Lisa promotes cervical cancer prevention

Lisa Tomlinson and Consultant Mary George, promote the importance of cervical screening

Health care assistant Lisa Tomlinson has recently been given the lead in health promotion in the main outpatients department at the University Hospital of North Tees. Every month Lisa will be focusing on promoting a specific area of health, and this month she has chosen an area very personal to her, cervical cancer prevention. Lisa, […]

Intravenous therapy at home

Edward Alton with Community rapid response nurse Katy Ingledew

When Edward Alton from Hartlepool was told he would need treatment for a painful chest infection, he expected he would need to spend time in and out of hospital. But Edward has actually been able to have the intravenous therapy he needed from the comfort of his own living room. For two weeks, a rapid […]

Twiddlemuffs helping dementia patients

Carol and Michelle with some of the new twiddlemuffs being used for patients with dementia

Associate practitioner Carol Brown attended a dementia course and came away with some interesting ideas that the staff on the ward have since introduced. Older persons nurse practitioner Michelle Wild (pictured right) explained ‘’We have brought some items onto the ward proven to help and comfort dementia patients. We have dolls which the patients enjoy […]

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 […]

New Macmillan information centre to open

The trust’s new cancer survivorship manager Alan Chandler is looking for volunteers to help him run the service. As part of a promotion week, a Macmillan mobile information bus will be touring the area. It will be at: • Monday 15 Feb: Hartlepool, Villiers Streeet (10am-4pm) • Tuesday 16 Feb: Middlesbrough, Corporation Road (10am-4pm) • […]

CQC rating announced

The trust has been given an overall rating as a trust as requiring improvement. However, in total out of the 85 individual ratings 65 were rated as good. A number of areas were identified as good practice, including surgery, critical care, end of life care, the trust’s simulation suite, community services and the trust’s services […]

Moraig and Debbie honoured to receive Queen’s Nurse Awards

Both Moraig and Debbie, who care for patients out of hospital, went to a prestigious ceremony in London to be presented with awards for commitment to nursing and for work mentoring junior nurses. Moraig, who is based at Billingham Health Centre, has worked as a nurse for more than 30 years and has been a […]

Invite to NHS trust member event

If you want to hear about community services, then please come along to our member event on; Saturday, 30 January, 9.30am – 11.30am in the Tees meeting room, rear of the Tees Restaurant at the University Hospital of North Tees. Free parking will be available. Refreshments and market place stalls showcasing community services will be […]

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 […]