News and events

Raising awareness about importance of hydration

The trust’s dietitians have been raising awareness about the importance of everyone being properly hydrated. The focus for dietitians week last week was on hydration – particularly focusing on the challenges staff face. Kelly Dunn, a sister in the trauma/spinal unit, volunteered to keep a fluid balance sheet throughout the week and actively took on […]

Don’t wait, hydrate!

The trust is highlighting the need for its staff to be aware of the amount of fluids they are drinking while at work, as part of an upcoming awareness week. Next week the trust will be marking Dietitians Week by going out into clinical areas and reminding staff about the importance of being properly hydrated. […]

Urgent care service wins prestigious NHS 70 award

The trust’s urgent care service has won a prestigious regional award as part of the NHS 70 birthday celebrations. The service has been recognised with the regional Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards. The service was nominated by local MPs Alex Cunningham, Mike Hill and Paul Williams. The service […]

Government praise for emergency care

The trust has been praised by the government for its success in being rated the top performing trust in the country for emergency care. The trust has received a letter from Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with a message of congratulations. In the letter, Mr Hunt has recognised the trust […]

Helping patients in need of advice and support

A new welfare support officer who is working with the patient discharge team is already helping make a significant difference to patients in need of help. Rebecca Garrett has been working with the trust’s Home Safe Sooner integrated discharge liaison team over the last few months to help patients who are ready to leave hospital. […]

A day in the life of…a midwife

After three years of training, Gayle Smith has been a registered midwife at UHNT for three years. She came to midwifery later than most, starting her working life with the post office: “managing different kinds of deliveries!” Gayle was inspired by the midwives who helped her give birth to her own three children and, following […]

Work to go paper-free gets national recognition

The trust has been recognised as a top performer nationally for its work around electronic patient records and moving towards paper-free working. The trust has moved up more than 100 places in national rankings, known as the Clinical Digital Maturity Index (CDMI). Over the last four years, the trust has been leading a number of […]

Listening event – winter pressures

Thank you to all the staff who came to our listening event this week to share views and ideas.   The theme of the event was winter pressures; what we did well, and how we can improve. There were a number of key stalls at the event highlighting what went well in their areas last […]

Chief executive Julie Gillon – ward visits

Chief executive Julie Gillon and director of nursing, patient safety and quality Julie Lane spent some time visiting some of the wards at the University Hospital of North Tees this week, visiting elderly care wards in the west wing, as well as the short stay unit and the acute medical and gastroenterology unit. Julie Gillon: […]

Diabetes patient talks about battle to save her feet

A woman with diabetes who has spent the last few years fighting to save her feet has urged others to be mindful of the risks. Lesley Weeks from Stockton was diagnosed with type I diabetes 30 years ago – but until the last seven years has never had health issues with her feet. Lesley, who […]