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Learning through the pandemic

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 Student Alley puts personal pain to one side.

A student who has been working on the frontline throughout the pandemic says the experience has enhanced her learning, despite coronavirus claiming three of her nearest and dearest.
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Our thanks for amazing community donations

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  • Kettering General Hospital is saying a sincere and heart-felt thank you to members of the public, companies and charitable organisations that have supported us during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Since March the hospital has received almost 300,000 gifts ranging from food and drink to personal protective equipment, hand creams, hand-made theatre scrubs and home-made laundry bags for uniforms.
  • Front-line staff explain why the gifts were such a morale booster during the pandemic
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Official opening of The Sir Thomas Moore Ward

Today we were pleased to host the official opening of our temporary ward block – The Sir Thomas Moore Ward, located in Car Park A.

The need for this ward has been driven by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in a rearranging of services at the hospital. The ward will provide a short stay facility for medically stable patients.

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National award for KGH team's Covid response

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The Ophthalmology team at Kettering General Hospital has won a national award for its flexibility and unstinting dedication to patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The team – which has 54 staff – has won a national Cavell Star Award after being nominated by Matron for Surgical Services, Arnold Aguilar.

He nominated them for the way for the way in which they readily agreed to be redeployed to front line services like intensive care, infection control and other wards to support the hospital’s response against coronavirus.

 

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KGH digital progress enhances safety during pandemic

Electronic digital covid progress

Kettering General Hospital is using a digital transformation programme to help it to improve patient safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Trust began its transformation work in 2018 and has the ambition of becoming the most digital hospital in England.

In 2019 it successfully brought in hand-held digital devices which enable doctors and nurses to record patient observations and spot early signs of deterioration (a system called Vitals).

It has also introduced a secure text and picture messaging system called CareFlow Connect, which enables staff to perform electronic patient handovers and better co-ordinate patient care.

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£600,000 investment in KGH breast service

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Kettering General Hospital has invested £600,000 in its breast imaging service to replace equipment and expand its breast screening capacity to continue to deliver three yearly mammograms to the women of North Northamptonshire when the coronavirus emergency ends.
 
The hospital has replaced an old 2D mammography biopsy machine with a state-of-the-art £350,000 3D machine which enables clinicians to better identify smaller lesions and cancers and perform quicker and more accurate biopsies.
 
It has also purchased a second mobile breast screening van which will enable it to perform up to 7,000 additional screenings for women each year – making the service quicker, and more convenient and accessible to local people.

 

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Home birth service up and running again

Home birth service restarted
Kettering General Hospital’s community midwife service for families who want a home birth has been restarted this month (May).
 
The service was temporarily suspended during early part of the Covid-19 outbreak because more staff were needed within the hospital itself to ensure safe maternity care.
 
Families who want a home birth – and where no family members have Covid symptoms – can now request one. Community midwives will attend labour wearing appropriate personal protective equipment to ensure a safe birth.
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KGH's Respiratory Service wins Excellence in Patient Care Award

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Kettering General Hospital’s Respiratory Service has won one of the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) Excellence in Patient Care Awards.
 
The service has won the college’s Innovation Award for their ambulatory management of spontaneous pneumothorax work – a service which helps to reduce the need for patients with lung conditions to spend time in hospital.
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