Archive – April, 2018

Work to go paper-free gets national recognition

The trust has moved up more than 100 places in national rankings, known as the Clinical Digital Maturity Index (CDMI). Over the last four years, the trust has been leading a number of major projects to improve the way it uses technology in patient care. Dr Graham Evans, the trust’s chief information and technology officer, […]

Listening event – winter pressures

Thank you to all the staff who came to our listening event this week to share views and ideas.   The theme of the event was winter pressures; what we did well, and how we can improve. There were a number of key stalls at the event highlighting what went well in their areas last […]

Chief executive Julie Gillon – ward visits

Chief executive Julie Gillon and director of nursing, patient safety and quality Julie Lane spent some time visiting some of the wards at the University Hospital of North Tees this week, visiting elderly care wards in the west wing, as well as the short stay unit and the acute medical and gastroenterology unit. Julie Gillon: […]

Diabetes patient talks about battle to save her feet

Lesley Weeks from Stockton was diagnosed with type I diabetes 30 years ago – but until the last seven years has never had health issues with her feet. Lesley, who is an urgent care nurse said: “About 10 years ago I was in Tenerife on holiday, I was walking along and felt a sharp excruciating […]

Core skills development day for nurses

The trust held its first core skills development day for registered nurses. The day at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust included self-assessment, lectures, question and answer sessions with an expert panel and interactive skills stations. The development days were organised and run by the trust’s assistant director of nursing Emma Roberts, who said: […]

Emergency care continues top performance

In the latest figures released this week for March, the trust’s emergency care department is in second position nationally – with 97.2% of patients treated or admitted within four hours. Julie Gillon, chief executive (interim) of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to continue to have one of the best […]

Care home training shortlisted for national award

The North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance: Clinical Education and Training Programme for Care Homes has recently received national critical acclaim after being shortlisted for the HSJ Awards 2018 in the ‘Improving value in the care of frail older patients’ category. Entries for this year’s awards saw a staggering increase from all over the NHS […]

Michael is off to Wembley

Now he’s set to achieve the highest honour in football by playing at the home of football in a cup final. The opportunity to play at Wembley in front of as many as 40,000 people – and broadcast live on TV – “still hasn’t sunk in”. Over the last couple of years, the club has […]

Be aware of bowel cancer symptoms

As part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, the colorectal team is raising awareness. In our region, when you turn 55 (and if you are registered with a GP) you will be invited to a bowel scope screening. This is where a thin flexible tube with a camera is used to look inside the bowel and […]