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GP Jane joins Northumbria Healthcare

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
GP Jane joins Northumbria Healthcare

A North Tyneside GP has joined Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in a pioneering appointment which will help improve care for patients.

Dr Jane Weatherstone, who was a GP partner at Priory Medical Group in North Shields, Tynemouth and Hadrian Park for the past 22 years, is the Trust’s new full-time GP Clinical Director for North Tyneside.

Jane, also former co-clinical chair of NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will help to deliver a more seamless pathway of care for patients between hospital and community healthcare services which are both managed by Northumbria Healthcare. She will do this by developing the district nursing service and further strengthening links with local GPs.

For part of the role, Jane will also be based in accident and emergency at North Tyneside General Hospital and will gain experience of treating patients with non life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

Faced with increasing numbers of A&E attendances, Jane’s support will enable patients with more serious illnesses and injuries to be seen quicker by specialist emergency care consultants.

Commenting on her new post, Jane said: “Having worked directly with patients for more then 20 years, I understand what matters most to them and where improvements can be made to make sure people get the right treatment in the most convenient way for them.

“Sometimes this might be treatment in hospital but often we can provide care closer to people’s homes through our community teams.

“My priority will be to work closely with other GPs and the Trust’s community staff to make sure we develop services that fit around patients’ lives, not the other way round.

“I also very much welcome the opportunity to spend some of my time in A&E where I will gain a greater understanding of patients who attend with minor ailments and how we can better care for this group of people.”

Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Weatherstone to our team at such an exciting time for the Trust. While we already work in close partnership with our GPs, Jane’s appointment will help to further strengthen this and ultimately bring benefits for patients.

“This is the first appointment of its kind and underlines our commitment to deliver the best possible care – regardless whether this is in hospital, in the community or at home.”

Jane will also be involved in post-graduate training for doctors and looking at developing new training schemes in the Trust.

From 2015 the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital will treat the most critically ill patients from across North Tyneside and Northumberland, helping ease pressure on local A&E teams who will continue to treat patients with less serious and non life threatening conditions.

The hospital at Cramlington will be the first hospital of its kind in the country to have specialists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to see and treat the most critically ill or injured patients.