Opus to bring music to King’s Mill children’s ward for the next three years
Musicians are bringing songs and smiles to Ward 25 at King’s Mill Hospital.
Opus Music – Nick Cutts (guitar), Richard Kensington (percussion and ukulele) and Oli Matthews (melodeon) – will be touring the ward each Friday playing for patients, parents and carers.
But it’s not just about their own musical skills. They will also be getting children and accompanying grown-ups involved in a series of well-known and traditional songs.
Thanks to cash support from the National Foundation for Youth Music, Opus will be visiting King’s Mill each Friday for the next three years. The first visit took place during National Creativity and Wellbeing Week, a celebration of the profound effect that engagement in the arts and creativity can have on health and wellbeing.
Opus music director Nick said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our much-valued work.
“Music-making creates fantastic opportunities for cultural engagement within clinical environments, and provides much-needed respite from illness or injury. Music has been proven to support healing, enhancing the fantastic work done by clinicians.”
Nine-year-old Aaron Beadsworth, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, played percussion with the trio. Mum Joanne praised their work, saying: “I think it’s marvellous, it puts a smile on everyone’s faces – not just the children.”
Trust surgeon wins prestigious award
1 June 2016
A Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ surgeon has won a major Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) award.
Miss Susan Ward, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at King’s Mill Hospital, was the winner of the National Trainer of the Year Award – a new mark of recognition presented for the first time this year.
The award is given to individuals who go above and beyond to contribute to the teaching and mentoring junior doctors who are preparing for careers in women’s health.
Miss Ward, who was presented with her award on 20 May at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, was chosen to receive this accolade for her outstanding contribution to education and training. She is heavily involved in career support and teaching and is held in very high esteem; inspiring many young doctors and students to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynaecology.
With a tireless dedication to improving healthcare services for women, Miss Ward’s past accomplishments include establishing a formal teaching programme in obstetrics and gynaecology at King’s Mill Hospital and developing a quality-assured programme for junior doctors training at 11 hospitals in the East Midlands.
Miss Ward, who is also Head of School for the East Midlands Deanery, said: “I am delighted to win this award.
“It is just as important to teach the next generation of doctors as it is to do the job well yourself, and this award has encouraged me immensely.”
Sean Lyons, Chairman at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said, “This award is held in high esteem within the profession. This is a fantastic achievement for Susan who is a well-deserved winner of the award and a highly valued and respected member of staff.”
Celebrations for volunteers
31 May 2016
Sherwood Forest Hospitals is celebrating National Volunteers’ Week with a programme of events acknowledging the generous contribution of its hospitals’ volunteers.
National Volunteers’ Week, which started in 1984 and is being run from 1-12 June this year, is an event which celebrates the incredible achievements that millions of volunteers make across the UK.
The Trust’s celebrations include a tea party at King’s Mill Hospital, a coffee morning at Mansfield Community Hospital and a thanksgiving service and afternoon tea for volunteers at Newark Hospital.
The Trust is privileged to have 640 volunteers working in different areas around the hospitals. This dedicated team of people come from a variety of different cultural groups and backgrounds; all with differing life skills.
Sean Lyons, Chairman at the Trust, said: “We are very lucky to have the number of volunteers that we have and I would like to say a big thank you to all of them.
“This tireless team donate their time, energy and talents, and make a huge difference to the experience of patients and visitors.”
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and improves self-esteem, health, stress and employability.
Volunteers enhance the experience of patients and complement the work of paid staff by providing invaluable support in many areas of the hospitals including:
· Wayfinding - hospitals can be a daunting place for patients, visitors and even new members of staff; our volunteers are ready with a friendly face to help people find their way around
· Wards/clinics – creating a welcoming environment, assisting with the smooth running of services
· Emergency Department - supporting patients and staff within a very busy service at the front line of emergency medicine
· Cafés and tea bars - serving staff, patients and visitors with sandwiches, drinks and confectionary
· Internal vehicles – assisting people who have limited walking ability by driving them to their ward or clinic in a buggy
· Care of the elderly – befriending patients and doing activities with them
· Millside Radio – learning how to use the broadcasting equipment, and even presenting shows which are broadcast to patients’ bedsides
· Fundraising – there are many events to get involved with, including raffles, sales and stalls.
· Administration – a wide range of clerical support.
Job opportunities for qualified nurses
31 May 2016
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit qualified nurses to further improve the quality of care provided at its hospitals.
An open day on 4 June at King’s Mill Hospital from 10am to 3pm is a chance for registered nurses to find out more about career opportunities within King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community hospitals.
Attendees will be able to chat with friendly staff about the benefits of working at the Trust, plus those who meet the required standard will have a chance to undertake an interview and potentially receive a provisional job offer on the day.
The Trust, which is looking to recruit registered nurses across all specialties including acute medicine, surgery and theatres, is hoping to replicate the success of its last open day in February where 25 registered nurses were employed.
Andrea Clegg, Lead Nurse for Professional Practice Development, at the Trust, said: “To be a nurse at Sherwood Forest Hospitals is exciting, satisfying and rewarding.
“We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic nurses who are committed to providing the highest quality care to patients. In return we offer an extremely fulfilling career path, excellent training and development opportunities and a good work life balance.”
For further information about the open day, please call 01623 622515, extension 3947 or visit www.caretobeproudof.co.uk/open-day. Applicants should bring all relevant forms of identification on the day.
Anyone interested in applying for nursing jobs at Sherwood Forest Hospitals should visit www.caretobeproudof.co.uk
Achieving timely discharge from hospital
27 May 2016
Patients can look forward to a more efficient way of being discharged from hospital thanks to the relocation and expansion of the discharge lounge at King’s Mill Hospital.
The new lounge, which opened on 18 April, is a testament to the modernising initiatives of the hospital, designed to improve efficiency and patient comfort.
Staffed by registered nurses and healthcare assistants, the lounge offers a safe, comfortable and convenient place for patients who are awaiting discharge from the hospital to wait for their transportation home.
Priority has been given to fostering a 'home-from-home' feel, appealing to all types of patients. It boasts comfy chairs and attractive décor and also has the ability to accommodate patients in beds and a choice of food and drinks are available.
The new lounge, which replaces a smaller lounge, now makes the discharge process far more efficient. It effectively 'frees-up' acute hospital beds much earlier in the day ensuring timely bed availability for the patients most at need. This means ward staff can concentrate on caring for those patients who are acutely ill or about to have a surgical procedure.
Phil Bolton Divisional Head of Nursing at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This comfortable, new discharge lounge is a great asset to the hospital.
“We are committed to providing the best care for our patients – the aim of the lounge is to ensure that no patient says in hospital longer than necessary.”
The lounge is situated on Ward 35. Access for relatives, hospital or other transport is gained via the main entrance of the hospital.