Keeping Shelly’s memory alive

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When 42-year-old Michelle Parker lost her fight for life in 2010 her partner Darren Watson launched a four-year-fundraising drive to keep her memory alive. Michelle – known as Shelly to her friends – battled two brain tumours but despite everything she had been through she made Darren promise to give something back to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for the amazing care she received.

Hospital offers new lung cancer surgery

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Lung cancer patients at The James Cook University Hospital can now have their tumours removed using keyhole surgery. The specialist procedure, known as a VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) lobectomy, is much less invasive than traditional surgery so it can be offered to elderly patients who may previously have been deemed not fit enough for surgery.

If anyone deserves this award they do

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Joanne Wombwell went into labour at just 23 weeks and five days so she was rushed from Chesterfield to Middlesbrough to give her twins the best chance of survival. Joanne and Tony were so impressed with the care and support they received that they nominated the neonatal team as NHS Heroes – A new national scheme designed to recognise the great work that individuals and teams do every day in the NHS.

Always going that extra mile

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The motor neurone disease team at The James Cook University Hospital have been named as NHS Heroes for always going that extra mile for their patients. Colin Pearson and Sonia Henman of the MND Association nominated the team on Ward 25 to thank them for “providing a lifeline” to those with MND from across Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire.

TTE put best feet forward

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TTE Technical Training Group students and staff took on a gruelling challenge to raise an impressive £2,694.50 for the male assessment unit at The James Cook University Hospital.

The 22 students, together with five members of staff and two support staff from the Middlesbrough-based training organisation, pulled on their hiking boots to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Stoptober events

Posted on in Health improvement

Stop smoking teams are taking to the streets to urge smokers across Teesside to join the tens of thousands of people taking part in the nation’s biggest ever stop smoking drive.

Stoptober is a national campaign from the Department of Health which encourages smokers to make a quit attempt during the month of October.

New course gives HOPE to cancer patients

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A free seven-week course aimed at building the confidence of people who have been through treatment for cancer is being launched by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support, from 31 October to 12 December 2012 at Southlands Leisure Centre, Middlesbrough.

Called HOPE (help to overcome problems effectively) the two-and-a-half hour sessions will bring cancer patients together to meet, share, learn and get more out of life.

Hospital fish tanks get a revamp

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Young pet lovers at The James Cook University Hospital are in for a treat when pet store colleagues visit their ward on Thursday 4 October.

Ward manager Pippa Smith recently contacted the team at Pets at Home Middlesbrough to see if they would help maintain the two fish tanks located in the children’s ward.

Endeavour Unit on awards shortlist

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The award-winning, state-of-the-art cancer unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough has been shortlisted in two categories for the prestigious Building Better Healthcare Awards 2012.

The Endeavour Unit is part of a £35million cancer redevelopment at the hospital and has already been highly commended in both The Design and Health International Academy Awards’ ‘international project of the year’ and the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards’ ‘project of the year’ category.