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July 2020

Latest News

Our Communications team issue many press releases to the media to keep them informed about what is happening at the Trust. Our press releases and news items for the current year are listed below, click on the links for more details.

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July 2020

Latest News: Trust Given Highest Award for Commitment to Armed Forces

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has won the top award for its commitment to supporting the Armed Forces. The Trust has been recognised for its outstanding support to the Armed Forces community, by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

Latest News: Latest News: People with Covid-19 Symptoms Must Self-Isolate for 10 days

People who display symptoms of coronavirus must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days, the Government has announced. The increase from seven days brings the UK in line with guidance issued by the World Health Organization. Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 - a fever, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - should immediately self-isolate for 10 days.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

In this week’s blog I am focusing on the effects COVID-19 has had on staff, including myself. We have all been affected by events over the last four months; the pandemic has touched everybody’s lives at home and at work, some more than others. It has been a highly challenging time for us all, and we are still adapting to the ‘new normal’.

Latest News: Avoid a Local Lockdown

Residents are being reminded to take extra care to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help Avoid a Local Lockdown - with everyone urged to get tested if they have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild. It follows a recent increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 in Wolverhampton and other parts of the country.


Production of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s in house visors has finished after the team reached a staggering quarter of a million milestone. The team was set up to start making the visors on April 10 and the Trust’s on-site Maxillofacial Laboratory - that normally makes facial implants for cancer patients - produced a design and the Clinical Procurement team sourced the materials.


People in Wolverhampton who have been shielding during the coronavirus pandemic will shortly receive a ‘care pack’ which includes a reusable face covering and advice on how to adapt when the period of shielding is paused on 1 August. The packs will be sent to nearly 6,000 clinically extremely vulnerable people over the coming days thanks to a collaboration between the City of Wolverhampton Council, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.


Patients from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust fitted with pacemakers can now have them checked at a new, drive-through service at New Cross Hospital. A kiosk has opened up on car park P2, just outside the Heart & Lung Centre, where patients can have their devices looked at while they wait. Introduced this week, the innovation is already proving popular and successful.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

This week’s blog is a bit different from the norm – I’m going to try to get everyone in better shape! Well, not quite, but the aim is to encourage people to take advantage of a recently-launched programme that aims to improve their fitness. #DoingOurBit was launched at RWT last month. Pioneered by Julie Davis, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands, it’s an app that offers free online workouts to all of our staff.


Staff from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust took to the stage to warn colleagues of the dangers of a life-threatening condition. The sepsis team delivered three days of training at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre aimed at improving staff’s knowledge in recognising sepsis and its early management.

Latest News: Trust Team Develop Programme Shortlisted For National Award

A team from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has been shortlisted for a national award for developing a programme aimed at reducing infant mortality. The 0-19 Team, based at the Gem Centre in Wednesfield, has been nominated as a finalist in the Innovations category for the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020, the profession's top accolade.

Latest News: Pauline Evans Raises more than 2,000 for the Deanesly Centre

A former patient of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has raised more than £2,000 for the Deanesly Centre. Pauline Evans, 65, from Stourbridge, decided to set herself a challenge of running 5K to raise money as a personal thank you following her treatment for breast cancer in 2005 and endometrial cancer in 2019.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

As we continue to work our way into the ‘new normal’, I’d like to share with you how some of our Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) have changed the way they work during the COVID-19 pandemic. These roles include dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers and speech and language therapists.

Latest News: A New Dawn For Long-Serving Sister - Sister Dawn Barrett and Team

It was a case of ‘surprise, surprise’ as a long-serving member of staff brought down the curtain on her 42-year career at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Sister Dawn Barrett, who turned 60 on Friday, was thrown a surprise retirement party by colleagues on ward A6 Trauma and Orthopaedics on Tuesday, her last working day at New Cross Hospital. Staff decorated the ward and its approach with balloons, banners and old photographs.

Latest News: New Cross Hospital Entrance

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has signed a new strategic partnership with Staffordshire University. Both institutions already work together on a range of collaborative initiatives and hope to continue building on this already successful partnership. This agreement will help forge closer working across three key priority areas which are; workforce development, research and innovation and service transformation.

Latest News: Patients Across Trust To Have Greater Say In Their GP Surgeries

Almost 68,000 patients across Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire can now have a greater say in the running of their GP practices after their surgeries became part of a national body. Ten practices from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are now affiliated to the National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP) - Coalway Road, Penn, Alfred Squire in Wednesfield, Lakeside in Perton, Thornley Street in Whitmore Reans, Warstones, Penn Manor in Penn, Lea Road in Penn Fields, Dr Bilas in Wednesfield, Dr Fowler in Stafford Road, Oxley, and West Park.

Latest News: ChatHealth Poster

A new text messaging service launches today for young people across Wolverhampton to get direct access to expert health and wellbeing advice via their mobile phone. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has launched ChatHealth which will enable 11-19 year olds to message a school nurse and get confidential advice and support for a range of health and wellbeing issues, such as anxiety, bullying, relationships or staying healthy.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

The subject of this week’s blog is quite literally close to home for me but it carries a far-reaching message. I live in Leicestershire, within three miles of the borders of the recently-imposed local lockdown around the city due to the spike in the numbers of cases of COVID-19 in the area. This has had an effect on so many people in the region; a cancelled hair appointment for me but for others a delay in opening their businesses or not being able to see family.

Latest News: We Are Team RWT

"We are tough and determined, we mean business you see - we are the team of the RWT!" As we continue to celebrate 72 years of the NHS, we'd now like to pay tribute to our amazing workforce, who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure our patients are cared for. On the front-line and behind the scenes, in hospital and community - thank you for all that you do.

Latest News: GP Appointments During COVID-19 Outbreak Survey

Have you had an appointment with someone from your GP practice - over the phone, by video or in person - in the past two weeks? Researchers at the University of Southampton are looking for people to take part in a study looking at how doctors talk to patients about their medical condition or treatment.

Latest News: New Cross Hospital Entrance

An innovative design for patients who have Cerebral Palsy has been developed by a clinical lead from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Dr Nicky Eddison, who is Orthotics Service Manager/Clinical Lead at New Cross and Cannock Chase Hospitals, adapted a splint that changed the angle between the ankle and the foot, following an extensive PhD study.

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