Archive – December, 2021

Children’s ward awarded gold accreditation following journey of improvements 

Children's Ward with their gold accreditation

Colleagues from the children’s ward at the University Hospital of North Tees have been celebrating this month, after being presented with a Gold award as part of the Trust’s ‘Clinical Quality Standard’ rating.  The department at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, were presented with the award during a special ceremony in December; by […]

Another achievement for Hartlepool hospital – Trust welcomes first daycase total knee replacement procedure

Patient James O'Shea with Ward 9 staff

Hartlepool Hospital have begun performing a new procedure this month – after a successful sister pilot saw the Trust perform day-case hip replacements earlier this year. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Manju Ramappa and his team at Hartlepool have been instrumental in expanding the day-case surgery service to include Total knee replacements as well. Much like the […]

New CT scanner helping diagnose heart issues more quickly and accurately

Cardiac team in front of new CT scanner

A new cutting edge CT scanner will help diagnose heart issues more quickly and accurately for patients across Teesside. The low-dose scanner at the University Hospital of North Tees forms part of a new rapid-access chest pain clinic. The Siemens Somatom Drive will help with the early diagnosis of many cardiac diseases, as well as […]

Helping patients say ‘I can do that’ to physical movement


Being more active can have huge benefits for anyone’s health, especially patients in hospital. A little movement can have a big impact. That’s why we have introduced new ‘at a glance’ boards above patient beds so ward staff can quickly see what levels of activity each patient can safely manage. The ‘I can’ boards will […]

Frontline, around the clock care from Hartlepool urgent care team

Two nurses in front of urgent care centre

A health team who provide 24 hours-a-day care in Hartlepool have issued a message to their community – “we are here to treat a range of minor illness concerns and injuries”. The urgent care service at the University Hospital of Hartlepool can help with a variety of non-life threatening health issues not needing emergency department […]

Jennifer advances into new lead role helping patients having surgery

Jennifer Chubb operating department practitioner

AFTER a decade caring for patients in surgery, a healthcare worker has advanced into a new lead role. Jennifer Chubb has recently qualified as an operating department practitioner, playing a major part in each phase of a patient’s surgery. Practitioners are involved in all parts of a patient’s care – anaesthetic, surgery and recovery. Jennifer, […]

Nursing students gaining extra specialist experience through new training programme

Nursing students train with mannequin in sim suite.

Nursing students are gaining added experience of working in specialist areas after a new training programme was set up. The virtual training at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is giving students extra skills and knowledge in clinical settings including critical care, emergency care, operating theatres and community. It has been set up for […]

Patients to benefit from new Rapid Diagnostic Service

Gastroenterology consultant Dr. Iosif Beintaris

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new “express” service to quickly diagnose potentially serious illnesses. GPs can now place patients with ‘nonspecific symptoms’ which could be linked to cancer or other illnesses onto the new rapid diagnostic service pathway, where they will be seen by hospital specialists within two-weeks. The Trust […]