The heart unit at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating reaching a special milestone after implanting its 10,000th pacemaker. The heart team at James Cook fitted their first pacemaker back in 1993 and now implant around 800 of the devices every year in the hospital’s cardiac catheterisation labs.
Cancer patients at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are benefiting from a leading edge radiotherapy machine which can deliver treatment up to three times faster than conventional methods. The new linear accelerator (linac) – a Versa HD manufactured by Elekta – has advanced 4D image guidance systems which provide extremely accurate treatment delivery and minimal side effects.
For some smokers in their 30s and 40s, the thought of cancer or COPD is often dismissed as a risk that feels years away… But now two former smokers and cancer survivors are making personal appeals in a graphic quit smoking campaign that urges smokers to quit and reduce their risk – and never assume it won’t happen to them.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has extended ward visiting hours to enable family and friends to see patients at any time during the day. The new patient centred approach, which launched on Monday 1 October, welcomes visitors during daytime hours – providing it is what the patient wants and needs.
We have been working over the last 18 months with our university partners to develop the medical workforce of the future and as part of this, Newcastle University have now announced a £1million investment in our academic facilities to support the growth of the undergraduate medical programme in the Tees Valley.