South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Learn more about the future of Stratford Hospital

The Governors who represent South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust are inviting members of the public to learnphoto2 more about the Trust’s plans to develop services at Stratford Hospital.

A small project team, which includes representatives from our Governors, have been looking at the options to develop Stratford Hospital for a number of months. There are many reasons to support such developments including a growing population in South Warwickshire, in particular the elderly population.  

In March the Board of Directors approved the next phase of the planning which was to work with architects on the design and to use this information to complete a full business case for consideration. This business case will detail the suggested phases for the project, the first of which is to develop Cancer and Ophthalmology services.

The Trust is welcoming members of the public to attend an event to hear more from Jayne Blacklay, Director of Development about the proposed developments, including more about each phase and have the opportunity to ask Jayne as well as the Elected Governors for Stratford District and Borders, any questions.

Event Details

· Date - Wednesday 8 May 2013

· Time - 6.30pm

· Location -  Stratford District Council, Council Chamber, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX.

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.

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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Photo Caption (Left to right): Breda Attwood (Staff Nurse) and Dee Dunne (Manager of Outpatients at Stratford Hospital)

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Partnership with local GPs strengthens health services in Shipston-on-Stour

A new medical model has been introduced in Shipston on Stour in partnership with local GPs. This has involved increasing the resource in the community to provide more care in the patient’s own home and by reducing the number of beds at Ellen Badger Hospital from 26 to 18 as in-patient demand decreases. There are many benefits for patients receiving care at home which includes:

- Builds patient confidence in their own environment

- Reduces the risk of falls and losing muscle strength

- Less risk of catching healthcare acquired infections

- Enables tailored care plans

- Eases the transition from hospital to home

Last year this model was introduced in the Nicol Unit at Stratford upon Avon Hospital. Although we reduced the number of beds we were actually able to treat more patients through better use of beds and enhanced and expanded services in the community.

What does the community team do?

The team work with patients who are over 18 years old to offer care in the patient’s own home. This group of patients require support from health care professionals but it is not appropriate for them to be in the acute setting. The team also work to facilitate ‘early supported discharge’ where patients can return home from the hospital setting when they no longer require acute medical care. They also help with ‘admission prevention’ by working closely with GPs and Community/Specialist nursing to enable patients to recover at home, for example, patients with chest or kidney infections.

The team responds 7 days a week from 8.30am to 10pm. At any one time the team may be supporting 30 patients to stay at home by working with them daily. The team respond to patients within two hours and conduct short-term assessment within three days in order to establish a suitable pathway for each patient. This may include referral to social services or a financial assessment if they have ongoing social care needs.

The team also offers rehabilitation to regain confidence and strength with daily living tasks that are necessary to remain living at home, for example, mobilising indoors, managing their stairs, maintaining personal care or preparing meals and drinks.

What staff are in the team?

Team members include rehabilitation assistants, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. At any one time there may be 30 people working intensively to enable patients to remain living in their own home.

What are the aims of the team?

The team aims to reduce rising emergency admissions for people aged 65+ and reduce hospital length of stay for this group. There are many benefits to this, including preventing loss of strength and confidence. This team also aims to integrate services across acute, community, GPs, social services and other organisations, for example Age UK. These processes will ensure that only people who require hospital care will be in the hospital setting.

Patients have responded very positively to these changes in Stratford:

Patient Comment about care at home from the community team “My husband became ill and it was very worrying, the nurse came and examined him. She worked with the out of hours GP and I found nothing but help, kindness, understanding and reassurance.  Thank you it is such a comfort to know you are there if we ever needed you again.”

This new model in Shipston on Stour has already improved care with more patients being discharged from hospital to their own homes with continued rehab and suppot at home.

The Day Unit at Ellen Badger is also changing in line with this new medical model and has been renamed to an ‘Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre’, refocusing care for patients and reflecting a new approach to rehabilitation.

Ian Philp, Medical Director at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am delighted to see that the lessons we learnt on the Nicol Unit in Stratford upon Avon, to improve services for local people, are being transferred to Shipston. I am looking forward to working closely with colleagues at Ellen Badger Hospital and GPs in Shipston to improve services for patients.”

Dr Daniel, GP, Shipston Medical Centre said: “This is a really positive change in the way we provide medical care at the Ellen Badger Hospital that will improve quality of care provided, benefiting the local and wider community.


“We now have two doctors providing all the medical cover with daily ward rounds improving both continuity and communication. We also plan to increase the medical services we offer at the Ellen Badger Hospital, such as intravenous treatments and blood transfusion in certain circumstances. This will allow us, the local GPs and nurses, to treat more patients closer to home and the closer links with community services this will enable a quicker supported discharge home for inpatients.”

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Support for Breast Care Unit from Dragon Theo Paphitis

Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis is well known for delivering the crushing words 'I'm out'. But when local mum of three,Runners and Theo Alexandra Fraser, asked for his support sponsoring running vests for the Stratford-upon-Avon half marathon,  he came straight back with a resounding 'I'm in!'.

Alex was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last year, only weeks after having a hysterectomy. She underwent numerous operations and has more surgery to come but decided to gather friends and family around to run the half marathon to raise money for Warwick Hospital’s Breast Care Unit.

She and her husband William, who also had to have major surgery on his spine last year, will be joined on the run on Sunday 28 April by friends, family and lots of the medical professionals who have helped her recovery.  

They'll all be wearing running vests proudly bearing a bright pink bra- courtesy of Theo having recently launched his lingerie company Boux Avenue, and, as someone who is passionate about health charities, he was delighted to help. 

Theo said: “Approximately 48,000 women get breast cancer in Britain each year - someone's wife, mother, sister or friend.  When Alex Fraser was told she had the disease, she decided to set her sights on raising £20,000 for the Breast Care Unit at Warwick Hospital. You don't need to be a dragon to see that this is a cause worth backing, so I am thrilled to be able to help.”

Glen Burley, Chief Executive of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said:  “I would like to say thank you on behalf of the Trust to Alexandra, to Theo and all.”

The runners have called themselves Team Capricorn- named by the Fraser's son Harry because Capricorn is as far away from Cancer as it's possible to be….

and that's a place we'd all love to be. 

If you would like to support Alexandra please visit her Just giving page -  http://www.justgiving.com/Alexandra-Fraser1-RotaryStratfordhalfMarathon

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Photo caption (Left-right):  Alexandra Fraser, Theo Paphitis, Greta Spink of Alcester Grammar School and Katherine Lapworth (great friend of Alexandra)

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Trust congratulates Assistant Practitioner Graduates

On Monday 15 April, seven of the Trust’s Assistant Practitioners graduated from Coventry University, receivingAssistant Practitioners Foundation Degrees in Healthcare. The newly graduated Assistant Practitioner are:

Brian Arnold - Feldon Ward, Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital
Janet Harper - Virtual Ward based at Bramcote Hospital
Sharon Wickes - Virtual Ward based in Rugby
Donna Haycox - Continence Service based in Rugby
Lindsey Lear - Virtual Ward based at Whitnash Lodge in Leamington
Gemma Smith – Atherstone District Nursing Team
Christine Saunders - Intermediate Care Team in Leamington

The role of an Assistant Practitioner is to work in support of trained nurses and improve access to prompt and skilled nursing care.  All of the graduates received a great amount of support from other members of staff who provided guidance for their development and facilitated their learning.

Each graduate commenced their Foundation Degrees in December 2011 and have forged the way ahead for Health Care Assistant development.  Several of the graduates have also secured Assistant Practitioner posts within the Trust and others are awaiting interviews.

Ellen Davis, Lead Nurse in Education said: “Our congratulations go out to the new Assistant Practitioners of whom we are very proud of. This qualification in Healthcare is a platform for each of the graduates to progress to their first year of nurse training.”

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to congratulate each of the Assistant Practitioners on their foundation degrees.

“As a Trust we are keen on developing our staff and will continue to ensure other members of staff are able to develop in their careers.”

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Photo Caption: The seven Assistant Practitioner Graduates at Coventry Cathedral

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Pilot project launched for new parents in Leamington and Rugby

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) is inviting new mums and dads in Leamington and Rugby to takeeRedbook part in a pilot scheme to test an electronic version of the Redbook.

The Redbook is used to record the growth and development of new born babies and provides information on what to expect as a new parent. Developments in technology now mean that this information can be recorded digitally on a version called the eRedbook.  The eRedbook system which can be used via smart phones, tablets and laptops, can be accessed worldwide via the internet.

This innovative technology is being developed in partnership with several other leading NHS Trusts from across the country.

Jane Williams, Head of Children, Young Peoples and Families Services at the SWFT said:  “The Trust is very excited to be taking part in this national pilot project to explore the eRedbook.  More and more of us rely on technology in our daily lives to learn and to store data and the eRedbook can help new parents to do this.

“The eRedbook is secure, easy to use and share and has enormous potential to grow into the future. It promises to be a ground-breaking tool that will benefit parents and health professionals alike and could grow with a child through school, university and beyond.”

GPs, Health Visitors and Community Midwives in Rugby and Leamington Spa are encouraging new mums and dads to test the system, alongside the existing hard copy version. This feedback from users of the eRedbook will help to design future versions of the product and will ensure that the eRedbook becomes as useful as possible for new parents.

Helen McGowan, Assistant Project Manager for the eRedbook pilot said “Parents who are already using the eRedbook like the fact that is a ‘one stop shop’ of information and guidance.  They also find the reminders very useful, especially for immunisations, and they love being able to upload pictures to create a scrapbook of their baby’s milestones.”

To create your own account on eRedbook for free, please visit www.eredbook.org.uk/warwickshire and find us on Facebook at ‘eRedbook Warwickshire’ where there is a short film featuring a family from Rugby using the eRedbook system.

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Photo Caption: Rachel Wareham (right), Health Visitor based at Dale Street Children’s Centre in Leamington, exploring the eRedbook with new mum Joanna Coates and twins, Edward and Harry.

YouTube promotional video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGtCRvzK2o8

An
extended interview with the Assistant Project Manager of the eRedbook pilot can be provided.

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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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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)

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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)