Hospitals

A sweet idea to promote clinical research

Posted on in Hospitals, Research

The James Cook University Hospital is inviting staff and visitors to take part in a tasty chocolate-based research project to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day (Monday 20 May 2013). The Drop Trial is a mock trial comparing the effects of chocolate drops and carob (a popular chocolate substitute) on a person’s mood.

Edinburgh’s College of Surgeons to host regional meeting

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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) will visit James Cook Hospital on Wednesday 26 June to hear the views of its membership. The 500-year-old Edinburgh College will host a regional forum at the academic centre from 6-9pm, where trainee and consultant surgeons will meet to discuss current issues affecting the surgical profession. Topics will include surgical outcomes and revalidation, patient advocacy and training surgeons for the future needs of the NHS.

Helping cancer patients get back on track

Posted on in Hospitals, Support groups

The HOPE programme is a seven-week self-management programme which is designed to provide extra support for patients when treatment is coming to an end or has finished. Further HOPE programmes are planned for June/July in Middlesbrough and Northallerton. For details call the Macmillan Information Centre on 01642 835674 (James Cook) or 01609 764033 (Friarage Hospital).

Essential works at Guisborough Hospital

Posted on in Community services, Hospitals

Eighteen patients were transferred from Guisborough Primary Care Hospital at the weekend after workmen detected an underground gas leak. While the leak was immediately capped off and made safe, the patients – all elderly – were moved to other primary care hospitals in the area including Carter Bequest, Redcar and East Cleveland as there was no heating and hot water supply.

Dedicated nurse’s hero award

Posted on in Hospitals, Staff, The trust

Jenny Butcher has been rewarded with a ‘My NHS Hero’ award for assisting a freezing road-crash victim before the emergency services arrived at the scene. Jenny left her home near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and as she was driving to work at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, along the A19 when she witnessed the aftermath of a road traffic accident involving a car, a tractor and two lorries.

Dig out your old photographs

Posted on in Hospitals, Services

The dementia team at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is urging people to dig out their photographs of local scenes from years gone by. As part of an on-going project to make the trust more dementia friendly the team have invested in five digital interactive screens from My Life Software™.

Friends and family test launched

Posted on in Hospitals, The trust

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is rolling out the friends and family test – a month before the government’s deadline. The friends and family test requests patients to give honest feedback on the care they received when attending either the accident and emergency department, or their stay on one of the wards. The test aims to drive continuous improvements in the quality of the care received by NHS patients and the form takes only a couple of minutes to complete.

A UK first for spinal cord stimulation patients

Posted on in Hospitals, Services

A Teesside-based pain specialist has carried out the first implant in the UK of a new spinal cord stimulation system that is MRI compatible. Dr Sam Eldabe performed this UK first at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, by using a ‘SureScan’ technology system developed by Medtronic.

Priory Ward reopens after revamp

Posted on in Community services, Hospitals

Patients are back in Priory Ward in Guisborough Primary Care Hospital, following a £60,000 revamp. The work, which has been completed within the planned two and a half-week period, has improved the patient environment by replacing all the antiquated sinks and pipework on the ward block.