Every year up to 200 people undergo ankle fracture surgery at James Cook. For some this can mean spending up to a week in a hospital bed waiting for the swelling to reduce to a level on which surgeons can operate. But now a neuromuscular electro-stimulation device known as a geko™ is being used to help reduce the swelling to get people into the operating theatre quicker.
The Friary Hospital’s radiology department will temporarily close on 18 April 2017 to undergo major refurbishment made possible by a substantial donation from the local community. A total of £170,000 has been given by The Friends of Richmond Friary Community Hospital to install a new digital radiography system, replacing the existing outdated X-ray equipment. Patients who need an X-ray during this period will attend the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
When he was diagnosed with the incurable, progressive neurological condition Parkinson’s Disease at the age of just 41, Simon Laverick, 47 “allowed himself a fortnight to cry”.
But now he believes the diagnosis was just part of a new chapter in his life. At the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Week, he shares his inspirational story in a bid to give hope to other sufferers – and say thank you to the Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit (PASU) that has been a “lifeline”.
A new ‘navigational’ model which will direct patients away from Accident and Emergency in a bid to focus resources on those in need of urgent care will be launched at The James Cook University Hospital. From Saturday (1 April 2017), Patients will be assessed on arrival at the department by a senior nurse and if they do not require emergency care, they will be redirected to the most appropriate primary care services in the community.
A PASSIONATE Parkinson’s team of hospital staff from across two Teesside trusts has been honoured for a second time, following the success of a groundbreaking new unit. The Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit (PASU), based at Redcar Primary Care Hospital, is the first of its kind in the UK, combining the expertise of clinicians from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with mental health specialists from Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.
Olivia Fairclough hit the headlines last year when she was left paralysed following a horse riding accident in Egypt and her brother Trevor launched a fundraising campaign to get her home. On hearing about Olivia’s situation on BBC Tees, Professor Stephen Bonner, clinical director of critical care, contacted Trevor and offered to help with the repatriation.