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  • May12
    Celebrating our nurses

    In the last week we have celebrated two significant dates in the Nursing and Midwifery calendar.

    International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses’ Day

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  • Apr15
    ‘Get it on time’ campaign and why it is so important in treating Parkinson’s

    Parkinson's disease is a common and complex neurodegenerative condition. Sadly, through Datix reporting of incidents we know there are shortfalls in the quality of care for inpatients with Parkinson's disease who are admitted non-electively. This is largely due to the lack of understanding of the complex requirements of patients with Parkinson’s and particularly the importance of getting medication on time. 

    In this Q&A Practice Development Nurse Jess Cooke talks about how her experience treating those with Parkinson’s motivated her to improve how we care for people with the condition at The Countess.

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  • Dec31
    Happy New Year from Chief Executive, Tony Chambers

    I hope you have returned refreshed and re-energised from your Christmas and New Year break. To those of you who worked or were on call over the holiday period I would like to say thank you.

    All our services have been particularly busy over the last week. This is not new or unusual. People flock to GP services after Christmas and again after New Year’s Day; many come to A&E and this year was no exception. I popped into the department between Christmas and New Year and was hugely impressed by the calm and professional way in which patients were cared for. What struck me was the humour and camaraderie between staff; supporting each other is often the thing that helps us to cope – I know it works for me!

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  • Nov17
    Antibiotics Awareness Week - why it is a concern for us all

    Kate Oates, Antimicrobial Pharmacist with the Trust blogs about Antibiotics Awareness Week and why antibiotics awareness is so important...

    Antibiotics– how many of us have taken them at some point? I can guarantee that the overwhelming majority have been prescribed them in the past. For some they bring about a swift resolution to a minor infection while for others they are quite simply life saving.  However, the worrying story of antibiotics is that we are running out of them due to a combination of overuse and misuse. Bacteria have been around for a long time –they are clever and they are adapting – and this is not good news for any of us.

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  • Oct29
    Culture, Excellence and Performance

    Aneurin Bevan’s famous words that “if a hospital bedpan is dropped in a hospital corridor in Tredegar, the reverberations should echo around Whitehall” has been interpreted a number of ways by those working in and leading the NHS. Does it mean that we should have a target for reducing dropped bedpans? Or that the Westminster Government should take direct responsibility for and control over every tiny detail of care provided in the NHS? Or was he saying something more general about accountability for services in the NHS?

    Well, times move on!

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  • Sep24
    The Model Hospital

    Lots of people ask me what is the role of the Countess of Chester Hospitals chief executive. For me the answer is pretty straightforward…

    ….and that is to work every day to make sure the care experience of everyone who comes to our hospitals is a safe and as positive as possible.

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