We're one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the United Kingdom with over 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1billion. We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally, and have twice been rated an ‘outstanding’ organisation by the Care Quality Commission.
We’re also one of the largest providers of specialised services in the country and support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.
On average, every year, we come into contact with more than 1.8million patients across our main sites and community services including the Freeman Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle Dental Hospital, Newcastle Fertility Centre and the Northern Genetics Centre.
Our Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre is also one of two trauma centres serving the Northern Trauma network which extends from the Scottish Borders to Yorkshire.
We provide a range of flagship services which deliver cutting-edge care (supported by state-of-the-art diagnostic services in both radiology and pathology) and are a catalyst for innovation to support pioneering clinical practice in the NHS. The Trust is also at the forefront of pioneering treatments such as mitochondrial donation at the Centre for Life - a form of IVF in which the future baby’s mitochondrial DNA comes from a donor egg to avoid passing on inherited diseases – and transplantation.
Our patients, both children and adults, were amongst the first in the world to receive CAR-T cell therapy which marks a new era of personalised medicine for treating lymphoma and leukaemia.
The Trust was the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a ‘climate emergency’ in June 2019, following in the footsteps of our City partners - Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University – and was recently named as one of the UK’s most inclusive employers after being listed in the Top 100 Employers by LGBT equality charity, Stonewall, the highest-ranking new entry in the health and social care sector.
Our stories of excellence and innovation
Pioneering heart device
The first patient in the UK to have a mobile Berlin Heart driving device has had it fitted at the Freeman Hospital while she awaits a heart transplant.
Aged just 18 months the device has given her and her family the ability to do everyday things which most families take for granted - like a walk in the park.
Responding to COVID-19
The integrated Covid hub for the north east is the first of its kind in England, providing improved capacity for Covid-19 testing, facilities to develop innovative approaches to Covid science and a regional centre to share and coordinate data, information and resources in the fight against the virus.