WORKFORCE: A specialist in gynaecological cancers has been appointed as the new medical director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

Consultant Keith Godfrey has worked at the hospital for 12 years and has been deputy medical director for the past three.
Mr Godfrey, 63 trained in Manchester and has worked at hospitals in Newcastle and Sunderland as well as Gateshead.
He said: “I think ensuring that clinical teams are involved in decisions about how hospitals are developed and run is crucial in ensuring that patients safety and needs are put at the centre of everything we do.
“The QE has ambitious plans over the next few years - with the development of our new pathology centre and emergency care centre, transforming the way in which we deliver our care and moving services closer to patients’ homes in the community - not to mention a need to deliver hugely significant cost savings.”