When 74-year-old Jean Theaker was told she needed a valve replacement she was worried she would have to wait months if not years for her procedure. But, the retired shop assistant from North Skelton was pleasantly surprised to be told at her consultation that she’d be having her procedure the following week at The James Cook University Hospital.
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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic many patients at The James Cook University Hospital have had their heart valve replaced and then gone home again the same day. Their speedy recovery has been made possible thanks to an advanced procedure called TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) which avoids the need for open heart surgery.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become one of only three NHS trusts in the country to have three of its own surgical robots – and now has the potential to become a national centre of excellence. Surgical teams at The James Cook University Hospital now have three da Vinci robots which means more patients than ever before can benefit from minimally invasive surgery.
Specialist lung cancer nurses are hitting the road to minimise the amount of time patients have to spend in hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. The specialist Macmillan thoracic nurses, who care for patients following lung cancer surgery, are travelling to patients’ homes after their operations to provide medical care and social, emotional and psychological support.
A Teesside heart team are giving up their holidays to perform life-saving operations in Ghana for a second time. The team from The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough are set to jet off on their second mission to the Kumasi Hospital on 19 October. As part of the preparations 10 Ghanaians, including cardiologists, nurses and a surgeon, have spent four weeks in the cardiothoracic theatres at James Cook working closely with the Teesside team to develop their surgical skills.
The James Cook University Hospital has been named as an international flagship site for a specialist heart procedure which replaces narrowed heart valves without the need for open heart surgery. TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation) is a minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedure that provides an alternative to open heart surgery for higher risk patients. The Middlesbrough team is one of only two in the country – and one of only a handful in Europe – to be awarded Benchmark status by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation in Vancouver.
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.