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October 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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October 2021

Latest News: RWT volunteer wins ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ award

A volunteer from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has won a national award for her work helping patients and staff during the pandemic. Eve Adams was crowned ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ in the Helpforce Champions Awards 2021, which was held last night (October 28th). The 17-year-old, who is currently a student at Stafford College, joined the Trust in January 2021 to support the Clinical Volunteers programme..

Latest News: Breast cancer survivor urges women to attend mammogram appointments

A breast cancer survivor has urged all women to attend their mammogram appointment, when invited, after a shock diagnosis. Margaret Wootton, from Coven, was diagnosed with breast cancer in her left breast 11 years ago after her mammogram showed a lump. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 80-year-old has bravely told her story to urge women over 50 to never miss their mammogram appointment.

Latest News: Black History Month – Deborah Olusanya

We’re celebrating Black History Month 2021 by recognising one of our youngest staff members – 18-year-old Deborah Olusanya. After deciding she wanted a career in medicine, she joined the Trust’s volunteers’ programme – hoping the experience of working in a healthcare setting would support with her university applications. She said: “It was about getting exposure ahead of my course."

Latest News: RWT nursing leader joins Trevor McDonald to front national Black History Month campaign

Congratulations to Doreen Black, Head of Nursing for Division 1, who has been featured in a national campaign for Black History Month which encourages people of Black heritage to give blood and sign up to the organ donor registry. There are currently 15,000 people with sickle cell in the UK (a disease that affects red blood cells), which mainly affects people of Black heritage, and many of these require regular blood transfusions.

Latest News: Infection Prevention team crowned winners of national award

The Infection Prevention (IP) team at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have won a national nursing award for their outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nursing Times Awards showcase the innovation and best practice of nurses and midwives across the UK, providing an opportunity to celebrate and share good news stories..

Latest News: Black History Month – volunteer success

Black History Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the efforts of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues for the wonderful contribution they make to our organisation! Today we’re reflecting on the efforts of Dhavina Chadha, a Trust volunteer, who was recently shortlisted for The Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the Year Awards.

Latest News: Trust sets up bespoke clinic to support pregnant refugees

Midwives at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust set up a targeted clinic to support pregnant refugees and their families who have fled their homelands. Charlotte Leo, Matron, developed a pathway for pregnant women from Eritrea – a country between Sudan and Ethiopia in East Africa – plus Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq and Ukraine to join the Trust’s maternity system.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

This week my blog is backing Breast Cancer Awareness month, which both The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust have been promoting during October. Health promotion is a huge part of the role of a breast care nurse. The RWT breast care nursing team are based at New Cross Hospital and see patients in outpatients (OPD1).

Latest News: Couple raise £5,000 for Maternity Unit in memory of daughter

A couple have raised nearly £5,000 for the Maternity Unit at New Cross Hospital in memory of their daughter. Sunny Edwards was born sleeping at 8.52pm on Sunday, August 8th 2021 about halfway through Abbie’s pregnancy. The couple found out that Sunny’s heart had stopped beating two days prior. Abbie Rodger, 27, and her partner Josh Edwards, 25, both from Bilbrook cycled around 94 miles / 151km from Wolverhampton to Oxford on the last day of this year’s Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Latest News: Meet Sara – Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Meet Sara Longman, she is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Breast Care for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT). Sara’s role is to support patients after they receive a breast cancer diagnosis, providing further information and helping them understand and come to terms with the news and future treatments. Previously, Sara worked within inpatient surgical nursing roles where she developed her passion for nursing and moved into the Breast Care Service team three years ago.

Latest News: Julie Davis HPMA Award

#DoingOurBit - a platform of over 60 free workouts for NHS staff created by Julie Davis, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands (pictured) has won the Bevan Brittan Award for Wellbeing at the prestigious Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Awards. The platform was created alongside fitness industry leaders Active IQ, fibodo and Study Active.

Latest News: Fifty patients a day can be treated at Ashmore Park Eye Centre

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has opened a new service at Ashmore Park Eye Centre (APEC) to monitor eye care in the community for patients with glaucoma, allowing up to 50 people per day to be treated. Patients attending appointments at the clinic – located a mile from New Cross Hospital at Ashmore Park in Wednesfield and open from Monday to Friday – will undergo tests, including a vision assessment, eye pressure measurement and a visual field assessment if indicated.

Latest News: David Loughton and Caroline Jones Wide

Caroline Jones, Lead Breast Care Nurse, received a surprise visit from our Chief Executive, David Loughton today. Dedicating more than 40 years to the NHS, 26 of which at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT), Caroline has been instrumental in developing the service.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

For some of my blogs I focus on the amazing staff that work at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare Trust. Rachel Tomkins has recently joined Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust as the Divisional Deputy Chief Nurse in the Division of Medicine and Long Term Conditions. Rachel, who trained in Liverpool, was Deputy Matron for Surgery at Russell Hall Hospital in Dudley, working in pre-operation assessment across the divisions before gaining her first Matron post.

Latest News: Aaron Parmar rings bell with parents

A brave six-year-old boy who has spent over half his life battling leukaemia has finally ‘rung the bell’ to signal the end of his cancer journey. Aaron Parmar, from Sedgley, had daily chemotherapy for over three years – 1,187 days – and was so poorly he was admitted to hospital 27 times after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of two, but has now made a full recovery.

Latest News: West Park Hospital

Staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have been working around the clock to support refugees and asylum seekers who are currently living in Wolverhampton. Practice staff at Thornley Street Medical Centre have helped to register and care for 200 asylum seekers from across Europe. At West Park Surgery staff have also been working hard to register and care for 50 refugees from Afghanistan.

Latest News: RWT marks Baby Loss Awareness Week

Here at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) we are observing Baby Loss Awareness Week (BLAW) – a campaign that brings together people touched by pregnancy and baby loss in a safe space to share their experiences. The week also enables organisations and charities to raise awareness of the impact and reality of miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature births to drive improvements in national policy and bereavement support.

Latest News: AHPs Day - Pamela Has Gone Full Cycle from Laundry to Occupational Therapy

Happy #AHPDay! We wanted to say a massive thank you to all of our amazing AHPs for their skill and dedication. To celebrate the day we have spoken to staff about their careers and what they love most about being an AHP. Read contributions from Keith Wilshire, Callum Telford, Kay Sedgwick and Pamela Baker.

Latest News: Sony Thattil

Congratulations to Sony Thattil, Lead Sepsis Nurse for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, who has been invited to be a guest speaker at an upcoming event hosted by the Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM). Hosted in partnership with their West Midlands Regional Hub, the IHSCM has established its first ‘TEDTalks-style’ discussion on the subject of women in leadership.

Latest News: New Cross Hospital Site

Care home staff in Wolverhampton are being given additional support to carry out their vital role thanks to a new occupational health service. The City of Wolverhampton Council has commissioned the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to develop and implement the service, which will be available to around 2,700 permanent staff across the 70 care settings in Wolverhampton.


Wonderful news as Janet Smith, Head of Sustainability at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has been invited to be a judge as part of the prestigious HSJ Partnership Awards 2022! This annual event looks to celebrate collaborations and partnerships driving transformation and improving patient outcomes across the NHS. This year's ceremony will take place in London on Thursday, March 24th 2022.

Latest News: Couple’s fundraising supports launch of DadPad on NNU

A recent launch of DadPad on the NNU at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has been supported by a generous donation of £2,760 thanks to fundraising by Kiran and Ramesh. The DadPad is an essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS. The guide aims to reduce a dad's anxiety by encouraging him to get involved and gain in confidence. It also guides on how to create a strong bond and healthy attachment with their baby.

Latest News: Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that around 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK? Therefore, every October the Breast Care Nursing Service are always busy raising awareness of Breast Cancer – a heart breaking disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. The team would like to invite members of the public and staff to their Facebook live event on Thursday, October 21st at 11am on our public Facebook page.

Latest News: Marie Stokes, Marie Freeman, Maurren Manns and Stephen West

A big thank you to Maureen Manns and family for their kind donation of £1,500 to the Deansley Centre (cancer services) at New Cross Hospital. Maureen, who lives in Bilston, was diagnosed with stage 4 throat and mouth cancer in October last year after an abscess was spotted by her dentist. The 74-year-old was urgently referred for testing and describes being in ‘shock’ to be told this mouth pain, which she hadn’t thought much of, was in fact cancer.

Latest News: Ann-Marie Cannaby Blog

For my latest blog, I wanted to do something different, so I chose to ‘walk’ through a day in the life of a senior member of staff – Cath Wilson, Head of Nurse Education at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT). Cath is responsible for the education of nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (AHPs) and healthcare support workers (HCSWs) for pre and post registration education.

Latest News: Volunteers and Staff Shortlisted for National Awards

Three volunteers and one member of staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have been nominated for national awards to recognise their fantastic contribution to volunteering in the health and care sector. Eve Adams has been shortlisted for ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ category in the Helpforce Champions Awards 2021, Rikki Sweet and Phil Weaver have both been shortlisted for ‘Volunteer of the Year’ and Abigail Townsend has been shortlisted for ‘Volunteer Leader of the Year’, all in the same awards event.

Latest News: A Royal Centenary for Burgess Family

A family is celebrating a proud milestone after clocking up over 100 years of service over three generations with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Julie Burgess, who has been Housekeeping Manager for West Park Hospital and Community for the last 20 years, has worked for the NHS for 40 years. During that time, her own family – husband of 36 years Michael and their two daughters, Abby, 31 and Jessica, 24 – have all filled roles for the Trust.

Latest News: Race Code Logo

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has become the first NHS trust in the Black Country to have secured the Race Code quality mark in recognition of its improvement in race equality and ability to tackle discrimination in the workplace. The RACE Code – which stands for Reporting, Action, Composition and Education – was established in 2020 by Dr Karl George MBE.

Latest News: Celebrating Arts and Heritage this Black History Month

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) is kicking off Black History Month by installing a unique piece of cultural artwork across its hospital and community sites. The campaign, which takes place nationally during the month of October, aims to shine a light on Black history and to increase knowledge of how Black, African and Caribbean colleagues have positively shaped our society.

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