Countess of Chester Hospital chairman Sir Duncan Nichol, said: “After six years’ service to the Trust, Tony Chambers has decided to step aside as chief executive officer. We thank him for his hard work and wish him all the best in the rest of his career. I have asked Dr Susan Gilby, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer to be the Acting Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.
Mr Sunanda Mahapatra, commonly known as ‘Roy’, is the latest Countess Gem of the Month award winner after colleagues praised his selfless demeanour and dedication.
Sunanda, who has worked at the Countess for seven years, described how the surgical teams he works with at the hospital have become like a second family.
The Stroke Unit is the latest Countess Gem award winner after staff arranged a special chapel ceremony for a patient who was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding.
Originally it had been hoped that the patient would be discharged in time to be there for the big day, but when that couldn’t happen staff on the unit set about doing all they could for the family.
A group of Biomedical Scientists from the Blood Sciences department have raised more than £1,000 for Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes (SSCBB) by running long distance races.
The charity provides free urgent transportation of medical items, for the NHS & Hospices across our region, especially blood components for transfusion and patient samples for testing.
Every year the start of August heralds a huge turnaround for the medical workforce at the Countess as newly-qualified foundation doctors start work at the hospital and we say farewell to the departing second years as they move on to their specialist training.
Mr Ian Harvey’s decision to retire as Medical Director, 24 years after starting as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Chester, only compounded this period of contrasting emotions as he handed the reins over to Dr Susan Gilby this summer, but one of his final acts was to take part in our fifth annual Foundation Doctors Awards.
Theatres Practitioner Christine Hunter said she was “quite emotional” after finding out she is the latest Countess Gem of the month winner.
Christine, who has worked in the NHS for 37 years and spent her entire career in theatres, was nominated for stepping in at the last minute to help her colleagues by working overtime to allow the team to open a second theatre and see more patients.
Clinical Finance and Business Manager Kimberley Jones is the latest Countess Gem of the month winner.
Kimberley was nominated for the invaluable role she played in preparing the business case for the Trust’s new electronic patient record system, which was announced last month.
As part of her day-to-day duties Kimberley manages the budgets for teams across the hospital, helping managers to get as much as they can from the money that is allocated to them.
Biomedical Scientists at the Countess showcased their work with a display stand in Outpatients 3 on Thursday, 19 July.
The team joined their colleagues from across the country in raising awareness of the second annual Biomedical Science Day, which has been organised by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).