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Make volunteering at the Lister your New Year’s resolution

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Hospitals are busy places, but for patients on the wards the days can seem long.  Patients are often frail or confused so a visitor or activity can brighten their day and really improve their state of mind and general well-being.

 

Lister’s emergency nurse wins prestigious award

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Charlene Hollingworth recently qualified as a staff nurse from the University of Hertfordshire and now works in the emergency department at the Lister.  She has been awarded the University of Hertfordshire’s ‘Elaine Andrews Prize’ for the ‘most caring nurse’ of the year.

 

Hospital celebrates long serving staff and volunteers

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Last Friday, staff and volunteers from the Lister, QEII and Hertford County hospitals, and the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, celebrated those staff who have worked for the Trust for more than 25 years.  There were also two very special volunteers who have been lending a helping hand for more than 20 years each.  Staff and volunteers who played a significant role in the recent changes at the Lister and QEII were also invited in recognition of the huge efforts that have gone into transforming both hospitals.

 

Trust teams up with Stevenage Library to promote child health

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Trust’s child development centre team is working in partnership with Stevenage Library to inform and educate local people – especially those with or caring for children and young people – about child health and development. An information stand is now in the children’s section at the library until mid-November. And on Friday, 14 November, between 10.00am and 12.00pm, a drop-in session for families will be run by of the team’s specialist nurses.

 

 

Trust teams up with Stevenage Library to promote child health

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Trust’s child development centre team is working in partnership with Stevenage Library to inform and educate local people – especially those with or caring for children and young people – about child health and development.  An information stand is now in the children’s section at the library until mid-November.  And on Friday, 14 November, between 10.00am and 12.00pm, a drop-in session for families will be run by of the team’s specialist nurses.

 

Trust’s diabetes team wins national 2014 Quality in Care award

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Following the Trust’s diabetes team becoming the first in the UK to provide a seven-day-a-week diabetes outreach team consisting of both specialist doctors and nurses, this achievement – which had brought real benefits to the care of hospital patients – recently won one of the prestigious national Quality in Care Diabetes awards.  The award, which was for the best inpatient care initiative category, was announced at a ceremony in Guildford, Surrey last month.

 

National review places new Trust diabetes service in top five in the country

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The results of a national peer review audit published recently shows that the Trust’s dedicated diabetes service for children and young people is the fourth best in the country out of 147 NHS organisations across the country – and the best in the East of England.  The national audit, which was carried out on behalf of NHS England, reviewed every aspect of the service in great detail, is proof of the high quality care that babies from birth through to young people aged up to 19 receive from the innovative multi-disciplinary team that works out of clinics at both the Lister and QEII hospitals.

 

All welcome at Trust memorial service

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Anyone who has had a family member, colleague or friend who died over the years at the Lister or QEII hospitals will be welcomed at a forthcoming memorial service being held in Stevenage. There will be an opportunity to light a candle and remember loved ones. Refreshments will be offered afterwards and a chance to chat with staff members.

This annual event, which is supported by the Trust’s palliative care team, is being held as follows:

• 11.00am on Saturday, 8 November 2014 – Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Stevenage.

 

Trust seeks talented nurses to join its team

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Trust has launched a recruitment drive to bring more nurses and clinical support workers to its wards at the Lister hospital in Stevenage.  The campaign, which started on 6 October 2014, will run through to the end of the month, with the roles available – which cover a wide range of nursing and clinical support worker posts – being advertised in both national specialist and local media.

The Trust’s director of nursing, Angela Thompson, said:

“We have wonderful teams of hugely talented nurses and clinical support workers, and we recognise what an important role our nursing staff play in making sure our patients receive high quality care.  Following their expansion, some specialties that we are particularly keen to recruit to are cardiology, renal, chemotherapy and emergency nursing.”

Children’s nurse wins national award for exceptional contribution to sick children

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Jo Collins, who is matron for the Children’s Continuing Care Team at the Trust won the Best Nurse Award. The awards are run by WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, and honour the dedication of professionals who go the extra mile to help sick children and their families.

Jo has worked in the Children’s Continuing Care Team for more than 11 years during which time she has established an excellent service.  She leads a team that provides training, equipment and respite care so that children with complex health needs can be cared for safely at home. The children her team care for live across east and north Hertfordshire; all have very complex health needs and rely on life saving  medical technology at home such as ventilators and feeding tubes. Having the support of trained carers and understanding how to operate equipment themselves makes such a difference to parents at home with their seriously ill children.

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