Archive – March, 2021

Research team marks one year since recruiting its first COVID-19 patient

The research and development team

It is one year to the day since a health trust in Teesside recruited its first patient to a special COVID-19 research trial – and what a success it has been so far. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is marking its involvement in the national RECOVERY study by celebrating some of its milestones. […]

Radiographer retires after an incredible 50 years at the Trust

Kathy McIntosh with her gifts

A radiographer who has been working at the University Hospital of North Tees for an enormous 50 years is saying her farewell as she retires from the Trust. Senior radiographer Kathy McIntosh started working at North Tees General Hospital – as it was known at the time – in 1971 as a newly-qualified general radiographer. […]

Just Williams! Two babies born in Hartlepool

The two Williams

The return of midwife-led pregnancies in Hartlepool has seen the pitter-patter of two pairs of tiny feet as two baby boys, both called William, were welcomed to the world by their proud parents. On Saturday 6 March, Sarah Ferry was the first to give birth to her baby William in the University Hospital of Hartlepool’s […]

Donation from accountancy firm helps keep families connected

SGP Accountants donate to patient experience team

An accountancy firm has supported efforts to help patients stay in touch with their loved ones, with a donation towards purchasing iPads for virtual visits through the Linking Loved Ones programme. SGP Accountants Limited visited last week to hand over a generous £6,500 to the Trusts patient experience team, to use for purchasing equipment to […]

Remembering those lives lost – one year on

Medical director Deepak Dwarakanath

Today we mark a year since the start of the national lockdown, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is important we both remember those who so sadly died as well as think of those bereaved families who have mourned the loss of a loved one. We also want to recognise the part our staff […]

NHS staff given mental health support in the North East

Care team overwhelmed by public appeal response for knitted hearts

NHS Foundation Trusts across the North East are working together to protect the mental health of frontline staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wellbeing initiatives have been introduced to provide additional support during what continues to be an extremely challenging time for acute hospital staff. ‘Wobble’ rooms, mental health first aid and staff support phone lines […]

The impact of Covid-19

Entrance to University Hospital of North Tees emergency care entrance

From the Daily Mirror: Frontline NHS staff have spoken of the emotional toll of caring for dying Covid-19 patients. At the height of the pandemic, University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, Co Durham had around 180 seriously ill patients on six wards. Physios, domestics, and health care assistants ‘upskilled’ to help hard-pressed nurses look […]

Teesside Trust named 16th best in the UK for staff satisfaction

Staff on ward at Hartlepool Hospital clap for our communities

A leading North East hospital trust has been named as the 16th best in the country for their staff satisfaction. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust also scored second highest in the North East and North Cumbria amid a year they describe as ‘challenging at best, relentless at worst’. Speaking about the results, Chief […]

Advice on the COVID-19 vaccine when pregnant

Steve Wild, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist

We’re backing new advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to pregnant women if they are at very high risk from infection. While as a matter of routine, pregnant women are not offered the vaccines, pregnant women who are health or social care workers, or who […]