A historic rise in accidents, the inevitable over-indulgence in chocolate and alcohol and the lingering effects of the cold weather on the elderly and people with long-term conditions all make for a busy Easter at A&E. Extra consultants have been drafted in to the accident and emergency department at The James Cook University Hospital this weekend, to cope with the expected surge in patients.
An intrepid trio are tackling the gruelling 146 mile coast-to-coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland to help future cancer patients and to thank the caring hospital staff at The James Cook University Hospital for looking after loved ones.Adrian Robson’s wife, Claire, has had more than her fair share of ill health. Accompanied by Claire’s dad, Derek Walker and close family friend David Cowdell he is taking on this challenging cycle ride to thank the dedicated staff from the department of radiotherapy and oncology’s Endeavour unit and chemotherapy day unit – the two hospital department’s where she is receiving treatment
South Tees has installed the first Siemens ‘Symbia Evo’ gamma camera in the country at The James Cook University Hospital. Based in the nuclear medicine department at the Middlesbrough hospital, the £250,000 investment is to replace the existing camera which had done a sterling job over the last 13 years.
A specialist in diabetic foot disease at The James Cook University Hospital has been awarded £30,000 for research funding – which could help prevent patients having to go through the trauma of amputation. Dr Simon Ashwell and podiatry colleague Emma Scott took the coveted prize at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Dragons’ Lair event, run by the Research and Development team.
A 72 year-old Teesside farmer is now at much less risk of suffering a ruptured aneurysm thanks to vascular surgeons and radiologists performing a ‘new generation’ stent procedure at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Due to Francis Fabi’s large and life-threatening aneurysm being so close to the arteries to his kidneys, a conventional stent was not an option. As there was not enough ‘neck’ for the usual stents to secure to, the surgeons used the new Nellix stent – an endovascular aneurysm sealing system – to overcome the problem.
The future of the 14-bed ward at Lambert Memorial Hospital will be the subject of a public meeting held at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College from 6pm on Tuesday 22 March 2016. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting members of the public to attend this meeting to hear about the efforts the trust has made to try to recruit staff for the ward and ask questions.
When great grandmother Dorothy Flintoft fell seriously ill in the middle of the night at the Friarage Hospital, doctors were keen to get an opinion from a senior clinician. But rather than wait for the on-call consultant to come in, they set up a webcam link between the patient and team in the hospital’s clinical decision unit directly to his home. This is telemedicine – the latest development in the Northallerton hospital thanks to investment from Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group.
The short-stay paediatric assessment unit (SSPAU) at The Friarage Hospital will close on weekends from 1 April, following a 12-month review of the service. Currently, the children’s unit opens 10am to 8pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 7pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. But from 1 April 2016, the new opening times will be 9am to 7pm on weekdays with the unit closed on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Gemma Walker was pregnant with her second child when she was told she had a tumour on her lung. But because of the delicate nature of the proposed operation to remove the tumour she was told that her surgery would have to wait until the baby had been born. The 27 year-old, from Darlington, was put under the care of cardiothoracic consultant Joel Dunning who wanted to treat Gemma as quickly and as least invasively as possible with the use of the cutting-edge Da Vinci robot at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.