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December 2021

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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December 2021

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and found time to rest and spend time with loved ones. It is really important to relax and have time to recharge your batteries away from the workplace. The year 2021 will remembered as a particularly challenging one for everyone, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on all of us. I am really proud of how the nursing services at RWT and WHT responded.


Latest News: Vaccination plea from former COVID-19 patient

A father of two has praised staff for going ‘above and beyond’ in helping his recovery from COVID-19, after he spent almost a month in Intensive Care (ICU) at New Cross Hospital. David Colley, from Willenhall, has also credited being doubly vaccinated as potentially saving his life. He is now urging people to get their first, second or booster vaccines, after thinking “it wouldn’t happen to me.”


Latest News: Valerie - Santa and his reindeers bring a smile to patients in hospital over Christmas

Santa and his reindeers took some time out of their busy schedule to bring a smile to patients at New Cross Hospital this Christmas Eve. Patients, relatives and staff enjoyed a surprise visit from George and Mistletoe the reindeers, as well as the man in red himself. The visit, which was arranged by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity, lifted the spirts of the patients who will be spending the festive season in hospital.


Latest News: Wolves Christmas donation 2021 - Alan Southall

Wolves brought some festive cheer by surprising kidney patients with Christmas presents. Goalkeeper John Ruddy recorded a special video message and gifts were presented to the patients by staff on a surprise visit to the Maurice Jackson Renal Unit in Pond Lane, Parkfields, Wolverhampton. The club’s Wolves Foundation and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust worked through wish lists for Wolves-supporting patients under the organisation’s care this Christmas.


Latest News: Hey Jude – Christmas comes early for patient as football stars post video treats

Christmas came early for a long-term patient and football fanatic, leaving him admitting: “This has made my year!” Jude Aston, 17, from Penn, Wolverhampton, has been a patient in New Cross Hospital for 133 days and will be spending Christmas in hospital. But the 17-year-old Aston Villa supporter, who has cerebral palsy and chronic regional pain syndrome, enjoyed some festive cheer after receiving video messages from young Villa striker Cameron Archer and Wolves defender Marcal.


Latest News: Aaron Parmar with Presents

A courageous little boy has been given a Christmas present he will never forget – courtesy of Wolves. Aaron Parmar has spent half of his life battling leukaemia and in October this year, he ‘rung the bell’ to signal the end of his cancer treatment and is now looking forward to spending his first Christmas at home with his family. The brave six-year-old still has to come back for monthly check-ups at New Cross Hospital, and it was during one of these appointments he was given a huge surprise.


Latest News: Covid Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones Over Christmas

Residents are being encouraged to stay safe this Christmas and go that extra mile in their efforts to protect themselves and others from Covid-19. People can help by: Getting their Covid-19 vaccinations as soon as they can; Taking a rapid test before meeting up with others; Wearing face coverings where required; And practicing social distancing where they can.


Latest News: SimiGen Adult Mannequin and Nurse

A new £250,000 simulation suite has opened at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital to help train the doctors and physicians of the future. The high-fidelity SimiGen suite, which took four months to construct, is a learning centre for medical students, located on the same floor as the existing simulation suite (SimWard) in the Wolverhampton Medical Institute. Eventually the two will be linked via a single server.


Latest News: Parcels for Patients

Staff at the Trust are working extremely hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to protect our patients, staff and visitors from becoming seriously ill. Therefore, we are continuing with the current pause of visiting at New Cross, Cannock Chase and West Park Hospitals. We understand that this is frustrating, particularly at this time of the year, but we can assure you that this is the safest precaution at this time, particularly with the progression of the Omicron variant.


Latest News: Sophie, Matt and Ethan

One grateful couple are taking home the best early Christmas present this year. After 109 days in New Cross Hospital’s neonatal unit (NNU), parents Sophie Thompson and Matthew Hart, both 25, have finally been able to take their baby boy Ethan Hart home. Baby Ethan was born on 26 August this year, weighing at 2lb 5oz. He was born 13 weeks early at 27 weeks and is Sophie and Matthew’s first child.


Latest News: Get Up, Get Tested

Wolverhampton's Covid-19 rapid and PCR test centres will be operating revised opening times over the Christmas and New Year period. Rapid testing, for people without symptoms of Covid-19, is free and can identify cases of the virus among people who don't realise they have it. They can then take action to prevent passing Covid-19 onto others.


Latest News: Toy donation to brighten up Christmas for children in hospital

Christmas has come early for New Cross Hospital’s youngest patients after receiving a generous donation of toys. More than 300 toys were dropped off for the children’s ward following a fundraising campaign by Hit the Dhol, specialists in educational Asian Dhol drumming workshops for schools and colleges. The group were inspired to make the donation following a performance at the Trust’s Christmas lights switch-on earlier this month.


Latest News: TGWU Maureen Parkes Joint Donation Breast Care

Two charities have combined to donate over £30,000 to fund equipment to help Wolverhampton breast care patients. The 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent Scheme (ex-Goodyear workers) and the Maureen Parkes Breast Care Fund have each donated £15,127.35 for equipment to support breast care patients treated at New Cross Hospital. The money raised has been used to buy three lipomodelling pieces of equipment – two Vibrasat PRO units and one Microaire handset.


Latest News: MitraClip - Pauline Spittle

An innovative heart treatment which could treat up to 50 patients a year is now available at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital. The MitraClip device can be fitted to patients as an alternative procedure for those deemed too high risk for mitral valve repair surgery. It is less invasive, recovery time is faster and it is more effective than medical treatment alone.


Latest News: Covid-19 Plan B

Additional measures are coming into place to control the spread of Covid-19 after the Government announced that England would move to ‘Plan B’ in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means: From tomorrow (Friday 10 December), face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings, including theatres and cinemas, unless individuals are exempt.


Latest News: Be Part of the Research

Since the start of the pandemic, the Clinical Research Network West Midlands has been involved in the set up and running of vaccine studies which have helped turn the tide against COVID-19. The Network, which is hosted by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT), has worked with partners in the region to recruit 2,824 participants to 12 vaccine studies since 2020.


Latest News: Christmas Babies Act of Remembrance

In light of being unable to come together at Bushbury Cemetery and Crematorium this year as we had originally hoped, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Babies Christmas Act of Remembrance will be held virtually on Sunday, December 12 from 3pm. To access this service, please follow the link here. Families are warmly invited to attend and visit the Remembrance Christmas Trees.


Latest News: Ly Fletcher Having Covid Jab

One year on, the first NHS nurse to have the Covid-19 vaccine in the Black Country and West Birmingham says she would have a fourth jab if it means keeping everyone safe amid the ongoing pandemic. Ly Fletcher, Matron of Ward 17 at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, was the first colleague to have the vaccine when the Manor Hospital starting administering them to the over 80s and healthcare workers 12 months ago today.


Latest News: Amelia Smith and Wolfie

A grateful schoolgirl has really stepped up for fellow patients at New Cross Hospital by completing a fundraising walk to buy Christmas toys – raising nearly £2,000 so far. Seven-year-old Amelia Smith, from Codsall, has been setting herself challenges for fundraising walks since she was just three years old. Amelia has several health conditions including Arthprogrosis, club foot and dislocated hips.


Latest News: Christmas has come to RWT

Christmas has come to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust after the big festive lights switch-on at New Cross Hospital. Staff were joined by many others online to kick off the festive celebrations, which saw the area outside the Emergency Department and all the Christmas trees around the site lit up. They were serenaded by the RWT Singers, the organisation’s staff choir, who sang Christmas songs, and Hit The Dhol Community Interest Charity (CIC), the Indian drumming band who also kicked off Wolverhampton city lights.


Latest News: Trust surgeon elected president elect of national society

A surgeon at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has been elected president elect of a prestigious national organisation in his specialty. Mr Andy Garnham, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Director (CD) for General Surgery at the Trust, will become President of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VSGBI). The Vascular Society is the professional body for the delivery of high quality vascular care across the UK and Ireland.


Latest News: Follow new measures and help stop spread of Covid variant

Residents are being reminded to wear a face covering when they are in shops or on public transport after the Government introduced new rules to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The Government has made face coverings mandatory in shops and on public transport once again, unless people are exempt for medical reasons. They should also be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and students in Year 7 and above.


Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

The chance to showcase all the great work we do to NHSE executives doesn’t come along very often. So when we were offered the chance of a visit from Sam Sherrington, Head of Community Nursing at NHS England and Improvement, and Andrea Westlake, her deputy, I was delighted to accept. And it was well worth it too because both Sam and Andrea praised The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and Walsall Healthcare Trust as being “ahead of the game” for our innovation in community services.

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