Patients, staff and visitors are invited to do their bit for Macmillan Cancer Support this Christmas by hanging a personal message on the Christmas tree at The James Cook University Hospital. The Christmas Stars appeal invites anyone who has lost a loved one to place a message of remembrance on the Christmas tree in the atrium at James Cook.
The children’s diabetes teams at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital are urging schools and work places to go blue for World Diabetes Day on 14 November 2012. Staff at both hospitals are planning a number of events to raise awareness of diabetes and raise vital funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and their hospital trust funds which directly benefit local children and young people.
A charity night in memory of popular SSI worker Keith Bowler has raised more than £4,000 for the Cardiothoracic Trust Fund at The James Cook University Hospital. Keith attended the cardiac rehabilitation unit at the Middlesbrough hospital in 2006 and his wife Jan wanted to give something back to the unit to thank the staff for their support.
The trust’s specialist palliative care team has been commended at the 2012 Macmillan Excellence Awards. The Hambleton and Richmondshire specialist palliative care team from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received a commendation in the team awards – for teams who have made a significant contribution to their service or produced an exemplary piece of work.
When it comes to training heart experts of the future cardiothoracic surgeon Simon Kendall has been named as the best in Europe. Simon, who is based at the heart unit at The James Cook University Hospital, has been awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Training Excellence 2012 by the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS).
The children’s waiting areas at the Friarage Hospital’s accident and emergency department have been transformed into a magical wonderland thanks to the Rotary Club of Wensleydale. Lovely countryside scenes including the seashore and local points of interest now adorn the walls of accident and emergency’s paediatric waiting area and two treatment areas have fascinating underwater scenes featuring sea life and creatures.
After Jill Gristwood suffered a heart attack, her husband Tim raised funds for the ward she was treated on and backs the Healthy Heart Check campaign. The cardiovascular screening programme is inviting employers across the Teesside area to engage in setting up a workplace ‘Healthy Heart’ screening event for their employees.
The radiotherapy department at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is opening its doors to make people more aware of the wide range of careers available in this specialty. The careers open day is being held on Saturday 3 November 2012 between 10am and 1pm to offer expert advice on how to train in this specialist area.
World-renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe will officially open an innovative new cancer service at The James Cook University Hospital on Friday 26 October. The acute oncology service is being launched at the Middlesbrough hospital to ensure all cancer patients get an expert opinion without delay – even if they have not been admitted to a cancer ward.