Done Dry January? Take more days off in February

Child looking up to adult

Balance is supporting a new campaign from Public Health England encouraging people to take at least 2 or 3 days off drinking every week as a way of cutting down to 14 units or under and reducing the risks of an alcohol related disease. People are being encouraged to visit the website to download the […]

Women urged to have life saving smear tests

Staff promote the importance of getting your smear test with the smear for smear campaign

Lisa Tomlinson, a healthcare assistant and health promotion lead in main outpatients, was treated for cervical cancer and is now fully recovered. She will be raising awareness next week as part of Cervical Cancer Awareness Week. She said: “It’s really really important for people to go along and have their smear test when they are […]

The University Hospital of North Tees shares tale of success

On Friday 8 December, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust (NTH) hosted a visit from the Buckinghamshire 24/7 Primary Care Provider Collaborative. The collaborative met the trust’s Urgent Care team to understand more about how NTH implemented their Integrated Urgent Care Service and any lessons learned. NTH presented the findings from the Integrated Urgent […]

Annual neonatal cardiology event a success

Collegues test advancing technology at the annual neonatal cardiology event

Experts in neonatal cardiology and haemodynamics from across the world spoke at the trust’s eighth high profile NeoCard 2017 conference. The two day event is held every year for neonatologists, paediatricians, paediatric cardiologists, paediatric intensivists, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses. Prestigious speakers including professor Martin Kluckow from Sydney Australia and professor Patrick McNamara […]

High praise for elective care team

Elective care team who have received praise this week

The elective care unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool has won national recognition for a host of improvements made. Anwar Jafri, consultant lower limb orthopaedic and trauma surgeon, presented a poster at the British Orthopaedic Association annual conference, showing this work. Judges were clearly impressed – Mr Jafri was presented as the winner of […]

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 […]

Staff take on army medic challenge

Exercise medical challenge - This years staff who took part

Staff from 11 health trusts tackled everything from a boat casualty rescue on the River Tyne in Newcastle to helping load a casualty into a helicopter or helping a casualty while under fire, as they took part in Exercise Medical Challenge. Five teams from the trust took part– dietetics, HR, two teams from orthopaedic outpatients […]

Fun day for children with diabetes

Children enjoying the diabetes fun day

The team organised the day of fun at Preston Park which saw children aged 11 and under from Stockton, Hartlepool and Peterlee, compete in games including a baton race, rounders an egg and spoon race and a treasure hunt which led the group of 40 to a delicious picnic. The day also gave families with […]

Thank you to our volunteers

Volunteers enjoying their evening at the annual thank you event

Our army of volunteers give up their time to help support patients and staff and we are very fortunate that many have supported the trust for a number of years. We also welcomed many new volunteers to the event. Nearly 200 people filled the room to enjoy a beautifully presented, delicious high tea, served by […]