Archive – February, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines do not affect fertility assures local NHS Trust

Steve Wild, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist

“Absolute nonsense!” – that’s the message from a leading obstetrician and gynaecologist in response to false claims on social media that the new COVID-19 vaccines can affect fertility. Among the many unfounded myths surrounding the vaccines is one that it impacts on the fertility of both men and women. Senior experts at North Tees and […]

Second lockdown baby for Seaton Carew couple

Rachel Taylor and Scott Gretton with their new baby

A couple who made headlines last year with a unique marriage proposal have welcomed their second lockdown baby, with the help of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. Rachel Taylor and Scott Gretton, from Seaton Carew, made headlines last March when Scott came up with a novel way of proposing to Rachel – he […]

Helping improve hydration levels in patients with use of colourful cups

Ward 32 staff with the cups.

A hospital ward is using new colourful cups to help ensure patients are well hydrated while under their care. The orthopaedic ward at the University Hospital of North Tees is trialling a new range of brightly coloured cups and water jugs for patients. They will help staff identify patients at risk of not having the […]

Special LGBT network helping NHS staff share experiences

The trust is supporting LGBT+ history month

As a health trust marks a special LGBT month, staff have spoken about their own personal experiences and being involved in a new staff support group. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust recently set up its own internal network for any member of staff who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender staff. As […]

Hartlepool health team now helping patients just home from hospital

Holdforth unit team at Hartlepool.

A HEALTH team in Hartlepool transformed from a hospital unit into a community care facility is trialling more changes to improve patient care. As part of its latest innovation, the ​Home First team at the University Hospital of Hartlepool is offering care to patients in the hours after they leave hospital. In a trial ending next […]

Boy, 10, one of first in region to take part in COVID-19 research study

Aiden getting a treatment as part of the RECOVERY study.

A 10-year-old boy from Stockton hospitalised with COVID-19 has become one of the first patients in the region to be involved in a special research study. Aiden Kallagher-Temple was offered the chance to be part of a national trial by staff at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. Aiden, who is from Hartburn, said […]

A stroke won’t stop Colin singing

Patient Colin Wake

Patient Colin Wake is belting out his favourite songs, despite suffering a stroke in January. Colin, 81, from Stockton, was treated for a stroke at the University Hospital of North Tees. While undergoing intensive speech and physical therapy, Colin spent hours every day on a karaoke app singing as a fun method of speech therapy […]

Trust warns against COVID complacency

Hemal Mohan, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Unit Lead

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has issued a stark warning to the public to not become ‘COVID complacent’. Staff at the Trust have welcomed the relative drop in infection and death rates in the UK but have warned that this not the time to relax and bend the rules. On the contrary, more […]

New recipe released

Richard Kirton with the finished curry

Following on from the success of our first balanced cooking video, we’ve released the second of our special videos of Trust head chef Richard Kirton, this time showing you his lovely Chickpea and Potato Curry. Richard says: “My way of cooking curries has completely changed thanks to the advice and friendship of one of our […]