Archive – October, 2016

A simple appointment could save your sight

Diabetic eye screening programme programme lead, Sue Pott

Diabetes can affect the small blood vessels at the back of your eyes and is a common cause of sight loss as people are at a higher risk of developing eye problems. Sue Pott, programme lead for the diabetic eye screening programme at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “Sadly we’re seeing an […]

Newly qualified nurses given the FINEST training

Newly qualified Annice and Katrina with educational mentors Helen Sutherland and Janet Varga

Annice Grundy and Katrina Glorney (pictured with educational mentors Helen Sutherland and Janet Varga) have been helped by the trust’s FINEST (Faculty of Interprofessional Education and Staff Training) programme. Nurses rotate through three different clinical areas over a year including medicine, surgery and A&E. They are given structured education opportunities to consolidate what they are […]

NHS trust warns of the dangers of drinking

Consultant Richard Thomas

Consultant gastroenterologist Richard Thomas at the trust wants to remind people that there’s no safe level of alcohol consumption. The government’s new guidelines recommended that both men and women do not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week. Drinking above these levels can increase your risk of heart disease, liver disease, stroke and […]

Wellbeing team win award

The award recognises an innovative early intervention project the trust developed with Stockton Council to help people who are over 65 live independently in their community for as long as possible. Last October a new team of professionals was created with skills across health, social care and the voluntary sector. They all work together to […]

Trust teams up with local food bank

Colleagues with their donations for the Billingham food bank

The trust has teamed up with the Billingham food bank run by The Trussell Trust to help vulnerable patients who need an emergency food supply when they go home. The trust’s volunteer co-ordinator Paul Wharton said: “We’re delighted to have formed this partnership which will benefit our patients. “The initiative contributes directly to the care […]

New nurse led bone marrow biopsy clinic

Haematology unit matron, Mercy administering care to a patient

Mercy Cabrega and Emma Cross are specially trained to be able to carry out the biopsies only previously performed by consultants and associate specialists for haematology. Mercy and Emma, the haematology unit matron and deputy ward matron, have been running clinics from both the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool […]

Emma now a hospital volunteer thanks to help from staff

She has a learning disability known as Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome which has caused Emma many health issues including with muscle weakness, visual awareness and leading to her not being able to learn to read and write. Despite this Emma, who is 20 and from Ingleby Barwick, still wanted to make a difference and help others. Through the […]

Nurses and midwives invited to recruitment event

People can come along to the event on Tuesday 8 November, any time between 10.30am to 1.30pm in the Tees meeting room at the University Hospital of North Tees. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the trust and to come and talk to some of our staff from different wards and […]

New service sees patients treated in their own homes

Orthopedic consultant Neil Bayliss with some of the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) team

Patients who need long-term intravenous antibiotics can now be treated in their own homes, reducing unnecessary hospital stays. The Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) service, being provided by a team of health professionals including orthopaedics, microbiology, pharmacy, radiology and community services, allows intravenous antibiotics to be administered to patients in their own home. Orthopedic consultant […]

I scaled the Himalayas thanks to toe surgery

Anna Lynch by the Tigers Nest monastery

Anna Lynch’s left big toe was so painful at its worst that she feared she may never walk freely again. But thanks to surgery she had at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust she is now back to full health – even trekking 10,000 feet up the Himalayas just months after her operation. She […]