A pioneer of complementary therapy in the NHS is visiting Middlesbrough to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a unique centre. For 20 years Keith Hunt has run a massage therapy service at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Starting initially with cancer patients, the service now provides 21,000 bedside massages a year throughout the hospital – giving a welcome treat to patients aged from five to 101. Keith, who earlier this year received an MBE for his services to complementary therapy, will visit the holistic cancer care centre at The James Cook University Hospital on Wednesday 11 December to demonstrate the massage technique that will soon be on offer to patients in Middlesbrough.
The atrium at The James Cook University Hospital will be alive with the sound of seasonal songs on the run up to Christmas. Some of the committee of the South Cleveland Heart Fund and friends will sing popular Christmas Carols for patients, visitors and staff in the hospital atrium on Monday 9 December 2013 from 1.30pm.
The next monthly drop in for breast cancer patients will be held on Monday 2 December from 10am to 12pm in the outpatients department at the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Catterick Garrison.
Patients in the local community are welcome to drop in to see one of the Friarage Hospital’s specialist nurses in breast care (Judith Curtis and Louise Sadler) who will be on hand to provide support and advice and answer any concerns or questions patients have about breast health and the fitting of bras and prosthetics in a welcoming and supportive local setting.
The Macmillan cancer support and information service provides information and support, as well as a listening ear, to anyone affected by cancer. The Macmillan cancer information centre on the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton’s Mowbray suite is looking for volunteers with an interest in helping people, who can spare some time to help with their important work. Volunteers would meet and greet and help provide information to patients and their carers and offer a listening ear to anyone who drops in to the centre or who attends for treatment on the unit .
An intrepid team from the Black Sheep completed an Arctic trek, led by team leader and business development manager, Brian Smith, riders Allan Russell, Mark Allison, John Oldridge and supported by Paul, Sue and Rob Theakston, to raise the money.
Friends, family and colleagues had all been touched by cancer at some time and the brewery team wanted to do something to help local patients at the Friarage. The hi-tech equipment will keep the Friarage at the forefront of breast cancer treatments.
Super-fit footballer Matt Crossen had an unexpected fixture last week – an emergency admission to hospital following a stroke. The 23 year-old Marske United defender was rushed to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where, after clot-busting drugs showed no improvement to his condition, he underwent a thrombectomy (clot extraction) carried out by consultant interventional neuroradiologist Dr Rajeev Padmanabhan.
Lynn Jolly and Paul Waugh popped in to Guisborough Primary Care Hospital’s Priory ward to hand over donations in appreciation for the staff’s kindness to Lynn’s late father and to friends of Paul. Lynn, whose father Tom Brown passed away on the ward recently, handed over a cheque for £210 which were the proceeds from the collection at the funeral. Paul gave £300 to the staff for the “friendly and compassionate” way they treated his friends.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked among the best in the country in a comprehensive review by the health service regulator. The Care Quality Commission’s new hospital inspection programme places 161 trusts across the country into six bands according to performance in 150 key areas. South Tees is one of only 37 trusts nationally and two in the North East to be rated as Band 6 – the lowest risk group.
Caring ward staff at the Friarage Hospital are going that extra mile to raise funds for the hospital’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner appeal. MRI scanners are used to diagnose a wide range of health conditions. A scanner for the Friarage will be a valuable resource for medical teams and a welcome addition to the diagnostic services currently available at the Northallerton hospital.