A doctor who volunteered to treat victims in Nepal has told how he ended up running for his life when he got caught near the epicentre of a second earthquake. Dr Muhammad Shafiq was treating patients in a remote mountain village when he found himself jumping out of a building seconds before it collapsed.
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.
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.
Stroke patients can now receive rehabilitation at home instead of in hospital thanks to the launch of a new community stroke therapy scheme. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced an early supported discharge (ESD) service which is expected to benefit up to 40% of patients admitted to hospital with a stroke.
Patients are being reminded that the way they access minor injury units will change this April. From 1 April 2015 the minor injury units at Guisborough and East Cleveland Primary Care Hospitals will no longer be open and anyone from these areas requiring treatment for a minor injury will need to attend Redcar Primary Care Hospital’s urgent care centre.
Patients suffering from low back and radicular pain in the South Tees and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) areas will soon benefit from a new pilot project designed to help them manage their own symptoms and, when needed, provide support when those symptoms are more severe.
Two events are taking place across Teesside in support of the Big Latch On – a global campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. The infant feeding co-ordinator and the breastfeeding peer supporters at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are inviting breastfeeding mums to join them at the Stray Café, Redcar, on Friday 1 August and at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, on Saturday 2 August to take part in the global Big Latch On.