Latest News from around the Trust

KGH awarded prestigious UNICEF accolade

New mother and father Brenda and Vusa with their new baby KGH midwifes and KGH Infant Feeding Co-ordinator Janice Smith

Kettering General Hospital has received a national re-accreditation for the very high standards it has in supporting mums to breastfeed and formula feed.

The Trust has just passed an external assessment and validation to receive full reaccreditation for the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Maternity Standards.

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Come & Support Crazy Hats 17th Annual Breast Cancer Walk on May 19th

The poster gives details of the walk on 19 May 2019

Help us support the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer charity at their next fundraising walk at Wicksteed Park on May 19th (10.30a.m. start)

Last year’s walk attracted over 1,700 walkers and their dogs and an amazing £50,000 was raised through sponsorship. All funds raised were used to support hospital projects (at both KGH and NGH), the holiday home and the charity’s own support and therapy services.

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Support group for people with heart conditions appeals for new members

The Heart2Heart support group are inviting cardiac patients to join their group.

A group formed to support people with heart conditions in a friendly and positive way outside of hospital is appealing for new members.

The Heart2Heart support group was launched in September 2014 and is supported by Kettering General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.

It provides additional support for heart patients through the sometimes frightening period of adjusting to their problem providing support that enhances recovery and their quality of life.

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Maxillo-Facial and Orthodontic Unit to expand

Picture caption – Members of the Maxillo-Facial and Orthodontic Unit at KGH are looking forward to moving into new premises.

KGH is developing a £1.8m new Maxillo-Facial and Orthodontic Unit to expand and improve services for patients.

The new unit will be double the size of the existing department and have state-of-the-art new equipment including a cone beam CT scanner, 3D printer and intra-oral scanner allowing digital pictures to be taken of the inside of the mouth and teeth (rather than a plaster cast)

The new unit will enable doctors, nurses and technical staff to address increased demands on their service while improving the clinical environment for patients.

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KGH and Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire win national award

Photograph of James Allan, Head of Patient Experience at KGH, Esther Simpson, Young Healthwatch and John Dale, Chair of National NHS Complaints Managers Forum

Kettering General Hospital (KGH) and Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire* (see editor’s notes) have won a national award for work they have undertaken with young people

The two organisations entered the Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) in the ‘Team of the Year’ category.

The joint entry was called ‘It’s my health – youth voice’ and their win was announced on Wednesday 20 March 2019 at the awards ceremony in Birmingham.

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KGH join Voice

Our photograph shows the agreement being signed – Pictured L-R KGH Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Voice, Fiona Campbell, Chairman of NGH and KGH, Alan Burns, and Director of Workforce and Transformation at NGH, Janine Brennan.

Free and confidential support for people touched by crime – whether KGH patients or staff – is now available.

KGH, along with Northampton General Hospital, have agreed to join up with Voice, the free, confidential support service for anyone affected by crime in Northamptonshire.

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Bedside Book Service launched

Volunteers Sue Ellingham and Louise Lindsay with one of the two book trolleys which will tour some of KGH’s wards Book Service launch April 1

Kettering General Hospital is launching a new Bedside Book Service for patients from April 1, 2019.

The aim is to enable patients to have access to lots of different kinds of books to keep them entertained during their stay in hospital.

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Time for tea during Nutrition and Hydration Week

Deene B Tea Party for nutrition and hydration week

Wards across KGH held themed tea parties to celebrate national Nutrition and Hydration Week (March 11-17).

The Global Afternoon Tea events – on March 13 - had staff baking cakes and coming up with quirky ideas for themed parties.

The aim of the event – and the awareness week – was to increase understanding of the importance of good nutrition and hydration at all times for patients.

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