South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Learn more about Dementia

The Governors that represent South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust are inviting Trust Members and local residents to an event to find out more about Dementia and the services that the Trust offers to patients who are affected by this.

This event is a great opportunity to hear more about the services and future plans of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. You will also have the opportunity to ask the host, Madeleine Curran, Matron and Dementia Lead for the Trust and the Elected Governors for Northern Warwickshire and Rugby Constituency, any questions.

The event will be held on Wednesday 24 April 2013, 6.30pm at BENN Partnership Centre, Railway Terrace, Rugby, CV21 3HR. The event is free to attend and hot drinks and refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential. Places can be booked by contacting the Membership Office on Freephone 0800 085 2471 or by emailing membership@swft.nhs.uk.

The event is open to both Trust Members and members of the public. Information on Foundation Trust Membership will be provided on the day and can also be found at www.swft.nhs.uk

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For more information please contact communications on 01926 495321 ext 8385

Debut Symphony Concert to raise money for Brain Injury Appeal

The Really Big Symphony Orchestra would like to invite the public to attend "An Alpine Symphony" to raise money forOrchestra 001 the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Centre’s Brain Injury Appeal.

The Brain Injury appeal, which was launched in September 2012 is aiming to raise £235,000 to go towards providing state of the art facilities for patients in the new centre.

The Really Big Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble which brings together instrumentalists from all over the region to perform large symphonic works.  “An Alpine Symphony” is the Orchestra’s debut concert and is scored for over 100 players, including 20 French Horns.

"Festival Prelude" (or "Feierliche Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter ordens") by Richard Strauss will open the concert followed by "Konzert Overture in E, Op. 12" by Karol Szymanowski.

The concert will take place on Saturday 20 April at 7.30pm at All Saints Church in Leamington Spa.  Tickets cost £10 where a proportion will go towards the Trust’s Brain Injury Appeal.  Tickets are available from Presto Classical on 01926 886883.

Alison Seymour, who is a GP in Wellesbourne and also the Manager of the Orchestra said: "I previously spent some time at Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital in a professional capacity. It is a truly inspiring centre and we would like to dedicate the proceeds of the concert to the Brain Injury Appeal." 

Glen Burley, Chief Executive South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said “It is fantastic when local groups support our Trust and on behalf of the Trust I would like to thank the Orchestra for supporting our Brain Injury Appeal.”

If you are interested in fundraising for the Brain Injury Appeal please contact Jacqui Wood, Fundraising Manager on 01926 495321 ext 8049 or via email at charity@swft.nhs.uk.

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Photo Caption (left to right): Alison Seymour (Orchestra Manager), John James (Orchestra Conductor), Krishna Janda (Ward Manager of Campion Ward), Jeanette Ward (Staff Nurse on Campion Ward)

For more information please contact communications on 01926 495321 ext 8385

Find out more about Dermatology

The Governors who represent South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust are inviting Trust Members and local residents to an event to learn more about Dermatology and the services that the Trust offers to patients who are affected by skin conditions.

This event is a great opportunity to hear more about the services and future plans of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. You will also have the opportunity to ask the host, Dr Bruce Gee, Consultant Dermatologist at Warwick Hospital and the Elected Governors for Warwick District and Borders Constituency, any questions.

The event will be held on Tuesday 16 April 2013, 6.30pm at Princethorpe College, Princethorpe, Rugby, CV23 9PX. The event is free to attend and hot drinks and refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential. Places can be booked by contacting the Membership Office on Freephone 0800 085 2471 or by emailing membership@swft.nhs.uk.

The event is open to both Trust Members and members of the public. Information on Foundation Trust Membership will be provided on the day and can also be found at www.swft.nhs.uk.

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For more information please contact communications on 01926 495321 ext 8385

Learn more about Ophthalmology

The Governors who represent South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust are inviting Trust Members and local residents to an event to find out more about Ophthalmology and the services that the Trust offers to patients who are affected by this.

This event is a great opportunity to hear more about the services and future plans of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. You will also have the opportunity to ask the host, Dr Helena Cilliers, Consultant Ophthalmologist at Warwick Hospital and the Elected Governors for Warwick and Leamington Towns Constituency, any questions.

The event will be held on Thursday 18 April 2013, 6.30pm at North Leamington School, Sandy Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RD. The event is free to attend and hot drinks and refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential. Places can be booked by contacting the Membership Office on Freephone 0800 085 2471 or by emailing membership@swft.nhs.uk.

The event is open to both Trust Members and members of the public. Information on Foundation Trust Membership will be provided on the day and can also be found at www.swft.nhs.uk


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For more information please contact communications on 01926 495321 ext 8385

An Eggs-ellent Donation to MacGregor Ward

On Good Friday, the children’s ward at Warwick Hospital received an eggs-citing treat from ASDA in Leamington SpaDSCF0761 who donated almost 80 chocolate Easter eggs to the children on the ward and their siblings.

The generous donation was made as part of ASDA's "Community Life" scheme, where over the last 3 weeks customers and ASDA colleagues were asked to purchase an extra Easter egg alongside their regular shopping.  The extra Easter egg would then be donated, on their behalf, to the children's ward at Warwick Hospital.

Community Life Champion at ASDA, Simon Milligan said “The response we received from customers and staff at ASDA has been overwhelming and the sheer volume of eggs donated has demonstrated the huge level of appreciation that our local community have towards MacGregor Ward.

On behalf of everyone who donated we would like to say a Happy Easter to the children and staff on the ward.”

Simon presented the eggs to Sue Moulton (Play Specialist) and Aimee Hazlewood (Staff Nurse) on the Ward who said “We would like to say a big thank you to ASDA and everyone who donated Easter eggs for the children on the ward. 

“The children were thrilled to receive the eggs and were able to share them with their friends and family over the Easter holiday.”

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Photo Caption (Left to right): Sue Moulton (Play Specialist) with Simon Milligan (Community Life Champion at ASDA) and Aimee Hazlewood (Staff Nurse)

New ‘NHS ChildSmart’ App introduced to Warwickshire

The School Nursing and Health Visitor teams that work across Warwickshire have launched a new, free smartphoneApp app to allow the local community to locate and contact their services.

The app was designed by the local teams after they recognised they needed to provide better information to local people in order for them to access their services.

The app includes a map with direct telephone numbers for each of the school nurses and health visitor clinics and bases, information about the services that these teams provide and support and advice with links to local and national websites.

Sandy Clayton-Kent, Practice Teacher for School Nursing said. “My colleague Tracey Biggs (Health Visitor Practice Teacher Associate) and I recognised that there was a need for us to be innovative with the way that we reach the local community. It is very important that parents understand how to access our services as both the health visiting and school nursing teams work with children from the age of 0 – 19 and give guidance on issues such as immunisation, bedwetting and health conditions”

“We know that most people have a smartphone and that apps have been very successful and therefore we thought this was a fantastic way to ensure families have access to our services at their finger tips.”

The app has recently been showcased to Dr Daniel Poulter, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Health, who visited some of the Trust’s health visitors in the north of the county

The ‘NHS ChildSmart’ app is now free to download via the Apple online App Store.

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For more information please contact communications on 01926 495321 ext 8385

Volunteers help to speed-up patient discharges

The League of Friends of Warwick Hospital and the hospital’s Pharmacy Department have teamed up to reduce theVolunteers time it takes to discharge patients from hospital, all with the aim of freeing-up beds for other patients.

The pilot has seen volunteers and the Pharmacy Department running an additional delivery service to wards, so that patients can be given the medication they need for when they leave hospital sooner on the day of their discharge.

George Quantrill, Chair of the League of Friends said: “The League of Friends’ focus is on supporting the hospital in as many ways as possible. We saw this as an area that we could provide additional support to and so far, feedback shows that it is contributing to ensuring patients are leaving hospital sooner.”

The volunteers, who give up their free time to support the hospital, follow instructions from the Pharmacy Department and deliver medication to the wards from 10am-12noon, Monday-Friday.

Graham Murrell, Trust Chairman said: “The Trust would like to thank the volunteers from the League of Friends that provide this dedicated service.  This service is proving helpful to nursing staff who now have more time to focus on delivering patient care rather than collecting medication from the Pharmacy Department.”

If you would like further information about volunteering at Warwick Hospital please contact the Volunteers Coordinator by telephone on 01926 495321 ext 6881.

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Photo caption: Pharmacy volunteers from Warwick Hospital’s League of Friends with Graham Murrell, Trust Chairman.

Knitters Unite in Aid of a Good Cause

Knitters in Leamington Spa are uniting to create some Easter spirit and raise money for the Brain Injury Appeal ateaster knitters the    Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital.

The team of knitters will be creating Egg Cosies in the style of Easter animals which will be sold together with a Cream Egg for £1.50.

The selection of cosies in the shape of chicks, ducks, mice and bunnies will make a perfect Easter gift and will be available from Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital.

Towergate Insurance Services in Warwick has kindly donated 100 Cream Eggs to the team that are raising money for the Brain Injury Appeal. The appeal is running alongside the expansion of the specialist hospital so that the new two storey, state-of-the-art building is able to deliver specialist rehabilitation to more patients who have suffered from a brain injury; for example, in a road traffic accident.

The Brain Injury Appeal is aiming to raise £235,000 this year, and the money will go towards making additional enhancements to the building. This includes; specialist lighting and equipment that will support patients through their recovery.

Often patients are taught how to speak, eat and walk again and they can spend up to a year within the hospital. The fundraising appeal aims to ensure that patients have access to SMART technology to keep in contact with family members who are not able to visit them, as well as technology that enables the patient to track their own appointments, in order to encourage independence for patients that will be making the transition from the hospital back into home life.

If you would like to donate any Cream Eggs to this cause, or would like to help knit the cosies then please contact Natalie Percy by telephone on 01926 317740.

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Photo – Knitted egg cosies

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French Exchange Students receive excellent care

staff 2 At approximately 6.30pm last night (12 March) around 90 exchange students from France arrived at Warwick Hospital in two coaches. Approximately one third of these students presented with sickness and four had to be admitted to our Children’s Ward. The remaining students stayed on the coach and we provided them with blankets and supplies.

Approximately one hour later West Midlands Ambulance Service arrived to help the staff in A&E triage the other students who had remained on the coaches. It was their Hazardous Area Response Team who were sent to help and this included a trauma doctor and three senior paramedic officers. The British Red Cross also helped and provided 90 camp beds and bedding. Four enhanced skills first aid volunteers were deployed at all times to assist the hospital staff.

With this excellent support from West Midlands Ambulance Service, the British Red Cross, Health Protection Agency, Public Health and our external suppliers G4S we were able to provide food, support and accommodation for the unaffected students and an area away from the main hospital building for the ones with symptoms. All of the affected students have improved overnight and have since left the hospital to continue their holiday. No one was severely ill and samples have been sent for testing to establish the source of the outbreak.

Helen King, Deputy Director of Public Health for NHS Warwickshire and Warwickshire County Council, has offered the following advice:

Diarrhoea and vomiting can spread easily amongst people in close contact with each other. The following advice should be followed to avoid spreading the illness:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water. If you are in an NHS facility, use the hand gels available.
  • Ensure that toilet areas in your home are kept clean, particularly if you have been experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Wash any clothing or linen that could be contaminated.
  • Disinfect any hard surfaces that could be contaminated.
  • Stay away from hospitals, work, school or social gatherings until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said "I would like to take this opportunity to offer a big thank you to all of our staff, together with the other services who provided help and support to our Trust during this difficult time. This was a great example of team working between agencies to provide the best possible care for these affected students. I would also like to apologise to the small number of outpatients who will have been affected by this incident this morning."

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Photo Caption 1: Just some of the staff that helped to ensure the French students received the best possible care.

Photo Caption 2: Trust staff, G4S staff and the British Red Cross are photographed in the temporary room that was set up for the French students’ stay at Warwick Hospital.

Milestone for Trust as it repays last instalment of loan

On 15 March 2013 South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust will reach an exciting milestone as the last £854k payment towards the Trust’s £18.5million refinancing loan will be paid off.

The loan was taken out in 2007 to refinance the Trust to secure its future after it accumulated a large financial deficit.

Following changes to the Board in 2006, including the appointment of Graham Murrell, as Chairman and Glen Burley, as Chief Executive, the Trust has now repaid the loan in full to complete the financial turnaround. 

“This is an important milestone for the Trust” said Glen Burley, Chief Executive. “It really validates all of our recent achievements and allows us to have an even stronger platform for the future. The most important factor is that all of the future money that the Trust makes can now be invested back into care – keeping our core focus on our patients.”

Alongside paying the loan, the Trust has strengthened both its financial position and performance and has been classed as one of the most recommended hospitals in the country, including recognition as the CHKS most improved hospital last year.  Further to this, the Trust has also been able to make a number of key developments over the last 5 years, including:

· The development of the Aylesford Unit at Warwick Hospital in 2009 which specialises in Cancer Services.  The unit managed to reach the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark in 2012 scoring the highest possible rating for cancer services in the Trust.   The unit also aided the development of the Helen Clarke Suite in 2010 which specialises in breast care.

· The Trust reached Foundation Trust status in 2010, becoming accountable to our local communities and helping to change the culture within the Trust to focus on local priorities, patients and staff.

· The acquisition of Warwickshire Community Services by the Trust in 2011 which has joined-up hospital and community services in south Warwickshire.

· The refurbishment and development of the main Theatres Suite at Warwick Hospital which now provides the region’s first integrated theatre.

Glen added “It has been important for us to continue to make improvements over the last few years, in addition to us repaying the loan as it is essential for us as a Trust to ensure a sustainable future for our patients across Warwickshire.

“We are not perfect and we still have many improvements to make; however at the Trust we have a culture which encourages our staff to make improvements so that we can all continue to be proud of our local health services.

“I would like to thank all of our staff for their ongoing support and dedication.”

Some of the Trust’s upcoming developments include the current development at the Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital and the Maternity Department at Warwick Hospital.