Patients and staff will be raising a cup to mark the start of building work on The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at the Friarage Hospital on 29 September 2017 as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The annual Macmillan Cancer Support charity event this year coincides with construction getting underway on the new multi-million pound cancer centre at the hospital, which is being funded by local philanthropist Sir Robert Ogden, Macmillan and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Taking pride of place on the walls at The James Cook University Hospital are three photographs of people who have transformed the lives of strangers. The emotive images are a tribute to patients who have selflessly donated organs to enable others to have life-saving transplants when there was nothing more could be done to save their own lives.
The heart team at The James Cook University Hospital has reached an exciting milestone after successfully carrying out one of its most advanced procedures on more than 500 patients. TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) is an advanced procedure in which a team of specially trained consultants replace a narrowed heart valve without the need for open heart surgery.
Teesside patients with long term lung conditions can now benefit from a specialist hydrotherapy rehabilitation programme – believed to be one of the first in the UK. The water-based sessions at The James Cook University Hospital and Redcar Primary Care Hospital are designed for respiratory patients with conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) who require rehabilitation but struggle with gym-based exercises because of joint problems.
A grateful patient has praised the care she received from the James Cook University Hospital’s hand therapy team, after a bad wrist break resulted in intensive physiotherapy. Pam Pedersen, 73, from Great Ayton, says she “couldn’t have asked for better treatment” after losing the use of her left hand and being referred to Gary Rigby, a specialist hand physiotherapist.
Trust apprentices celebrated success at the Health Education England North East Apprenticeship Awards – with one being named North East Apprentice of the Year. The awards were held during National Apprenticeship Week, which the Trust also participated in by celebrating previous apprentice successes and highlighting the ongoing hard work of our current apprentices.
A fabulous fundraiser whose athletic prowess helped generate £7,000 for South Tees Hospitals Charity is hoping to inspire would-be runners to get sponsored for the Middlesbrough 10k on September 3. Robbie Varey, 43, from Linthorpe raised more than £1,000 in his first week of collecting sponsorship, after deciding to complete the annual race for James Cook’s Breast Cancer Unit.
A new-look radiology unit at The Friary Community Hospital in Richmond has been officially opened – and has already benefited 81 patients in its first week. The Friends of The Friary Community Hospital donated £170,000 to fund new, state-of-the-art X-ray equipment at the community hospital, which provides instant digital results, and will ensure thousands of patients per year can continue to benefit from this crucial diagnostic service closer to their homes.