Community nursing teams have pulled out all the stops to ensure their most vulnerable patients get the care they need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams have adapted their ways of working to keep patient visits to a minimum – whether it’s carrying out telephone consultations or teaching families basic wound care.
Staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been overwhelmed by the amazing support they have received from the community throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As the trust steps up plans to cope with more patients requiring hospital admission and respiratory support, teams have taken delivery of everything from towers of takeaway pizza and boxes of chocolates to supplies of essentials such as shower gel and underwear.
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.