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Trust wins award for innovative green scheme

21 November 2014

Sherwood Forest Hospitals has won a prestigious Green Apple Environmental Best Practice award in recognition of its ground-breaking geothermal lake pump scheme.

The Trust beat 500 nominations for the acclaimed eco-friendly scheme, which harnesses energy from nearby King's Mill reservoir to power its air conditioning and heating, producing up to 5.4MW of energy – which is enough power to run some electric trains.

The scheme works by connecting 42 heating and cooling pumps from King's Mill Hospital to a network of pipes submerged in adjacent King's Mill reservoir.

These pumps circulate a mixture of water and antifreeze around a ground loop (circular network of pipes) which absorbs heat from the reservoir bed then passes it through a heat exchanger. The fluid is then used to regulate the temperature of the buildings at King's Mill Hospital.

The benefits of the geothermal lake pump scheme include lower fuel bills and the potential to generate income. The scheme also lowers the Trust's carbon footprint, requires little maintenance and is an alternative to oil and gas.

Ben Widdowson, Head of Estates and Facilities at the Trust said: "The Trust is committed to reducing carbon emissions to secure a safer environment for future generations and we are delighted to win this award.

"Changing King's Mill Hospital's conventional cooling system was a good start because it consumed a significant amount of energy, and we are grateful for the Department of Health Energy which gave us the opportunity to set up the geothermal lake pump scheme in 2008.

"It is an innovative example of engineering that encouraged the Trust and its partners to think outside the box and provide a long-term solution that would change the way we use energy.

"It has always been a part of the Trust's agenda to seek innovative solutions to meet the targets set by the Climate Act 2008, which pledged the NHS would reduce its carbon emissions by 80 per cent from the 1990 baseline by 2050."


Trust awarded UNICEF Baby Friendly Award

19 November 2014

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is the latest UK healthcare facility to win international recognition from the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) by being awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award.

The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for all mothers and babies. In the UK, the initiative works with UK public services to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and to strengthen all mother and baby and family relationships. The award is given to hospitals after an assessment by a UNICEF team has shown that recognised best practice standards are in place.

Jo Lincoln, Infant Feeding Co-ordinator at the Trust, said: "We are delighted to have achieved the UNICEF Baby Friendly Award. This is recognition of the hard work being undertaken by staff to encourage and support new mums with breast feeding their baby. This work helps to increase breast feeding rates and improve care for all new mothers and babies at the Trust.

"The health benefits of breast feeding for both mum and baby are widely known. For baby these include early protection against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy, as well as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in later life. For mums, it can also reduce their risk of developing some cancers.

"But however a new mum chooses to feed her baby, we encourage her to form a strong loving relationship with her new-born by supporting maximum skin to skin contact, helping her to understand how her baby communicates and how she can respond to that."

Sue Ashmore, Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director, said: "We are delighted that Sherwood Forest Hospitals has achieved full Baby Friendly status. Surveys show us that most mothers want to breastfeed but don't always get the support they need. New mothers can be confident that midwives at the Trust will provide full support and high standards of care."


School choirs bring Christmas joy to King's Mill

19 November 2014

Local school choirs will bring the true spirit of the Christmas season to King's Mill Hospital when they entertain patients, visitors and staff with programmes of Christmas carols in December.

Supported by the hospital's volunteers, sixteen school choirs, totalling over 400 children, will perform collections of well-loved carols, accompanied by music and instruments, in the hospital's main entrance over a nine day period.

Paul O'Connor, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: "Listening to the choirs is a real tonic – they bring so much pleasure and entertainment to everyone at the hospital and we are delighted to invite them back.

"Nobody wants to be in hospital over Christmas but we do try to inject a little festive cheer into proceedings, which we know our patients and staff appreciate.

"Local school children coming in to sing for us all is a wonderful tradition and we hope it continues for many years to come."


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Programme of concerts:

Monday 8 December

9.30-10.30am, John T Rice Infant School 

1.45-2.45pm, John Davies Primary School

Tuesday 9 December

10-11am, Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School

1.45-2.45pm, Forest View Primary School

Wednesday 10 December

9.30-10.30am, Forest Glade Primary School

Thursday 11 December

10-11am, Skegby Junior Academy

1.30-2.30pm, Hillock Primary School

Friday 12 December

1.30-2.30pm, Queen Elizabeth's Academy

Monday 15 December

10-11am, Dalestorth Primary School

1.30-2.30pm, Orchard Primary School

Tuesday 16 December

9.20-11.20am, Garibaldi College

1.30-2.30pm, St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Wednesday 17 December

9.30-10.30am, Eastlands Junior School

12.45-1.45pm, Holly Primary School

Thursday 18 December

10-11am, Abbey Primary School




Board of Directors meeting - Thursday 27 November 2014

17 November 2014

Members of the public and stakeholders are invited to Sherwood Forest Hospitals' next Board of Directors meeting, taking place at King's Mill Hospital.

The Trust holds Board meetings each month to discuss quality and safety, finances and plans for the future. The meetings are chaired by Sean Lyons, Trust Chairman.

Amongst the topics on this month's agenda are: 

- Patient story

- Nurse staffing update

- Quality Improvement Plan progress

- Research strategy

- Being Open policy

- Tobacco control declaration.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 27 November, 9.30am in Classroom 1, Level 1, King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL.

A copy of the agenda and papers will shortly be available on the Trust's internet site:




Chairman refuses to split hairs for Movember

Sean Lyons ChairmanThe Chairman of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is joining millions of men worldwide to support 'Movember.'

Sean Lyons will commit to decorating his upper lip in a bid to raise money for Men's Health Awareness, which covers:

• Prostate cancer
• Testicular cancer
• Mental health.

Countless avoidable deaths occur through these three illnesses, due to men not having the courage or knowledge of how to seek help if noticing problems.

At King's Mill Hospital 209 patients were diagnosed with prostate cancer within the last year.

Sean Lyons is amongst many who believe it is important for awareness to be raised around these issues.

He said: "As Chairman I believe it is my responsibility to get involved and lead Sherwood Forest Hospitals in helping to raise awareness for Men's Health.

"It's a noble charity, which allows people to unite and find amusement with those taking part, and is a subtle reminder to the public to give generously in order to conquer these inescapable illnesses that plague a large proportion of the population.

"I for one am proud to be a part of such an inspiring and enjoyable cause. Not only has it raised millions in the last decade but it's also an excuse to leave your upper lip untended without repercussions!

"So I urge people to get involved and donate to Men's Health Awareness."

David Johnson, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Urology at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said:

"Unlike bowel or bladder cancer, prostate cancer has very few early symptoms that would alert a man to a problem.

"Blood in a man's urine is a symptom that is currently being campaigned about and is being advertised nationally via radio adverts and within our hospitals using posters. This is helping men come forward."

To help Sean raise money for Movember please visit his Just Giving page: