News and events

Raising awareness of coeliac disease

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 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

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

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 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, 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, 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 […]