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November 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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November 2021

Latest News: RWT and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trusts’ community services are “ahead of the game” say NHS chiefs

NHS executives have praised The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and Walsall Healthcare Trust as being “ahead of the game” for their innovation in community services. Sam Sherrington, Head of Community Nursing at NHS England and Improvement, and Andrea Westlake, her deputy, presented to community nurses from both Trusts at Wolverhampton Science Park.

Latest News: Dedicated fundraisers and volunteers celebrated

Supporters of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity have been acknowledged for their dedicated support, as part of the charity’s 25th anniversary celebrations. The charity works to enhance patient care in hospitals in Wolverhampton and Cannock and are marking their 25th anniversary this weekend. As part of the celebrations, the organisation held the RWT Charity and Volunteer Awards today (November 25th).

Latest News: Trust’s security services bags two national awards

The security team at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has been awarded two awards at this year’s National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) Awards, which took place on 18 November at The Studio in Birmingham. NAHS is not-for-profit organisation which aims to support healthcare provision through the delivery of professional security management; ensuring staff are equipped to provide a safe and secure environment for staff, patients and visitors.

Latest News: Former Wolves director donates £100,000 to specialist cardiology centre

Former Wolves director Kevin Threlfall and his wife Gillian have donated £100,000 to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity to buy equipment for the Trust’s Heart and Lung Centre. This is the largest donation raised by an individual in the last 11 years. Mr and Mrs Threlfall, from Perton, gifted the generous amount after staff from the Trust saved Mr Threlfall’s life following a heart attack in 2014.

Latest News: Council of Members logo

Have you received care from a member of staff at the Trust in the last five years? Do you have an opinion about our health services and want to contribute? If the answer to both these questions is yes and you are aged over 16 – we warmly invite you to join our Council of Members. Our Council of Members is a group of current and former patients – not employed by the Trust – who are patient experts.

Latest News: Drug and Alcohol Team

This Alcohol Awareness Week, we have teamed up with the Drug and Liaison Team (DALT) at New Cross Hospital to give you an insight of what it would be like to be part of their team. So, who are they? Running on a busy daily schedule, the team consists of four members who provide a crucial service for the hospital and beyond. Carolyn Musgrave is DALT Manager, Adele Timms is Senior DALT Nurse, Louise Bradbury is DALT Outreach Nurse and then Wendy Doyle, Support Worker, ensures the team is running smoothly.

Latest News: Further progression for microbiology services in the Black Country

Earlier this week, the Black Country Pathology Service (BCPS) welcomed microbiology staff from Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust into their new base at the New Cross Hospital site. A pathology network of four organisations, the BCPS supports Sandwell and Birmingham NHS Trust, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) – with the latter hosting a centralised laboratory for all sites.

Latest News: David Loughton

Professor David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Interim Chief Executive at Walsall Healthcare Trust, has been honoured by the Institute of Health and Social Care Management for his ‘very significant’ contribution to the IHSCM, ranking him alongside some of the most influential people in UK health. David – who is the longest-serving CEO in the NHS at more than 35 years – has been made a Companion of the IHSCM.

Latest News: UK Disability History Month 2021

Celebrated each year, UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an annual event that is designed to focus on the history of disabled people’s fight for equality and human rights. UKDHM has become a huge success, running events, providing resources and giving a voice to disabled and differently-abled people across the UK. Currently the Equality Act 2010 defines disability as “if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

Latest News: Happy Trans Awareness Week 2021

Each year between November 13-19, people and organisations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face. The campaign runs up until Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), a day to remember and mourn all the transgender people lost to violence this year.

Latest News: Maternity Support Workers Week

This week we’re celebrating our fantastic Maternity Support Workers (MSWs)! Maternity Support Worker Week, takes place from 15-21 November, across maternity units all over the UK. Tracy Palmer, Director of Midwifery for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “MSWs are an integral part of the maternity workforce and play an important role in supporting midwives and the wider maternity teams, mothers and their babies through pregnancy, labour and during the postnatal period.

Latest News: Alcohol Awareness Week - Sarah Patel

Life was a tough ride for Sarah Patel, which became all too much for her. To numb the pain, loneliness, and sadness, she turned to alcohol which became a vicious cycle of self-destruction. Sarah, 36, from Penn in Wolverhampton, has bravely shared her story with us to mark Alcohol Awareness Week, to help others know they are not alone and there is help there.

Latest News: Specialist equipment to improve safety for mums and premature ill babies

Investment in specialist neonatal equipment will allow faster and more efficient treatment for newborn babies on New Cross Hospital’s delivery suite. The trolley, which was funded by the Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity and Neonatal System, cost just over £16,000 and will primarily be used on babies born earlier than 30 weeks, which on average affects 30-40 babies per year.

Latest News: Alcohol Awareness Week

This week is Alcohol Awareness week. It is a time for you to get thinking about drinking. Did you know that in Wolverhampton we are rated the fourth highest city for alcohol related deaths within the UK? Therefore, we are teaming up with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s very own Drug and Alcohol Awareness Team to raise awareness. Not sure who the team are?

Latest News: World Diabetes Day - Lucy Axcell

Lucy Axcell has the cricketing world in her hands. At just 13 years old, she plays at both junior and senior level for Penkridge Cricket Club, as well as representing Staffordshire girls. Last season, she took 32 wickets for Penkridge, making her the fourth best bowler in the whole club – quite some feat, especially when you consider Lucy, from Penkridge, is a type 1 diabetic.

Latest News: World Diabetes Day - Phyllis Hughes and Darcey

Phyllis Hughes has lived with diabetes for over three decades but it has never affected her ability to do anything in life. The 70-year-old, from Perton, has only retired in December 2020 after a full working life in administration for local government and private companies – leaving her longer to indulge her passion of shopping! Not long after being diagnosed 34 years ago, Phyllis set up a support group for fellow diabetics.

Latest News: World Diabetes Day - Heather Clarke

Wolverhampton’s longest-serving diabetes patient is nailing World Diabetes Day – quite literally. Heather Clarke, 62 from Perton, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 56 years so had no hesitation in joining the #NailingDiabetes campaign, which is celebrated this Sunday and marked by people painting their nails blue, for donations of their choice.

Latest News: The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity wins regional business award

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity has been recognised for supporting patients and their families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. An annual event, The Black Country Chamber of Commerce Business Awards celebrates the resilience, adaptability and outstanding contribution of local businesses and organisations. In a glitzy awards ceremony, which took place last night (Thursday, November 11th) at Wolverhampton Racecourse, the charity was crowned winner in the Kindness in the Community’ category.

Latest News: Remembrance Day Poppy

The Trust’s Multi-Faith Chaplaincy team have put together a special video to mark both Remembrance Day (Thursday, November 11th) and Remembrance Sunday (Sunday, November 14th). The video includes an opportunity for staff to virtually take part in the two-minute silence to honour those who have fallen in service to our country. ‘We will remember them.’

Latest News: Black Country and West Birmingham NHS pledges support to Armed Forces community

Earlier this week seven NHS organisations from the Black Country and West Birmingham Integrated Care System (ICS) signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) at a virtual signing. This is the first ICS to sign up to the Covenant within the West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association’s (RFCA) region. The Black Country and West Birmingham ICS comprises 15 local health and care organisations who are jointly responsible for managing resources.

Latest News: Lord Carter praises Black Country Pathology Service as ‘world class’

Lord Patrick Carter has described the Black Country Pathology Service (BCPS) as a ‘world class’ service after proud staff showcased its cutting edge innovations. The BCPS is a pathology network for four organisations – Sandwell and Birmingham NHS Trust, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, based on all hospital sites.

Latest News: Back Country Pathology Services Logo

The Black Country Pathology Service (BCPS) has improved its two-week result target for smear test patients due to the hard work of staff. Staff at the Trust have worked tirelessly to clear the large backlog after laboratory screening services from five providers were amalgamated to a new facility on the New Cross Hospital site. The laboratory, based at New Cross Hospital, absorbed the work from Shropshire, Staffordshire, Birmingham, Coventry, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Latest News: Kate Duggen - Black Country Pathology Service’s Apprentice of the Month

For National Pathology Week we would like to introduce you to Katie Duggan, Assistant Buyer for the Black Country Pathology Service. Recently, Katie had been awarded with ‘Apprentice of the Month’ in her Level 4 Diploma in Commercial Procurement and Support Standard course – which is a great achievement as she was selected from 250 apprentices.

Latest News: Work starts on new solar farm project

Work has begun on a new solar farm which will help to power the whole of New Cross Hospital, becoming the first in England to fully utilise and operate its own facility providing renewable energy. A sod cutting ceremony was held last week to officially kick off work at the former landfill site, which is the size of 22 football pitches and around a ten-minute walk from the main hospital site in Wednesfield.

Latest News: Trevor’s proud legacy is a family of Trust connections

A porter at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust who sadly passed away with COVID-19 has helped inspire a legacy of family loyalty to the organisation – with five other close relatives now employed at New Cross Hospital. Trevor’s widow Maureen Johnson, 63, has been with the Trust since 2008 and works as a Clinical Education Facilitator in Theatres.

Latest News: Haulage truck pays tribute to RWT’s Intensive Care Unit

A fleet of haulage trucks have been named after keyworker heroes across the Black Country and West Birmingham, in honour of their hard work and commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic. BJS Haulage, a logistics company based in Wednesbury, wanted to recognise community heroes by naming its new nine-strong fleet of trucks after local keyworkers who have made a real difference in the community – this included The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team.

No tricks, just Treats donated to young patients this Halloween

A local mother of two has dressed up as Mrs Halloween Queen to donate goody bags to young patients on the children’s ward at New Cross Hospital. Surinder Mann, from Oxley in Wolverhampton, created 40 Halloween buckets containing items such as activity packs, sweets and treats, pencils and other items. The items were donated by local corporate supporters such as Eggfree Cake Inn, Claire’s Accessories, Scrummy Kits on Facebook, The Entertainer, Tesco, Morrisons, Co-op and other supermarkets.

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