When South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust introduced its therapeutic care volunteer scheme in 2013 there were eight volunteers – today we have a growing community of more than 500! And this year sees the launch of our Therapeutic Support @ South Tees programme with all volunteers brought together under one team to help make a real difference to our patients and visitors.
The training given to doctors working at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been praised by the General Medical Council (GMC) in its regional review of sites across the North East.
A doctor and two nurses from South Tees were part of a recent trip to the Battambang Referral Hospital with a charity that was set up on Teesside. Transform Healthcare Cambodia was set up to respond to the training needs of medical and nursing colleagues in Cambodia. In the late 1970s Cambodia suffered under the Pol Pot regime where many doctors and educators were either killed or put to work on the land. Since that time the country has been rebuilding its health services.
The James Cook University Hospital has been named as an international flagship site for a specialist heart procedure which replaces narrowed heart valves without the need for open heart surgery. TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) is a minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedure that provides an alternative to open heart surgery for higher risk patients. The Middlesbrough team is one of only two in the country – and one of only a handful in Europe – to be awarded Benchmark status by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation in Vancouver.
For as long as he can remember Daniel Anczarski was told the abnormal growth on his neck was incurable – experts said it was too dangerous to even attempt to remove it as there was a risk he could bleed to death. But two specialist consultants at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have teamed up to successfully treat the vascular malformation birthmark with a series of carefully administered injections which have delivered “miraculous” and life-saving results.