Latest News from around the Trust — articles for March 2019

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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Fundraising buys Rainbow Bags for Rainbow Babies

Stephanie Fretter and Carolyn Rowbotham receive rainbow bags from Gerry McLaughlin of Freemasons

 Our amazing Maternity Bereavement team at KGH have been fundraising to buy Rainbow Bags for mums who have just had their Rainbow baby.

The team had been fundraising to buy supplies for the Rainbow Bags since August 2018. They have now been kindly supported with a generous cheque of £2885 from the Freemasons of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire.


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