Archive – February, 2018

North Tees and Hartlepool awarded title as an Advanced SafeCare Trust

Some of the team who have been instrumental in the Trust being awarded title

North Tees and Hartlepool has been named an Advanced SafeCare user Trust, along with another four trusts nationally.   This latest accolade is welcomed by the trust as recognition for the successful implementation of SafeCare Live, which is a live system that supports the management of safe and efficient nurse and midwife staffing levels.   SafeCare Live […]

Special hospital poetry display created

Chaplain Robert and Palliative care nurse Mel McEvoy

Published poet Mel McEvoy, nurse consultant in palliative care, has written countless memoirs of his time working in the NHS. Trust chaplain Robert Cooper, who is a talented calligrapher, decided to bring three of Mel’s poems to life in a different way. They are now on display in the Oasis spirituality centre at the University […]

Urgent advice for patients, staff and the public from region’s NHS

Urgent and emergency care services across the region’s hospitals are continuing to run as usual, however, please only attend if absolutely necessary as services are extremely busy. Call the free NHS 111 number if you need urgent medical help or advice – GP advice is available by dialling this number and may prevent an unnecessary […]

Launch of new nurse recruitment centres

Possible employees and colleagues who have been at the first nurse recruitment event

The trust held its first ever nurse recruitment centre event recently. It was an opportunity for nurses looking for a new role to meet and talk to staff at the trust in a more informal setting than they would have at an official interview. The day, held at the Norton barracks of the 201 Field […]

Stay well and stock up as Siberian weather arrives

Cold weather can be very harmful to health and around 25,000 more people die over the course of each winter compared with other times of the year. Exposure to cold indoor or outdoor temperatures increases blood pressure, thereby increasing the risk of heart failure, kidney disease, stroke or dementia. Cold temperatures can also make blood […]

Spinal surgery first for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Patient Michelle Dawson

Spinal surgeon Mr Tai Friesem marks medical first at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust (NTH) where he carried out major spinal surgery and discharged the patient on the same day. The patient, Michelle Dawson (pictured right), had been suffering chronic pain in her arm and, after a bout of severe numbness, the procedure […]

Living with Cancer and Beyond

Living with and beyond cancer event poster

It will be an opportunity for anyone affected by cancer to find out more about support and community projects available to help. The event is being organised jointly by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, the Northern Cancer Alliance the Catalyst Stockton charity. The trust’s lead cancer nurse Jan Harley said: “’We are looking […]

Maternity appeal for knitters to make special hats

Maternity staff with some of the new specially knitted hats

The delivery suite at the University Hospital of North Tees is aiming to reduce the number of term babies admitted to the neonatal unit. The unit assesses all babies at birth and those that need extra monitoring wear a red hat to raise awareness to both staff and parents. It is expected this will help reduce the […]

Nurse awarded star of the month

Latest star of the month Kirsty

Kirsty Donkin, a staff nurse in the medicine ward at the University Hospital of North Tees, was working during a particularly challenging shift during the recent winter pressures. Over the course of the day, colleagues said she dealt with every issue in a very calm and effective way. Caroline Mitchell, who is AMBER care bundle co-ordinator in […]

Award winning scientists invited to talk at high profile conference

Some of the staff members from Stockton Quality control laboratory

The trust’s Quality Control Laboratory entered three posters into a competition the NHS Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Technical Services Symposium in Chester, summarising research they have carried out. The team was delighted to pick up first and second prize for two of these presentations. As a result, Microbiology Test Technician Courtney Smith and Lead Environmental […]