Archive – May, 2021

COVID-19 tests advised for all pregnant women and partners attending hospital appointments

Lateral Flow Tests Steph El-Malek and Rebecca Eggleston

As restrictions on partners accompanying pregnant women to all antenatal appointments are lifted, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Hospital Foundation Trust is appealing to all mums-to-be to keep themselves, other patients and staff safe by taking regular self-administered COVID-19 tests. Lateral Flow Tests, available free of charge from the government, are quick, easy and provide […]

Local NHS Trust and Council urge smokers to #CommitToQuit on World No Tobacco Day

Sue Swinson, Service Lead for the Specialist Stop Smoking Service in Stockton

Monday 31 May is World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organisation’s annual day of international campaigning to encourage people to stop smoking for good. This year, smokers are being challenged to #CommitToQuit and access local support service to help kick the habit. Smokers can #CommitToQuit by making an online pledge, giving their reasons why […]

‘Please choose wisely’ urges two Teesside health Trusts

appeal for people with minor conditions

The Bank Holiday Weekend is upon us, providing a much-needed chance to catch up with friends and family and take a well-earned break. Unfortunately, Bank Holiday Weekends also see a huge increase in people coming to hospital accident and emergency departments, often with minor ailments that could be easily treated elsewhere. North Tees and Hartlepool […]

The ‘invaluable’ volunteers helping to vaccinate you against COVID-19

Marion Riordan

Behind the scenes of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s battle against COVID-19 is an incredible group of volunteers, all keen to do their bit in the pandemic. Over the past year the Trust has recruited a new wave of over 100 volunteers. Eager to help out during a very busy period and support […]

Inspiration behind special kitbag for community nurses

Steven Yull giving an interview about the community kitbag.

Frontline NHS staff have described how collaborative working has led to the creation of the Community Kit Bag, a unique innovation by nurses. The result of passionate collaboration between frontline NHS nurses, the Community Kit Bag is an infection prevention compliant kit bag system proven to save community care teams both time and money as […]

Staff nurse retires after spending four decades caring for babies

Margaret Carter

A neonatal nurse who has been working at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust for 44 years is today saying her goodbyes as she retires. Margaret Carter, 66, began working at North Tees General Hospital – as it was known at the time – in 1977 as a 22-year-old student nurse. In 1980 she […]

Celebrating innovations over the last year and beyond

Quality improvement leads stood by display posters of innovation projects

As an organisation, we are always striving to improve and to innovate – all for the benefit of our patients.   Our quality improvement (QI) programme is about making staff feel empowered to make those changes themselves.   Here are our QI leads with some of the projects our staff have delivered over the last […]

Support for people with dementia and their families

Dementia nurse Stephen Nicholson

The impact of the pandemic has stretched far and wide – and that includes for people with dementia and their carers and family members. Our dementia specialist nurse Stephen Nicholson is raising awareness that the same help and support is still out there. This week marks Dementia Action Week. And as part of this, Stephen […]

Research team behind new COVID-19 treatments recognised with awards

Dr Ben Prudon and research nurse Alex Ramshaw with their awards for research

A research team’s part in a special trial into COVID-19 treatments has been highlighted after three members were recognised. Respiratory consultant Ben Prudon, research nurse Alex Ramshaw and research data assistant Rachel Taylor have been awarded for their part in the RECOVERY study. The team have been at the forefront of the national trial – […]

Celebrating the impact of clinical research

The research and development team

Today is International Clinical Trials Day. To mark the day, we will be celebrating some of the amazing work our staff have carried out to help find new treatments for patients. Jane Greenaway, associate director of the Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance, explains more. She said: “This day celebrates the first ever clinical trial conducted […]