Childrens Services

Latest children's hospital news

There's always lots going on at Newcastle's Great North Children's Hospital. This page brings you the latest news you need to keep up-to-date.

NECTAR officially launched

Child healthcare experts in the North East were delighted to unveil the new headquarters for the region’s specialist Paediatric Intensive Care retrieval service called NECTARNorth East Children’s Transport And Retrieval.

This life-saving service has welcomed two brand new, hi-tech ambulances – brightly adorned with the NECTAR logo and kitted out as mobile intensive care units.

NECTAR ensures that critically ill children (from birth to 18 years of age) are transported rapidly by an expert team to one of the Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) we have here in the North East: the Great North Children’s Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Dr Iain Johnstone, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Co-Clinical Director of the Great North Children’s Hospital explains: “The Great North Children’s Hospital alone performs in the region of 250 retrievals each year. These are for children, infants and even new-born babies who are extremely unwell with conditions such as organ failure, life-threatening heart problems, traumatic injuries and severe respiratory illnesses.

The new, improved service embraces the involvement of other paediatric specialists in the North East and North Cumbria, and, whilst still hosted by the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, will offer a much more streamlined and overarching approach for children all over the region.”

Find out more on the News Section of our Website.


Newcastle’s childhood cancer experts offer pioneering cancer trial treatment

Experts at Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital have taken further steps in their fight against childhood cancer, as they celebrate new developments at this world-leading centre.

The Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH) is a key member, and leading co-ordinator, of a major new Northern Network, encompassing the whole of Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with the primary aim of making ‘Early Phase’ (new and experimental) treatments available to children diagnosed with all types of cancer.  This new Network approach is the first of its kind in the UK and will be the national forerunner, eagerly watched by other Centres across England.

Dr Quentin Campbell Hewson, a Consultant Paediatric Oncologist and Unit Lead for early phase clinical trials in Children’s Cancer at GNCH explains: “Children’s cancer treatment is a relative success story. We now cure more than 80% of children with currently established treatments.

“However, we still see a small number of patients who cannot be cured with current therapy, and of those who are cured, many will have serious long term side effects as a result of their curative treatment. Because of this, we continuously seek new therapies for children’s cancer.”

Find out more on our News Section of the Website

Meet Fudge, our giraffe

Giraffe mascot

Meet Fudge who was unveiled at a very special celebration for a very special place.

The new giraffe mascot for the Great North Children's Hospital was named at the GNCH's fifth birthday party in June 2015.

To celebrate our landmark birthday, we held a special party and announced 'Fudge' as the name for our new giraffe mascot.

One of our former patients - Ryan from Prudhoe - came up with our giraffe's name after hundreds of suggestions from young patients and people from across the North East.

Ryan came to the party to unveil Fudge, and along with current and former patients, nurses, doctors and VIP guests, enjoyed fun activities, food and music on a sunny Saturday.

You can see pictures from the event on the Evening Chronicle website.

Future Fund programme

The 'Future Fund' aims to raise money to develop The Newcastle Centre for Childhood Cancer, which will provide modern resources to help research into children's cancer. The project is a partnership between the GNCH, Newcastle University and North of England Children's Cancer Research.

You can get more details, and find out how to donate on the Future Fund website.

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