Staff on Ward 1 at Hull Royal step forward to be there for patients with COVID-19

They were called on to step up to the plate as Hull’s hospitals prepared for the COVID-19 outbreak. And staff on Ward 1 at Hull Royal Infirmary set aside their own concerns to be there for patients. Since the beginning of March, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been working round the clock so Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital can provide the best possible care for people with the signs of COVID-19. Changing Ward 1 from an acute medicine rapid discharge ward to a ward looking after people with suspected COVID-19 until the results of their screening tests are known was…

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Hospital boss runs up tower block for children with sight problems

An NHS boss is undertaking a tower block challenge to raise funds for a sensory room for children with sight problems and additional needs. Chief Finance Officer Lee Bond will run up 13 floors of the tower block at Hull Royal Infirmary on Friday, February 14, to raise money for WISHH, the independent charity supporting Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Lee is currently training for the London Marathon in April with the aim of raising £10,000 for WISHH to create a sensory room at Hull and East Yorkshire Eye Hospital. Lee said: “Our tower block is a major landmark in the city so…

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Hospital patients and visitors face £100 fines for dropping cigarette butts

Hospital patients and visitors are being warned they face fines of £100 if they drop cigarette butts outside Hull Royal Infirmary. Hull City Council is enforcing anti-littering legislation at the bus stop in Anlaby Road, close to the entrance of the hospital tower block. Fines are now being issued to people caught throwing their cigarettes on the ground in the pavement outside the hospital. Security investigator Chris Watson, part of the trust’s security team, said: “The bus stop outside the hospital is known as a problem area where people have been dropping their cigarettes. “This is an antisocial act and we are in full…

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Thousands of families to be targeted to ease pressure on Hull A&E

Thousands of homes are to be sent mail shots urging people to stay away from Hull Royal Infirmary’s A&E unless they have a genuine medical emergency. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will target thousands of homes as part of its Serious Stuff campaign to urge the public to use alternative services most appropriate to their needs.  “Patient streaming” was recently introduced by the trust’s Emergency Department (ED) to re-direct people to the most appropriate service if they come to Hull Royal with anything other than serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Mailshots listing NHS services such as Urgent Treatment Centre at Bransholme and…

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New unit opens for patients well enough to ‘step down’ from hospital care

A new social care unit, the first of its kind in the country to help patients regain independence after stays in hospital, has been set up at Castle Hill Hospital The 14-bed facility, set up by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, will help people who are well enough to ‘step down’ from the intensive support provided by Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust but can’t go home until out-of-hospital support is in place. The East Riding Social Care Suite aims to reduce pressure on both Hull Royal infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital by providing additional capacity for people who need a little more support.…

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Architect of “Better Births” report to witness transformation of maternity care

The driving force behind the transformation of maternity services is coming to Hull today to see changes attracting national attention. Baroness Julia Cumberlege CBE chaired the major NHS review of maternity services which led to the publication of the “Better Births” report in 2016. Now, the Conservative peer is coming to Hull Women and Children’s Hospital today (Thursday) to meet the midwives introducing sweeping changes to the way they look after pregnant women. Janet Cairns, Head of Midwifery at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It is a great honour for us to welcome Baroness Cumberlege to see our new practices. “Our team…

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Emergency consultant uses own experience to help children with Down’s syndrome

Paediatric emergency consultant Dr Liz Herrieven has told how her teenage daughter’s dual diagnosis of Down’s syndrome and autism has had a positive impact on her life. Dr Herrieven has taken part in the Shifting Perspectives Podcast to talk about life with 13-year-old daughter Amy. She explained how life-threatening illnesses when Amy was younger has helped her role as a consultant in emergency medicine at Hull Royal Infirmary, given her great insight into what it’s like to be the parent of a seriously ill child. In a message to parents of children with Down’s syndrome, Dr Herrieven said:  “Take one step at a time,…

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David’s lifetime of dedication is rewarded with an MBE

A Hull man who has dedicated more than 50 years of his life to the NHS has been rewarded for his work in the Queen’s New Year Honours. David Haire, Project Director (Fundraising) for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been awarded an MBE for services to patients and staff in East Yorkshire. David, from Hull, has enjoyed a long and varied career since starting out as an administrative trainee at Hull’s Princess Royal Hospital in 1967.  Within 15 years he had become the Planning Manager for the District Health Authority responsible for community, mental health and hospitals. Here, he was pivotal in…

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Families urged to bring in their own bottles in line with infection control rules

Families are being asked to bring their own bottles and formula milk into hospital to reduce the risk of infection among newborn babies. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is advising parents-to-be that it will no longer be providing bottles or teats if they opt to bottle-feed their babies. The change is being introduced to follow infection control guidance and to protect all infants on the wards at Hull Women and Children’s Hospital.  Janet Cairns, Head of Midwifery, said: “If parents opt to bottle feed their babies, we’re asking them to bring in small, prepared single-use feeds as we will no longer hold a…

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East Yorkshire companies fund ‘Project Christmas’ for children’s ward

Construction teams have worked hard to ensure the new areas are completed in time for Christmas. As well as managing the project, members of the Capital Development team also collected presents to hand out to children who were on the work while the work was taking place. Julia Harrison-Mizon, Operations Director for family and women’s services, said: “Thanks to our Capital Development team,  we have excellent relationships with the companies in the city and they did not hesitate to offer their help when they heard about our plans. “We are extremely grateful to them for stepping in to offer their services for free. “Thanks…

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The Winner was clear to see!!! Eye Hospital team is crowned most festive department of 2019

Skip forward 12 months and the Ophthalmology Outpatients team have been delivering a festive treat every day this December for patients young and old, from visits from Father Christmas and lindy hop dancers to school choir performances and knitting group sessions. The team has been busy decorating too and, with the theme of The Polar Express, the reception desk has been transformed into a ticket office where younger travellers are each given a golden train ticket inviting them to ‘Believe’. A huge cardboard steam engine stands in the outpatients waiting area and there’s a 6ft sign for the North Pole. Add in free mince…

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Major transformation of Hull Royal’s ground floor

A £1.5m transformation of Hull Royal Infirmary’s ground floor to ensure patients are seen by the right health professional in the shortest possible time will be completed this month. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has undertaken a major project to expand its assessment and diagnostic area and introduce a new patient streaming area to ensure people are directed to the correct service as soon as they arrive at Hull Royal Infirmary. Construction work of the ground floor projects will be completed today, with the transformation opening for patients on Monday. A new front entrance allowing people to come straight to the Emergency Care…

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