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Here are the latest news releases from the Trust.  If you have any queries concerning the content of these articles then please contact the Communications department via email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01623 672294

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.

Board of Directors meeting – 26 May 2016

18 May 2016

Members of the public and stakeholders are invited to Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ next Board of Directors meeting, taking place at King’s Mill Hospital on Thursday 26 May from 10.30am.

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

· Long term partnership

· Integrated performance report

· Quality improvement plan

· Six month improvements progress report.

The meeting will be held in the Boardroom, 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:


Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards - nominations now open

Nominations are now open for this year’s Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The awards celebrate those inspirational nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are committed to providing quality care and compassion.

Nominations can be made by patients, members of the public and staff in any of the following categories, based on our values of:

· Communicating and working together

· Aspiring and improving

· Respectful and caring

· Efficient and safe.

There will also be a special award chosen and presented by the Chief Nurse for outstanding contribution to leadership and empowering and inspiring others.

Nominations can be made via an entry form from the Trust’s website:

Completed forms may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to ‘Nurse of the Year Awards’, Communications Department, Trust HQ, Level 1, King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL.

Suzanne Banks, Chief Nurse at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “Last year we had 131 nominations and are proud of all the nurses and midwives nominated.

“This year we are looking for individuals who represent our transforming organisation and are able to embrace change by being forward-thinking and inspiring others to take the care they deliver from good to great.”

Nominations will close on Friday 8 July and winners will be announced at a special ceremony during the Trust’s Celebrating Nurses Week.

Starlight panto is just what the doctor ordered

11 May 2016

King’s Mill Hospital’s children’s ward will have a big dose of sunshine delivered by Starlight Children’s Foundation when it’s amazing Storytellers Tour pays a visit on 17 May.

Starlight is national charity that grants wishes for seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices across the UK. The eight week long Starlight Storytellers Tour will visit 92 children’s wards across the country.

This year’s stories have been produced exclusively for Starlight by The Panto Company who will perform Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood and Pinocchio. Fully interactive, these adaptations of the well-loved children’s classics are full of fun and young patients will get to laugh and cheer as the four actors sing, dance and perform for them, their families and the staff.

Nicola Armstrong, Play Leader on ward 25 children’s ward, said: “We use play to help distract children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling as a result of their illness and there’s nothing like a good story to capture a child’s imagination.

“The children are always very excited ahead of a visit from the Starlight Storytellers Tour and we are very grateful to them for providing the opportunity for our young patients to forget their illness for a short while and simply have some fun.”

Every year, Starlight provides entertainment and distraction to over half a million poorly children and the Starlight Storytellers Tour will give thousands of them the chance to escape their illness and enter the magical world of storytelling, all from the safety of the hospital ward.

Neil Swan, Chief Executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said: “All of Starlight’s activities are aimed at distracting children from the pain and anxiety that they might be feeling as a result of their illness. The Starlight’s Storytellers Tour is now in its third year and always proves extremely popular with hospitals and hospices alike.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring storytelling and fun to poorly children and we hope that the stories will be just what the doctor ordered!”

Matt Lee-Alliston, Managing Director of The Panto Company, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Starlight again to bring interactive storytelling to so many seriously ill children. Our acting troupe can’t wait to hit the road and bring the magic of Starlight storytelling to children’s wards across the country.”