Second CT scanner now at King's Mill
24 June 2015
King's Mill Hospital is now in proud possession of a second CT scanner to assist in the early detection of disease and improve treatment planning and monitoring.
CT (Computed Tomography) scanners use x-rays in a more sophisticated way to create a computerised picture of "slices" through the body. It is a non-invasive and quick way to look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, blood vessels and bones, and can accurately diagnose many conditions.
The Optima CT660, manufactured by GE Healthcare, represents a significant investment by the Trust ensuring the hospital is equipped with the latest technology to deliver the most advanced service to the local community.
Jayne Burkitt, Radiology Services Manager at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The second scanner will dramatically improve patient care by increasing scan availability for inpatients, shortening hospitals stays (as scans can be performed on an outpatient basis), improving waiting list times and improving imaging to treatment times.
"The CT service has also increased its provision towards a seven-day working service."
Newark Hospital will also benefit from the same type of scanner, which be installed in a few months' time.
Board of Directors meeting - Thursday 25 June 2015
23 June 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 (participation in the EPOCH clinical trial – benefits to quality, safety and outcomes)
- CQC feedback and next stages
- Nurse staffing report
- Workforce race equality standard
- Fit and Proper Person requirements
- Staff engagement strategy
- Transformation update.
The meeting will be held on Thursday 25 June 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:
Only a few days left to vote for your hospital hero
16 June 2015
Local people are being asked to submit their nominations for the Sherwood Forest Hospitals People’s Award to recognise an outstanding hospital employee who provides exceptional service above and beyond the call of duty.
The award, launched seven years ago, was designed to recognise the difference staff make to the lives of others, whether it be at King’s Mill, Mansfield Community or Newark Hospital, or in people’s own homes.
People can nominate any nurse, doctor, midwife, therapist, receptionist, porter or other member of staff who looked after them during an outpatient visit, a home visit, day case or longer hospital stay.
Trust Chairman Sean Lyons said: “The People’s Awards are a great honour, made even more special because our patients and visitors nominate a member of staff, who has provided a service exceeding expectations, for recognition.
“Our staff are extraordinary people who staff work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality care. They carry out their work with dedication, often in hugely challenging circumstances. This award is a chance for our patients to make sure their compassion, kindness and skill doesn’t go unnoticed.”
There are two ways to send in your nomination and tell us why a particular employee or team is so special:
- - Write to People’s Award, FREEPOST RLSJ-BGTL-XRUY, Membership Response Centre, King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4JL
All nominations must state the full name and department of the person being nominated and the hospital. They must also include the name, address and telephone number of the nominator. Nominators’ details will not be retained or passed on to any third parties.
The closing date for receipt of nominations is 19 June 2015. The winner will be announced at the Trust’s Annual Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony later in the year.
Baby memorial service
15 June 2015
King's Mill Hospital is holding a special service for mums, dads, grandparents, siblings and friends who have suffered the loss of a baby.
Whether it is a recent bereavement or it happened many years ago, the memorial service is a commemoration of babies who have passed away as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth or any other cause.
Sherwood Forest Hospitals' Chaplain Edith Dawson, who is part of the team who have organised the service, said: "The aim of our service is to acknowledge how deep and profound the loss of a child can be and offer support, encouragement and hope.
"Time does not always heal the pain of loss but we hope this service will give people the opportunity to stand with other people who know the pain of losing a child.
"If you need to say goodbye to a baby or to grieve, or you want to come along with a friend who needs to say goodbye, please join us for this special service or remembrance."
The service, led by the Chaplaincy Team, will take place in the Faith Centre at King's Mill Hospital on 25 June 2015 at 7pm.
Find out the benefits of health research
Local people are being invited to King's Mill Hospital to discover how medical research can transform lives, and how they can get involved.
As part of International Clinical Trials Week (18-22 May) research nurses will be running a stall in the main entrance of the hospital to talk to patients and visitors about what research involves, and about successful research trials the Trust has already undertaken.
They will also provide expert advice to people wishing to undertake research activities, and information on resources available to researchers to assist them to conduct clinical trials within their specialist areas.
Dominic Nash, Research Team Leader at the Trust, said: "Over the last year we have successfully recruited over 800 people to research trials in many clinical areas across the Trust.
"Clinical research improves health outcomes and getting involved not only has the potential to benefit the people that take part, but also gives the opportunity to have a positive impact on the care and treatment of other people in the future.
"I would encourage everyone to come along and find out more, whether they have a particular interest in research or not."
The stand will be opposite the Daffodil Cafe between 11am and 4.30pm.