Newark Hospital to benefit from new CT Scanner
Thursday 28 August 2014
The Trust which runs Newark Hospital has today announced that after re-evaluating the business case, the hospital will now benefit from a £500k installation of a new static CT scanner in a move which the chief executive describes as a huge and bold investment.
Paul O’Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We listened to our staff, our patients, Robert Jenrick, the MP for Newark and to the readers of the Newark Advertiser when they asked that we consider the option for a static CT scanner at Newark. We have re-evaluated our original business case and have agreed to invest in a static CT scanner at Newark Hospital.
“We have always said that the capacity for CT services at Newark would be flexible and the service would be arranged to meet the needs of the hospital. We have now agreed to make a huge and bold investment and meet that need with the purchase of a static CT scanner at Newark Hospital.”
Installing a new static CT scanner at Newark Hospital will mean the Trust has greater capacity than is required to meet the current needs of Newark patients. However the Trust is confident that with the continued support of its commissioners and local people continuing to choose Newark Hospital it will be able to make better use of CT facilities at Newark Hospital. This additional CT capacity will also provide the Trust with the opportunity to attract additional patients from an extended catchment area.
Paul added: “The introduction of a static scanner represents the Trust’s investment in the future of Newark Hospital as a diagnostic and ambulatory centre outlined in the Vision for Newark Hospital. We will actively seek to use the scanner flexibly to meet the needs of patients, including looking at the possibility of offering evening and weekend appointments.
“We are looking to our stakeholders to support us in this bold venture by encouraging more patients to use the service. We need Newark people to choose Newark Hospital as much as they possibly can; we need the local CCG to invest in the hospital and we need our staff, MPs and other local opinion formers such as the Newark Advertiser to act as ambassadors, promoting the hospital and its services at every opportunity. We recognise the risk we are taking, but we are putting our trust in stakeholders to play their part in this venture also.
“I should like to take this opportunity to publicly thank colleagues who have worked with us over the past few weeks whilst we have re-evaluated the options. I am particularly pleased with clinical colleagues, who have worked with extreme professionalism throughout this time to put together a revised business case to enable us to come to this decision.”
Those patients from the Newark area who are seriously and acutely ill, such as those who are inpatients or in the emergency department at King’s Mill Hospital will continue to use the CT scanning services at King’s Mill Hospital. The plans for an additional CT scanner at King’s Mill Hospital will continue as planned to enable CT capacity there to be expanded so that patients will receive a better, faster service.
Limited spaces available at hospital’s health and wellbeing event
Sherwood Forest Hospitals is inviting local organisations specialising in health and wellbeing, to share their knowledge and expertise with staff at a special marketplace event next month (October).
The annual Staff and Wellbeing Event takes place from 9 to10 October, near the main entrance of King’s Mill Hospital.
It is an opportunity for local businesses and companies (including charities) to champion healthy lifestyles, mental wellbeing and personal development to staff, patients and visitors.
Karen Fisher, Executive Director of Human Resources at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a popular event where people can learn all about healthy living, emotional wellbeing and hobbies that support this.
“Studies have shown that a healthy balanced lifestyle boosts confidence, productivity and positivity in the home and workplace.”
The deadline for booking a stand is Friday 19 September. Places are limited; book early to guarantee a space.
Local people invited to stand as hospital Governors
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Local people are being invited to stand as Governors and help shape healthcare services at King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community hospitals
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust currently has four vacancies for public Governors in the Mansfield, Ashfield (x2) and Newark and Sherwood constituencies.
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.
Sean Lyons, Trust Chairman, said: “Governors play a key role in making sure the views of our members are represented to the Board of Directors and are taken into account when decisions are made.
“We very much value their input, as they help us ensure that our patients and staff are at the heart of everything we do. If you would like to get more involved in shaping healthcare services in your local community please put yourself forward as a public Governor.”
Two events will be held for anyone interested in becoming a Governor. The events will allow people to meet current Governors, ask questions about the role and find out more about the election process. The sessions will take place on Monday 18 August at:
• Holy Trinity Centre, Boundary Road, Newark (12-2pm)
• Classroom 1, Level 1, King’s Mill Hospital (4-6pm)
• Calling: 0345 209 3770
• Texting: ‘sfh’ plus your name and address to 07773 789 104
• Writing to: UK Engage, Image House, 10 Acorn Business Park, Heaton Lane, Stockport SK4 1AS
Nomination forms to stand for election must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 5pm on Monday 15 September.
To find out more about becoming a Governor and what your responsibilities will be click kere.
Doctors’ Gaza appeal for medical supplies
Monday 11 August, 2014
Surgeons at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are appealing for medical supplies, including surplus medicine and unused equipment, as part of international humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza.
Mr Eduardo Villatoro and Mr Irfam Akhtar, Consultant General Surgeons, are coordinating the Sherwood Forest Hospitals appeal due to an acute shortage of medical supplies in Gaza. The pair were inspired by other NHS Trusts across the UK running similar appeals.
Mr Villatoro said: “Colleagues, Denise Guzdz and Alison Bird from theatres have kindly allowed us to use Theatre 4 as a temporary storage area until Tuesday 13 August.
“We are also calling for volunteers to help us coordinate the collection, and are inviting wards and offices to raise money through cake sales and other fundraising events for the charity International Health Partners – which is creating emergency health kits to take into Gaza.”
Below is a list of unused and surplus items the surgeons are hoping to collect:
• Medications – painkillers, antibiotics, eye drops
• Surgical equipment
• Theatre items – gowns, gloves, masks, eye shields, sutures, scrub solutions etc.
• Syringes, hypodermic needles and tourniquets
• Wound dressings and dressing packs
• Medical Sheets/blankets, hospital patient gowns
• Intravenous lines and fluid infusion packs.
An Emergency Medical Kit costs £370 to put together and will provide up to 1,200 treatments. For more information about fundraising visit www.ihpuk.org/donate-gaza
Sherwood Forest Hospitals launch free text appointment reminder service
Monday 11 August, 2014
A new free service reminding patients they have appointments through texts and voicemail messages has been launched by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today (Monday 11 August).
The Two Way Text and interactive voice messaging reminder service has been set up to make it easier for patients to remember their appointments, particularly as national figures suggest approximately 1 in 10 people miss their appointments.
The reminder message will be sent directly to patients’ mobile phones or landlines a few days before their appointments.
Rebecca Adams, Service Improvement Facilitator at Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust, said: “We have set up this service to reduce missed appointments which delay treatment and increase waiting times for all patients.
“If patients do want to cancel or rearrange their appointments, the advance notification gives them the opportunity to do so. Patients will automatically be added to the system so it is important that we have their current contact details.”
To update your contact details or to opt out of the service please contact the Appointments Office on 01623 672383.