The Leeds Teaching Hospitals
staff magazine | December 2011/January 2012
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals
staff magazine | December 2011/January 2012
Front cover: Preparations for Christmas started early on Ward 9 at Leeds Children’s Hospital with a visit from Santa.
7 4-6 Farewell, Sir Jimmy - it was great knowing you
12 Joe brings the X-factor to teenage cancer ward
Ellen picks up national nursing award
13 Transport Charter launched for West Yorkshire kidney patients
Smoother pathway for health records
Memorial prize boosts patient care
Bulletin is produced by the Communications Department Editor: Suzanne Breen Photography by Medical Illustration Designed by Octagon Design and Marketing Ltd
9 Trust begins search for patient to undergo UK’s first hand transplant
17 Drive to increase kidney dialysis in the comfort of home
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Birthing pool is a touch of Klass
Copy deadline is 3rd February 2012.
Exercise Green Giant
Pioneer Katy scoops regional prize Congratulations to Katy Johnson, an advanced radiography practitioner at LGI, who has been named as the Radiographer of the Year for the Yorkshire and North Trent region. Katy received her prize from her professional body at a glittering ceremony at the House of Commons in November. “She is hugely popular due to her impressive standards, problem-solving abilities and extensive radiological expertise,” said Senior Radiographer Claire Bradley, who nominated Katy for the Society of Radiographers’ award.
receives the praise she truly deserves,” Claire continued. “I hope this award makes her realise just how appreciated she is.”
Former patient, Stephen Murphy, and his wife Janet, have generously donated £400 to the Intensive Care Unit at the LGI. Stephen, a lorry driver, collapsed at the wheel and suffered a stroke resulting in surgery and a stay in Intensive Care for almost two weeks. Whilst Stephen remembers very little of this time there, his wife does and was very grateful for the care and expertise of staff on the Unit. The cheque was gratefully received by Senior Nurse, Janet Wilkinson and the unit Consultant, Andrew Bodenham, along with a number of the nursing staff. Janet said: “We are always grateful that relatives think about the unit and want to raise funds for us. The donations are used to buy TVs and radios for patients and to fund study days for the nursing staff.”
“She has always been the ‘go-to person’, has an amazing approachable warmth about her and always has time for her colleagues.” Katy is currently pioneering changes in the orthopaedic department, including a recent image quality audit for scoliosis spine patients, with responsibility over the protocols and studies that occur within the department. “She dedicates endless hours of her own time to such projects and never really
Kind donation: Fundraisers, Stephen and Janet Murphy, with staff from the Intensive Care Unit.
Oh yes he is… Aladdin comes to LGI Children’s charity Starlight brought the fun of pantomime to Leeds Children’s Hospital for one day only, when a special performance of Aladdin was staged for youngsters on a ward at Leeds General Infirmary. Created exclusively for Starlight by interactive theatre group The Panto Company, sick children and their families plus ward staff were transported to the magical world of the Arabian knights and the boy who discovered a genie. The touring production, with its smallbut-versatile cast, was specially designed to be adaptable to the limited space available in children’s wards and be as inclusive as possible. Celia McKenzie, Matron for Children’s Services, said: “Keeping children stimulated and entertained during their stay in hospital is an important part of what we do. Activities like this help distract the children from the reason they are in hospital and in turn aid recovery.”
Magic performance: The cast of Aladdin with staff and some of the children.
Farewell, Sir Jimmy - it w
There was genuine emotion outside Leeds General Infirmary when the body of one of the city’s to his funeral at St Anne’s cathedral. Staff including a group of porters bowed their heads in silent tribute as the cortege went past. Many of those present had personal memories of Sir Jimmy, who was a volunteer porter at the hospital for so many years as well as being a larger-than-life supporter and fundraiser for causes great and small at all the hospitals in Leeds. The Union Flag flew at half mast outside the hospital to mark his passing, while the Chairman, Mike Collier, formally represented the Trust at the funeral service, joined by a number of colleagues from across our hospitals who knew Sir Jimmy well, including staff from the Yorkshire Heart Centre who cared for him for many years. Professor Alastair Hall read an emotional eulogy to the mourners, talking of his deep friendship with Sir Jimmy, who he dubbed the “King of Hearts” Since his death, many of our staff have recounted stories of his kindness and generosity, some of it small gestures that are unaccounted for but made such a difference to the lives of our patients. On a larger scale he donated vast sums of money to research and clinical services. Most recently he made a personal donation of £50,000 to the PET-CT suite in Bexley Wing which has enabled them to establish a one-year research fellowship. He visited the suite over the summer to meet the newly appointed Savile Fellow, Dr Robin Prestwich. It is hoped that this research will help us to develop more accurate radiotherapy treatments in the future so that we can target tumours more effectively. For many years, Sir Jimmy has also supported the development of trainee doctors at the West Yorkshire Foundation School and even had an award named after him. Sir Jimmy’s association with LTHT started over 40 years ago when he became a volunteer porter at Leeds General Infirmary spending many weekends at the hospital when he was at the height of his fame as a disc jockey. In the 1990s Sir Jimmy had heart surgery at the old Killingbeck Hospital and this led to him being involved in fundraising and support for the Yorkshire Heart Centre when it was centralised in the then-new Jubilee Building at LGI, supporting the Yorkshire Family Heart Study which was launched in 2001 Another of his pioneering projects was involvement in the emerging technique
Final journey: Sir Jimmy’s cortege passes the front of LGI.
of keyhole surgery. Sir Jimmy personally spearheaded the campaign which helped create the Leeds Institute of Minimally Invasive Technology (LIMIT) in its original home in the Wellcome Wing at LGI, where Sir Jimmy had his own office, of which he was very proud. Some of his other fundraising antics included taking part in a 137-mile “virtual” bike ride at the eye clinic at St James’s. He helped to raise over £400 on this occasion by taking turns to cycle sections of the route. He was a long standing friend of Yorkshire Eye Research. Sir Jimmy also helped buy the first lithotripter, a device to break kidney and gall stones, in the late 1980s at the LGI. And he raised the money for a clean air enclosure operating tent to allow joint replacements to be carried out at Chapel Allerton Hospital in the mid-1990s.
The list goes on and it may never be possible to put a firm figure on the total sum Sir Jimmy helped raise for us, but it certainly runs into millions of pounds. Tales of his personal generosity are legendary, from delivering turkeys to hard working staff at Christmas to writing cheques to show his support for lesserknown but deserving departments.
Two champions: Sir Jimmy lends a hand to fundraising stalwart, Harry Clements.
was great knowing you
s favourite sons - Sir Jimmy Savile - made his last journey along Great George Street on his way
Tributes We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jimmy Savile. Jimmy was a frequent visitor to Leeds General Infirmary and he was a good friend of Take Heart. He often did our sponsored walk and attended functions. He will be greatly missed. - Colin Pullan, MBE, Chairman, Take Heart When the brand new acute stroke ward opened in 1996 on ward 26 at the LGI, we had no way of buying our patients a Christmas present or decorations for the ward. I contacted Sir Jimmy as I knew him from his portering days and asked if he could help. He gave me a cheque for £500 to buy presents and decorations and he told me not to forget to buy my staff a little present each.
- David Turner, Photobiology Technician, Dermatology
- Allison Scott, Respiratory Clinical Nurse Educator
I first saw Sir Jimmy Savile one New Year’s Eve probably 40 years ago. I was going into A & E with my husband and he was dressed in his white porter’s uniform trying to coax a very distressed young lady out of an ambulance.
In 1990 Jimmy Savile came to St Mary’s Hospital to “cheer up” the elderly patients and the staff as the hospital was going to be closed. No money involved, just humour and something for the patients, visitors and staff to talk about.
I was very impressed that he would spend such a special evening helping out others for no payment. Over the years I have seen him jogging up and down the hills near Otley. He certainly was a unique character and will be sadly missed by many.
- Jackie Bailey, Lead Nurse, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.
- Margaret Rowley, Secretary, Wharfedale Hospital
He was a lovely, kind and generous man. May he rest in peace.
Fixing it: Medical student, Jamilla Hussain, receives an award from Sir Jimmy in 2009.
One of the organisations Sir Jimmy supported was the British Skin Foundation - a charity that raises funds for research projects and improves the lives of patients with dermatological conditions. Each year the BSF organises several sponsored walks around the country, and Sir Jim was always present at these to drum up support and donated generously himself. The last time was July this year where he was encouraging and entertaining all the walkers. He will be missed from our events.
Magic moment: Consultant neurosurgeon, Jake Timothy with Sir Jimmy.
The radiographers in Chancellor Wing went for a meal after work recently and our topic of conversation was Jimmy Savile - it was a long term ambition of one of my colleagues to meet him. Just then who happened to walk through the door but none other than Sir Jimmy. I plucked up the courage to go and talk to him and ask if we could have our photo taken with him. As always he was so polite and chatted to me about his time as a porter, then we all gathered round and had a photo taken. I feel so privileged that I could fix it for my friend to meet Sir Jimmy Savile. The photo was displayed in the departmental newsletter with pride - Gill Slinder, Senior Radiographer, and the Radiography team in Chancellor’s Wing at St James’s
surgeons come to LGI to learn about spinal surgery. Sir Jimmy generously funded them to come over.
Silent tribute: Portering staff bow their heads in tribute.
Sir Jimmy sponsored me on my John O’Groats to Lands End bike ride in 2000. I was raising money for Cancer Research and Jimmy’s Association for Kidney Children. In addition to sponsorship he played host to me and my two friends when we met him in Fort William for a tour of ‘his glen’ - he was Chieftain of Glen Nevis - and for dinner in Fort William. I met him several times after that, more by chance than anything else and he did say that he would sponsor my trans-America bike ride, which I have intended to do for some time now. Sadly, that is one potential sponsor lost, but more importantly we have lost someone who raised an immense amount of money to support good causes, including LTHT and Leeds University.
I got to know him quite well and was invited to his residence where we chatted about many things especially his music anecdotes. It was apparent how well connected he was and I was inspired by his gritty Yorkshire grounding. He helped us with OPTIN (Overseas Partnering Training Initiative), he was extremely active with LURE (Leeds Undergraduate Research Enterprise), where he donated a significant amount of money to have medical students mentored by consultant clinicians. He donated a specialised wheelchair to one of my patients who had a severe spinal cord injury and was always happy to chat on the phone. The list of his generosity is phenomenal, he has influenced so many things in people’s lives. He will remain a legend for a very long time. - Mr Jake Timothy, Consultant Neurosurgeon
- Dr Mike Bosomworth, Consultant Clinical Biochemist
High jinks: Lending his support to a virtual bike ride.
In 1975, I used to ride my bicycle up Princess Avenue near his home, and Jimmy was often riding his cycle too. At that time it was ‘Top of the Pops’, ‘Clunk Click Every Trip’ but he was always polite despite his celebrity status. I didn’t really get to meet him properly until we were planning to have some
In the limelight: Sir Jimmy being filmed in Bexley Wing this summer.
Sir Jimmy’s ultimate “Fix-it” as his legacy lives on at LGI On the day of Sir Jimmy Savile’s funeral in Leeds it was announced that a generous bequest from his estate will be used to create The Savile Institute at Leeds General Infirmary, devoted to improving outcomes for heart patients across Yorkshire. Sir Jimmy had a particular interest in heart surgery after his own treatment at the former Killingbeck Hospital in Leeds in 1997, and struck up a long-lasting friendship with Trust consultant cardiologists Professor Mohan Sivananthan and Professor Alistair Hall. Professor Sivananthan said: “I feel very privileged to have got to know Sir Jimmy over the years and valued his friendship and support extremely highly. I was absolutely delighted that Sir Jimmy decided to remember us in his will - it is the sort of generous gesture which was typical of him and his commitment to helping other people. “It’s still very early days in terms of what
the Institute will look like and how it will develop, but we are determined to work closely with the existing heart charities in Yorkshire and nationally to create a resource which can truly benefit patients and make a difference in the fulfilment of his wishes.” The Savile Institute will be based at Leeds General Infirmary and is intended to lead the way in helping to eliminate cardio vascular disease (CVD) and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application.
reduce inequalities in the levels of diagnosis and management of CVD across Yorkshire Through community education campaigns and media activities, the Savile Institute will promote lifestyle changes to improve the heart health of Yorkshire residents. It will work with other charitable trusts, the government, health organisations, primary care physicians and patient bodies to achieve its goal.
It will pioneer research into the causes of heart disease and improved methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment and support scientists and inventors who work to achieve new knowledge in CVD. The Savile Institute will help people with, and at risk of, cardiovascular disease by providing comprehensive information and guidance on how to minimise their risk and will help attain the highest possible standards of care and support for heart patients, and
Proud friend: Professor Mohan Sivananthan.
Ellen picks up national nursing award Congratulations to Ellen Trueman, Sister in the Radiotherapy department in Bexley Wing who beat off stiff competition to win the prestigious 2011 Nursing Times ‘Cancer Nurse Leader’ award. Ellen picked up the award at a glittering awards ceremony attended by over 800 nursing professionals at London’s Hilton Hotel. Up to 70% more entries were received this year which makes Ellen’s award even more impressive. Ellen said: “I was surprised and delighted when I found out I had been shortlisted for this prestigious award and absolutely thrilled to win. This is a real honour, that reflects on the whole team and our commitment to ensuring radiotherapy nursing continues to develop as a speciality in its own right. It is particularly fitting to win this award during 2011, the Year of Radiotherapy.” She won the award for her work in championing radiotherapy nursing and driving improvements that have combined to improve patient experience. This includes developing a skincare toolkit for the management of radiotherapy reactions, working on innovative skincare dressings and
organising an annual radiotherapy nursing conference at the Trust. She has also addressed privacy and dignity issues by opening a facility that enables patients who require care, including those who are acutely ill, to be nursed appropriately. Ruth Holt, Chief Nurse, said: “This award is a well-deserved recognition of the leadership Ellen provides and the fantastic work she and the team are doing to help improve care for our patients.”
Congratulations also go to Clare Greenwood, clinical nurse specialist in tissue viability who was nominated in the Rising Star of the Year award. She was pipped to the post for an award but was recognised for her high levels of creativity and innovation in her interaction with patients and projects such as the High Impact Actions topic Your Skin Matters, and pressure ulcer and safety express work.
Jenni Middleton, editor of Nursing Times said: “I am immensely proud of all the finalists in the Nursing Times Awards, who have proved that they are creative, caring, compassionate and clever. “They have resolved to put patients first, and fought hard to achieve that against sometimes difficult economic circumstances. Everyone at Nursing Times heartily congratulates the winners. Well done to them all.”
Leading the way: Ellen Trueman (centre), Sister in the Radiotherapy department, with (left) Jenni Middleton, Editor of Nursing Times and (right) Liz Bishop from the Royal Marsden Hospital, which sponsored the award.
Smoother pathway for health records How health records are handled in the Trust has significantly improved over the last 12 months leading to real benefits for patients and staff. Work to look at every aspect of how health records are dealt with was undertaken as part of a Managing for Success project. It included how records are returned to the health records library, to where they are being pulled from and dispatched to.
introduction of a communication board to encourage staff engagement and begin cultural change. Lesley said: “Looking to the future, we intend to sustain the improvements we have made so far and provide ongoing innovative solutions to any future challenges we may face. We will continue to gather quality data and monitor against our key performance standards.”
“Our aim is for the Health Records service to be efficient, productive, effective, and customer satisfaction is vital in pursuit of this goal.”
Lesley Barr, Health Records Manager, said: “A good way to achieve service improvements is to start by taking a step back and understanding the problems that have precipitated the project. This is exactly what we did. We completed a full review of all our processes. “We then followed the principles of Lean to help us reduce waste and eliminate duplication of work. The scale and complexity of the transformations we have made over the last year cannot be under estimated.” They include a reduction in the amount of time it takes for notes to be tracked back into the library from 72 hours to less than 24 hours from receipt; improved availability of records from less than 50% to more than 82% on first pull; and a reduction in the number of patients with multiple Health Records from 44% to just 25.8%. Other benefits include a cleaner, safer and more organised environment, and the
Clear and organised: Kenrick Gibson, Clerical officer, in the Health Records library.
Sending C Diff packing The “Let’s Send C diff Packing” message was broadcast loud and clear across our hospitals this Autumn. Wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the logo, the Trust’s Infection Prevention and Control nurses visited every ward more than once to raise awareness about infections caused by Clostridium Difficile.
Matron for Infection Prevention & Control, Clare Ashby, said: “The messages we sent were based on findings from root cause analysis investigations where we identified actions or omissions which may have resulted in our patients contracting C diff - a terribly debilitating and sometimes fatal infection.” Posters, flyers, badges and stickers with the campaign logo were distributed during the campaign, a screensaver was rolled out on all computers, and the team held information stalls in the main reception areas to spread the word about C Diff to both staff and the public.
“The campaign has been well received by staff, patients and visitors alike.” The SIGHT mnemonic (Suspect, Isolate, Gloves & aprons, Hand hygiene and Test) was used in communications and topics discussed included source isolation, antimicrobial prescribing, cleaning and, most importantly, effective hand hygiene.
Spreading the message: (l-r) Clare Ashby, Matron for Infection Prevention & Control and Ruth Holt, Chief nurse, with midwives, Val Watson and Viv Dolby, at one of the Infection Prevention stalls in Gledhow Wing reception.
Clare added: “The campaign has been well received by staff, patients and visitors alike. In December there will be a follow up visit to all wards to distribute a comic that illustrates how people get C diff along with an opportunity to enter a competition for those who are well versed in the key messages delivered during the campaign.”
In the spotlight: Professor Simon Kay, one of the 36-strong team from Leeds who would undertake a hand transplant procedure. Photo courtesy of James Hardisty/Yorkshire Post Newspapers
Trust begins search for patient to undergo UK’s first hand transplant Leeds Teaching Hospitals is making preparations to be the first centre in the UK to carry out hand transplant surgery. The Trust has recently written to plastic surgeons across the country to ask them to help in identifying possible adult patients who could undergo the pioneering procedure. The service being developed in Leeds will be led by consultant plastic surgeon Professor Simon Kay who has many years experience in delicate microsurgery and reconstruction. He has been working in close partnership with European centres which already offer the surgery in preparation for the procedure to start at Leeds General Infirmary. “Leeds is extremely well placed to offer this new type of transplant surgery as we
already have the expertise and facilities in place and excellent clinical outcomes,” Professor Kay said. “We are one of the best-known microsurgery units in Europe and the principles of transplanting a hand and lower limb are exactly the same as the work we already do to reattach an existing hand or limb when it is severed in an accident, for example. “Preparing for any new type of transplant surgery takes time and of course we need to ensure we have all the protocols in place for when the time comes. As part of this we need to start now in identifying a number of patients from around the country who could potentially be the first
to undergo the surgery. “NHS Blood and Transplant is working with us to establish the procedures for identifying potential donors, discussing donation with their next of kin and facilitating donation. “This is a tremendously exciting opportunity as this type of surgery can transform the quality of life for patients who have lost one or both hands or arms.” If all goes to plan the first hand/arm transplant could take place at Leeds General Infirmary within 12 months, with the hospital joining an elite group of centres across the world who have so far carried out around 60 successful procedures.
Making a splash: Myleene with staff in the new birthing pool room at the LGI.
Birthing pool is a touch of Klass Celebrity mum, Myleene Klass, made a splash as she unveiled a new birthing pool - a fantastic new addition to the maternity unit at Leeds General Infirmary, one of the busiest in the UK. Myleene spent time talking to midwives and mums-to-be about the benefits of the pool which is housed in a tastefully decorated room with mood lighting and optional music to create a relaxing environment for expectant mums. Midwife, Karen Peters, said: “It is a really
Big unveiling: Myleene with Delivery suite team leader, Gail Wright, in front of the plaque which bears her name.
exciting addition to the ward and women in Leeds now have the choice of having a water birth. We have had corner baths here before but never a dedicated room pool room before. “Water provides a really effective form of pain relief for mother and baby and water births are becoming more popular - we had over 100 here last year”, she added.
New arrival: Myleene holding baby Milo who was born that day on the unit.
The money for the pool was raised by staff through cake sales, discos, walks and sponsored silences, as well as a donation from the Channel 4 One Born Every Minute team who filmed the latest series of the programme on the Unit. It is due to be screened in early January and viewers can expect to see the pool in action.
Myleene who is mum to four-year-old Ava and eight-month-old Hero was delighted when she unveiled a plaque which bears her name in the birthing pool room. She said: “It’s amazing - I heard about all the good work that the staff have been doing here on the Unit and wanted to come and see it for myself. “It’s really important for women to have as smooth a labour as possible because it’s a frightening time but it’s also a magical experience.” She added: “Hopefully if baby number three comes my way I’ll have it here!” Myleene also visited six-hour-old baby Milo and his parents, Clare and Adam.
Access line takes pressure off A&E A phone line that is used by GPs and community healthcare practitioners in Leeds to refer people to specialist services is improving the flow of patients through our hospitals and preventing unnecessary attendances to our Emergency Departments.
The LTHT Primary Care Access Line (PCAL) - formerly known as GP Line receives around 100 calls per day. A team of experienced nursing staff, with clinical assessment skills, take the calls from their base at the LGI and signpost patients to the correct service which avoids them having to wait in A&E.
are being treated by specialists appropriate to their needs, rather than going through A&E.
The service has been operating for a number of years but is now widening its remit to include a broader range of services, which means that even more patients will benefit. This work is being undertaken as part of the Improving patient flows pathway of Managing for Success.
Caroline Noh, the daughter of patient, Mrs Vera Turton, was thankful for the service recently when her mother had a stroke. Mrs Turton has a complex patient history including heart failure, angina, and more recently repeated strokes. Prior to her GP using PCAL, she had to sit in A&E for long periods before being transferred to a stroke ward. Each time she would have to give her personal details and medication history.
By reducing the number of patients being seen in A&E, it is also helping the Trust to meet its emergency care standard target of fewer than 95% of patients waiting more than 4 hours in A&E. Beverley Deplacido, PCAL Project Manager, said: “We are extremely happy with how the service is developing. We now receive around 100 calls which means that all these patients
“PCAL is continuing to develop its role and we are developing new care pathways both within the Trust and the community, which means that more patients will receive this service. The ultimate focus of PCAL is to get the right patient to the right place, at the right time, under the right speciality.”
On the last occasion her mother had a stroke, Caroline called her GP who spoke to the nurses at PCAL. Within 3 hours, her mother was picked up in an ambulance and transferred straight to a stroke ward, bypassing A&E. Caroline said: “It seemed like a miracle at the
time. We were kept informed and the whole experience was a lot less stressful.” PCAL is a single point of access that is open from 7am to midnight on weekdays and from 8am to 7pm at weekends. Outside of these hours calls are redirected to the Emergency Department. The nurses clinically triage patients over the phone and refer to them a variety of specialist areas including Urology, 0phthalmology, Care of the Elderly, Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, ENT, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Oncology/Haematology, Gastroenterology, Breast, and EDAT (Early Discharge Assessment Team). For more information about PCAL, contact Beverley Deplacido PCAL Project Manager on 0113 39 28380.
Patient-focused: (l-r) Beverley Deplacido, PCAL Project manager and ward manager, Carrie Rowsell, staff nurse, Claire Morris, administration clerk, in the PCAL office at the LGI.
Fun visitors: (l-r) Caitlin, Heidi, Lord High Sheriff of West Yorkshire, Amy and Megan on ward 76.
High jinks on ward 76 The Lord High Sheriff of West Yorkshire paid a special visit to young patients on ward 76 paediatric oncology recently. He was there to support an initiative being run by the police which involves teenagers from the SMILE youth club community project at St Mary’s Menston School - Megan, Amy, Caitlin and supervisor Heidi - to provide creative and fun activities for patients in the playroom on the ward. Celia McKenzie, Matron, said: “The girls worked really hard encouraging the children to have fun and join in the variety of art and craft activities they prepared and provided.” “On their last visit they organised a pirates and princess party and a fantastic time was had by all. This time they arranged a cake party which the Lord High Sheriff came to.”
Welcome to Tim Whaley who has recently joined the Trust as a Mental capacity act co-ordinator. He will be supporting us in maximising our knowledge, skills and application of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
Popular visitor: Joe with some patients, families and staff on the ward.
Joe brings the X-factor to teenage cancer ward Singing sensation Joe McElderry surprised staff and patients when he popped into the teenage cancer ward at Leeds General Infirmary ahead of his concert in the city.
to boost morale for the young people being treated there.”
Joe, who is a celebrity ambassador and fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “It was so lovely to spend time with the young people here in Leeds today. Teenage Cancer Trust is an absolutely amazing charity. Their units feel like home and really help
He said: “It was really lovely to meet Joe. “I’ve been in isolation for a few days, but Joe didn’t care about putting on an apron and gloves to come and see me. It was great that he took the time to visit us all and we hope he comes back to visit again soon.”
Harvey Pettit, 17 from Malton in North Yorkshire, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia earlier this year, and was one of the patients Joe chatted with.
Tim has lots of experience and knowledge on the subject and has worked with the Act, both strategically and as a practitioner, since it came into force in 2007. He will be informing Trust policy and guidance as well as developing and implementing training and resources for all staff across LTHT. Tim is based with the Adult Safeguarding Team in Gledhow Wing at St James’s. To contact him for advice and a chat about your particular needs or to arrange a meeting about training or guidance, email tim.whaley@ leedsth.nhs.uk or call ext 66964
Morale booster: Teenage patient Harvey Pettit with Joe.
Transport Charter launched for West Yorkshire kidney patients Kidney patients who use hospital transport to get to local dialysis centres will benefit from the launch of a new Renal Transport Charter setting a series of pledges on how the service will work. It has been jointly produced by the Trust in conjunction with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and NHS Leeds and outlines the responsibilities of the patient, the dialysis user, the transport provider as well as those who commission the service in West Yorkshire Local and national kidney patient representative groups have also been involved in creating the document, which is hoped will help improve the service, reduce delays and make everyone more accountable. The Trust provides services to over 500 dialysis patients from West Yorkshire. It has satellite dialysis units in Beeston, Seacroft,
Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield and Pontefract, backed up by dedicated inpatient wards at St James’s. Paul Taylor from the St James’s Kidney Patients Association said: “Local patients already spend many hours a week undergoing dialysis and everyone involved in this process recognises the need to ensure that transport arrangements to get them to and from their dialysis centre are as quick, comfortable and efficient as possible. The Renal Transport Charter sets out the roles and responsibilities of different parts of the NHS in working together to deliver the best possible service, as well as setting out the role patients themselves can play in helping to make this work better.
Work is currently underway to publicise the Charter at dialysis units around the county and it will be subject to regular review to ensure it is being implemented successfully. Diane Williams, Locality Director for the Patient Transport Service at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We make hundreds of journeys a week transporting patients to and from their dialysis appointments and our involvement in the Charter is our commitment to each and every one of those patients. “We are delighted to be able to continue working with our healthcare partners to ensure these patients are transported to and from their treatment with the best possible care and safety and without delay.”
Smoother travel: (l-r) Beverly Pettican Assistant transport manager, Bev Craggs, Matron and Anne Budenberg, Sister from the renal ward at St James’s with Sarah Moody, PTS Team Leader at Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Cancer information helps our patients Cancer Research UK is raising awareness of its information services for people affected by cancer. CancerHelp UK, an award winning website, Cancer Chat, an online discussion forum, and the freephone nurse helpline all give people the opportunity to find out about any aspect of cancer, to ask questions or to share experiences with others going through a similar experience. Accessing quality information is something that cancer nurse Kate Hayward (pictured) knows is important. Kate, who works at St James’s as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Biological Therapy, was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago. “From diagnosis and even through post treatment, quality information and access to a support network at what is often a lonely time, has been crucial to my coping. “When patients are at appointments they find it really difficult to retain all the information, there is so much going through their heads. Having information that they can read through when they get home is reassuring at such an uncertain time. “Sometimes loved ones feel in the dark, so being able to go online or speak to a specialist cancer nurse through the helpline and voice their concerns, helps them to feel part of the process.” If you are looking for cancer information, please visit: www.cancerhelp.org.uk for information on cancer its treatment and the latest research www.cancerchat.org.uk to share experiences of cancer Call freephone 0808 800 4040 to speak to a cancer nurse in confidence You can also order leaflets, posters and wallet cards to display in your department. at www.cancerresearchuk.org/leaflets.
Reading up: (l-r) Mohan Sandu, Clinical support worker, Ismail Salih, Clinical support worker, Romelyne Paculanang, Staff nurse, Patience Mloyim, Junior sister on ward 9, Gledhow Wing.
Foundation Trust plans seek more views Our journey towards Foundation Trust (FT) status is another step closer with a new public and staff consultation update well under way. Current arrangements were agreed by our Board two years ago after consulting with staff and the local community in 2009. Now the update - which closes on December 16 - explains how we have adapted the original plans to take account of things that have happened since we first consulted, linked to recent changes in the way the NHS is managed nationally.
We are particularly keen to hear about any matters that people think ought to be taken into account as we progress towards Foundation Trust status. The consultation document, which is available on the Trust website and at reception areas throughout our hospitals, explains how to do this.
“We are particularly keen to hear about any matters that people think ought to be taken into account as we progress towards Foundation Trust status.”
Memorial prize boosts patient care Staff in the Haematology Department at St James’s have paid tribute to former colleague, consultant haematologist, David Swirsky, by dedicating an award in his memory - the David Swirsky Prize. David was a consultant haematologist at the Trust who combined excellent clinical, laboratory and teaching skills with compassion and common sense. The prize is founded to reward the qualities in his colleagues that he most admired: namely successful innovators in patient care and exceptional levels of commitment to patient care. This year’s prize was jointly awarded to Lynda Blythe, Quality programme administrator, and Heather Hall, Lymphoma service co-ordinator. Lynda is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the departmental Quality Management System and for fulfilling the required criteria for continued laboratory accreditation. Heather’s main priority is to help get patients with either a suspected lymphoma or a newly diagnosed lymphoma through the patient pathway, ensuring that all necessary tests and investigations are carried out in a timely manner and that treatment starts as quickly
as possible. They will each receive a cheque for £500. The prize was presented by Andrew Jack, Head of Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service (HMDS) and Chair of the David Swirsky Prize committee, at a departmental lunch attended by staff and David Swirsky’s widow, Nicolle Levine. Andrew said: “David would have been delighted with the outcome. Linda and Heather have both shown real commitment to their respective roles. He would probably have celebrated with some chocolate fudge cake!” The David Swirsky Prize will be awarded annually to a member of staff working within, or attached to, the Department of Haematology who is felt to have best fulfilled the criteria in the preceding 12 months. Eligible staff members may come from any discipline - laboratory, clinical or administrative - and from any grade up to and including band 6.
David Swirsky (1950-2011).
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers Making a difference: (l-r) Dr Andrew Jack, Head of HMDS and Chair of the David Swirsky Prize, Lynda Blythe, Quality programme administrator, Heather Hall, Lymphoma service co-ordinator, and Nicolle Levine, widow of David Swirsky.
Flying high for a good cause Twelve Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal supporters took to the skies near Bridlington in the summer for the thrill of a life time - a parachute jump from 10,000 feet with a descent to 5,000 feet at speeds in excess of 120mph. A mixture of children’s hospital staff and patient’s families took part - the majority of whom had never done a parachute jump before - and between them the brave group raised over £4,500 for the Appeal. The weather on the day was fantastic and most of the jumpers, although initially nervous, found it an incredibly exhilarating experience. They each jumped in tandem with a qualified instructor to ensure their safety. The event was such a success it will be repeated next year. For further details on The Big Jump 2012, which will take place on 22nd July, please contact the Fundraising Office on 0113 3925140 for your information pack.
All smiles: Some of the brave parachutists who took part on the day
Well respected: Bobbie Chadwick (centre) with friends and colleagues outside Trust HQ at St James’s.
Tribute to Bobbie Chadwick One of the best-known figures at the Trust, Bobbie Chadwick, has retired and stepped down from her post as Staff Side Chair. Here, long-standing colleague Stacey Hunter pays a personal tribute: I have known for Bobbie nearly 14 years and I can honestly say it has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work with her. Bobbie has dedicated her whole life to nursing, undertaking many different roles Royal College of Nursing Deputy President, RCN Steward, RCN Council Member for the Yorkshire region, RCN Council Member for the Yorkshire region, RCN Convenor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals for nearly 20 years as well as chair of the Staff Side for many years. Prior to that she worked as a clinical nurse in gynaecology here in Leeds. Bobbie has lent her significant experience and expertise to all of those roles with a passion, pride and belief that is second to none. Her personal skills in addition to her knowledge have made her one of the country’s finest and most talented RCN activists that I have ever witnessed. She has always had the skill to make people feel comfortable, at ease and therefore
genuinely able to get the support they need often at difficult times. Bobbie has always been exceptionally skilled at doing this in her day to day role, and every bit as able to translate this across her regional and national roles. As Chair of the Leeds Branch of the RCN she has personally inspired a significant number of nurses in Leeds and Yorkshire, not only to join the RCN but to become active in the College. She was instrumental in the work around England’s regional boards at their inception and in her role as Deputy President championed the RCN’s Dignity Charter. Everyone in the region knows and respects Bobbie because she has worked over and above what could reasonably be expected of one person. She has immense respect from the senior management team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and her relationships over the years have ensured that the RCN is recognised within the hospitals as a mature, progressive professional trade union that everyone wants to do business with. Above all else she was has always been fun to be around, enjoyed work to the full and I’m sure she will enjoy retirement in the same way. She has moved to Henley-on-Thames and will be having holidays in quantities to rival Judith Charmers!
Generous donation The Friends of Seacroft Hospital once again came up trumps with a donation to cover the cost of equipment provided for departments at the well-loved site. The charity raises up to £12,000 a year for Seacroft. Trust Chairman, Mike Collier, received a £5,000 cheque for wheelchairs in the main outpatients department, a special bed for the prosthetics department and flat screen TVs in clinics at the site. He said: “I was delighted to receive this extremely generous donation and would like to pay tribute to the Friends for their continued help and support.”
Longstanding friends: (l-r) Pat Pace, Treasurer, Tracey Babb, Outpatient healthcare assistant, Carl Mitchell, Charge nurse,. Mike Collier, Trust Chairman, Owen Pace, Chairman of the Friends, Betty Smithson, former Chair of the Friends.
Expanding service: Debbie Martin, a home haemodialysis patient since 2005, is pictured during a visit to Seacroft Hospital with Dr Andrew Mooney and Sister Dianne Dixon.
Drive to increase kidney dialysis in the comfort of home The Trust has begun a drive to increase the number of patients receiving kidney dialysis at home, with a Wakefield man becoming the 30th renal patient to receive training in the technique. Leeds provides dialysis services to patients across West Yorkshire from a network of units intended to be as close to people’s homes as possible. Nevertheless, they still require a considerable amount of travelling for regular dialysis. Mark Horton (48) who lives in Sandal, has recently started home dialysis after previously travelling to Seacroft Hospital three times a week to undergo dialysis there. He suffered renal failure nearly four years ago. “Having the equipment at home has already made a big difference to me,” he said. “Now I’m not tied to specific times I can choose when I have my dialysis and fit it around family commitments like babysitting my granddaughter. One day I got up at 3am to watch the Rugby World Cup and had my dialysis at the same time.” A spare bedroom at Mark’s house has been converted into a treatment space with the
specialised home dialysis equipment plumbed in. Technicians are available on call should problems arise, and Mark knows advice from the hospital is always available. Long-term dialysis patient Paul Taylor, from Golcar, Huddersfield, who is also Secretary of the St James’s Kidney Patients Association, has been doing home haemodialysis for two years now. “I wish I had started sooner,” he said. “It fits into my life rather than me having to fit around three rigid treatments a week so it is much more convenient for planning things like family occasions.” Dr Andrew Mooney, Consultant Renal Physician at St James’s, said: “Home haemodialysis was popular at one time but became less so as we developed a number of renal satellite dialysis units around West Yorkshire. These have been highly successful but we want to extend the treatment choice available, so in a way you could say we are going back to the future. “In the past home haemodialysis equipment
was large and cumbersome to use, but advances in technology mean it is now a more practical proposition for patients such as Mark and makes an excellent alternative to dialysis in one of our centres. “As well as the convenience for patients of undergoing dialysis in the comfort of their own home at a time which suits them, there are also clinical benefits from the opportunity to have shorter but more frequent bouts of dialysis. Many patients who choose to do this feel better as a result and have an enhanced quality of life.” Dianne Dixon, Home Haemodialysis Sister, visits such patients at home on a regular basis and has seen first hand the difference it can make. She commented: “Not every patient by any means is suitable for home dialysis but for those who can benefit it allows them a much greater degree of independence and self-sufficiency, with the back-up of hospital support when they need it.”
Exercise Green Giant
Some 36 staff and 24 volunteers gave up their time on a chilly September morning to take part at St James’s -‘Exercise Green Giant’.
The exercise was carried out to test the Trust’s response mechanisms to a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear decontamination incident and make sure we have all the necessary plans and procedures in place. The scenario involved a mock up of a serious road traffic accident involving a HGV vehicle carrying a harmful substance - Acrylamide - which fractured causing a chemical spill near a supermarket in Harehills. Volunteers played the part of “contaminated” casualties. They were covered in flour and given “casualty scripts” with details of their injuries and condition.
Decisive action: Two of the team get their instructions.
Fear factor: Frightene
Sharon Scott, Resilience Manager, said: “All of the volunteers really got into their role, playing the parts of worried, upset, and injured public. We can’t thank them enough for doing this - we couldn’t have done it without them”. She added: “Responding quickly so that hospital staff, patients, visitors and the hospital itself does not become contaminated is essential and so we need the equipment necessary to remove harmful substances fast and effectively from contaminated casualties. It is also vital that the senior management team take overall command and control of the incident to coordinate the response.”
“All of the volunteers really got into their role, playing the parts of worried, upset, and injured public.”
Briefing: Some of the staff and volunteers who took part.
Over 60 valuable lessons have been learnt which the Emergency Preparedness team, Emergency Department and Facilities Directorate will now use to ensure we are fully prepared and able to respond effectively. The exercise was observed by six experts from partner agencies and two internal observers from the Emergency Department and Facilities. The findings will be published on the emergency preparedness pages of the intranet. Dave Turner, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, commented: “The staff at A&E on the day should be commended for their work ethic and the approach to the exercise.”
In progress: volunteers outside the decontamination tent
Taking notes: Staff de
t in a live decontamination test
ed casualties arriving.
eal with a casualty
Meeting raises awareness of Hep C Around 100 GPs, specialist practitioners, community drugs workers and prison nurses from across the region attended a Hepatitis C awareness day organised by the Viral Hepatitis team at St James’s. The aim of the event was to raise awareness and educate health care professionals about Hepatitis C, which is a significant public health problem both worldwide and here in Yorkshire. It is estimated that 0.3 to 1% of the general population has the illness and over 3000 patients are believed to be infected in the Leeds area alone. Many patients, however, are unaware of their diagnosis.
through treatment. A very wellreceived talk from Shabana Begum, a patient who had experienced treatment, gave great insight into the impact this demanding treatment can have. Other speakers included Consultant hepatologists, Charlie Millson and Mervyn Davies, and Specialist Nurse, Joan Williamson. Some of the comments from the day included “Really engaged the patient’s perspective’; ‘A most informative and valuable day’; ‘The study day really helped me to explain the process of treatment to people seeking advice at my centre’; ‘Well done to the specialist nurses for arranging this fantastic day’.
Viral hepatitis nurse specialist, Tracey Stirrup, said: “Treatment is available and cure rates are improving for those patients progressing into treatment. That is why it is so important for us to raise awareness.” Dr Mark Aldersely, Consultant hepatologist from St James’s, chaired the event whilst Simon Balmer from the Health Protection Agency in Leeds was a guest speaker. He spoke about the burden of Hepatitis C in society and its prevalence in the Yorkshire region. Two of the team at Leeds, Susan Sheridan and Helen Nicholson, provided an explanation of the patient journey
Addressing the audience: Dr Mark Aldersely, Consultant hepatologist at St James’s.
Sharing knowledge: Simon Balmer from the Health Protection Agency in Leeds with Viral hepatitis nurse specialist, Susan Sheridan.
Princess Royal team wins top scholarship award The Princess Royal Radiotherapy Review Team in the Bexley Wing has won a prestigious Team Scholarship Award from Mölnlycke Health Care. The St James’s team impressed the judges with their work in addressing issues in radiotherapy skin reaction management. The team has developed an innovative, resourceful, user-friendly, multi-professional educational toolkit and training pack. It enables health care professionals to effectively assess and manage radiotherapy skin reactions and select appropriate dressings, which saves time and resources and reduces potential harm and distress to patients. Sister Ellen Trueman commented: Ensuring that radiotherapy induced skin reactions are correctly assessed and managed, brings about many patient benefits including improved patient comfort, enhanced quality of life and positive patient outcomes. “The ‘toolkit’ aims to provide health professionals, both in and outside of specialist radiotherapy centres, with an educational resource that supports their knowledge and skills to do the ‘right thing, at the right time, in the right way’ when caring for patients with
Award winning: The Princess Royal Radiotherapy Review Team.
radiotherapy skin reactions”. The team collected their award at a lunch held at The Royal Opera House in London. The annual Scholarships and Awards are a reflection of the Mölnlycke Health Care
Wound Academy’s commitment to wound care education. They provide health care professionals in the area of wound care with the opportunity for personal and professional development.
Celebrating success, leadership and innovation Other award winners on the night were as follows: Dedication Winners: Sue Thackray, Sister Ward 9; Cindy Hilton, Ward housekeeper; Viv Pewter, Medical secretary; Dr Sandy Moffitt, Associate specialist. Leadership Winners: Dorothy Sedgwick, Ward clerk; Allison Scott, Clinical educator; Anne Wood, Sister Ward 7; Jo Regan, Matron.
Team work: Some of the award winners on the night.
Staff in the Respiratory and Immunology Department celebrated their successes and achievements at a special awards evening at the Park Plaza Hotel in Leeds. Over 100 nominations were received in various categories including dedication, leadership, team working, and innovation. Dr Daniel Peckham, Clinical lead,
Joanne Wood, Directorate manager and Joanna Regan, Matron, opened the evening’s celebrations by highlighting the dedication of staff, their specialist expertise and innovation. The Special Achievement Award went to Jane Slough, Respiratory nurse specialist for her dedication to the asthma service, her enthusiasm and hard work. Jane received her award from Joanne Wood, Directorate Manager.
Team Working Winners: George Schofield, Housekeeper; All staff on Ward 7; Dorothy Sedgwick, Carole O’Neill, Carol O‘Brien, Linda Baddeley, Pat Laycock, Angela Oxley - Respiratory Ward Clerks; Amanda Chew, Nicola Gill, Lynn Tyson - Patient Administration. Innovation Winners: Dr Mathew Callister, Consultant physician; Dr Ian Clifton, Consultation physician; Allison Scott, Clinical educator; Dorothy Sedgwick, Ward clerk and Lyndsay Murden, Sister Ward 6. The evening was enjoyed by all and plans are already being made to hold another event next year. It was sponsored by Forest Laboratories and organised by Nicola Gill, Assistant patient services co-ordinator.
Fond farewell to all our retirees
A long and happy retirement also goes to Judy Macbeth, Project Manager for the MfS Improving Health Records Flow, who has worked at the Trust since 1968. Judy started out as a shorthand typist at the Leeds Public Dispensary and over the years has worked in a variety of areas and been responsible for many pioneering projects.
Pat Kingham, staff nurse in Gynaecology out-patients is retiring after nearly twenty years of nursing in Leeds. She started work on the cardiac ward at LGI in 1972. After a period away from the Trust, raising her children and working as a childminder, she returned in 1992 to care of the Elderly at Wharfedale Hospital. In 1998, she moved to Gynaecology at LGI
and then to Gynaecology Out-patients at St. James’ in 2005, where she has continued to work as a Staff nurse until her retirement.
Janice Totten, Senior Patient Services Co-ordinator, said: “Judy will be remembered by the many people who benefited directly from her work. This includes those she aided through the Employability Project which helps unemployed people in and around Leeds return to work. All her friends and colleagues wish her well for the future.”
Gynaecology consultant, Mr Martin Glass, who has worked with Pat throughout her career, said “The patients and all her colleagues will miss Pat’s equanimity, pleasantness and dedication to her work. Her colleagues in Gynaecology wish her a long and healthy retirement. Clerical Officer, John Child, has also retired from the Trust after 42 years service. In that time he worked across a whole range of services at the LGI, from A&E, the Transport department, medical records and finally in Genito-urinary Medicine. Friends and colleagues turned out for a double celebration as he also celebrated his 60th birthday on the day he retired.
Friends and colleagues turned out to wish Senior midwife on the delivery suite, Linda Abbott, well at a special retirement party. Linda has been a midwife since 1970, starting out at Hyde Terrace and moving to the Delivery Suite at Clarendon Wing, LGI when it opened in 1979.
Gail Wright, Delivery Suite Team Leader, said: “Linda is a very well respected member of the midwifery team who will be greatly missed. We all wish her well as she embarks on her retirement to spend more time with her beautiful grandchildren.
Amanda Murray-Hind, Patient services co-ordinator at the GU medicine clinic said: “We are sad to see John go but wish him all the very best for his retirement.”
And finally, Business Manager for Anaesthesia, Linda Sharp, retired from a career in the health service spanning 34 years. Linda started as a speech therapist in 1972 but changed to nursing in 1973. She became a dedicated theatre nurse on qualification, working at St James’s until 1980 when she set up a theatre for a military base in Saudi Arabia. Linda returned to Leeds theatres in 1986 as theatre sister until she changed from a clinical role to Informatics and onto business management in 2003. Viv Lewis, Day Surgery Matron, said: “Linda has had a fantastically varied career. She has managed over 100 anaesthetists with dedication, diplomacy and a good sense of humour! We wish her a well in her retirement and ‘bon voyage’ on her travels.”
Cycle ride celebrates new lease of life
Former cancer patient Richard Noble cycled 220 miles coast-to-coast from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hoods Bay to raise money for the High Dependency Unit at the LGI to thank them for the care he received there. Richard spent 3 days recovering on the unit after life changing surgery during which his throat and voice box were removed due to cancer. He had already been diagnosed with cancer once before so when he received the diagnosis again 40 years later he could not have radiotherapy. The surgery has enabled him to breathe through his neck. Richard’s family has been extremely supportive and he completed the cycle with his son Ben. They raised £1740 in total and donated half to HDU and half to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Acting Senior Sister on HDU, Gemma Gregory, said: “I cared for Richard on 3 consecutive night shifts. The procedure he underwent has changed his life dramatically and to see him cycling 220 miles is just remarkable. “Richard was a pleasure to look after. All the staff on HDU are extremely grateful for his generous donation. It’s amazing when patients come back to visit us as we nurse them when they are acutely unwell and it is just extraordinary seeing them so fit and well’ “Some of the money is going to be spent on DAB digital radios for the patients which Richard thought would be a nice idea.”
Kind donation: (l-r) Danny Puruis, Healthcare assistant, Gemma Gregory, Acting senior sister, HDU, Richard and his wife Jayne, Sarah Freeman, Matron for Plastics.
Award winners: (l-r): Postgraduate orthodontic trainees, Mark Allen, Tumadher Al-Musfir and Sarabjit Nandhra.
Leeds orthodontic triple crown The clinical and academic work of the Leeds Dental Institute has been thrown into the limelight as three of its postgraduate orthodontic trainees swept the board at the national British Orthodontic Conference. Sarabjit Nandhra, a second year trainee, was awarded the Research Protocol Award for the best Master’s study protocol and literature review. He received £700 as well as a £500 cheque for the two departments he works in. His ongoing clinical trial is looking at whether the use of a primer is required for orthodontic bonding purposes.
Mark Allen, also a second year trainee, beat 50 other posters exhibited this year to win the conference’s best Audit Poster and a prize of £400. He focused on patient access to and understanding of orthodontic information leaflets. Tumadher Al-Musfir, an overseas trainee, won the Research Poster prize of £400 for the best exhibited research poster. Her Masters research thesis looked at whether we are able to predict certain outcomes using specific pre-treatment factors. The team thanked Nicola Ruddock, Senior graphic designer at St James’s, for her artistry in producing the posters.
Hospital donation in loving memory of Adam A couple have handed over £8,000 to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at LGI in memory of their son, Adam Milner. Sadly Adam died after a piece of food became lodged in his throat at the nursery where he was being cared for, despite efforts of doctors in Huddersfield and Leeds who fought to save him Since the tragedy Steve and Vicky Milner, originally from Huddersfield and now living in Halifax, have been busy raising money for the hospitals in Leeds and Calderdale, including a Three Peaks fundraiser by Steve and a group of friends.
The donation to the PICU at Leeds General Infirmary has been used to purchase a specialist Vapotherm machine which helps regulate oxygen and other gas flows for patients experiencing serious breathing difficulties. PICU, Senior Sister Sharon Beanland said “We are extremely grateful for Mr and Mrs Milner’s donation and the hard work of all those who helped raise the monies. The money has been used to purchase an innovative piece of equipment that will hopefully help save lives of other children from all over the region.”
Kind gift: Mr and Mrs Milner with Adam’s brother Evan and Sharon Beanland (right) from PICU.
60 seconds Keith Tate has been a porter at the Trust for 10 years. He works from 8.30 to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday on the St James’s site. In the office
What does your typical day at work involve?
On a typical day, I collect my radio from control then deal with the movement of patients ranging from those who are very ill to patients just having routine tests such as x-rays. I also make sure there are full oxygen tanks available so I don’t have to go looking for a tank if a patient is on oxygen. We have some new electronic bed movers to help with the movement of patients and I make sure they are ready for use. It means plugging them in at night to recharge.
How did you get to be a porter?
I saw an advertisement for an open recruitment day at the Trust in the local paper and attended. I saw the jobs for porters and was interviewed on the day and the next day they rung to tell me I had got the job.
What’s your best advice to a new starter at the Trust?
To familiarise themselves with all the different departments as this makes collecting of patients much easier and be ready for any eventuality that may arise.
Want did you want to be when you were growing up?
A train driver
What is your favourite film? The Pirates of the Caribbean.
What are the behaviours that are most important to you? Honesty, truth and integrity.
And out of hours…
What do you do to wind down and relax after a hard day at work? I enjoy reading, going to the theatre and eating out.
If you could go anywhere this weekend, where would you go?
Tell us something we don’t know about you…
Before I came to the Trust I worked for 19 years as a tailor making both ladies and gents clothing. Then I worked at Austin Reed for 20 years as a salesman and made-to-measure suits manager. For my holidays I love going to Hurghada in Egypt snorkelling.
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I would go to Reykjavik in Iceland.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Seeing patients with great big smiles on their faces when they have had good news.
And there must be something about your work that really frustrates you… When the radios don’t work and when you go for a patient to be told they have been discharged or moved to another ward.
You’re sitting down to your favourite meal, what’s on the menu? Salmon with lime and coriander dressing, baby new potatoes and green beans.
If you won the national lottery, what would you do? I would go on a world cruise, buy a bungalow and give money to my family.
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