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  • May16
    #DementiaDOing something about it

    Governor Caroline Stein blogs about attending one of Memory Nurse Specialist Andy Tysoe’s #DementiaDO…the basics sessions.

    People of all ages can come across someone living with dementia, but do we know enough about it?

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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