Construction has started on improvements to the Accident & Emergency Department at the Countess.
This will be the first phase of plans to improve A&E, with a new waiting area being created with more modern and comfortable facilities.
The building work is expected to continue into spring and, during that time, there will be an alternative entrance to A&E that will be clearly signposted.
The Adult Hospital at Home service for West Cheshire patients is now managed by the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with oversight from Cheshire & Wirral Partnership and Primary Care Cheshire (as of 4 December). The Countess will act as lead provider and the staff currently working in the service will be employed by the Trust.
As of Monday 3 December Intermediate Care and Therapy services at The Countess have transferred to the Cheshire West Integrated Care
Partnership (CWICP). Hosted by the Countess, the Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnership is a collaboration of health and care organisations with the same, shared goals:
To support people to live longer, healthier lives
To improve people’s experiences of care
To safeguard the future of the local health and care system
The CWICP involves The Countess, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, the two local GP federations and Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Project Accountant Helen Fullwood is the latest Countess Gem of the month after her work to support the transition of vascular services across Chester, Warrington and Wirral being managed at the Countess.
Previously, with the Countess becoming a tertiary SMART (vascular) centre a few years ago, the teams across all three areas started working in a more collaborative way.
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.