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May 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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May 2020

Latest News: Wolves owners Fosun Donate More Masks to Trust

Wolves’ owners Fosun have made another generous donation of personal protective clothing (PPE) to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of 4,000 masks arrived from China and were delivered to New Cross Hospital this week. All of the packages are branded with the partner and co-sponsor logos.

Latest News: Trust Radiographer Receives European Recognition

A radiographer has become the first from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in her role to receive European recognition. Jo Weekes has been formally appointed to be included on the European Federation of Radiographer Societies’ (EFRS) Expert Network and joined the EFRS Nuclear Medicine Committee.

Latest News: Nurse’s Run Helps Raise £10,000 for Trust

A nurse from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has completed a runathon which has raised £10,000 for the organisation with the help of Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club. Nelam Kumari, from Oxley, Wolverhampton, took part in a runathon after friends and team-mates decided to try to help raise money as a thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

For this week’s blog, I would like to reflect on the importance of International Clinical Trials Day, which took place last week, and the role The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust played in it. To coincide with #ICTD our Trust was named in the top ten in the UK for numbers participating in COVID-19 research studies.

Latest News: Trust CEO Warns of Longer-Term Fallout of COVID-19

For his contribution to #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, David Loughton, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Hospitals Trust Chief Executive, has thanked staff for responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and spoke of the potential wider fallout of the virus going forwards.

Latest News: John Hammond - International Clinical Trials Day 2020

Say hello to John Hammond - our final clinical trials patient for today! The 68-year-old recently signed up to a clinical trial that is testing a new drug for patients with multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow), and for 10 months now has made regular visits to New Cross Hospital for treatment and check-ups.

Latest News: Stan Harper - International Clinical Trials Day 2020

Our second patient story comes from Stan Harper, who kindly took part in a clinical trial back in 2018 – all while undergoing open heart surgery! The 72-year-old recalls how quick and simple it was to sign up to the trial, and is encouraging others who may be in hospital receiving treatment to consider taking part in research if given the opportunity.

Latest News: Andy Finch - International Clinical Trials Day 2020

So what is it like to be a part of a clinical trial? We’ve been chatting to some of our own patients to help us understand what’s involved! First up today is Andrew Finch, from Willenhall. Despite being fit and well for most of his life, the father of two was faced with a shock cancer diagnoses in 2012; forcing him to retire from his job as an audio visual technician

Latest News: New Cross Hospital Entrance

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has featured in the top ten hospital trusts in the UK for the highest number of participants involved in COVID-19 studies researching the virus, coinciding with International Clinical Trials Day #CTD2020. The organisation has recruited a total of 793 patients to participate across a series of nine research studies, from a total of 9,742 patients involved in 20 such studies across the West Midlands.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

Welcome back to my weekly blog. This week I want to focus on Mental Health Awareness Week, which is taking place this week. Its theme is kindness, and what better way to advocate this than to be kind to ourselves? Paying attention to our mental health has never been more important.

Latest News: Budding bakers cooking up treats to raise £1,000 for Trust

Two budding bakers are on course to raise almost £1,000 for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust after cooking up treats. Freya Walker, 22, a second year Student Mental Health Nurse from Hednesford, started baking cookies after missing out on a paid placement, and Marnie Taylor, aged ten from Sedgley, decided to channel her passion into raising money for the Trust.

Latest News: Judo Expert Raises £1300 for the Trust

A judo expert who says The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has saved his life three times has completed his latest fundraising effort for the organisation - by scaling the equivalent of Snowdon from his home to raise over £1,300. Kevin O’Reilly, one of the senior coaches at Wolverhampton Judo Club, took on the ‘climb-a-thon’ to walk up and down his stairs at home.

Latest News: Midwifery Led Unit make finals in RCM Team of the Year awards

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Midwifery Led Unit has been recognised for their care and service after finishing runners-up for a national award. The MLU made the final five in the Royal College of Midwives’ WaterWipes Team of the Year Award from a record number of entries overall. The category was won by The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Latest News: New Cross Hospital Entrance

The fund set up by former Wolves players and staff and backed by the club’s supporters has hit its £50,000 target to help The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust at New Cross Hospital increase its capacity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Former Wolves captain Karl Henry launched the fund a month ago and with help from ex team-mates such as Matt Murray and Danny Batth.

Latest News: Poem and card to promote advantages of breastmilk for new mothers

New mothers are being made aware of the protective properties of breastmilk through a poem and a congratulations card available through The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust. Ante-natal classes have been suspended during the Covid-19 outbreak which means pregnant mothers might not have access to all the information they need regarding infant feeding.

Latest News: Dementia patients celebrate VE Day Anniversary at the Double

Dementia patients at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust had a double reason to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day - after a donation of iPads from Banks’s and Marston’s Breweries. Ward One at West Park Hospital was decked out with Union Jacks, bunting and balloons to celebrate the historic day when the Second World War officially came to an end.

Latest News: The Alexandra Ward

While we are celebrating the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale today, we are also taking the time to explore the Trust’s own history - looking back through old photos taken of staff at the former Royal Hospital and in the early days of New Cross Hospital.

Latest News: Ann Marie Cannaby New Qualified Nurse

This week I want to promote International Nurses Day as we focus on the contribution our profession makes worldwide. 2020 was designated as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organisation in recognition of the contributions they make, and today’s International Nurses Day is also the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Latest News: Over 1,000 Scrub Washbags Donated to Trust

More than 1,000 wash bags have been donated to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and care homes across the region in the last month. Kim Attwood, a Student Nurse at Walsall Manor Hospital, has co-ordinated the huge effort, with 600 washbags distributed at New Cross and 200 to West Park Hospital in one week alone.

Latest News: New Cross Hospital Entrance

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has received a donation of £2,000 from Carlisle Support Services, who supply security staff to its sites. Half of the money was from a prize the team won at Carlisle’s annual awards, which they decided to donate to the Trust as a gesture of gratitude and support for handling the Covid-19 crisis.

Latest News: RWT launches online symptom checker - Ask A&E

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has launched a new online symptom checker called Ask A&E to support local people in making the right choices when they need to use healthcare services. We are now encouraging people to use the A&E Symptom Checker triage tool, supporting them to decide if they need to come into A&E or not and get recommendations for treatment.

Latest News: Runners Tickled Pink after Raising £10,000 for Trust

Two marathon runners have raised £10,000 for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust - dressed as Peppa Pig and Pink Panther. Stuart Bailey and Earl Edwards, both 47 and from Codsall, ran 100 miles before finishing at New Cross Hospital in time for ClapforCarers at 8pm, where they were applauded by staff. 

Latest News: Sikh community donates £5,100 to Trust unit

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has received a generous donation of £5,100 from the Sikh community of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Wednesfield. The four-figure sum will go to support the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at New Cross Hospital and has come from the 500-strong congregation who worship regularly at the temple in Well Lane.

Latest News: Staff Member Videoing Baby

Parents and their babies can feel isolated and anxious while they are separated, so the Trust has brought in vCreate, a free, secure messaging service where staff share videos and pictures of a baby’s first experiences with parents who aren’t able to be present on the ward.

Latest News: Serenity Room

A 'serenity room' has been set up to help Trust staff unwind. Located in the WMI (Building 11) opposite the library, the room is a calm, peaceful area fitted with comfortable chairs, pillows and blinds, allowing staff to zone out and relax if they wish. The room is open 24-7 to all staff and they can refresh themselves with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

Welcome to my second Chief Nurse’s blog. I have been pleased with the feedback from my first instalment last week, so thank you for your positive comments. I want to start this week’s blog by focusing on a hugely significant date in the nursing calendar - International Day of the Midwife, on Tuesday. This day has been commemorated by the International Confederation of Midwives annually since 1992.

Latest News: Trust recruits 250 Clinical Volunteers following appeal

Around 250 people have been recruited to work as Clinical Volunteers within the Trust. Education & Training teams based at The Ashes at New Cross Hospital have been busy putting hundreds of members of the public through their training following a nationwide appeal from the NHS asking people to help out during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Latest News: Tributes paid to New Cross call operator John

Tributes have been paid to a Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust member of staff who has sadly passed away. John Doyle, who was the first male telephonist to work at New Cross Hospital, died on March 30 after suffering respiratory problems before contracting Covid-19. John, 60, from Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, worked for the Trust for nearly four and a half years.

Latest News: Trust sets out support for BAME colleagues

We are aware that many of our colleagues may be anxious and concerned about the effects of COVID-19 and the emerging data that suggests that people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are disproportionately affected by the virus.

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