Press Releases

Lister’s stroke service achieves top grading in national audit

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The Lister’s acute stroke service, which is based on the hospital’s Pirton and Barley wards, has achieved the top rating possible in the latest quarterly audit report produced by the Royal College of Physicians covering the period from April to July 2016. This achievement has come at the same time as the team has had to expand its service to care for additional patients coming from west Essex and Bedfordshire following changes made at local hospitals in these areas.

Trust supports nationwide campaign seeking to improve access to hospital wards for carers

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The Trust is supporting John’s Campaign, a nationwide initiative seeking improved access to hospital wards for carers.

John’s Campaign was founded in 2014 after the death of Dr John Gerrard, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his mid-70s.During a five-week stay in his local hospital, visits from his family were restricted severely and John’s condition deteriorated as a result.

Butterfly volunteer team needs public’s help to secure national £25,000 funding

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The team behind a new and innovative volunteer project at the Lister, which supports people in the last days of their lives, is competing with charities across the country to gain up to £25,000 from Aviva’s community funding initiative.  Aviva is holding an online public vote for the charitable causes that have registered for its annual Community Fund – and the Butterfly volunteers are calling on local people to register their vote by 18 November deadline.


Lister doctor self-publishes poetry book

Monday, October 17th, 2016

What do doctors do in their spare time? In the case of one Lister doctor, John Ndikum, he writes poetry and has recently self-published his first book Words of a Feather.

John, a junior doctor specialising in internal medicine, began writing the book in 2010. The four-part collection of poems was released on 31 August 2016, through Trafford Publishing.

New renal services at the Lister result in better patient experience

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Following an investment of £133,500, of which £127,000 came from charitable donations, the Trust’s renal team ward 6B at the Lister now has access to two important new facilities:

  • The ward’s own acute renal dialysis unit, which has four haemodialysis stations;
  • A new renal intervention and treatment area, located alongside the ward

Lister’s carers support team looking for volunteers

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The Lister’s carers support team is looking for volunteers to take part in a new project that aims to provide extra support to those caring for family members.

Volunteers will visit wards and outpatient clinics, speak to patients and identify those who are carers. The volunteers will be able to refer those who need extra support on to suitable organisations who can offer further advice and guidance.

NHS pension scheme change pilot for band five and six nurses

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The Trust has launched a major recruitment campaign that seeks to encourage registered (band five and six) nurses, midwives and operating department practitioners (ODPs) to take up substantive roles at its hospitals, rather than working solely for agencies that charge the NHS a premium for their services.

Trust appoints new non-executive director

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

NHS Improvement has agreed the appointment of Val Moore, who lives near Cambridge, as one of the Trust’s non-executive directors.  Val, who is also the chair of Healthwatch Cambridgeshire, will serve on the Trust’s Board for a four-year period from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2020.

Exciting new Lister project looking for volunteers

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The Trust is on the lookout for confident and enthusiastic volunteers to join the enhanced care team’s exciting new project at the Lister. The team has created a one-to-one support service to provide a higher level of care to patients with conditions like dementia and memory problems. The role will involve spending time with patients and their families, making them feel comfortable and happy whilst providing support during their stay in hospital.

Lister scores better than national NHS average for most patient-led inspection results

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

The Lister has scored above the national NHS average for the majority of categories in this year’s annual patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE), which took place during May 2016 and was published recently by NHS Digital.

The hospital was assessed by a PLACE team, which included members of the public and Healthwatch Hertfordshire, in five categories, with the quality of the Lister’s food, how people with disabilities are supported and the condition, appearance and maintenance of its buildings performing best out of the six categories reviewed. Improvements were also seen in standards of cleanliness.

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