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Rheumatoid arthritis – Carol Masters’ story

Monday, March 26th, 2018

It’s just a short few years ago that 67-year-old Welwyn resident, Carol Masters, experienced some of the most difficult times of her life. She was experiencing pain in various parts of her body, especially her joints, which more or less kept her trapped in her own home for three months. Then in 2013 she was […]

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Award-winning service helps keep rheumatoid arthritis patients well

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Responding to rising demand on the Trust’s rheumatology outpatient services, an award-winning annual review service supports patients with stable inflammatory arthritis. The aim of this nurse-led service has been to ensure that patients are reviewed regularly, with risk assessments for cardiovascular disease and bone health (which can be compromised by rheumatoid arthritis) also undertaken. The […]

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Award-winning service helps keep rheumatoid arthritis patients well

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Responding to rising demand on the Trust’s rheumatology outpatient services, an award-winning annual review service supports patients with stable inflammatory arthritis. The aim of this nurse-led service has been to ensure that patients are reviewed regularly, with risk assessments for cardiovascular disease and bone health (which can be compromised by rheumatoid arthritis) also undertaken.  

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients accessing earlier care

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Patients who have their rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed early and the condition managed actively tend to have better clinical outcomes, improved quality of life and less likelihood of requiring orthopaedic surgery. This is the service that is on offer through the Trust’s rheumatology team, which is in line with best practice nationally. Over recent years, the […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients accessing earlier care

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Patients who have their rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed early and the condition managed actively tend to have better clinical outcomes, improved quality of life and less likelihood of requiring orthopaedic surgery.   This is the service that is on offer through the Trust’s rheumatology team, which is in line with best practice nationally.  

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Trust’s e-rostering service highlighted as exemplar in new national report

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Recently the Trust was featured as an exemplar in an independent workforce optimisation technology report. Realising the paperless revolution: how rostering in the NHS went digital, which reflects on the use of workforce optimisation technology across the world and examines the innovation taking place at NHS trusts, includes two case studies from the Trust. The first focuses […]

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Over 3,100 staff have been vaccinated against ‘flu

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

The Trust has met the national 70% target set by Public Health England for the number of front-line staff vaccinated against ‘flu. In total, over 3,100 members of staff have now been vaccinated – helping to protect patients and colleagues from the virus. Speaking about the achievement, the Trust’s deputy director of workforce and organisational […]

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Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at all time low

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers – also known as bed sores – on the Trust’s inpatient wards are now at an all-time low. In 2010, pressure ulcers were reported at the rate of one nearly every day. Just seven years later, one occurs every two weeks (in 2017 there were just 31 cases reported across the whole […]

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Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at all time low

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers – also known as bed sores – on the Trust’s inpatient wards are now at an all-time low. In 2010, pressure ulcers were reported at the rate of one nearly every day. Just seven years later, one occurs every two weeks (in 2017 there were just 31 cases reported across the whole […]

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New Admiral Nurse provides additional dementia support to families

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The Trust’s new Admiral Nurse, Hannah Gardner, is helping to provide additional support for patients with dementia and their families. The role, launched with support and funding from Dementia UK, has been created to help families and provide them with additional care and support, allowing them to live more positively with dementia – both in […]

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