Archive – 2019

Smoking in pregnancy – the journey continues

Julie presents on smoking in pregnancy at South Tees

Earlier this year, I spoke about the launch of an initiative aimed at tackling smoking during pregnancy, as part of the Yale System Leadership group, in partnership with the Local Maternity Service (LMS). As we edge towards the end of the year, I thought it appropriate to offer an update on progress to date, and […]

North East Trust named tech team of the year

Image of award winning team

A Stockton and Hartlepool health care provider has been named Health Tech Team of the Year at a national awards ceremony hosted by the Health Tech Newspaper. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust received the accolade at the HTN Awards on 3 October 2019, as well as winning the much coveted Best use of […]

Operating theatre closure for the University Hospital of Hartlepool

Image from outside theatre one at the University Hospital of Hartlepool

An operating theatre has been closed at the University Hospital of Hartlepool – so patients can soon receive even better care, thanks to a major financial investment in its surgical services. The University Hospital of Hartlepool’s Theatre Number One is temporarily closed due to a thorough renovation. Due to re-open in November, the £300k works […]

Patients plead to ‘keep us well’ this winter

Patients across Stockton, Hartlepool and the surrounding areas have issued a plea to members of the public to help them stay well this winter. In a series of hard hitting videos from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, patients are asking those who are able, to take advantage of the flu vaccination. In the […]

Quick thinking medic saves neighbours life

Image of Beth McLean, Physician Associate

A recently qualified off duty medic employed her training to save the life of a neighbour who had collapsed in the street. Beth McLean, a Physician Associate for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust was faced with the ‘life or death’ scenario whilst she was relaxing at home on Saturday the 14th September in […]

Staff flu campaign helping to protect children in poverty

Staff are protecting themselves against flu this year while also showing their support for a charity campaign to protect children in poverty from viruses. As part of the ‘Get A Jab – Give A Jab’ campaign, the Trust has pledged to donate vaccines to Unicef UK on behalf of all staff members who receive their […]

Hard work and dedication lands Volunteer a permanent job role

Hazifa Ali ward hostess

A hard working teen has secured a paid job after taking part in work based programme Project Choice and volunteering at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. Hazifa Ali has recently found employment within the ward hostess team after completing a one-year placement scheme with Project Choice and nine months volunteering at the Trust. […]

Special checklist to help improve patients’ eating and drinking

A special checklist is among a number of new measures a clinical team are rolling out to help improve the way patients eat and drink. These also include personalised noticeboards with patient’s own eating requirements on and changes to the way staff help with meal service and to protected mealtimes as well as creating a […]

Pharmacist tells story of her own flu battle ahead of annual campaign

As the trust launches its flu campaign today, pharmacy technician Rebecca Raddigan has shared her own experience of battling the virus last year. This time last year Rebecca, who is 25, was working for Boots and was offered a free flu jab by the company. She said: “Though Boots offered it, I chose not to […]

Nurse goes above and beyond to help patient from his homeland

A nurse from Romania has been recognised after going above and beyond to help a patient from his own homeland. Alexandru Andrei, a nurse at the University Hospital of North Tees, offered support to the patient and his wife. This included helping them overcome a language barrier and understand all parts of the care and […]