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Community Involvement

Community Involvement events

School Visit Newark Hospital

16 children from Wellow House School  visited the Bramley Children’s Unit and the Radiology Department at Newark Hospital on Tuesday 6 February. 

The children aged between 5 and 7 years are currently learning about why people come to hospital.  They brought along their teddy bears who were treated for various ailments by Paediatric Nurse Susannah Morelle and were weighed and measured by Julia Smith, Play Specialist. Hospital volunteers then escortedthe children to the Radiology Department where Julia Watchorn, Radiographer showed them how the x-ray and CT machines work and took an x-ray of one of the teddies. 

Teacher Rebekah Hawley thanked the Community Involvement team and department staff for arranging the visit and was confident that the children would be re-assured should they ever need to visit the hospital again for treatment.

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Newark Hospital Open Day - 14th October 2017

Over 380 people attended the Newark Hospital Open Day and took a tour around the departments including behind the scenes in Radiology and Theatres.  Local healthcare organisations such as Age UK, Mind and Newark Dementia Carers Group also had information stands and there were resuscitation demonstrations from the Newark Community First Aiders.  There were lots of interactive activities for children including a teddy bear clinic in Bramley Children’s Unit and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue service brought along their new Specialist Rescue Vehicle.  Students also had the opportunity to discuss careers information with Human Resources and our Work Experience Co-ordinator.

The event was opened by the Town Mayor Councillor Rita Crowe who took the tour of the hospital with Richard Mitchell, Chief Executive.  Free refreshments were offered to visitors who enjoyed a performance from the Fernwood Community Unit staff choir. A plaque was unveiled by the Mayor and Richard Mitchell to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Friends of Newark Hospital.

Fundraising events such as a raffle, tombola and gift stall took place throughout the day and a fantastic £822 was raised for our Dementia Care Appeal. 

29 people attended Dementia Friends Awareness Training provided by our Dementia Nurse Specialist, Fiona McCandless-Sugg.

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SFHT Chief Executive Richard Mitchell, Chair John MacDonald, Newark Hospital Matron Carly Rollinson and Newark Mayor Councillor Rita Crowe opening the event.

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'Whose Shoes?' Event

The education centre at KMH held a “whose shoes” event on Tuesday 10th October. The event bought together staff, health care professionals from the local community and service users to discuss the impact of dementia. The full day event gave everyone the opportunity to take part In a coordinated activity to highlight the work they do and discuss their ideas, thoughts and experience of dementia care.

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Support for Carers in the Community.

An event was held on 14th September at King's Mill Hospital to showcase the support available to carers in the community. Representatives from Nottinghamshire County Council and The Carers Trust among others were around to signpost carers to help and guidance available in the local community.

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Fernwood Ward welcome a four legged visitor

Poppy, a PET dog is a frequent visitor to Fernwood Ward at Newark Hospital.  Poppy, with owner Ann-Marie Rose, visits the ward and spends time with patients.  

Pets As Therapy a national charity founded in 1983, relies on its many volunteers who, along with their well-behaved dogs, make regular visits to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices and day care centres. The volunteers spend time with patients, residents or visitors, allowing them to stroke the PAT Dog and enjoy some companionship. Poppy is popular with patients and staff who enjoy her visits.