Top job for spinal expert

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Professor Charles Greenough, a spinal expert at The James Cook University Hospital, has been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board as the national clinical director for spinal disorders. He was appointed to the post by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh but will continue his consultant role at the trust.

Support for cancer patients

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A new support group has been set up in Northallerton to help patients with myeloma – a type of cancer arising from plasma cells which are found in the bone marrow. With support and guidance from Myeloma UK, Macmillan, and the haematology nurse specialists at the Friarage and The James Cook University Hospital, the North Yorkshire Myeloma Support Group will support patients living with myeloma in North Yorkshire and the South Tees area.

Patient safety top of the agenda at key conference

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Professor Tricia Hart, Chief Executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will welcome hundreds of professionals, academics and students to the third Patient Safety Conference in Teesside. The unique NHS QUEST conference, held jointly with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Teesside University, is entitled ‘patient safety – it starts with me’ and will reflect on the challenges that focussing on patient safety brings.

Friends and family test launched

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is rolling out the friends and family test – a month before the government’s deadline. The friends and family test requests patients to give honest feedback on the care they received when attending either the accident and emergency department, or their stay on one of the wards. The test aims to drive continuous improvements in the quality of the care received by NHS patients and the form takes only a couple of minutes to complete.

A UK first for spinal cord stimulation patients

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A Teesside-based pain specialist has carried out the first implant in the UK of a new spinal cord stimulation system that is MRI compatible. Dr Sam Eldabe performed this UK first at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, by using a ‘SureScan’ technology system developed by Medtronic.

College strikes gold

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Middlesbrough College has picked up a highly sought after North East Better Health at Work Gold Award. The award is given to companies who meet strict criteria, including actively promoting health issues, banishing bullying and involving the wider community in health improvement events.

Patients get creative

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Chronic pain patients at The James Cook University Hospital are set to benefit from a unique arts psychotherapy programme led by local artist and art psychotherapist Kelly Jayne. The sessions, which will be held at mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), will encourage patients to discover new ways of managing their pain as well as providing an opportunity to socialise.