The trust

Chief Executive Prof Tricia Hart awarded honorary doctorate

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Chief executive Professor Tricia Hart was awarded an honorary doctorate from Nottingham University in recognition for her long and continued service for the NHS. Tricia was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Science, adding to her Honorary Professorship to the School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University and Honorary Professorship of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University.

A global first and second for South Tees

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recruited the first two patients in the world for a major commercial research trial. The world-wide study aims to compare the safety and effectiveness of two different sealants that are used in neurosurgery. Comparison of the two products and analysis of their use in helping to reduce the incidence of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage could be beneficial for future patient care.

Melanoma screening pilot off to a flying start

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Teesside patients with possible skin cancers are being offered an express screening opportunity without having to go into hospital.

Clinicians are seeing an alarming rise in the number of melanoma skin cancers across the UK and in the North East in particular. As a way to speed up the referral and treatment process, a clinic held at the One Life Centre on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough has been introduced.

Trust seeking patients for ‘memory’ trial

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Clinicians at The James Cook University Hospital are hoping to recruit patients to a new study investigating the benefits of rehabilitation in brain injury-associated memory loss. The Middlesbrough site is one of nine in the country looking to test the effectiveness of a new memory-specific rehabilitation programme for patients affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).

From hospital grub to a proper hand rub – market place event and annual members meeting

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The jokes and jibes about hospital food are endless but have you ever wondered what it really tastes like? Or how clean your hands actually are when you’re visiting a family member on a ward? Now’s your chance to find out next week at a special marketplace event featuring everything from patient dining, volunteering and infection […]

Robert’s so glad he answered AAA screening call

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Robert Hunt is fit, healthy and very thankful that he answered an invite to be screened for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The 67 year-old’s life was saved by the screening programme. The biggest danger about AAA is that there are no symptoms, and most men have no idea there is a problem until something is found during screening.

Monitor announces further action over infection rates

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Plans are already in place to tackle infection at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust following today’s announcement that Monitor is taking further action to cut rates of Clostridium difficile. In 2014/2015 the trust reported 76 cases against a target of 49 and already a number of actions have been taken ahead of today’s announcement.

Trust welcomes publication of CQC report

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today welcomed the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s report following its inspection of the organisation in December 2014. The trust was given an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’ for providing safe and effective care although inspectors found services were caring, responsive and well led.