A Teesside heart team are giving up their holidays to perform life-saving operations in Ghana for a second time. The team from The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough are set to jet off on their second mission to the Kumasi Hospital on 19 October. As part of the preparations 10 Ghanaians, including cardiologists, nurses and a surgeon, have spent four weeks in the cardiothoracic theatres at James Cook working closely with the Teesside team to develop their surgical skills.
A tree has been planted in memory of hospital supervisor Jennifer Chilver who often helped raise money for cancer services and tragically died from breast cancer at the age of 51. In a well-attended ceremony at The James Cook University Hospital, Jennifer was remembered as a much-loved wife, parent, friend and colleague by family and friends including husband Steven Chilver and son Ryan Reed. The tree, which was planted on the James Cook site, was donated by Jennifer’s former colleagues.
A doctor and two nurses from South Tees were part of a recent trip to the Battambang Referral Hospital with a charity that was set up on Teesside. Transform Healthcare Cambodia was set up to respond to the training needs of medical and nursing colleagues in Cambodia. In the late 1970s Cambodia suffered under the Pol Pot regime where many doctors and educators were either killed or put to work on the land. Since that time the country has been rebuilding its health services.
A UK team, led by consultants from the heart and lung surgery team at The James Cook University Hospital, gave up their holidays to take part in a life-saving mission to Ghana. Surgeons, cardiologists, intensive care practitioners, anaesthetists and a heart bypass technician were among those who spent a week at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital from 23 February to 1 March.
Advanced nurse practitioner in radiology Helen Scullion is celebrating after being named Nurse of the Year at a prestigious national awards ceremony. Helen was presented with the Nursing Times Award at a glittering event in London hosted by TV and radio presenter Gethin Jones. The accolade comes just months after Helen was listed as one of health and care’s Top 70 Stars as part of national celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Twelve volunteers from cardiac surgery teams on Teesside are set to fly out to Ghana to perform a series of life-saving heart operations. Their mission has received overwhelming support from colleagues at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust – even those who are not going on the trip are gearing up to help raise £30,000 to fund equipment and medical supplies.