Global first as hospital uses new heart pump

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When Bill Geldart suffered a heart attack and consultants told him it was too risky to give him a heart bypass he feared his options were limited. Bill’s existing lung problems meant surgery was out of the question, or at least it was until interventional cardiologists at The James Cook University Hospital suggested they could perform the procedure using a new device which would keep his heart beating at a normal rhythm during the operation.

Help at hand for frustrating sight condition

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The South Tees Macular Degeneration Awareness Day takes place on Monday 25 January 2016 and has been organised with an intention to improve awareness amongst our age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients on the condition, especially on the treatment options available to them and the support systems that are in place to help them utilise their eyesight to the maximum potential.

Elizabeth’s life-saving HeRO

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Elizabeth Fraser was given the ‘best Christmas present’, a life-saving procedure at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and now looks forward to a brighter 2016.

The HeRO (Haemodialysis Reliable Outflow) graft operation– the first one of its kind in the North East – was carried out on the 55 year-old dialysis patient as the last possible course of action the medical team looking after her could offer her.

How you can help the NHS this winter

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Patients not turning up for operations, an increase in respiratory illnesses and delayed discharges – as well as the misuse of A&E – all make winter more difficult for the region’s NHS. That’s the message from consultants, nursing managers, pharmacists and pathologists based at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, who are appealing for the public’s help to ease winter pressures at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mia gets the best Christmas present ever!

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Teenager Mia Pearce got the best Christmas present ever when surgeons at The James Cook University Hospital straightened up a curve in her spine. The 13-year-old Grangefield Academy pupil is now adding a new wardrobe to her Christmas list after the procedure left her 8cm taller and no longer needing to hide her back with baggy clothes!

Cancer team’s survey appeal

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is appealing to patients to take part in the annual national cancer patient experience survey.

The survey, undertaken by Quality Health, looks at the quality of care provided by all 153 acute and specialist NHS trusts in England that provide adult acute cancer services.

James Cook named as a centre of excellence for Paget’s disease

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The James Cook University Hospital has been recognised as a centre of excellence for the treatment and research of Paget’s disease of the bone. The Paget’s Association, the dedicated UK charity for Paget’s disease, formally awarded the centre of excellence status to James Cook at an official unveiling in the Middlesbrough hospital’s rheumatology department.

MP praises innovative service at the Friarage

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An innovative new service at the Friarage Hospital which allows emergency patients, who would usually have to stay in hospital, to be treated as outpatients – or even in their own homes – has been praised by its local MP. Richmond MP Rishi Sunak cited the ambulatory care and OHPAT (outpatient and home parenteral antimicrobial treatment) unit in Northallerton as a ‘shining example’ of providing care closer to home.