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Breakthrough treatment could provide relief to many in the East Midlands 

Doctors at Kings Mill Hospital have for the first time provided a treatment which could in future help dozens of East Midlands people overcome gut infections caused by the C. diff superbug.

They have transplanted healthy intestinal bacteria from a daughter to her pensioner mum who was fighting repeated bouts of illness caused by C. diff. The 92-year-old had been left weak and virtually housebound after the infection failed to respond to more conventional drugs or treatments at the Hospital.

Now, just two weeks after her bacteria transplant, the patient Betty is joyous about being both symptom and infection free.

She said: “I feel fantastic. I just can’t thank everyone at Kings Mill enough. Before I had this done I couldn’t go out, and now there’s nothing stopping me. It’s wonderful, just wonderful.”

From day one, Betty and her daughter Cheryl saw a difference. “Mum had a cup of tea immediately after the transplant, and the same day we had ham salad for tea – there were no ill effects whatsoever.” said her daughter Cheryl.

Betty was treated by consultant microbiologist Dr Shrikant Ambalkar, together with his colleagues, gastroenterologist Dr Anthony Shonde, infection control nurses Rebecca Holmes and Diane Scott, and endoscopy assistant Bob Nutter, at Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, which is part of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The treatment involves liquidising a healthy donor’s poo. This is then infused into a patient’s gut to recolonize it with healthy bacteria. The treatment can be carried out in one day, with no need for an overnight stay.

Dr Ambalkar said: “Although the concept of putting somebody else’s poo in your gut sounds very unpleasant, even disgusting, this kind of colonoscopy procedure is the most successful way of treating debilitating repeated attacks of the C. diff infection, which doesn’t respond well to standard treatment.”


Students get a taste of medicine with work experience at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Students considering a career in medicine have been given a taste of life at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

AS and A level students considering a degree in medicine spent time with qualified doctors, medical students, nurses, radiographers, laboratory staff and volunteers during their Aspiring Medics placement.

Accredited by Industrial Cadets, an organisation inspired by The Prince of Wales, the placement is the first work experience programme to be accredited at the trust and has been running for two years.

The accreditation acts as both a kite mark to recognise high quality placements and also a framework for developing provision following best practice.

The youngsters spent time with staff in areas including pharmacy; fracture clinic; endoscopy; orthopaedics; ear, nose and throat clinic; and ophthalmology.  They also tried their hand at basic clinical skills such as plastering and cannulation. 

The programme has been co-ordinated by Dr Susan Geary, consultant radiologist; Mr Vikram Desai, orthopaedic consultant; and Ms Val McCabe, medical education undergraduate co-ordinator. 

Dr Geary said: “The placement is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain a variety of experiences within a hospital environment and to help them make decisions about their future careers.”

At the end of the week - June 27 to July 1 – the students gave a presentation on their experiences to the group.  Lucas Brown, aged 16, from Collingham, was presented with a book voucher as prize for the best presentation.


Aspiring Medics Group Photo 1 07 16

Knitted squares for babies urgently needed

Calling all knitters and crocheters!

Six-inch knitted squares are needed for when neonatal babies and their mums are separated.

Smell is the first sense a baby develops and it is thought that a baby’s ability to smell their mummy is how they learn to recognise her. Each is given a square to hold against their skin, and then the squares are swopped over so the mum can leave her scent with the baby and she can smell her baby on her square. This bonding can also help mum produce more milk if she is breastfeeding.

The squares could also be rectangles or triangles and should be made in soft baby wool. As a rough guide 4mm needles should be used – double knitting/cast on 33 stitches – either knit every row or knit one, purl one.

All squares will be gratefully received. Please send all donations to the Neonatal Unit, King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL. If you need more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fighting to enhance stroke care

21 July 2016

A King’s Mill Hospital staff nurse is set to raise £2000 for the hospital’s dedicated stroke unit by stepping into the ring for a charity boxing match.

Ben “Buster” Griffiths, who works on the stroke unit, will strap on his gloves as part of a national White Collar match on 31 July.

Presented by one of Leicester's finest boxers - Rendell ‘2 Tone’ Munroe - the event will see over 20 amateur boxers fight it out to raise money for their chosen charities.

White Collar Boxing is a form of boxing where men and women in white collar professions are trained by world-class coaches to fight at special events. It is a unique opportunity for people with no boxing background to experience the world of boxing in a safe and enjoyable environment. The trend originated in New York in the 1990s and has become more and more popular since.

Ben has been on a strict training and sparring regimen with professional fighters since 20 June and has replaced his favourite takeaways with healthy, high protein meals. This has left him fighting fit to face the WBA International Super Bantamweight Champion in a bout of three rounds of three minutes each.

Ben said: “As a member of the stroke team I felt that this was a fantastic opportunity to support our excellent service.

“We strive to provide our patients the best possible care. We see on a day to day basis the devastating effects that strokes have on patients and relatives. The money I raise will go towards improving dayroom facilities, aiming to provide patients a more comfortable experience whilst with us on the ward.

“The match will be a great experience for me. I am now at a really high level of physical fitness. The training, plus support from my family and friends, has given me confidence to jump in the ring and raise as much money as I can for this worthy cause.”

The event will take place at the Genesis Centre, King Street, Alfreton, from 1pm on Sunday 31 July. Anyone who is able to sponsor Ben can do so by visiting the Voluntary Services office in the main entrance at King’s Mill Hospital, or by donating via:


UNICEF recognises Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ maternity services

19 July 2016

Midwives and support workers caring for new mums and babies at Sherwood Forest Hospitals have been commended for their work by UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s charity.

It’s all part of UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Award, given to services that adopt international standards of best practice caring for new born children.

In their assessment of Maternity Services at Kings Mill and Newark hospitals, the UNICEF team wrote: “Mothers and staff spoke highly about the excellent care provided by the Lime Green team as well as the kindness shown to them by midwives and support staff. The high standard of care given to the mothers reflected the staff’s skills and knowledge base.”

Midwives and healthcare support workers help breastfeeding mums on the wards, while the hospital’s Lime Green Infant Feeding team helps mums and babies back at home. The Lime Green team was set up three years ago to provide on-going help and advice to mums in their first few weeks back at home. The team has proved very popular.

Alison Whitham, Head of Midwifery and Gynaecology at Sherwood Forest Hospitals said: “We are absolutely delighted with this award. Everyone works extremely hard caring for our mums and babies, and it’s excellent that UNICEF has judged our quality and professionalism deserves further recognition two years after their first inspection.”

The Maternity Service has backed the UNICEF Baby Friendly initiative to increase breastfeeding in the UK since 2009. In that time the number of new breastfeeding mums has risen from 54% to 66% of those admitted to Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

“Whether on the ward or out in the community, however a mum chooses to feed her baby, breast or formula, she will always be supported to form a strong loving relationship with her new-born,” says Jo Lincoln, Sherwood Forest Hospitals Infant Feeding Co-ordinator.

UNICEF first accredited the Maternity Service at Sherwood Forest Hospitals as Baby Friendly in February 2014. After the first Award is made UNICEF re-inspects services after two years, then every three years, to ensure standards are maintained.

Eighty-eight per cent of mothers during the latest visit said they were very happy with their care, and no one was unhappy with the care overall.

The Lime Green Infant Feeding Team supports mums in the Newark, Sherwood, Ashfield and Mansfield communities.

Breastfeeding has well known health benefits for babies including reducing the risk of sudden Infant death and obesity. For mothers it reduces the risk of some cancers including breast cancer

Emerging evidence suggests that breastfeeding has a positive impact on mother-baby relationships: breastfeeding releases certain hormones which promote maternal feelings and behaviour. Strong early relationships and a stable and loving environment are all conducive to babies’ healthy emotional, social and physical development, through production of the hormone oxytocin.

Baby Rememberance Service

18 July 2016

King’s Mill Hospital is holding a special service for mums, dads, grandparents, siblings and friends who have suffered the loss of a baby.

Whether it is a recent bereavement or it happened many years ago, the memorial service, which has been held every year for 25 years, is a commemoration of babies who have passed away as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth or any other cause.

Held by the Trust’s Chaplaincy team and supported by Bereavement Midwife Melanie Butcher, the aim of the service is to acknowledge how deep and profound the loss of a child can be and offer support, encouragement and hope.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ Chaplain, Edith Dawson, said: “Time does not always heal the pain of loss but we hope this service will give mums, dads, friends and relatives the opportunity to stand with other people who know the pain of losing a child.

“Creating memories of a lost baby is very important. As part of the service we are encouraging people to bring a palm-sized decorated remembrance stone, which includes the child’s name, to place on the memorial cairn in our Faith Centre garden.

“Symbolic gestures are an opportunity to acknowledge the life of a baby, to express grief and to say goodbye.”

The service, which is for people of all faiths, will take place in the Faith Centre at King’s Mill Hospital on Thursday 21 July at 7pm. Attendance should be registered by calling 01623 622515, extension 3047.

NICE report for sepsis

Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust welcome for NICE report into treating sepsis


A senior Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust nurse, who helped develop national best-practice guidance for treating sepsis, has welcomed publication of a major report into the potentially fatal condition.

New guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) urge doctors and nurses to consider sepsis early on when assessing any patient with infections and, if identified, treat the condition as urgently as they would a heart attack.

Initial symptoms – including rapid breathing or feeling generally unwell - can be vague, making it difficult to distinguish from other conditions.

Julian Newell, Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ corporate matron and a member of NICE’s sepsis clinical guidance development group, said early recognition is “absolutely fundamental” in successful treatment.

“Understanding of the condition has improved a lot over the past 15 years, and this new guidance is an important step as it brings together the latest international evidence.

“At Sherwood Forest Hospitals all our existing doctors and nurses have received training to help them recognise sepsis and it is a requirement for all newly-appointed medical staff,” he said.

Sepsis occurs when the body over-reacts to an infection. It leads to an estimated 44,000 UK deaths a year and it is estimated that more than 5,000 of these could be avoided.

Mr Newell said spotting the potential indicators and knowing how to escalate treatment were a key part of NICE’s new guidance.

Sepsis: Recognition, Assessment and Early Management is available on the NICE website.