Archive – March, 2018

NHS campaign urges people to ‘be prepared’ this Easter

The message to ‘be prepared and stay well’ over the holiday period encourages people most at risk, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the Easter holiday period and to know what to do if they get ill. This includes seeking advice from a pharmacist as soon as possible […]

Give blood – urgent call for support

Recent bad weather led to the cancellation of some blood donation sessions and between 6-7,000 units of blood were lost as a result. This could take weeks to recover and that’s why your support is needed. Despite many donors coming forward, blood stocks are at urgently low levels and there are still appointments to fill […]

Special event for those affected by cancer

Living with and Beyond Cancer, at the Billingham Forum, was an opportunity for anyone affected by cancer to find out more about support and community projects available to help. The event run jointly by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, the Northern Cancer Alliance the Catalyst Stockton charity. The trust’s lead cancer nurse Jan […]

Joint replacement unit has two reasons to celebrate

The team at the University Hospital of Hartlepool have been making improvements to help reduce the length of stay of patients after surgery. And the hard work has clearly paid off – as the unit marks its best month in February with an average stay of just 2.7 days. The team have also been awarded […]

Urgent care praised by patients – a year after launch

Karen Yarker from Billingham needed treatment for her five-year-old boy Luther after he trapped his finger in a car door. After hearing about the new integrated urgent care service, she visited one of the centres at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, The service operates two centres in Hartlepool and at the University Hospital of North […]

Stop smoking clinics helped me quit for good

Claire Gibson from Billingham has been going to one of the drop in clinics run by the stop smoking team at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. Claire, who goes to a clinic at Billingham Health Centre, was put on a 12-week programme on a medication called Champix which helps reduce cravings and the […]

CQC rates North Tees and Hartlepool trust as “Good”!

The trust is very pleased to receive such positive recognition from the CQC in each of the five elements inspected: safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. The inspectors particularly noted seeing staff go the extra mile several times, where care and support exceeded good care standards, and recognised the excellent systems the trust has […]

Research trial saved my life

Terry Lowes says the close monitoring he was under as part of research work at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust led to a large tumour being found. Terry, who is 64 and lives in Hartburn, was first treated at the trust several years ago after suffering a heart attack. After being treated for […]

Stroke research recognition for national trial recruitment

Ijaz Anwar, a consultant physician in the stroke unit at the University Hospital of North Tees,  is contributing to the RESTART study with support from consultant physician Arunkumar Annamalai. Dr Anwar said: “The REstart or STop Antithrombotics Randomised Trial is trying to find out whether a certain antiplatelet medication which prevents clots, benefits people who […]

New project helping young people with learning difficulties work in NHS

Project Choice has placed nine of its members into volunteering roles at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. The programme, funded by Health Education England, aims to help young people with learning disabilities, difficulties and autism by setting up placements to get them the work experience they need to get into paid employment within […]