HOSPITAL workers in South Tyneside got a visit from a top health union boss.
The Royal College of Nursing’s executive director of nursing and service delivery, Janet Davies, met South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust nurses as part of her visit to the North earlier this week.
Bev Atkinson, the trust’s executive director of nursing and patient safety, and her team highlighted examples of improvement work that is enabling them to introduce new ways of ensuring high quality, integrated care, which respects patients’ privacy and dignity.
She then met staff in the emergency assessment unit at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields, where patients with major injuries and illnesses like stroke, heart attacks and breathing complications, are evaluated before being admitted to the appropriate ward.
Lorraine Lambert, chief executive of the trust, which, as well as providing hospital services in South Tyneside is responsible for community healthcare in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland, said: “I was delighted to welcome Janet so she could see at first hand the fantastic work our nurses are doing in ensuring that patients are given the best possible care.”
During her visit to the region, Ms Davies met staff working in a range of NHS, private and charity providers of healthcare.