Every year more than 2,500 patients are treated in the intensive care units at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital following life-threatening critical illness. Former critical care patients and relatives have joined up with local health professionals to run the ICU Steps Tees support group.
A Christmas remembrance service for babies who have passed away around the time of their birth is to be held this Sunday (4 December 2016). The service, led by hospital chaplain Sarah Ramsden, will take place at Grove Hill Methodist Church in Middlesbrough at 3pm.
A harmonica player delighted patients, staff and visitors at The Friarage Hospital with tunes and a cheque for £1,000 – raised through concerts and CD sales. Talented David Hewison-Sandyford, 65, of Bedale, brought his unusual harmonica collection to the Northallerton Hospital hub and entertained people enjoying a coffee as well as stopping passers by in their tracks with his musical skills.
Up to eighty patients suffering from myeloma are expected to attend a special awareness event at The James Cook University Hospital next week, giving them the opportunity to meet and discuss their experiences of living with the blood cancer. Patients will also get the chance to find out about the wide range of support available to them in Middlesbrough, from complementary therapies to social activities.
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.
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.
A unique support project for parents and carers of children with brain injuries – the first of its kind in the UK – has been launched to help families in Middlesbrough, Redcar and East Cleveland. The Family Support Project has been set up by local charity Matrix Neurological with funding from South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’s Community Innovation Fund and support from staff at The James Cook University Hospital.