Services

The Friarage opens new lung surgery service

Posted on in Hospitals, Services, The Friarage, The trust

An initial 150 patients per year are set to benefit from a new £95,000 investment in new lung surgery services at The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton. New specialist imaging equipment, increased theatre capacity for lung surgery and outpatient clinics will now be provided at the North Yorkshire hospital, benefitting patients from across Hambleton and Richmondshire and further afield, who currently face a long journey to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Enjoy Halloween and Bonfire night safely, urges Major Trauma team

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A lifesaving Major Trauma Centre team is urging people across Teesside and North Yorkshire to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night safely this year. Julie Suckling, service manager for urgent and emergency care at the region’s busiest A&E, The James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, says A&E staff don’t want to see people having their festivities spoiled as a result of avoidable injury.

Praise for heart team’s international research work

Posted on in Nurses, Research, Services, Staff, The trust

Cardiologists at Teesside’s biggest hospital have been praised for their role in a major international study looking at the effectiveness of different treatments for patients with Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD).

The cardiothoracic team, led by Dr Mark de Belder at The James Cook University Hospital, were praised by New York University-based leaders of the ISCHEMIA trial, a major international, multicentre randomised trial researching the best way to manage the condition.

Hundreds of patients to benefit from at-home therapy

Posted on in Awards, Community services, Health improvement, Nurses, Research, Services, Staff, The trust

A successful project to provide intravenous (IV) antibiotics to patients with a long-term lung condition in their own homes is set to benefit dozens of others with different health conditions. The cutting-edge service improvement enterprise looked at how providing IV antibiotic therapy to patients in their own homes rather than as inpatients in hospital could improve both the patient experience and also reduce costs.

Cutting-edge lung cancer procedure is world first

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Like most cancer patients, Graham Smith was very worried about having major surgery to remove the cancer from his right lung, and wanted to make sure he was receiving the most advanced treatment available. As a patient at The James Cook University Hospital, Graham learned about a new surgical procedure the hospital was the first in the world to offer. The cutting-edge technique, called microlobectomy, was pioneered by Joel Dunning, a thoracic surgeon at the hospital, to reduce the invasive nature of the procedure and help patients recover faster from lung cancer surgery.

Carole is inspiration behind Dragonfly scheme

Posted on in Hospitals, Services, Staff, Support groups, The trust

The widow of a “true gentleman” who stayed at her husband’s bedside for four nights as he succumbed to leukaemia has thanked specialist palliative care nurses who made his final days so comfortable – as well as looking after her too. Carole Stiff, 78, said doctors, nurses and the “sweet” ward clerk on Ward 15 were “more like family than complete strangers,” supporting and comforting her at the same time as looking after her beloved Harry.

Vulnerable patients tell staff: ‘We’re relying on you to fight flu’.

Posted on in Awards, Community services, Fundraising, Health improvement, Hospitals, Research, Services, Staff, Support groups, The trust

Having the flu jab this year could save a life – yours, a hospital patient’s or a member of your family’s. That’s the message to staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as part of a hard-hitting campaign to encourage them to get vaccinated against flu.

South Tees launches its bio-incubator with first tenant

Posted on in Research, Services, The trust

A new hub which acts as a launch-pad for research, innovation and collaboration between health, technology and science has been launched for the first time at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the Northern Health Science Alliance and the Centre for Process Innovation. We’ve also welcomed our first tenant GlycoSeLect UK into its new home at the Institute for Learning, Research and Innovation on The James Cook University Hospital site.

Patients with MND benefit from Anthony’s Bright Idea

Posted on in Awards, Hospitals, Services, Support groups

Patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) have praised a unique service providing complementary therapies – plus the opportunity to make new friends with others who have the condition. The Butterwick MND First Contact Group, brainchild of Anthony Hanratty, MND nurse specialist at The James Cook University Hospital, was highly commended in the Innovation in Primary Care category at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards, run by NHS Innovations North and the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and Cumbria.

Bright idea provides precious time at home for patients

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Elderly leukaemia patients are now able to receive life-enhancing treatment in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to an award-winning service developed at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Patients can now receive chemotherapy injections at home – administered by themselves or a loved one – reducing the need for hospital admissions.