South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is going completely smokefree from Monday 1 April as part of a national drive to support more people to stub out the habit and reduce the many serious illnesses linked to smoking. Becoming a smokefree NHS is not just about stopping people from smoking on hospital sites. It’s about improving the health of staff and patients by identifying those who smoke and offering them practical support to quit.
The operational plans to support the urgent temporary changes announced for the Friarage Hospital for 27 March are now being put in place to ensure that the changes happen safely, with minimal impact on patients and local communities and North Yorkshire’s Scrutiny of Health committee have today been updated on the changes.
A UK team, led by consultants from the heart and lung surgery team at The James Cook University Hospital, gave up their holidays to take part in a life-saving mission to Ghana. Surgeons, cardiologists, intensive care practitioners, anaesthetists and a heart bypass technician were among those who spent a week at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital from 23 February to 1 March.
Patients undergoing surgery at the Friarage Hospital can now benefit from having the same nurse or operating department practitioner supporting them throughout their procedure. This means patients are with a familiar member of staff from the moment they go to sleep in the anaesthetic room to the moment they open their eyes in the recovery room.
Over the last 18 months, following public engagement, consultants at the Friarage have developed an innovative new model, to provide acute medical services in a small rural hospital. During this public engagement South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust stated its intent to go out to full public consultation on this model. However, the Trust has now been overtaken by events and needs to make some temporary changes to critical care services at the Friarage Hospital.