Former Boro star Bernie Slaven took part in the New York half marathon earlier this year to say thanks for the fantastic care his son has received from the children’s diabetes team at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The funds will be used to support innovative education and support events including practical carbohydrate counting, under 7’s fun day and an annual sports day.
An ambitious appeal is being launched this week to raise £2million for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner at the Friarage Hospital. South Tees Hospitals Charity is embarking on its first major fundraising campaign – in partnership with the Friends of the Friarage – to reach its target by December 2015. And the Friends have certainly got the ball rolling by pledging £250,000 at Thursday’s launch with further fundraising to follow.
A new appointment confirmation service for people attending hospital outpatient clinics will go live next month (August). In 2012/2013, a staggering 67,085 outpatient appointments were missed at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital – 8% of all scheduled appointments – costing the trust thousands of pounds. Now from 1 August, patients will start to receive an automated call or text message six or seven days before their hospital visit, asking them to confirm their appointment details.
When a cycling accident left Michael Bonney without the use of his arms, legs or lungs he was determined not to give up. Within just six weeks the managing director of Orange Mountain Bikes was able to operate an iPad using a purpose built mouth stick specially designed for him by the medical physics department at The James Cook University Hospital.
Local people have the chance to have their say on how all cancer patients could benefit from exciting plans to improve the holistic service at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. For ten years patients under the care of a specialist cancer consultant (oncologist) have been benefiting from therapies, ranging from aromatherapy to acupuncture, provided to support people through their conventional cancer treatment. Now as the service based in the holistic cancer care centre on the hospital site prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to an open afternoon at the centre to seek their views on plans to re-vamp the service.
More than 100 patients have benefitted from an advanced heart valve replacement procedure at The James Cook University Hospital. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first in the UK to offer the minimally invasive procedure for replacing the aortic valve which is done using much smaller incisions than more traditional methods.