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  • Jun09
    Countess Rock – Safe, Kind & Effective

    Where does the time go?

    We are almost into the summer [although A&E still feels like winter] and many of us will be thinking about or going off on our holidays. Holidays for me are all about walking up without the alarm, alfresco meals, unexpected afternoon naps and local food. Day trips are part of the fun too; and growing up included Kendal Mint Cake, Grasmere Gingerbread and Blackpool Rock. This has got me thinking…

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  • May11
    It’s my anniversary!

    It’s been 2 years, 8 quarters, 104 weeks. That’s how long I have been working here. 7th May 2013 seems like only 5 minutes ago.

    I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed and for the avoidance of doubt, even if my face doesn’t always show it, I love working here. The best doctors, the best nurses, the best AHPS, admin staff, caterers, managers, chaplains, governors etc. etc. This is a special place. I can still remember being surprised by how people smiled and said ‘hello’ on the corridor. It isn’t like that in every hospital…..

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  • Mar20
    UN International Day of Happiness

    Happiness
    It happened again.

    I woke up this morning with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. My morning run was a breeze. The Labradors and I whistled in the dogs case barked a tune of happiness. I smiled and waved at people as they whistled the same tune too.

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  • Mar16
    Reflections on a frontline workforce that inspires the ‘art of the possible’…

    Guest blog from Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, Sue Hodkinson

    On the first of every month myself, and my executive colleagues enjoy the privilege of engaging with members of staff during a planned walk through the corridors, wards and offices in both our Chester and Ellesmere Port hospitals to meet with staff and patients. The conversations and feedback really make us stop and think – and then sometimes we think some more. So much so that I want to share with you one of our more recent encounters, that we have since been referring to as ‘The Frances Effect’.

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  • Mar09
    Risky Business

    It is about 18 months since, Professor Don Berwick published A promise to learn – a commitment to act, a report on the safety of patients in England.

    The Berwick report followed tragic events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which triggered a need to re-examine what the NHS does and determine how it can improve further. Don Berwick’s report did just that, and found that “The most important single change in the NHS in response to this report would be for it to become, more than ever before, a system devoted to continual learning and improvement of patient care”.

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  • Feb12
    The Countess leads the way nationally in calling for action on dementia as part of NHS Change Day launch

    Hi, my name is Andy Tysoe and I’m a dementia nurse specialist, based at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Part of my role is to help people affected by dementia through the challenge of an acute hospital stay and also to deliver dementia awareness sessions to the staff who work there.

    I got involved in dementia care because I wanted to make a difference and stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves. Over 840 000 people are living with dementia, affecting over 22 million people in the UK, either as a family member, neighbour or friend. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia and the average age of a patient in an acute hospital is 75. So it’s a no-brainer for me - all staff need to know about dementia.

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