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 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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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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