Archive – February, 2017

Trust one of first to perform innovative new breast surgery

Staff involved in the innovative new breast surgery procedure with patient Marlene

  The trust now carries out breast surgery under nerve block injections for those who are not fit for having a general anaesthetic.   Marlene Webster, who is 69 and lives in Stockton, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and told she needed a mastectomy. Marlene suffers with very severe COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary […]

Maternity services invest in staff to help improve care

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is working with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. The trust’s maternity services have signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter, which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of maternity staff. This supports and enables them […]

Regional first for shoulder surgery while patient is awake

Jean and the theatres team instrumental in her surgery

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is the first in the region and one of just a few nationally to perform shoulder replacement operations to patients while they are still awake, meaning patients can go home almost immediately. The pioneering nerve block procedure involves putting patients under local anaesthetic so they are conscious the […]