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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

Sherwood Forest Hospitals welcomes 19 newly elected Governors

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced the results of its latest election for public Governors.

The election was held in April 2016 to fill the 19 vacancies for Governors in the following areas:

  • Public - Mansfield (x3)
  • Public - Ashfield (x2)
  • Public - Newark and Sherwood (x4)
  • Public - Rest of East Midlands
  • Public - Derbyshire (x2)
  • Staff - King’s Mill and Mansfield Community Hospitals (x3)
  • Staff – Newark Hospital (x2)
  • Volunteers - King’s Mill and Mansfield Community Hospitals
  • Volunteers - Newark Hospital

More than 4,300 votes were cast from Trust members across these areas and the following candidates have been elected:

  • Debra Barlow – Public Governor for Mansfield
  • Keith Wallace – Public Governor for Mansfield
  • John Wood – Public Governor for Mansfield
  • Jayne Leverton – Public Governor for Ashfield
  • Jackie Hewlett-Davies – Public Governor for Ashfield
  • Jim Barrie – Public Governor for Newark and Sherwood
  • Martin Stott – Public Governor for Newark and Sherwood
  • Ian Holden – Public Governor for Newark and Sherwood
  • Ann Mackie – Public Governor for Newark and Sherwood
  • Nick Walkland – Public Governor for Rest of East Midlands
  • Valerie Bacon - Public Governor for Derbyshire (unopposed)
  • Ray Holmes - Public Governor for Derbyshire (unopposed)
  • Dilip Malkan – Staff Governor for King’s Mill and Mansfield Community Hospitals
  • Roz Norman – Staff Governor for King’s Mill and Mansfield Community Hospitals
  • Eddie Olla – Staff Governor for King’s Mill and Mansfield Community Hospitals
  • Samantha Annis – Staff Governor for Newark Hospital
  • Angie Emmott – Staff Governor for Newark Hospital
  • Ron Tansley – Volunteer Governor for King’s Mill and Mansfield Community Hospitals
  • Ken Gibson - Volunteer Governor for Newark Hospital (unopposed)

To see full results for each area, please clink on the links below:

Sean Lyons, Chairman of Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “I am delighted to welcome our new Governors to the Trust and would like to thank all the candidates who put their name forward for this election.

“I look forward to working with all the new appointments and the rest of the Council of Governors in our efforts to champion and deliver the best care, service and wellbeing outcomes for each individual in the communities we serve. I would also like to pay tribute to those governors who will no longer be serving. There loyalty, commitment and challenge has been extremely valuable and I wish them well for the future."

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.

Governors are elected from the Trust’s membership of over 20,000 and must live locally in Ashfield, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood and Derbyshire. Joining is simple and can be done online by clicking 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..

Celebrating the heart of midwifery

29 April 2016

Midwives from Sherwood Forest Hospitals are celebrating International Day of the Midwife by raising funds through a ‘Bake-off’ cake sale to help provide care for women and babies in deprived areas of the world.

Run by the International Confederation of Midwives, International Day of the Midwife is being held on 5 May. This year’s theme, ‘Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery’, aims to highlight the invaluable work of midwives around the world who ensure mums and their babies receive the quality care they deserve.

The role of midwives is unique in that they assist and accompany women throughout their pregnancies, births and postnatal period. Their clinical expertise helps women feel confident and prepared to welcome their new baby.

Julie Shaw, Senior Midwife at the Trust, said: “Our midwives focus on what is most important to each woman’s unique situation. We routinely provide different options for pregnancy and birth as well as individualised antenatal care pathways, one-to-one skilled care in hospital or at home at the time of birth, and management and referral for any health complications. We also offer emotional support, nutritional education, smoking cessation advice, breastfeeding support and assistance with family planning.”

The Trust has 140 midwives looking after women from Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark, Sherwood and Derbyshire - in hospital or in the community setting - giving them timely access to the best possible care before, during and after pregnancy and birth. Over 3,400 babies were delivered by the Trust’s midwives last year.

Helen Evens, Community Midwife, said: “Using best practice, evidence and research we are able to ensure a woman’s individual needs are understood. This personalised healthcare experience leads to a safe, positive and happy outcome.”

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Please follow these six signposts to find the right care first time


Sore throat? Cough?

A lot of common illnesses can be treated in your own home by using medicine and getting plenty of rest. It is worth keeping in your medicine cabinet paracetamol or aspirin, anti-diarrhoea medicine, rehydration mixture, indigestion remedy, antihistamine, plasters and a thermometer.

For more info visit, or call the self-care hub on 0300 303 2600 open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Diarrhoea?  Runny nose? Painful cough? Headache?

Your local pharmacist can give you friendly, expert advice about over-the-counter medicines that help with lots of common conditions, without the need for an appointment. They are highly qualified health professionals and can provide reassurance and advice when you or your family members are feeling unwell.

Please below to see a list of your local pharmacies and their opening times.

Newark and Sherwood
Mansfield & Ashfield

3. GP

Severe Vomiting? Ear pain? Stomach ache? Back ache?

Make an appointment with your local GP when you have an illness or injury that will not go away. Get the treatment you need at a convenient time and place. When your GP surgery is closed call NHS 111 who will be able to give you advice or arrange for you to access your Local GP Out of Hours service.

4. NHS 111

It’s not a medical emergency but you need help fast?

111 is a free phone number for when you need medical help fast, but it is NOT an emergency.

NHS 111 operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When someone needs help to save their life call 999.


Deep Cuts? Strains? Sprains?

If you feel your symptoms cannot wait for a GP appointment but at the same time do not require emergency treatment, Urgent Care Centres are open 24/7. In Mid-Nottinghamshire, the Minor Injuries Unit is located at Newark Hospital. The Urgent Care Centre is co-located within the Emergency Department at King’s Mill Hospital.


Severe Chest pain? Choking? Broken Bones? Blacking out? Heavy blood loss?

For serious or life threatening injuries or illnesses call 999.Emergency Departments are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and are there to treat people with serious and life-threatening conditions.

You should only call 999 in a critical or life threatening situation.

Or for pharmacies that are open in Derbyshire please click here

Raising awareness of urinary tract infections

15 April 2016

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is continuing its fight against infection by offering advice to patients and visitors on how to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Specialist nurses from the Trust's Infection Prevention and Control team will be on hand to answer questions, raise awareness and give information on UTIs at a stand in the hospital's main entrance from 10am-3pm on 21 April.

UTIs are very common, particularly in women, babies and the elderly; around one in two women and one in 20 men will get a urinary tract infection in their lifetime.

A UTI can range from an infection of the bladder (cystitis) to an infection of the kidney.

Symptoms of a lower UTI or bladder infection may include:

- Frequent need to urinate

- Burning sensation while urinating

- Pressure in the lower abdomen

- Pain in the lower back

- Blood in urine.

Symptoms of an upper UTI or a kidney infection may include:

- Fever

- Chills

- Nausea and/or vomiting

- Pain higher in the back (around the upper sides and waist).

The most common causes of UTIs are sexual intercourse, waiting too long to urinate, kidney stones, diabetes and being pregnant.

Rosie Dixon, Nurse Consultant for Infection Prevention and Control at the Trust, said: "It is important to see your GP or other health professional if a bladder or kidney infection is suspected. Early treatment of urinary infection can help to prevent the infection spreading to the kidneys.

"To diagnose a urinary tract infection a doctor will perform a simple urine test. A urine sample may be sent to a laboratory to identify the specific cause of the infection and to help determine the correct course of treatment, which is usually in the form of an antibiotic."

UTIs can be prevented by practicing the following health habits:

- Practice good personal hygiene - always wipe from front to back

- Drink plenty of fluids to help flush bacteria out of the urinary tract

- Empty your bladder completely as soon as you feel the urge, or at least every three hours

- Get plenty of vitamin C – it makes urine acidic and helps keep bacteria down

- Wear cotton underwear - bacteria grows better in moist places and cotton does not trap moisture.

Addition measures are helpful for women:

- Change sanitary pads and tampons frequently during menstruation

- After intercourse, urinate as soon as possible; this will help flush out any bacteria that may have gone into the urinary tract.

Rosie Dixon added: "If you suspect an infection, see your doctor and follow the prescribed treatment; UTIs can easily be cleared up before they cause serious problems."


Member briefing on Trusts long term partnership with Nottingham University Hospitals

The Trust has arranged question and answer sessions which will be led by our Chief Executive, Peter Herring, and Chairman, Sean Lyons, to update members on our long term partnership with Nottingham University Hospital&

Peter and Sean will deliver a brief presentation, following which they will be pleased to answer your questions about how the partnership will affect our patients, staff and the health and social care system in Nottinghamshire. The sessions will be held across both hospital sites on the following dates:

- Wednesday 4 May, 6-7pm, Lecture Theatre 2, King’s Mill Conference Centre, King's Mill Hospital
- Thursday 5 May, 6-7pm, The Holy Trinity Centre, Boundary Road, Newark 

Light refreshments will be provided at both sessions from 5.30pm

If you would like to attend either of the sessions please register your place by calling 01623 622515 extension 3575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.