Patients who suffer from blackouts can often find themselves facing numerous medical appointments and tests to find the exact cause of the problem. But those attending the Friarage Hospital are set to be diagnosed faster in the future thanks to the introduction of a blackout service which will enable people to be assessed by a range of specialists in one place.
Since moving to Symphony, EMIS Health’s urgent and emergency care system, the emergency departments at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have met important targets for waiting times, sepsis screening, and safeguarding vulnerable patients. Consultants say it has ‘transformed’ care in the emergency department.
Maternity teams are celebrating National Breastfeeding Week with events at James Cook Hospital on 20 June (11am to 2pm in the Women and Children’s Conference Room) and the Friarage Maternity Centre Hub (2pm to 4pm) on 26 June. Mothers, breastfeeding supporters and health professionals are invited to come together and share what works well to support breastfeeding in local communities to help create a more breastfeeding friendly culture.
A NHS campaign is urging people to take early action if they start to feel unwell this Easter. The message to ‘be prepared and stay well’ over the holiday period encourages people most at risk, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the Easter holiday period and to know what to do if they get ill.
Patients at The James Cook University Hospital can now undergo hand surgery while they are awake. Trauma experts at the Middlesbrough Hospital have been piloting a new hand block service which uses local anaesthetic to numb the nerves so patients can stay awake to watch their operation and chat to their consultant throughout the procedure.
A comprehensive health and wellbeing programme for patients due to have major surgery has been made a reality thanks to a £75,000 grant from the Health Foundation. Believed to be the first collaborative venture of its kind, a team of doctors, physiotherapists, exercise scientists, public health specialists and Allied Healthcare Professionals will be working together in a bid to improve patient health and wellbeing prior to surgery.
It’s very important that patients with planned operations, procedures or outpatient appointments should attend as normal unless they are specifically contacted by their hospital and asked not to. Only those patients contacted directly will have appointments delayed and these will be rearranged. Cancer diagnosis and treatment appointments will not be delayed.