iPad helping end of life care patients to live at home

Staff show of the new ipad

Loss of control and independence, the transition from being able bodied to disabled only adds to the heavy burden that patients can feel when diagnosed with a life limiting illness. To help give patients control back, Macmillan occupational therapist Helen Caudren put forward an idea for staff to use iPads to help describe to patients […]

Eating healthy on a budget

Vanessa Partridge

Dietitian Vanessa Partridge said: “With the rising cost in food bills, the importance of eating healthy can sometimes be overlooked. “But, healthy eating doesn’t need to cost more and you should remember that following a healthy balanced diet helps to prevent diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and coronary heart disease. One of the biggest costs […]

Invite to NHS trust member event

If you want to hear about ear, nose and throat services and adult safeguarding then please come along to our member event on; Saturday, 25 April, 9.30am – 11.30am in the Tees meeting room, Tees Restaurant at the University Hospital of North Tees. Free parking will be available. Refreshments will be available from 9.30am and […]

Faecal transplant first for trust

Len and Debbie Barnes

Len Barnes, 75 from Eaglescliffe, suffered from constant pain and diarrhoea as a result of the bowel infection Clostridium Difficile (CDiff). He lost his appetite and over three stones in weight; weight which he couldn’t really afford to lose. Numerous courses of antibiotics during long spells in hospital were not making a difference. When consultant […]

Think you’re having a heart attack? Phone 999

The reminder comes after doctors became concerned that patients have arrived at the cardiac investigations unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool with serious chest pain. Staff in the unit have been able to stabilise the patient while an ambulance is called to take them to the most appropriate hospital. However Dr Vineet Wadehra, a […]

It’s never too late to quit

Kenny White

Kenny White, 62, originally from Norton, who has lived in Thornaby for over 30 years has quit smoking after 50 years. Kenny, who works as a handyman at a care home said: “I had tried to give up smoking a number of times before, but I hadn’t been successful. “I have done it because of […]

Heather quits the habit after more than 40 years

Heather Osbourne with Specialist stop smoking advisor Rafeed Rashid

Heather Osbourne, 55, who is originally from Scotland and has lived in Thornaby for 35 years had been smoking for 43 years, but a health scare last year made her think twice about the habit. She said: “I became quite poorly last year. I’d lost around five stone and I suffered a stroke. It was […]

Teesside smokers urged to be quitters on No Smoking Day

The annual No Smoking Day campaign will take place on Wednesday 11 March to encourage hundreds of thousands of smokers to give up the habit for good. This year’s No Smoking Day theme is proud to be a quitter. People are encouraged to come along to our events in Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar and […]

Do you take medicines? Check if you are fit to drive

Certain medicines may affect your ability to drive

The new drug drive legislation comes into force from 2 March 2015 in England and Wales. If you are following the advice of a healthcare professional and your driving isn’t impaired you can continue to drive as usual and aren’t at risk of arrest. The campaign run by THINK! is encouraging people who take medicines and […]

There’s no quick fix

Dietitian Alice Runnacle

There is no shortage of fashionable diets which usually claim to help you shed the pounds quickly. But often they restrict you from eating certain food groups and cut out vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Dietitian Alice Runnacles at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “Losing weight should be […]