Support groups

Jeff and me in Stampede to beat Prostate Cancer

Posted on in Hospitals, National campaigns, Research, Support groups

When self-employed roofer and proud grandad Ken Bashford received an email from Prostate Cancer UK inviting him to take part in local celebrity Jeff Stelling’s latest marathon effort to fight the disease, he was “over the moon”. It was a much-welcomed high point in what has been a rollercoaster ride for the 60-year-old, from Marske, since being diagnosed with prostate cancer himself following a simple blood test in May 2015.

Lifesaving funds help improve staff training

Posted on in Fundraising, Support groups, The Friarage

Staff and patients are set to benefit from enhanced lifesaving training at The Friarage Hospital, thanks to a little help from their Friends. The Friends of The Friarage, who are celebrating their diamond jubilee this year, provided £11,773 to the resuscitation department at the Northallerton Hospital, for the purchase of two training manikins, which are […]

ICU Steps – a real lifeline

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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.

Harmonica player David delights with tunes and a cheque!

Posted on in #MyReasonIs, Fundraising, Support groups, The Friarage

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.

Chance for Myeloma patients to meet and get support

Posted on in Community services, Events, Fundraising, Nurses, Support groups, The trust

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.

Carole is inspiration behind Dragonfly scheme

Posted on in Hospitals, Services, Staff, Support groups, The trust

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.

Vulnerable patients tell staff: ‘We’re relying on you to fight flu’.

Posted on in Awards, Community services, Fundraising, Health improvement, Hospitals, Research, Services, Staff, Support groups, The trust

Having the flu jab this year could save a life – yours, a hospital patient’s or a member of your family’s. That’s the message to staff at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as part of a hard-hitting campaign to encourage them to get vaccinated against flu.