Hospitals

New gamma camera is a UK first

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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.

Research prize could save patients from trauma of amputation

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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.

Farmer at reduced risk thanks to a ‘life-saving’ polymer filler

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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.

Public meeting on future of Lambert Hospital ward

Posted on in Community services, Hospitals, Staff, The trust

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.

Dorothy’s ‘TV’ moment leads to diagnosis for a heart problem

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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.

Weekend closure for SSPAU at The Friarage

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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.

UK first as brave mum undergoes innovative robotic lung surgery

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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.

World first as heart patients benefit from rice grain sized pacemaker

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The James Cook University Hospital’s world renowned cardiology unit has become the first to treat heart failure patients using a new wireless pacemaker the size of a grain of RICE.
A handful of seriously ill patients at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough were the first to benefit from the potentially lifesaving new technology, which could revolutionise surgery for heart failure.

Let us know if you can’t make it!

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Staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are urging patients to let them know if they cannot make their appointment as figures reveal as many as 1,600 people a year fail to attend their operations. Every year theatre teams at The James Cook University Hospital, Friarage Hospital and Redcar Primary Care Hospital carry out 36,000 procedures but 1,600 slots are wasted because they are cancelled at last minute.