South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Charity Runners Support Aylesford Unit at Warwick Hospital

On Wednesday 6 February, Russell Ray and David Upstone from Baxi Heating UK presented a £1598 donation to theAylesford 003 Aylesford Unit at Warwick Hospital.

Russell and David along with their colleague Marc Kilgallen, completed the Regency Run in Leamington Spa and Two Castles Run, from Warwick Castle to Kenilworth Castle in 2012, to raise the impressive amount for the Unit.

Russell and David said “We would all like to thank everyone who sponsored us, including Baxi, who donated £500 for the cause. We regularly take part in charity runs and have previously raised money for the BLISS and Macmillan charities, however this time we decided to raise money for the Aylesford Unit because David’s fiancées father was treated there in 2010 before passing away. 

“We hope that this money can contribute to helping the Aylesford Unit to further benefit patients.”

The Aylesford Unit, which was built in 2008, offers cancer services to the patients of south Warwickshire and was designed with significant input from patients to ensure the services reflected their needs. Recently the unit received the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, scoring the highest possible rating for cancer services in the Trust.

Carole Connor, Nurse Consultant and Nurses from the unit received the donation from Russell and David. Carole said: “We would all like to thank Russell, David and Marc for their generous donation. 

“We will be purchasing a new Blood Pressure Machine for the unit, which will provide more resource for our patients thus improving patient care.”

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Photo Caption (left to right): Russell Ray - Baxi Heating UK, Hannah White - Staff Nurse, Lilly Varghese - Clinical Sister, David Upstone - Baxi Heating UK

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Magic on MacGregor Ward

Magician 002 The League of Friends brought some magic to Warwick Hospital recently when they organised a magic show for the children on MacGregor Ward.

The magician, Mark Traversoni, baffled the children and left them with smiles on their faces as they watched him perform several different magic tricks, assisted by his puppet friends.

George Quantrill, Chair of the League of Friends, said “We thought the children were more than deserving of a special visitor.  We knew that magicians are guaranteed to brighten up the children’s day and the League of Friends is delighted that the children really enjoyed it.”

The League of Friends work to support Warwick Hospital by organising fundraising events and activities. They have raised over a million pounds for the Trust since it started in 1953 and continue to raise thousands of pounds each year.

To contact the League of Friends of Warwick Hospital please call 01926 495321 ext 6881 or find out more on their website

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Photo Caption: Mark Traversoni (centre) with children and parents from Macgregor Ward. George Quantrill Chair of the League of Friends is first left.

New Non-Executive joins the Board of Directors

btpSouth Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust  is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non– Executive Director.

Bruce Paxton, joined the Trust’s Board of Directors on 1 February 2013. With almost 20 years of experience of Board Level jobs, Bruce brings extensive business knowledge to the Trust.

Bruce said “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors, and I look forward to contributing to the Trust’s future. I hope that my experience and expertise will help the Trust to continue to go from strength to strength.”

Bruce’s career has been in general management, operations and engineering in the food manufacturing, packaging and engineering industry sectors. He has extensive experience of working in challenging and competitive industries, in several countries.

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said “It is a pleasure to welcome Bruce to the Trust as the new Non-Executive Director. As a result of Bruce’s successful portfolio and as a local Warwickshire resident, Bruce will be a great addition to the existing Board of Directors.”

Bruce will replace Veronica Cotterill as the Non-Executive Director.

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Photo Caption: Bruce Paxton

Children’s Ward Win Green Tokens Donation from Asda – Leamington Spa

On Thursday 24 January, a donation of £200 was received by Warwick Hospital’s Children’s Ward (MacGregor Ward)swft 005 from the Asda store in Leamington Spa.

The generous donation was raised through the store’s Green Token Scheme which aims to support local charities and organisations by allowing shoppers to nominate the local charity or organisation they feel should be given some additional support. Shoppers are then able to vote who wins by donating their green token after shopping in store.

Simon Milligan from Asda said: “We are thrilled to donate this money to MacGregor Ward at Warwick Hospital. Competition is tough in the ‘Chosen by you, Given by us’ Green Token Scheme as there are so many local organisations and charities that do a great job and would be deserved winners.

“However the majority of our shoppers voted for MacGregor Ward due to the amazing care that the staff give to their patients. Well done MacGregor Ward!”

Simon presented the giant cheque to Maggie Ward, Ward Manager and Sue Moulton, Play Specialist who were delighted to receive the donation.

Maggie said: “On behalf of the ward we would like to thank Asda for donating this money to us and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us by donating their green tokens to MacGregor Ward.

“With the money that has been donated, we hope to purchase additional children’s chairs for the Playroom, and some sensory toys for use with children with special needs to further improve our facilities on the ward, and the standard of care we provide.”

If you are interested in fundraising for the Trust or would like to know more information, please contact or visit the Trust website on

Notes for Editors:

For more information on the Chosen by you, Given by Us Green Token Scheme please contact Simon Milligan on 01926 459013

Photo caption: Maggie Ward (MacGregor Ward Manager), Sue Moulton, (Play Specialist on MacGregor Ward), Simon Milligan, (Community Life Champion at Asda Store in Leamington Spa)

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New Council of Governors announced to represent our local communities

Three years ago the Trust reached Foundation Trust status, making us more locally accountable through our Council of Governors. The Council is made up of public Governors and staff Governors both elected by our membership base, and appointed Governors from key stakeholder organisations.

All elected Governors come to the end of their term of office on 28 February 2013, so elections have just been held for these positions.  We received 44 nominations and the majority of the positions were contested. There are some familiar faces as a number of our previous Governors have been re-elected for a second term.  All newly elected Governors will take up their posts on 1 March 2013.

Our Governors, provide a direct link between the Trust, local communities and staff, and will engage with the Members in their constituencies to gather their feedback and views to ensure their voice is heard by the Trust. They will also have the opportunity, as part of the Council of Governors, to work with the Board of Directors to help shape the Trust’s plans for the future.

The following public governors have been elected by our membership to represent the views of our local communities:

Warwick District and Borders:

Jean Arrowsmith

Richard Grimes

Michael Coker

Richard Seymour Mead

East Stratford and Borders:

Ann Smith

David Gee

Ken Lewis

Warwick and Leamington Towns:

Matthew Statham

Roger Copping

Paul Calkin

Ruth Cowan

West Stratford and Borders:

Mary Malloy

Maurice Abney-Hastings

Jon Bolger

Northern Warwickshire and Rugby:

Cally Harrison

Diane Enefer

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Full biographies of all the Governors will be available on our website from 1st March. If you require a biography prior to this date please contact the communications team:

Who is your Winter NHS Hero?

NHS organisations from across Coventry and Warwickshire are asking local residents to recognise NHS staff members who have excelled in their role this winter season.

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and local CCGs are all supporting the nationwide Winter NHS Hero campaign.

This winter has been particularly challenging for NHS staff, with outbreaks of norovirus and adverse weather conditions hitting most parts of the country putting hospitals, GP practices and ambulance services under a great deal of pressure. No matter the weather conditions, NHS staff and teams across the country go above and beyond their call of duty day in, day out to make sure you get the care you need, when you need it.

The NHS Heroes campaign is your chance to give a little back by saying thank you, it gives everyone in England the chance to acknowledge the NHS staff that have been their heroes this winter; patients, their friends and families, work colleagues and professional peers can all nominate their personal NHS Heroes.

Completing a nomination will only take a few minutes of your time. Don’t miss your chance to nominate this winter, visit and remember - you don’t need to save lives to be a hero, sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.


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NHS Heroes

NHS Heroes is a nationwide recognition scheme for all staff in the NHS community,

NHS Heroes is not an awards scheme; it is intended to give recognition to those individuals and teams identified by their patients and colleagues as going ‘the extra mile’ over and above their everyday duties.

A cup of tea.  A hand to hold.  A shoulder to lean on.  A few words of comfort.  These are just a few of the things that thousands of NHS heroes provide every day to make sure that each and every patient receives the very best care.

For more information or to nominate an NHS employee please visit:

From Warwickshire to Paris in support of Warwick Hospital

 Cycle Ride 008 Training has started for local Warwickshire resident Nick Lyle, in preparation for a 4-day cycle ride from Southam to Paris in aid of Warwick Hospital’s Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU).

In winter 2010 Nick’s wife, Louise suffered from Swine Flu and spent 6 weeks being cared for by the ITU team.

Despite Louise being previously fit and well the virus attacked Louise’s major organs and within 24 hours of being admitted she was placed on life support.

Nick is embarking on the impressive cycle ride to hopefully raise a target of £1,500 for the unit as research suggests that this amount is how much an ‘average’ day in Intensive Care costs.

Nick said “After my wife was cared for by the ITU team we wanted to say thank you for the care they gave her. I have always been a keen cyclist and so we thought this was the perfect challenge to gain some support for our local hospital and its excellent, dedicated staff.”

“So far I have raised about a third of my target amount and everybody has been so generous with backing me for the event; Decathlon, Coventry has supplied me with some cycle clothing, Trek Coventry has designed a training programme and are servicing my bike and South Lytchett Manor Campsite has offered us an overnight stay before the ferry which Brittany Ferries have helped us with. I’ve still got a lot of training to do so any further donations will be really appreciated as will offers of logistical support from individuals or local businesses, after all we are all part of the same local community which our local hospital serves.”

Marian Penny, Manager of ITU said “We are extremely grateful to Nick and Louise for their ongoing support. It really is fantastic when patients fundraise for our department and we truly appreciate Nick’s determination to raise money for us.

“We are all really pleased to see Louise recovered and well and supporting Nick throughout his training. Louise’s story really emphasises the importance of receiving the flu vaccination in order to be protected through the winter season.”

Nick’s charity cycle ride will begin in Warwickshire on Saturday 25 May 2013. You can show your support by visiting

Local GPs and Pharmacists will be able to provide more information about the seasonal flu vaccination.

We need help from the public to raise money for the Trust. If would like to support the work of the Trust please contact Jacqui Wood, Fundraising Manager,  or  01926 495321 ext 8049.

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Photo Caption: Ian Purcell, ICU Charge Nurse, Nick Lyle, Marian Penny, Manager of ITU and Louise Lyle.

Significant investment in maternity facilities at Warwick Hospital

175CNMARCH12 Maternity staff and local service users have developed an exciting proposal to improve the maternity environment at Warwick Hospital. The Trust was successful in a bid for funding from the Department of Health and received £200,000 to support this development. The Trust will also be providing some of the funding to ensure that all of the changes that local women have asked for can be implemented.

The development will:

1. Improve the Special Care Baby Unit’s accommodation for parents – This will include developing a self-contained apartment including wet-room, a living/dining area and a family bedroom. This facility will support families to maintain normal family life while remaining close to the Special Care Baby Unit.

2. Improve the bereavement facilities for families - This will support Warwick Hospital in providing better support for bereaved parents with the creation of a dedicated ensuite bereavement facility, designed to provide a homely, comfortable environment for families at their time of loss.

3. Create a reception area for the unit to include a new assessment unit

Wendy Jones, Head of Midwifery, who was involved with the bid, said: “We are thrilled to receive just under £200,000 to improve services on our unit. We are always looking at ways to improve our services for patients and this funding can help us tackle some of our bigger improvement plans.”

“I am particularly pleased that we are able to improve our facilities for parents. When a baby is being cared for in the special care baby unit it can be a very distressing time and enabling parents to stay close to their baby provides some comfort. Our new bereavement facilities will be in a separate private area where parents can receive our support and care.”

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said: “For the third year running the number of births at Warwick Hospital have increased and we are aware that more women from the surrounding areas are choosing to give birth here, therefore these developments are part of a plan to expand the department to ensure that we are able to offer a high quality environment for the future.”

Hospital Day Room named in honour of a dedicated nurse

Local Nurse, Julie Smith, has been praised and rewarded for her remarkable hard work and dedication to Warwick Hospital by having a day room named in her honour.

The day room on Castle Ward will now be known throughout the Trust as the ‘Julie Smith Day Room’. Julie has worked at Warwick Hospital since 1994 and as Castle Ward Manager (medical ward specialising in Gastroenterology) for 8 ½ years, as well as being a staff Governor since the Trust reached Foundation Trust status in 2010. Ill health has sadly forced her to leave her front line nurse leadership role.

Glen Burley, Chief Executive said “Julie has been a role model to many of our staff over the last few years. The leadership skills she demonstrated as ward manager have inspired the team on Castle Ward to deliver very high quality care to patients.  As she moves into her new role she leaves an amazing legacy and it seemed fitting to formally acknowledge her contribution to patient care in this way.”

Julie Smith added “It is fantastic that the hospital has chosen to recognise my work by naming the day room after me and it was quite a shock when I was told. I joined the health service in 1976 so being a nurse is second nature to me and to be recognised for something that I love doing is really special.

“I would like to thank the team on Castle Ward for their loyalty and support over the years – it really has been a team effort, I couldn’t have done it on my own without the support of my colleagues from across the hospital.”

Charitable funds that have been donated to Castle Ward are being used to purchase some additions for the day room, including plants and new pieces of furniture to brighten up the area where friends and family are able to spend time away from the ward.

Ministerial visit shines a spotlight on Community Services across Coventry and Warwickshire

Dr Daniel Poulter, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Health, visited the City of Coventry Health Centre and Stminister 002 Michael’s Children’s Centre in Bedworth yesterday (24 January) to learn more about community services.

During the visit in Coventry the Minister met with members of the children’s community health team together with families who use the services. The Minister learnt more about the ‘SPINE’ services which is where staff in Coventry and Warwickshire with similar roles work extremely closely to share ideas across the whole area.

Following this visit to Coventry the Minister visited St Michael’s Children’s Centre in Bedworth and met with some of the Health Visitors who work across Warwickshire. 

Health Visiting is a service which aims to reduce health inequalities by working with children, families and communities to promote good health and support parenting. Warwickshire was chosen as an early implementer site for the Government’s drive to double the amount of Health Visitors in the country by 2015. As part of this early implementer status the team has been recruiting over the last few years to increase the numbers in Warwickshire.

As part of the visit the team also showcased a new app that they have developed for school nursing and health visiting to provide instant access to information about the services.  

Jane Williams, Head of Children, Young People and Families at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have worked extremely hard to roll out the health visiting program across Warwickshire and are delighted to showcase this to the Minister. Health Visitors play a vital role to our local communities. By increasing the number of Health Visitors in Warwickshire families will receive more support in those vital years and have more access to their Health Visitor as needed.”

Jed Francique, General Manager, Children’s Services, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust said: “Children in Coventry receive an excellent service from a dedicated team who understand their needs and the range of care available in their area. We are determined to provide the best care possible as close to home as we can for each child who uses our services.”

Dr Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health said: “It is vital that we do everything we can to ensure children get the best possible start in life and health visitors play a crucial role in doing that by offering valuable support to new families. The number of health visitors in training has tripled since last year. I was delighted to hear about how the children’s community health team in Coventry are making a real impact in the area, improving the care available to mothers and families in the local community.”

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Photo caption (Left to right):
Jane Williams (Head of Children, Young People and Family Services), Natasha Mohammadi mother of Kymberly and Dr Dan Poulter (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health)

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