Knitters in Chester and Ellesmere Port are being urged to donate handmade poppies to the Spiritual Care Centre at the Countess of Chester Hospital for Remembrance Day.
Head of Chaplaincy Services John Kingsley is preparing to host the hospital’s annual Remembrance Sunday service on 11 November, but with this year marking 100 years since the end of the First World War he wants to go the extra mile and decorate the Countess’ chapel for the landmark occasion.
Clinical Site Co-ordinator Del Aldous is the Countess Gem of the month after spending a 12-hour night shift filling in on reception in A&E, alongside her normal duties, to cover short-notice staff sickness.
Del, who has worked at the Countess for 22 years having previously spent 15 years as a nurse in the army, normally works out of the Co-ordination Centre managing patient flow across the hospital.
Last month a group of female surgical on-call doctors shared a celebratory selfie on Twitter, but they had no way of knowing it would reach more than 170,000 people.
Locum registrar Miss Kat Parmar decided to post the photo after colleagues suggested it would be a positive image for young girls looking to follow in their footsteps.
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.