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A touch of charm for antenatal care

26 February 2015

Pregnant women being cared for at King's Mill Hospital are now benefitting from improved surroundings following a generous cash donation from a local wedding planner.

Kelly Wilson, who runs Touch of Charm in Mansfield, has donated £1000 to support the refurbishment of a quiet room facility in the antenatal suite at the hospital. The funds, which Kelly raised by organising a charity night, have been used to buy comfortable leather furniture and soft furnishings. 

Claire Allison, Antenatal Suite Co-ordinator at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "Expectant mums often need somewhere quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy ward, to talk with us about how their pregnancy is progressing, or to discuss any concerns they have.

"The quiet room enables staff to provide their dedicated assistance and support in private and comfortable surroundings. Kelly's hard work and generous donation has made a huge difference to the women we care for."

Kelly Wilson said: "I am aware of the great work the team in the antenatal suite do and once I found out about their need for a quiet room I was really keen to raise funds for such a worthy cause. It's good to know the money raised has been used to create a room which will benefit so many women and their families."

Kelly will officially open the quiet room on Friday 6 March at 10.30am.


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Board of Directors meeting - Thursday 26 February 2015

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

- Quality and safety report

- Monitor plan 2015/16

- Budget 2015/16

- Fit and proper person test.

The meeting will be held on Thursday 26 February at 10am 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:



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Paul Robinson appointed as new Chief Finance Officer

23 January 2015

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Robinson, the Trust's new Chief Finance Officer.

Paul, who will begin his role in March, joins the Trust from Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust where he has worked for two years as Executive Director of Finance. During this time he was the lead for development and delivery of financial planning, successfully delivering a surplus, whilst achieving efficiency targets.

Paul has previously worked in a range of NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) during his long career and has a strong track record of delivering financial targets in large, complex healthcare organisations.

Paul O'Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: "I am delighted to welcome Paul to the Trust. He has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of financial leadership.

"As Chief Finance Officer Paul will play an important role in ensuring that we deliver our financial objectives, enabling us to invest more money into improving the quality of our services on offer for our patients."

Paul is a Chartered Management Accountant and lives in Sheffield with his wife, Clare, and their three boys.

As Chief Finance Officer Paul will be a key member of the Board of Directors. He said: "I am excited to be joining Sherwood Forest Hospitals at a time of immense change for the Trust.

"While challenges still lie ahead, I am confident that I can bring all of my experience and energy to help continue the improvement journey and deliver excellent services across the local healthcare community."

Paul replaces Margaret Ashworth, who has served as interim Chief Financial Officer since June 2014.



Trust helps to ring the changes on tinnitus awareness

23 January 2015

Most people have regular health checks but how many get hearing tests?

To encourage people to think more about their hearing, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting National Tinnitus Awareness Week (2-8 February) by holding two events where people can learn about the causes of tinnitus and treatment options available. 

The word 'tinnitus' comes from the Latin word for 'ringing' and is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. This noise may be heard in one ear, in both ears or in the middle of the head or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location. Although tinnitus is often described as 'ringing in the ears', sufferers can experience other sounds including buzzing, humming or whistling.

As well as being caused by regular exposure to loud noise, triggers for tinnitus can include ear or head injuries, infections, medication side effects and emotional stress. It is also commonly associated with age-related changes within the hearing system.

Prolonged exposure to noises over 85 decibels has also been linked to noise-induced hearing loss. Firework blasts can often have a volume over 120 decibels and participating in or watching many live sports, from motor racing to shooting, can also be a noisy activity.

Michelle Booth, Clinical Lead for Adult Audiology at the Trust, said: "We see every day the distress and frustration that tinnitus can cause. Whilst hearing damage is more common amongst those who have had prolonged exposure to noise above 85 decibels, even a single incident of exposure can trigger tinnitus.

"I would encourage anyone who is experiencing noises in their ears, or has had any distortion of their hearing for a prolonged period, to attend one of our events to learn about the condition and discuss treatment options".

The first event will be held on Monday 2 February from 10am-midday in the main entrance at King's Mill Hospital. Members of the audiology team and tinnitus support group members will be on hand to give out information and answer questions about tinnitus and management of the condition.

The second event will be held on the same day from 2-4pm in the Conference Centre at the hospital.

This will be an opportunity to learn about local service provision and management strategies, and to talk about tinnitus with professionals and people who are living with the condition.

This event will also incorporate the third meeting of the Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark Tinnitus Support Group.

To reserve a space at this event please contact Michelle Booth or Cheryl Gamlin on 01623 622515, extension 3036 or 3341.

More details about tinnitus can be found on the British Tinnitus Association website:




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