Putting food to the taste test at trust member event

If you want to hear about nutrition and hydration and get the opportunity to taste our food and visit the information stalls then please come along to our member event on; Saturday, 25 July, 9.30am – 11.30am in the Tees meeting room, Tees Restaurant at the University Hospital of North Tees. Free parking will be […]

CQC wants you to share your experience

Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the University Hospital of North Tees and University Hospital of Hartlepool next month. The trust will be inspected and given an overall rating under a new method of inspection introduced by the Care Quality Commission. The formal inspection of the […]

Nutrition experts making a difference

Dietitian team at North Tees Hospital

The awareness week, which runs from 8 to 12 June aims to promote the work and value of dietitians. The team are running an information stand in the main concourse at the University Hospital of North Tees for patients and visitors promoting different areas of their work. Each day people can find out information about […]

Quit smoking and spare your loved ones the pain

Smoking campaign: It's never too late for you to quit smoking

The Don’t be the 1 campaign from Fresh reminds North East smokers that they have a one in two chance of dying from a tobacco related disease if they keep smoking. But quitting brings benefits at any age. A survey of people who smoke found most underestimate their risks of dying of a smoking related […]

Friends and family test goes online

Staff member Jim demonstrates filling in his Friends and Family form online

The national friends and family test which was first introduced in 2013, asks patients the simple question, “how likely are you to recommend our ward or A&E department to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?” Patients were previously only able to complete the questionnaire on a paper form before they left […]

Raising awareness of coeliac disease

Dietitian Kirsty MacLean

Coeliac disease is a life-long condition caused by the immune system reacting to the protein gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye, in foods such as bread, pasta, pizza, cereals and cakes. Around one in 100 people have coeliac disease. The symptoms of coeliac disease vary between individuals. Not everyone with coeliac disease […]

Thank you to staff for easing son’s hospital fears

Staff from the day case unit

Staff in the day case unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool made sure 18-year-old Jamie Garbutt felt as comfortable as possible during an appointment to have an operation to remove both of his large toenails. The day before Jamie’s operation, his mum Paula contacted the unit and explained to nurse Gayle Kier about her […]

Memorial service to remember little ones

Hospital chaplains at the trust are holding the annual service on Sunday 3 May at 3pm in the chapel at the University Hospital of North Tees, to allow families the time and space to remember their babies and the very special place they will always hold in their lives. Lead hospital chaplain Lorraine Millar said: “The […]

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 […]