appointment, the pilot clinic offers half-day or full day appointments where specialist staff – including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and specialist nurses – have greater opportunity to assess the patient’s condition and to tailor treatment to individual needs.

Car smoking ban coincides with Stoptober

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Smokers who light up in vehicles with children present face £50 fine from today – but the penalty could be far worse, as little ones face increased risk of serious illness. That’s the message from Public Health England and Fresh Smoke Free North East today, as Stoptober begins on the same day a new law banning smoking in vehicles transporting under 18s comes into force.

Melanoma screening pilot off to a flying start

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Teesside patients with possible skin cancers are being offered an express screening opportunity without having to go into hospital.

Clinicians are seeing an alarming rise in the number of melanoma skin cancers across the UK and in the North East in particular. As a way to speed up the referral and treatment process, a clinic held at the One Life Centre on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough has been introduced.

Extending respiratory care services to reduce hospital admissions

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Patients with breathing problems are being encouraged to attend specialist exercise classes to reduce the risk of them being admitted to hospital. Pulmonary rehabilitation classes have proven so popular that more are now being introduced at several venues across the South Tees area.

A premier addition to Friary’s physiotherapy service

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The physiotherapy service provided at the Friary Hospital has been enhanced recently with the ‘signing’ of a specialist who this time last year was working for a Premier League club. David Annison has been at the Friary since the turn of the year, but for the previous six years he was a musculoskeletal physiotherapist working for his hometown team of Sunderland AFC.

Community matrons provide rapid response

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A rapid response service led by community matrons is helping to reduce GP callouts and hospital admissions across Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland. The rapid response service, delivered by community staff from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was initially launched three years ago as a nurse-led service to assess patients in their own homes. The service has now been further enhanced with the addition of community matrons who have more advanced clinical skills and particular expertise around patients with long term conditions.