Hartlepool hospital unit is leading the way

LEADING THE WAY: Hold forth Unit staff (standing left to right) Andrea Gallagher, Sue Cooper and Sarah Kidson with Ann Neath (left) and Clare Nertney.
LEADING THE WAY: Hold forth Unit staff (standing left to right) Andrea Gallagher, Sue Cooper and Sarah Kidson with Ann Neath (left) and Clare Nertney.
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HARTLEPOOL is leading the way with a hospital department which is one of the first of its kind in the country.

The Holdforth Unit, based at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, is pioneering the idea of a unit which is nurse-therapy led.

We get lots of positive comments about how nice the staff are and how supportive they are.

Clare Nertney, ward matron

It is a 30-bed acute unit, taking patients aged 18 and over who need hospital care - but care which is a step down from the treatment provided on acute wards.

It could be people needing intravenous treatment, antibiotics, warfarin monitoring and help with dressings.

Ward matron Clare Nertney leads a team of 40 staff and eight therapy workers. Their joint aim is to get people from hospitals wards to being ready to go home.

“We provide a step down from acute wards,” said Clare.

“We are there for rehabilitation and for patients who need some nursing engagement.”

She welcomed the launch of the Hartlepool Best of Health Awards and said: “We give good care and we do a good job. The patients are happy here.

“We get lots of positive comments about how nice the staff are and how supportive they are.”

We’re hoping those patients and many more people will put the Holdforth Unit - and all other aspects of health care in Hartlepool - in the running for honours.

Our event will culminate in a sparkling finals night at the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield on June 18.

But first, we want those nominations.

l Get nominating and make sure your health favourite is in the running, by the website HERE.