Services

New gamma camera is a UK first

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South Tees has installed the first Siemens ‘Symbia Evo’ gamma camera in the country at The James Cook University Hospital. Based in the nuclear medicine department at the Middlesbrough hospital, the £250,000 investment is to replace the existing camera which had done a sterling job over the last 13 years.

Farmer at reduced risk thanks to a ‘life-saving’ polymer filler

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A 72 year-old Teesside farmer is now at much less risk of suffering a ruptured aneurysm thanks to vascular surgeons and radiologists performing a ‘new generation’ stent procedure at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Due to Francis Fabi’s large and life-threatening aneurysm being so close to the arteries to his kidneys, a conventional stent was not an option. As there was not enough ‘neck’ for the usual stents to secure to, the surgeons used the new Nellix stent – an endovascular aneurysm sealing system – to overcome the problem.

Lab results screened live to theatres

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Theatre teams can now see blood clotting results live on the big screen while they are being processed in the pathology lab. This innovative way of working means theatre teams see the test results much faster which enables them to deliver individually-tailored care to patients.

Weekend closure for SSPAU at The Friarage

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The short-stay paediatric assessment unit (SSPAU) at The Friarage Hospital will close on weekends from 1 April, following a 12-month review of the service. Currently, the children’s unit opens 10am to 8pm Mondays to Fridays and 10am to 7pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. But from 1 April 2016, the new opening times will be 9am to 7pm on weekdays with the unit closed on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Come dine with us 2016

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Over the years, some, understandably, would have been quick to voice their opinion if hospital food didn’t meet their expectations or tastes. Rarely would patients complement the quality, but now South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s catering partner Carillion plc, is inviting patients, relatives and staff to a taster session at The James Cook University Hospital […]

Club members’ cardio boost

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Members of a Teesside club have rallied round and raised £14,000 to help heart patients at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The generous members of Beechwood and Easterside Club, which is only a short distance from the hospital, dug deep and through 2015 managed to raise the fantastic sum. Through the South Cleveland Heart Fund, they we able to buy two ‘Sara Plus’ standing aids for the cardiology patients at the hospital.

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!