A lifesaving Major Trauma Centre team is urging people across Teesside and North Yorkshire to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night safely this year. Julie Suckling, service manager for urgent and emergency care at the region’s busiest A&E, The James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, says A&E staff don’t want to see people having their festivities spoiled as a result of avoidable injury.
We are extremely busy at James Cook Hospital today, our departments are under a lot of pressure, please help us by only visiting A&E with genuine emergencies. Remember you can also access the Minor Injury Unit at Redcar Hospital and our GP walk-in centre in North Ormesby Health Village for minor injuries and illnesses.
Almost a third of staff at Teesside’s biggest hospital trust got their flu vaccine within 10 days of the start of a hard-hitting campaign.
A total of 29.6% of eligible staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had been vaccinated as at October 10, including 33.4% of doctors and 31.7% of support staff to clinicians.
Like most cancer patients, Graham Smith was very worried about having major surgery to remove the cancer from his right lung, and wanted to make sure he was receiving the most advanced treatment available. As a patient at The James Cook University Hospital, Graham learned about a new surgical procedure the hospital was the first in the world to offer. The cutting-edge technique, called microlobectomy, was pioneered by Joel Dunning, a thoracic surgeon at the hospital, to reduce the invasive nature of the procedure and help patients recover faster from lung cancer surgery.
The widow of a “true gentleman” who stayed at her husband’s bedside for four nights as he succumbed to leukaemia has thanked specialist palliative care nurses who made his final days so comfortable – as well as looking after her too. Carole Stiff, 78, said doctors, nurses and the “sweet” ward clerk on Ward 15 were “more like family than complete strangers,” supporting and comforting her at the same time as looking after her beloved Harry.
Patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) have praised a unique service providing complementary therapies – plus the opportunity to make new friends with others who have the condition. The Butterwick MND First Contact Group, brainchild of Anthony Hanratty, MND nurse specialist at The James Cook University Hospital, was highly commended in the Innovation in Primary Care category at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards, run by NHS Innovations North and the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and Cumbria.