Volunteer as a mealtime companion

Colleague Ian, who has been volunteering as a mealtime companion, serving a meal to a patient

Mealtime companions can make a real difference by encouraging patients to eat, serving meals and assisting patients and making it an enjoyable and social experience. Ian Fraser, an IT analyst at the trust, volunteered as a mealtime companion following the experience he had caring for his father. He said: “My dad suffered from Parkinson’s disease […]

Doctors can view stroke patient scans from home

Consultant physician Ijaz Anwar said with stroke colleague

The new videoconferencing screens mean consultants can assess patients and scans as soon as they are produced, no matter where they are. A nurse in the stroke unit can use the camera on the device, meaning the patient can be assessed by a stroke consultant from home, in the same way that they would if […]

Changes to fertility services

This means that licensed fertility treatments will no longer be provided, however the trust will still be providing some general infertility treatments.  The trust will be working with other service providers to look at the way services are provided in the future and to ensure that patients continue to receive appropriate treatment. The decision has […]

Industrial Action

The letter below will be issued to all in-patients. Dear patient Junior Doctor Industrial Action – January 2016 The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that junior doctors will be taking industrial action on 12 January 2016. The action on 12 January is not a full strike as junior doctors will be staffing our Accident […]

New scanner being used for heart treatment

Patient receiving a cardiac scan at the Trust

The advanced 3T Magnetom Skyra MRI scanner was opened in the summer as part of a £1.6million investment by the trust and Alliance Medical. Since then a whole range of MRI imaging has been carried out, but only recently has the scanner been used for the treatment of cardiac patients. Consultant cardiologist, Dr Nic Child: […]

Patient monitors research trial

Colleagues from Ward 23 who have been taking part in the trial

The state of the art EarlySense monitors, distributed by BES Healthcare, are positioned under a patient bed mattress and can measure a patient’s heart and breathing rate and any movement. When a patient’s condition deteriorates an alert is sent to their allocated nurses through a bleep and also to the central monitor at the nurses’ […]

Help us to help you

While many of the people we are seeing have complex illnesses where they need to be admitted to hospital, we want to make sure people are treated in the right place, so that our staff can concentrate on looking after the seriously ill or injured. People can help us by: working with us to help […]

Hospital doctor warns of dangers of paracetamol

Andy Simpson

Andy Simpson, clinical director for accident and emergency at the University Hospital of North Tees said: “We’ve seen a number of people being admitted into a hospital bed as a result of taking too much paracetamol for things like toothache. “Taking too much can be life-threatening. It can cause serious liver and kidney problems and […]

Keeping your relatives free from infection

Infection prevention and control nurse Emma Davies

The simple questionnaire can be completed online on the trust’s website. Infection prevention and control nurse Emma Davies (pictured) said: “It’s really important that we receive feedback from our patients. We take infection, prevention and control very seriously to make sure we are giving our patients the best possible care in the best possible environment. […]

Peer supporters wanted to help breastfeeding mums

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is looking for women to join its 12 week peer supporter course. The course will start in January 2016 and will be held on a Tuesday morning at The Star Children’s Centre on Bath Lane, Stockton. Each session lasts two hours and there are crèche facilities available. At […]