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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

Return to your caring ways

20 October 2014

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting previously registered nurses to return to the profession by holding a Return to Practice event at King's Mill Hospital on Friday 24 October.

The Trust which runs King's Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community Hospitals recognises the invaluable skills and experience these people have and are offering training and support to help them return to the NHS.

Susan Bowler, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at the Trust said: "People may have left their nursing careers for personal reasons such as caring for their family or choosing to bring their children up but now feel that they are unable to return. We want to help them return to the career that they loved and bring their skill and experience back into our hospitals. We understand that it can be a big decision for people and they may have lots of questions."

Staff will be available in the King's Treatment Centre, King's Mill Hospital on Friday 24 October between 10am and 3pm to answer any questions that people may have about returning to nursing.

Susan Bowler continued, "We hope that people will be able to come along and have their questions answered. We understand that returning to nursing may be daunting and inevitably some things are likely to have changed but we will offer all the support and training needed. The Trust has fantastic facilities to help returning nurses care for patients and we look forward to welcoming people back to the profession."


High volume of attendances to our Emergency Department (ED)

Friday 17 October 2014 (5.30pm)

We are currently experiencing a high volume of attendances to our Emergency Department (ED) at King’s Mill Hospital. This is resulting in potentially long delays in waiting to be seen.

Our staff are working extremely hard to ensure all patients are seen within a timely manner, but please bear with us during this busy time and consider all available options before attending ED. These incluse:

Visit the Primary Care 24 walk-in service

The nearest Primary Care 24 walk-in service is located next to the ED at King's Mill Hospital. If you need treatment or care for a minor condition you can attend Primary Care 24. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Contact your GP

If you have an illness that is not life threatening, contact your GP surgery first if possible. You can still call your GP outside normal surgery hours, but you will usually be directed to an out-of-hours service. The out-of-hours period is 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays, and all day at weekends and bank holidays.

Visit the Minor Injuries Unit at Newark Hospital

If your injury is not serious, you can get help from the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Newark Hospital. It is open 24/7 and can treat adults and children for a range of minor injuries and illnesses.

Click here to find out more.

Call the NHS 111 service

NHS 111 has been ben introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Click here to find out more.

Visit your local Pharmacy

You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms, and you don't need to make an appointment. It is possible to walk into any community pharmacy and ask to speak with the pharmacist. They may be able to spend some time with you or offer you an appointment for a consultation. All the discussions with your pharmacist can take place in person or by phone.

Industrial action - 13 October

Friday 10 October 2014

The following unions have held ballots and have agreed to take strike action on Monday 13 October from 7-11am:

- Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
- The Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
- Unison
- Unite

This is a national dispute in relation to the Government’s proposals on NHS pay. We have been working closely with our unions and have put robust plans in place for the duration of the strike. 

We do not expect services to be impacted by this action and patients should attend their scheduled appointments and clinics as usual.

King’s Mill Hospital surgeon celebrates two millionth NovaSure procedure

Friday 10 October 2014

A surgeon from King’s Mill Hospital has received world recognition for performing the two millionth NovaSure procedure – a life-changing treatment that helps women control abnormally heavy periods and provides an alternative to invasive hysterectomies.

Srini Vindla, Consultant Gynaecologist and Service Director for Medical Gynaecology at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has performed nearly 400 NovaSure procedures; 95 per cent of which have been carried out in the outpatient clinic at King’s Mill Hospital since 2010 with a 97 per cent success rate.

Mr Vindla urged women to seek help for abnormally heavy periods and not suffer in silence because NovaSure was safe, effective and quick; and ideal for women seeking to lighten or indefinitely block their periods.

He explained that the procedure was deemed safer than a hysterectomy (removal of the womb through surgery; recovery could take weeks) and worked by applying radio frequency energy to the endometrium (lining of the womb/uterus) to gently remove the lining. The NovaSure procedure took less than two minutes to complete and patients could go home on the same day as recovery was marked in hours.

Mr Vindla is now teaching surgeons from other NHS Trusts, across the UK, how to perform the NovaSure procedure. He said: “I am very pleased that I can offer my patients a treatment that achieves similar results to a hysterectomy without the trauma of a big operation.

“Patients tell me that their lives were severely disrupted due to debilitating periods. They said the treatment offered them the opportunity to get on with their lives without putting it on hold for one to two weeks every month. These women no longer have to worry about bloating, painful cramps or fear social events – many are just happy to wear white again.”

Mrs Lisa Fearn, aged 46, from Selston, says she has benefited from the NovaSure procedure which was performed by Mr Vindla this year.

The mother of three – Jessica, aged 23, and twins Alexandra and Chloe, aged 20 – said her heavy periods became unmanageable about a year ago.

She said: “I dreaded the time of the month because it meant that I had to put my life on hold. I couldn’t go to work, was in lots of pain and would become very tired.”

About six months ago, Lisa visited her GP who referred her to King’s Mill Hospital. She was also given iron tablets to increase her iron levels as she had become anaemic.

She said: “I probably should have sought help sooner but I wasn’t ready to have a hysterectomy. The doctors at King’s Mill were very helpful and told me about alternative treatments to a hysterectomy.

“I opted for a procedure called NovaSure – which would produce similar effects to a hysterectomy (clear the lining of my womb) without having a big operation.

“The treatment took minutes and I was able to go home half an hour later. I feel better already and am really looking forward to my new found freedom.”

Abnormally heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding (or menorrhagia) is a common gynaecologic condition affecting one in five women in the UK, particularly in the 35 to 49 year age range.

For more information about the NovaSure procedure, visit:


Hospital volunteers celebrate long service awards

Thursday 9 October 2014

Volunteers from King’s Mill and Newark Hospitals will be honoured this month (October) for their services to Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Volunteers work in various locations around the Trust from clinics and wards, cafes, chaplaincies, to ferrying patients to their appointments via hospital buggies. Their commitment, compassion and contribution play a vital role in helping the Trust deliver high quality care to patients.

Celebrations start today (Thursday 9 October) at the Newark Hospital Chairman’s Award Ceremony with some volunteers celebrating over four decades of service. The event takes place in Newark Town Hall where 36 volunteers will be presented with long service awards.

In total, Newark Hospital has over 210 volunteers working in various sections of the hospital including: patients’ clinics, flowers, Mercia Doughty Pre-op Assessment Centre, Voluntary Help Desk, Podiatry, CT Scanner, Mary Taylor Coffee Lounge, Chaplaincy and outpatients tea bar.

On Tuesday 14 October, another 45 volunteers will be presented with long service awards at the King’s Mill Hospital Chairman’s Award Ceremony, which takes place at the Civic Centre Mansfield.

Sean Lyons, Chairman of the Trust, said: “I am really proud that we have some of the longest serving and most dedicated volunteers in our hospitals.  We are hugely indebted to our volunteers who give their valuable time and skills to the Trust.

“Collectively and individually, their commitment, compassion and contribution plays a vital role in helping us to deliver high quality care and it is a great pleasure to be able to say thank you to this amazing group of people who bring so much to the Trust.”