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October 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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October 2020

Latest News: New Cross Hospital Entrance

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has been awarded a share of a grant of over £150,000 to improve communication with its 4,500 epilepsy patients. The Trust will share £151,199 of funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as part of a collaboration between SUDEP Action (Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Epilepsy), the University of Exeter, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and UXClinician.


Latest News: Shebaughn Annon

Nursing Associate Apprentice Shebaughn Annon is our final Black History Month staff spotlight! What does Black History Month mean to you and why should we celebrate it? Black History Month to me is important because it is part of my history and my family history. It is a chance for me to educate myself and others on my history, a chance for me to know where I came from and get informed on all the great achievements and accomplishments black people have done throughout time.


Latest News: Tolani Tijani

Say hello to Staff Nurse Tolani Tijani – she’s helping us to celebrate Black History Month 2020. What does Black History Month mean to you? Black History Month is an annual event in which people of African and Caribbean descent remember and celebrate their achievements and contributions to the development of Britain. Black History Month should be celebrated as it does not only acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of black people in Britain.


Latest News: COVID Tier 2 Testing

Tests for Covid-19 are now available without an appointment in Wolverhampton. People with symptoms of Covid-19 should still try to book a test online by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 in the first instance. However, in the unlikely event that people cannot reserve a slot, they can attend the Faulkland Street test centre, just off the Ring Road, without an appointment.


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

Black History Month provides another opportunity for reflection; to acknowledge the challenges, celebrate successes and opportunities, the barriers, hurt and discrimination that still exists in our society. In this blog I want to share some of my thoughts on the journeys of nurses who have taken on the challenge of moving from their home country to help patients in a foreign land.


Latest News: Trust The First In UK To Use The Sensory Pod

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has become the first acute Trust in the UK to use a Sensory Pod for patients. The Sensory Pod is a futuristic, calming space for children and adults with disabilities to regulate their moods, and is used in schools, universities, libraries and homes. It has been installed in the Fracture Clinic, part of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Department at New Cross Hospital, on a trial basis for 12 months to help ease anxiety in patients, and has already proved a hit with younger visitors.


Latest News: RWT Annual Babies Memorial Service 2020

A message from the Trust’s Multi Faith Chaplaincy Team: In light of the current restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to gather together for our Annual Babies Memorial service this year, as we had originally planned. We will however be offering a pre-recorded, virtual Act of Remembrance at 3.15pm on Sunday, November 1st 2020.


Latest News: Jennifer Ferguson

Black History Month is important for the Trust - not only for recognising key figures from the past, but also as an opportunity to hear from present day staff about their own views and experiences. Today we are speaking to Jennifer Ferguson, Health Care Assistant at New Cross Hospital’s Outpatients Department.


Latest News: Joanne Eldon

Receptionist Joanne Eldon is the next staff spotlight in our Black History Month celebrations! So Joanne, what does Black History Month mean to you? Black History Month means a lot to me as my parents endured a lot to be together and bring children into the world; it was not seen as the right thing to do for mixed couples to be in a relationship together.


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

Welcome to the blog. This week I would like to highlight our maternity and neonatal departments after they received significant investment to help improve their services. Our maternity and neonatal services are a part of a local collaboration, working to improve services to families. The Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) aims to deliver on the maternity transformation programme of work.


Latest News: Danielle Oum

Congratulations to Danielle Oum, Non-Executive Director for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT), who has been recognised by the Health Service Journal as one of the 50 most influential BAME people in health. The ‘BAME50’ lists the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic figures who will exercise the most power and / or influence in the NHS and health policy over the next 12 months.


Latest News: COVID Alert Level High

With the number of hospitalisations and, tragically, deaths from coronavirus rising once more, health chiefs in Wolverhampton are urging people to adhere to the new local restrictions which came into force this morning (Wednesday 14 October). The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is expected to increase further in the coming days – putting additional pressure on the NHS as it heads into the busy winter period.


Latest News: COVID Alert Level High

Revised restrictions are set to come into effect in Wolverhampton as part of the Government's three-tiered approach to tackle the spread of coronavirus. The city has been placed in the High alert category (tier 2) meaning that, from tomorrow (Wednesday 14 October): You must not socialise with anybody outside your household or your care or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in public.


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

In this week’s blog I wanted to take you behind the scenes to look at a new innovation that will be rolled out in the coming weeks – the nursing quality dashboards. Within nursing we have a host of data and information and the aim of the dashboards is to pull all the data sources into one place to enable us to know how we are doing.


Latest News: Erin Rings the Bell to Signal End of Cancer Treatment

A child whose life was threatened by a form of cancer has ‘rung the bell’ to celebrate the end of her treatment. Erin Bettelley-Winwood, aged four, had spent over half her life - 787 days - undergoing treatment to beat B-cell standard risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (B-cell ALL) after being diagnosed on 31st July, 2018.


Latest News: Medical Staff to Receive New Uniforms

Medical staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) will soon be receiving new smart scrub uniforms. All smart scrub uniforms have been embroidered with the RWT logo and come in two colours - dark blue for consultants and specialty doctors and green for junior medical staff.


Latest News: Maternity Research Team Lead The Way With National Trial To Help Prevent Anaemia In Pregnancy

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is leading the way to help prevent anaemia in pregnancies after starting a £2.3m national trial involving 11,000 women over the next five years. Professor David Churchill, Consultant Obstetrician at the Trust, has collaborated with a team of academics from Oxford University researching the diagnosis and management of anaemia for the past five years. 


Latest News: Dementia Logo

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is launching a new service to assist staff to give extra help to patients with dementia. A new team, Complex Older Adult Team Dementia and Delirium, has been created to provide proactive, specialist assessment and care to complex older patients living with dementia and/or delirium.


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

In this week’s blog I bring you exciting news of our successful bids to the Clinical Placement Expansion Programme (CPEP) to boost our student placements. Last month RWT had two bids accepted by Health Education England (HEE) - one to increase nursing and midwifery student placements and one to increase selected allied health professions (AHPs) student placements..


Latest News: New Cross Hospital Entrance

The traditional ‘walk in’ system for blood tests at community health centres has changed to an appointment only system. The new appointment system enables us to see how many patients are booked, ensuring enough phlebotomists are on duty and helps support social distancing guidelines within our waiting areas.


Latest News: Junior Hemans

Today marks the first day of Black History Month (BHM) 2020, and to launch the campaign we are sharing an important message from one of the Trust’s Non-Executive Directors - Junior Hemans. Appointed in May 2015, Junior is a valued member of the Board of Directors and a keen supporter of the African and Caribbean communities in Wolverhampton.


Latest News: The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is Officially Smoke Free

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) is officially smoke free for staff, patients and visitors. This came into effect as of today - 1 October 2020. The Trust made the decision to go smoke free in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, who recommend that all hospital sites should be 100 per cent smoke free; helping to create a culture where smoking is no longer considered ‘the norm’, while protecting local communities from preventable illness.

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