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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 […]

A little help from our Friends

Volunteers from the League of Friends show off the newly decorated children therapy rooms

Volunteers who work at the League of Friends coffee shop at the University Hospital of North Tees raised £1,900 for the new rooms. The money was used to commission professional local artist Stephen Robson who came up with a design and spent several tireless hours in the rooms with his paint brushes. The rooms have […]

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 […]

Up and about again after surgery done under local anaesthetic

Surgen Manuf Kassem and patient Harry

Harry Robinson, 86, from Clavering has a heart condition which meant he would have been unable to have a general or spinal anaesthetic , However his second hernia in 30 years was making him uncomfortable. Associate specialist surgeon Manuf Kassem discussed the possibility of surgery under local anaesthetic with Mr Robinson and it was agreed […]

It’s in the bag! Steven picks up third prize in innovations award

Steven Yull receiving his third prize award at the annual Innovations Award event

The Bright Ideas awards are an annual event and are designed to showcase and celebrate the innovations of people working in or for the NHS in our region. Steven said: “After holding a series of idea-generating workshops, it was identified that there was no standard set of equipment for nursing staff working in the community. […]

Small Wonders brings huge improvements for tiny and sick babies

Mother with her twin newborns

Small Wonders has been devised by the charity Best Beginnings whose aims are to give every child in the UK the healthiest start in life. Small Wonders aims to support parents to be at the cornerstone of their baby’s care in ways that are shown to improve health outcomes for babies and wellbeing of parents. […]

New role is NICE for Michael

Michael Butler

Michael was recently selected to work on an advisory body to NICE known as the health technologies adoption programme reference panel. Michael is also part of an entrepreneurial business idea to develop an exciting new e-health company – PhysiCall. As part of this he has helped create a smartphone app and website which will allow […]

Leslie’s family join him in sim suite

Our sim suite sim family is now complete!

Leslie’s wife Noelle, five-year-old son George and newborns Molly and Harry have been introduced to the suite recently. The new family members will mean junior medics who train at the suite will be able to experience a wider variety of different scenarios. This training is designed to help prepare them for the real thing, improve […]

Making computers available to everyone

e-Learning computers at North Tees Hospital help staff who don't usually have access to computers to get their manual training completed

The computers, provided by education and organisational development will also mean people can use the e-learning courses and library and information services. Project facilitator Daniel Evans, from education and organisation development, said: “These computers will allow staff to complete a broad range mandatory and non-mandatory training using e-learning, as well as use information from the […]

Appeal for patients to return crutches

Stuart Harper asks for patients to return their unused crutches

The trust lends more than 5,000 pairs of crutches out each year and the vast majority of them are not returned. Each pair of crutches costs around £13, meaning over the course of the year more than £80,000 is spent – money which could be used improving patient care. Accident and emergency ward matron Stuart […]