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Heart unit named as international flagship site

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The James Cook University Hospital has been named as an international flagship site for a specialist heart procedure which replaces narrowed heart valves without the need for open heart surgery. TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) is a minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedure that provides an alternative to open heart surgery for higher risk patients. The Middlesbrough team is one of only two in the country – and one of only a handful in Europe – to be awarded Benchmark status by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation in Vancouver.

Trust to go completely smokefree

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is going completely smokefree from Monday 1 April as part of a national drive to support more people to stub out the habit and reduce the many serious illnesses linked to smoking. Becoming a smokefree NHS is not just about stopping people from smoking on hospital sites. It’s about improving the health of staff and patients by identifying those who smoke and offering them practical support to quit.

Making a difference to people with MS

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become the latest to benefit from a pioneering specialist nurse programme to help patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Thanks to the fundraising efforts of its supporters, the MS Trust has helped to recruit and fund a new MS specialist nurse at South Tees as part of its campaign to ensure nobody in the UK has to manage MS alone.

Arriva strike action

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Please be aware that there will be disruption to Arriva bus services this week which will affect services in North Yorkshire, Cleveland, Teesside and Durham.

Tiny valve improves lung function

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It was a collapsed lung that finally forced Pat Maloney to quit smoking after 50 years. Little did she know, it would also lead to her becoming the first patient at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to benefit from a new valve treatment to improve lung function.

We are ready for winter, are you?

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Health services across Teesside are taking steps to ensure they are fully prepared to deal with any surges in demand this winter. Whether it’s identifying extra hospital beds or vaccinating frontline staff against flu, plans are in place to enable urgent and emergency care teams to cope with increasing pressures. The NHS is also urging people to Help Us Help you…