From 1 April 2017, NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group will introduce a number of changes to urgent care to make it easier and more convenient for patients living across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland to access GP appointments seven days a week.
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.
MRI scans are to be used as the first investigation for the diagnosis of prostate cancer from Monday 23 January 2017 at The James Cook University Hospital. This means any man referred to the Middlesbrough hospital with high PSA levels, which suggest prostate cancer might be present, will have an MRI scan, followed by a biopsy whereas previously they would have the biopsy first.
Consultant surgeon Madan Jha gave a Stockton audience a glimpse of the leading edge surgical techniques happening right now in Middlesbrough. Madan, who was appointed to the trust to establish a laparoscopic or key hole bowel surgery service, was invited to give a talk to Café Scientifique Stockton on Tees which meets monthly at Stockton’s Arc art centre.