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November 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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November 2020

Latest News: Nursing Times 2020 Awards - Cancer Award

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Urology team have cause for a double celebration after winning two national awards. Clare Waymont, Kelly Kusinski, and Jenny Akins – all Urology Advanced Nurse Practitioners – won the Cancer Nursing category at the Nursing Times Awards. Their nurse-led elevated Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) telephone triage service overcame 11 other shortlisted entries after they developed a fast-track service where patients are assessed via telephone and direct investigations are arranged to help meet cancer targets.


Latest News: Compton Care Logo

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has partnered with Compton Care to win a Black Country Chamber of Commerce Business Award. The Trust supported the Wolverhampton-based organisation as it was recognised with the Working in Partnership or Collaboration award, presented at a live-streamed ceremony.


Latest News: No Visitors in Your Home or Garden

Residents are reminded that they must avoid mixing with people outside of their own household or bubble to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. The warning comes as latest data shows that nearly 900 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for the virus in the seven days to 20 November – though the true number of cases will likely be considerably higher.


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

This week’s blog is all about celebrating achievements after our Urology team were declared winners at the Nursing Times awards. Advanced Nurse Practitioners Clare Waymont, Kelly Kusinski and Jenny Akins won the Cancer Nursing category, seeing off competition from 11 other shortlisted entries. This is really good news for the nurses to see the great service they provide recognised, and for the patients they serve.


Latest News: RWT shortlisted for HSJ Award 2020

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award recognising the innovative use of technology within critical care outreach services. An annual celebration, the HSJ Awards looks to recognise best practice, improved patient outcomes and drivers of better service, and today, HSJ have acknowledged RWT for its achievements around mobile working and data analysis.


Latest News: Ex-Wolves star Elokobi joins NHS to urge BAME people to get checked out for diabetes

Former Wolves footballer George Elokobi is backing an NHS campaign urging black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) people to prevent type 2 diabetes – after figures revealed more than 20 per cent of people with the condition in Wolverhampton are BAME. The 34-year-old has become an ambassador for the charity Diabetes UK after seeing his father’s struggles with type 1 diabetes through his early childhood.


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

I’m kicking off this blog by declaring I’ve made my pledge to become an Antibiotic Guardian at the Antibiotic Guardian Website. You might ask what I’m referring to. I have made a pledge because I believe it is vital to keep our precious antibiotics working. Public Health England established the Antibiotic Guardian campaign in 2014 to help protect antibiotics and improve knowledge about antibiotic resistance.


Latest News: Trust Volunteer Elizabeth Receives Royal Approval

A volunteer at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has been recognised for her efforts in a national campaign sealed by Royal approval. Elizabeth Gibbons, aged 17, from Deansfield, Wolverhampton, is featured in the #iwill campaign, a nationwide promotion whose patron is HRH Prince Charles that showcases the positive difference people under the age of 20 make to others or the environment.


Latest News: Moment of Magic

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity has launched its Christmas appeal and revealed its plans for a virtual winter fair. The Trust Charity wants to provide ‘moments of magic’ to enable patients to enjoy some Christmas cheer, to help make their stay in hospital over the festive period as comfortable as possible. Spending Christmas in hospital can be a lonely, challenging time for patients and their loved ones, but more so than ever this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Latest News: Wolverhampton Safeguarding Week

It’s Wolverhampton Safeguarding Week (16-22 November 2020) and the Trust is raising awareness of its own safeguarding services while signposting to important information on the relevant warning signs and the support on offer. The RWT Safeguarding Team will be providing updates on the Trust intranet this week and on social media.


Latest News: Happy Diwali

Diwali takes place this weekend, and people who will be marking the Hindu festival of light are being asked to take extra care because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Like so many other events this year, Diwali will be severely impacted by Covid-19. Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "People will naturally want to celebrate Diwali with family and friends as they would do normally, with fireworks, parties, and people coming together in one another’s homes.


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

This week I’m going to focus on another innovation at the Trust – our first repository, which will showcase the publications of the exciting work of the people employed by the organisation. Launched yesterday, it is hoped the repository will eventually house the entire collection of work written by Trust employees, allowing them to check out the most authored members of staff and most written-about topics.


Latest News: National Pathology Week - Immunology

Finally, we round off National Pathology Week with a look at Immunology. Today we’re grateful for the thoughts of Stephanie Cooper, Immunology Team Manager, Black Country Pathology Services, on her chosen field. What makes your specialism important? “In the Immunology department we primarily work to identify conditions caused by breakdown in the normal immune function leading to auto-immune disease,” said Stephanie.


Latest News: National Pathology Week - Blood Bank

Continuing our focus on National Pathology Week, we turn the spotlight to the Blood Bank. Mike Herbert, Blood Transfusion Discipline Lead, Black Country Pathology Services, tells us about the Blood Bank and the importance of the service it provides. What makes your specialism important? “The blood bank provides a diagnostic and therapeutic service,” said Mike.


Latest News: National Pathology Week - Dr Jonathan Odum

A message from the Medical Director - Dr Jonathan Odum: As we head towards the end of National Pathology Week 2020, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff in the Black Country Pathology Services (BCPS) for their ongoing commitment and dedication to their work. BCPS has diverse teams of varying disciplines and these unsung heroes have worked extraordinarily hard, particularly in the light of COVID-19, to keep our patients safe and continue to improve the rate and quality of testing as we move through the pandemic.


Latest New: Exhibition showing Trust nurses and midwives opens at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is proud to have its own virtual exhibition of photographs unveiled at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. As part of 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the Trust has collaborated with the Art Gallery and Wolverhampton City Archives to present a collection of photographs from past decades,


Latest News: National Pathology Week - Point of Care

As we continue our focus on National Pathology Week, today we highlight Point Of Care Testing and speak to Julie Edge, Point of Care Testing (POCT) Manager, from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. What makes your specialism important? “The Point of Care Testing Department ensures the safety and quality of Point of Care testing, which are tests performed by a healthcare professional outside of the conventional laboratory setting,” said Julie.


Latest News: National Pathology Week - Microbiology

Continuing to highlight National Pathology Week, we chat to Sue Lovegrove, Microbiology Service Lead, Black Country Pathology Services, as we turn the spotlight to Microbiology. What makes your specialism important? “BCPS Microbiology is at the cutting edge of the current pandemic, providing a Microbiology service identifying infectious diseases, the cause of septicaemia and screening for MRSA and C. difficile, which is just a small part of the testing we do,” said Sue.


Latest News: COVID New National Lockdown

Wolverhampton – along with the rest of England – has begun a four-week period of lockdown to suppress Covid-19 as figures show over 100 people a day in the city are testing positive for the deadly virus. MPs approved the nationwide lockdown last night and the measures came into law at one minute past midnight today (Thursday 5 November).


Latest News: National Pathology Week - Haematology

As we continue National Pathology Week, the spotlight falls on Haematology. Kevin Goodridge, Haematology Operational Manager, Black Country Pathology Services, talks us through the service he works for. What makes your specialism important? “In Haematology, we analyse samples using the latest technology to assess the cellular components, and clotting characteristics of the blood.


Latest News: National Pathology Week - Andrology

As part of National Pathology Week, today we chat to Natalie Worton, Senior Biomedical Scientist, Cellular Pathology, Black Country Pathology Services. What makes your specialism important? “Andrology is the medical specialty that deals with male health, particularly relating to the problems of the reproductive and the urological system in men,” said Natalie.


Latest News: Repository Launched on Monday

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will be launching the Repository on Monday, November 9th, celebrating the publications of the innovative and exciting work within the organisation. Launched with a celebratory video, the Repository is written by – and for the benefit of – Trust employees, allowing them to check out the most authored members of staff and most written-about topics.


Latest News: Dr JJ de Gorter

Say hello to Dr J.J. de Gorter, Chief Medical Officer for Black Country Pathology Services – he’s talking to us today about National Pathology Week (2-8 November 2020). Tell us about your own experience “For 20 years I worked as a doctor - in the UK (where I qualified), in Australia and in New Zealand - this was prior to becoming a medical director within the NHS. “I have also worked as a non-executive director at a University Foundation Trust.”


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

In this week’s blog I would like to reflect on how we have made a difference on the international nursing stage. Staff at the Trust are in the process of helping to set up an end of life care service in a hospital in China – the first time the Trust has done anything to enhance nursing care in this particular country.


Latest News: National Pathology Week 2020 Logo

National Pathology Week, which takes place from 2-8 November 2020, is an opportunity to highlight the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare. The campaign, hosted by the Royal College of Pathologists, aims to raise public awareness and understanding of how pathologists and scientists diagnose disease and support with identifying the right care needed for each individual patient.

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