UK first as brave mum undergoes innovative robotic lung surgery

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Gemma Walker was pregnant with her second child when she was told she had a tumour on her lung. But because of the delicate nature of the proposed operation to remove the tumour she was told that her surgery would have to wait until the baby had been born. The 27 year-old, from Darlington, was put under the care of cardiothoracic consultant Joel Dunning who wanted to treat Gemma as quickly and as least invasively as possible with the use of the cutting-edge Da Vinci robot at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Partnership forged to improve treatment and outcomes for cancer patients

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An innovative partnership has been forged to improve treatment and outcomes for cancer patients across Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire. The Macmillan Integration of Cancer Care (MacICC) Programme – a collaboration between Macmillan Cancer Support, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and health and social care partners – looks at the whole patient journey […]

Heart scanner appeal reaches £1m target

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The South Cleveland Heart Fund has reached its £1m target for the upgrade of a MRI scanner, thanks to generous donations from the public. The £1m milestone was reached within 18 months, after a number of kind-hearted people rallied together to raise vital funds for the cause – with events ranging from race nights to a Bollywood extravaganza!

Kenzie all set to be a TV star

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Nine-year-old speech and language patient Kenzie Hughes will be the envy of his many friends this week, as he stars in an episode of popular children’s programme, Something Special. Viewers of the much-loved CBeebies show will see Kenzie, whose cerebral palsy means he is unable to speak, interact with star Justin Fletcher using eyegaze technology that has given him a voice for the first time – and has also helped bring out a cheekier side to his character!

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!