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Public meeting on future of Lambert Hospital ward

Posted on in Community services, Hospitals, Staff, The trust

The future of the 14-bed ward at Lambert Memorial Hospital will be the subject of a public meeting held at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College from 6pm on Tuesday 22 March 2016. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting members of the public to attend this meeting to hear about the efforts the trust has made to try to recruit staff for the ward and ask questions.

Dorothy’s ‘TV’ moment leads to diagnosis for a heart problem

Posted on in Hospitals, The trust

When great grandmother Dorothy Flintoft fell seriously ill in the middle of the night at the Friarage Hospital, doctors were keen to get an opinion from a senior clinician. But rather than wait for the on-call consultant to come in, they set up a webcam link between the patient and team in the hospital’s clinical decision unit directly to his home. This is telemedicine – the latest development in the Northallerton hospital thanks to investment from Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group.

Weekend closure for SSPAU at The Friarage

Posted on in Community services, Hospitals, Services, Staff, The trust

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

Posted on in Services, Staff, The trust

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 […]

UK first as brave mum undergoes innovative robotic lung surgery

Posted on in Hospitals, Services, The trust

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.

World first as heart patients benefit from rice grain sized pacemaker

Posted on in Hospitals, Research, Staff, The trust

The James Cook University Hospital’s world renowned cardiology unit has become the first to treat heart failure patients using a new wireless pacemaker the size of a grain of RICE.
A handful of seriously ill patients at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough were the first to benefit from the potentially lifesaving new technology, which could revolutionise surgery for heart failure.

Partnership forged to improve treatment and outcomes for cancer patients

Posted on in Services, The trust

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

Posted on in Fundraising, Services, Support groups, The trust

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!

Sixth Macmillan mark of quality for trust

Posted on in Awards, Support groups, The trust

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is thought to be the first NHS trust in the country to receive six Macmillan quality awards. The Trinity Holistic Centre is the latest service to receive the prestigious Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) which demonstrates to staff, visitors and patients that a facility is welcome and accessible to all, amongst other standards.

Caring for our carers

Posted on in Staff, Support groups, The trust

South Tees Hospitals NHS FT is making positive changes to strengthen the care and support given to healthcare’s unsung heroes – carers. Across the UK, an estimated 6.5million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill in hospital and it is a role valued – and recognised – by the trust which is holding a number of drop-in events in February to celebrate the carers.