Announcements

Outpatient pharmacy a new venture for trust’s commercial arm

Panacea, a relocated outpatient pharmacy which also offers high street pharmacy services to patients, visitors and staff has been officially opened. The branding for Panacea was designed by degree students from Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool who are studying to work in the commercial world. The winning design was by first year […]

Foundation trust members invited to stand as governors

The trust is about to hold its elections for eight public governor vacancies in the following constituencies: Hartlepool (two positions) Stockton (four positions) Easington (one position) Non-core public constituency (one position) Chairman Paul Garvin said: “Having a council of governors is a feature of any NHS foundation trust and it gives local people a greater […]

Millionth GNR finisher inspires staff health campaign

Tracey Cramond, who works as a contract support officer at the trust completed the 13 mile run in three hours and two seconds in memory of her mum, has raised just under £800 for Butterwick Hospice. Tracey starting running just last year after her mum passed away. She said: “I completed the Great North Run […]

Mealtime companions to give patients a helping hand

The mealtime companions will be supporting the staff on the wards by encouraging patients to eat and drink in a calm and sociable atmosphere, helping to cut up their food and make mealtimes a more enjoyable and social experience. Associate director of nursing, quality and patient experience Barbara Carr said: “We’re very excited to start […]

Up and about again after surgery done under local anaesthetic

Harry Robinson, 86, from Clavering has a heart condition which meant he would have been unable to have a general or spinal anaesthetic , However his second hernia in 30 years was making him uncomfortable. Associate specialist surgeon Manuf Kassem discussed the possibility of surgery under local anaesthetic with Mr Robinson and it was agreed […]

Small Wonders brings huge improvements for tiny and sick babies

Small Wonders has been devised by the charity Best Beginnings whose aims are to give every child in the UK the healthiest start in life. Small Wonders aims to support parents to be at the cornerstone of their baby’s care in ways that are shown to improve health outcomes for babies and wellbeing of parents. […]

New role is NICE for Michael

Michael was recently selected to work on an advisory body to NICE known as the health technologies adoption programme reference panel. Michael is also part of an entrepreneurial business idea to develop an exciting new e-health company – PhysiCall. As part of this he has helped create a smartphone app and website which will allow […]

Leslie’s family join him in sim suite

Leslie’s wife Noelle, five-year-old son George and newborns Molly and Harry have been introduced to the suite recently. The new family members will mean junior medics who train at the suite will be able to experience a wider variety of different scenarios. This training is designed to help prepare them for the real thing, improve […]

Making computers available to everyone

The computers, provided by education and organisational development will also mean people can use the e-learning courses and library and information services. Project facilitator Daniel Evans, from education and organisation development, said: “These computers will allow staff to complete a broad range mandatory and non-mandatory training using e-learning, as well as use information from the […]

Appeal for patients to return crutches

The trust lends more than 5,000 pairs of crutches out each year and the vast majority of them are not returned. Each pair of crutches costs around £13, meaning over the course of the year more than £80,000 is spent – money which could be used improving patient care. Accident and emergency ward matron Stuart […]