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Local people invited to stand as hospital Governors

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Local people are being invited to stand as Governors and help shape healthcare services at King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community hospitals

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust currently has four vacancies for public Governors in the Mansfield, Ashfield (x2) and Newark and Sherwood constituencies.

Governors play an important role in holding the Trust accountable for the services it provides, as well as helping it deliver quality care to local communities. Governors also hold non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Board and represent the interests of Trust members and the public.

Sean Lyons, Trust Chairman, said: “Governors play a key role in making sure the views of our members are represented to the Board of Directors and are taken into account when decisions are made.

“We very much value their input, as they help us ensure that our patients and staff are at the heart of everything we do. If you would like to get more involved in shaping healthcare services in your local community please put yourself forward as a public Governor.”

Two events will be held for anyone interested in becoming a Governor. The events will allow people to meet current Governors, ask questions about the role and find out more about the election process. The sessions will take place on Monday 18 August at:

• Holy Trinity Centre, Boundary Road, Newark (12-2pm)
• Classroom 1, Level 1, King’s Mill Hospital (4-6pm)

To book a place please call 01623 622515 ext 3570 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

An information pack and nomination papers can be obtained from Katie Roper at UK Engage by:

• Calling: 0345 209 3770
• Emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Texting: ‘sfh’ plus your name and address to 07773 789 104
• Writing to: UK Engage, Image House, 10 Acorn Business Park, Heaton Lane, Stockport SK4 1AS

Nomination forms to stand for election must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 5pm on Monday 15 September.

To stand for election you must be a member of the Trust. Joining is simple and can be done online - click here, by calling 01623 622515 ext 3570 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To find out more about becoming a Governor and what your responsibilities will be click kere.


Doctors’ Gaza appeal for medical supplies

Monday 11 August, 2014

Surgeons at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are appealing for medical supplies, including surplus medicine and unused equipment, as part of international humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza.

Mr Eduardo Villatoro and Mr Irfam Akhtar, Consultant General Surgeons, are coordinating the Sherwood Forest Hospitals appeal due to an acute shortage of medical supplies in Gaza. The pair were inspired by other NHS Trusts across the UK running similar appeals.

Mr Villatoro said: “Colleagues, Denise Guzdz and Alison Bird from theatres have kindly allowed us to use Theatre 4 as a temporary storage area until Tuesday 13 August.

“We are also calling for volunteers to help us coordinate the collection, and are inviting wards and offices to raise money through cake sales and other fundraising events for the charity International Health Partners – which is creating emergency health kits to take into Gaza.”

Below is a list of unused and surplus items the surgeons are hoping to collect:

• Medications – painkillers, antibiotics, eye drops
• Surgical equipment
• Theatre items – gowns, gloves, masks, eye shields, sutures, scrub solutions etc.
• Syringes, hypodermic needles and tourniquets
• Wound dressings and dressing packs
• Medical Sheets/blankets, hospital patient gowns
• Intravenous lines and fluid infusion packs.

An Emergency Medical Kit costs £370 to put together and will provide up to 1,200 treatments. For more information about fundraising visit




Sherwood Forest Hospitals launch free text appointment reminder service

Monday 11 August, 2014

 A new free service reminding patients they have appointments through texts and voicemail messages has been launched by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today (Monday 11 August).

The Two Way Text and interactive voice messaging reminder service has been set up to make it easier for patients to remember their appointments, particularly as national figures suggest approximately 1 in 10 people  miss their appointments.

The reminder message will be sent directly to patients’ mobile phones or landlines a few days before their appointments.

Rebecca Adams, Service Improvement Facilitator at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, said: “We have set up this service to reduce missed appointments which delay treatment and increase waiting times for all patients.

“If patients do want to cancel or rearrange their appointments, the advance notification gives them the opportunity to do so. Patients will automatically be added to the system so it is important that we have their current contact details.”

To update your contact details or to opt out of the service please contact the Appointments Office on 01623 672383.




The right decision made for the right clinical reasons

 Thursday 7 August 2014

You will have seen the coverage in last week’s Newark Advertiser about the future replacement of the CT scanner at Newark Hospital with a new, modern mobile service.

I fully understand the concerns that the people of Newark have about this, but the decision to replace the current CT scanner with a mobile scanner is the right decision made for the right clinical reasons.

This has been badged, wrongly, as a cut to services at the hospital. I want to make it absolutely clear - we are changing the way we deliver the service, not removing or cutting the service.

Mobile does not mean temporary – it just means mobile. Mobile scanning equipment is used throughout the NHS for many services, including breast screening and MRI.

It is only right that we too embrace this flexibility. If demand for CT scans at Newark Hospital increases, so too will access to the mobile scanner. Capacity will be flexible and the service will be booked to meet the needs of the hospital. There will be no reduction in service and we may also be able to offer patients evening appointments for scans.

We cannot continue to use the current CT scanner at Newark for very much longer. It is coming towards the end of its useful life and guidance from the Royal College of Radiologists recommends that scanners of this age be taken out of service.

An additional CT scanner at King’s Mill Hospital will also benefit those patients from the Newark area who are seriously and acutely ill, such as inpatients and those in the emergency department. Patients will further benefit from quicker and easier access to CT scans for conditions such as strokes.

As a Trust we remain fully committed to Newark Hospital. It is a thriving hospital which is continuing to treat more patients year on year.

Paul O’Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Local children learn about revolutionary green friendly scheme

4 August

The Estates and Facilities team at King's Mill Hospital is educating local children about the inner workings of a hospital site and how it keeps its carbon footprint down.

Children from Dalestorth Primary School were invited to King's Mill Hospital as part of the Junior Environmental Champions scheme to receive talks from Skanska's Damian Kilday and Stuart Locking about the hospitals revolutionary geothermal heating system.

The largest of its kind in Europe the system consists of seven huge radiators sunk into the King's Mill Reservoir. It is connected to the hospital under the A38 by bore pipes and has halved the hospitals carbon footprint, saving the Trust £120,000 in fuel bills each year.

Alan Franks from Medirest also gave energy saving advice for at home and explained the various ways the hospital recycles.

The children produced posters to be displayed across the hospital, promoting green energy and encouraging members of staff to recycle. They were then awarded with a certificate and a goody bag.

Julie Dennis, Facilities Management Performance and Quality Manager, who organised the event, said: "It is a great opportunity for local children to view the workings of hospital from behind the scenes, as well as develop relationships with the local community.

"Sustainability and carbon reduction is now very much on the NHS agenda and it is important that this, and future generations, are behind the changes that are needed."

Maddison Piddock, aged nine, said" "The trip to the hospital was very fun and interesting because we made posters of 'Going Green' and the reason why it was interesting was that I found out how the hospital saved energy."

Karis Robinson, aged nine, said" "I found the day interesting as I found out all the interesting facts such as solar energy is used to save money. I also loved the goody bags."

Lessons were learnt about how careful Skanska's Damian should be about describing his role at King's Mill however as Sam Braidwood, aged 7, said: "The trip was fascinating because I discovered King's Mill Hospital is run by only two men."

However when asked to describe in two words what the best bit of the day was it was near unanimous – pudding! No matter how revolutionary the technology it seems or how good the goodies it takes a lot to beat a really good dessert.