Patients with Macular Degeneration are invited to attend a special awareness day at The James Cook University Hospital – and discover how they can make the best use of their eyesight for many years to come. When they are faced with the news they have macular degeneration, in which the central vision deteriorates due to general wear and tear and lifestyle factors, many patients worry they are going blind.
A County Durham woman who has been battling ovarian cancer for more than five years has become the first in the UK to benefit from a new drug to prevent a recurrence of the disease. The 46-year-old, who does not want to be named, is a patient of Dr Talal Mansy, a consultant medical oncologist at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Our nursing heroes have been unveiled ahead of International Nurses Day this Friday, after being honoured honoured at the 14th annual Nightingale Awards at Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium. Kelly Rowe’s exemplary service to paediatric care since 1996, and the many innovations she has introduced as a specialist diabetes nurse saw her named overall winner of the Nightingales, as well as the best Senior Nurse and winner of the Paediatric Award.
A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is now up and running at the Friarage Hospital – thanks to the phenomenal support of the people of North Yorkshire. This month, the radiology team scanned their first patients on the diagnostic equipment which, when fully operational, will treat 22 patients a day, seven days a week.
The opening is a milestone for South Tees Hospitals Charity which launched a fundraising campaign to bring a scanner to the Northallerton hospital and has, to date, raised in excess of £1.4million. his includes £500,000 pledged by the Friends of the Friarage who have generously supported the Appeal in partnership with the Charity.
Every year up to 200 people undergo ankle fracture surgery at James Cook. For some this can mean spending up to a week in a hospital bed waiting for the swelling to reduce to a level on which surgeons can operate. But now a neuromuscular electro-stimulation device known as a geko™ is being used to help reduce the swelling to get people into the operating theatre quicker.
The Friary Hospital’s radiology department will temporarily close on 18 April 2017 to undergo major refurbishment made possible by a substantial donation from the local community. A total of £170,000 has been given by The Friends of Richmond Friary Community Hospital to install a new digital radiography system, replacing the existing outdated X-ray equipment. Patients who need an X-ray during this period will attend the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
When he was diagnosed with the incurable, progressive neurological condition Parkinson’s Disease at the age of just 41, Simon Laverick, 47 “allowed himself a fortnight to cry”.
But now he believes the diagnosis was just part of a new chapter in his life. At the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Week, he shares his inspirational story in a bid to give hope to other sufferers – and say thank you to the Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit (PASU) that has been a “lifeline”.
A new ‘navigational’ model which will direct patients away from Accident and Emergency in a bid to focus resources on those in need of urgent care will be launched at The James Cook University Hospital. From Saturday (1 April 2017), Patients will be assessed on arrival at the department by a senior nurse and if they do not require emergency care, they will be redirected to the most appropriate primary care services in the community.