Archive – December, 2016

Barcode technology introduced as part of NHS safety initiative

In a pioneering initiative spearheaded by the Department of Health, barcodes are being placed on breast implants, replacement hips, medication and surgical tools, in a new drive to keep patients safe. The £12 million Department of Health ‘Scan4Safety’ project is already enabling staff to quickly and easily track each patient through their hospital journey. In […]

General health advice

If you are normally healthy there are many winter ailments and illnesses that can be easily treated at home with the aid of some common sense advice and a range of medicines you can buy from a shop or local pharmacy. To help you during the winter months, visit NHS Choices to find out how […]

Claire makes full recovery from emergency bowel surgery

Claire came in to thank staff

Claire, who has Down’s Syndrome, was brought into accident and emergency at the University Hospital of North Tees complaining about stomach pain. After having a scan, her family were surprised to be told Claire, who is 27, had a perforated bowel which would need to be operated on immediately. Monica said: “Claire had been complaining […]

Being a Macmillan nurse is so rewarding

Robyn Willis and Nicola Smith, Macmillan development nurses

Once they have come to the end of their placements, two more Macmillan-funded vacancies will be offered to nurses at the trust. Robyn is a district nurse who has previously never worked in hospital while Nicola is a deputy ward matron in an elderly care ward with no past experience of working in the community. […]

Find out how the scan4safety programme is set to revolutionise health care

The trust is one of six demonstrator sites in the NHS for the Scan4Safety programme. By 2020, all NHS trusts will have to adopt the GS1/PEPPOL standards as mandated by the Department of Health in order to improve safety and efficiency throughout the organisation. The Scan4Safety programme allows accurate data collection around people, products and […]

New partnership to provide training to care home staff

The trust hosted an event at the University Hospital of North Tees to talk more about work being done with other organisations in care homes in the area. One of the outcomes has been the development of a bespoke North Tees Education and Alliance programme available to all homes across Hartlepool and Stockton led by […]

Recognising the role of associate specialists

Colleagues at this years annual conference, which took place at Wynyard Hall

The event at Wynyard Hall has been hosted by the trust for 16 years. It was organised by associate specialists Bob Singh (chairman), Mohammed Imam (secretary) and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Raj Logishetty (tutor). Medical director Deepak Dwarakanath, who gave a welcome address, said: “I’m pleased the trust is taking a lead on this and being […]

Changes to NHS urgent care services announced

This decision follows lengthy engagement with local people to understand what they think of urgent care services and what can be done to improve them. From April 1 2017 there will be a new integrated urgent care service delivered across two sites, University Hospital of North Tees and University Hospital of Hartlepool. The new integrated […]