Press Releases

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.


More Trust renal patients receiving transplants than ever before

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Nearly 80 renal patients were put forward for a transplant last year and received new kidneys at one of the Trusts three transplant providers, an 18% increase on the previous year.  

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.


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 12 months).


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 the present and longer term.


Diabetic eye screening team amongst best performers in England

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The Trust’s diabetic eye screening team has been rated as one of the best performing services in England after taking part in Public Health England’s annual national audit. The audit looked at their performance between April 2016 and March 2017.

Lister hospital under extreme pressure – please keep A&E free for genuine emergencies

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The Lister hospital in Stevenage is under extreme pressure, due to the number of very sick patients needing to be admitted.  Emergency department doctors are asking people not to go to A&E unless it’s a life or limb-threatening emergency, or if they have been advised to go there by a healthcare professional.

New QEII gains first Purple Star for supporting patients with learning disabilities

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The ambulatory care team at the New QEII hospital have received a Purple Star award from Hertfordshire County Council’s Health and Community Services People for their work in improving services for people with learning with learning disabilities. This follows the successful completion of a programme by the Community Learning Disability Service to help the team improve the quality of care and treatment experienced by this very vulnerable group of individuals.

New mural welcomes children

Monday, December 11th, 2017

A new woodland-themed mural has been installed at the Lister’s Bluebell ward, helping children to have a more welcoming experience.  

New service aims to keep frail older people out of hospital

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

A new service is now in place at the Lister hospital that means frail older people brought in to the hospital’s emergency department, frequently by ambulance, are now referred quickly for assessment by a specialist, consultant-led multidisciplinary team.


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