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Use Locally - Issue 11 April 2014


NEWARK HOSPITAL The jewel in our crown When I joined Sherwood Forest Hospitals as Chief Executive last year I described Newark Hospital as the jewel in our crown – and I would say the same today. Newark Hospital has always been an important part of the local community and is well loved by those who work there as well as those who live nearby. We value our strong reputation for providing high quality local care, and remain committed to investing in improving and expanding the services we offer to the local population. The hospital provides a comprehensive range of treatments - including an extensive range of consultant-led outpatient services, planned inpatient treatments, daycase procedures, diagnostic and therapy services as well as a Minor Injuries Unit/Urgent Care Centre. Our wards care for patients with a range of medical conditions and the pre-operative assessment and endoscopy centres boast state-of-the-art facilities. The new Bramley Children's Unit opened its doors to patients last


By Paul O’Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust October. Clinics, which used to be run in the main outpatients department, are now provided in a purpose built unit with new clinic rooms, together with a large bright waiting area where children can play. Feedback from patients and families has been excellent - with the new unit giving them their own space and providing treatment much closer to home. This latest development to children’s services at Newark Hospital follows the expansion of a paediatric presence from three days to five days a week, and the provision of diabetes clinics for local children who previously needed to travel to King’s Mill Hospital.

One of our latest developments that we are very proud of is our new rehabilitation service, the Fernwood Community Unit, which has proved a major success since opening in February 2013. The 12-bedded facility delivers a rehabilitative care service closer to home, which is beneficial for patients and their families and carers. It is meeting the needs of the growing number of elderly patients who require a short period of rehabilitation before they are ready to return home after receiving hospital treatment. It also helps those people who require rehabilitation after having problems at home or a medical problem which does not require admission to hospital. Thanks to the Newark Hospital League of Friends the hospital is now able to offer colonography, which is a procedure used to diagnose colon and bowel cancer, through state of the art

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Use Locally - Issue 11 April 2014

Bramley Br amlle ey Children's Child dren's Unit The latest latest de development velopment e a at Newark Newark Hospital H It is an important part of our vision to provide care locally and link with community services where possible. Providing enhanced clinics for children in the Newark area reduces the need for families to travel to other hospitals unless they need an inpatient stay or complex investigation

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Bramley Children’s Unit is a dedicated children’s outpatient department offering clinics Monday to Friday

Diabetes clinics are also now available to local children who previously needed to travel to King’s Mill Hospital

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Use Locally - Issue 11 April 2014 Did you know...all of these services are available at your local hospital in Newark? Yes, that’s right; all of these services are available at Newark. For some of the more specialist parts of your treatment, such as a complex operation, you may need to go to King’s Mill Hospital but you are welcome to come back to Newark Hospital for your recuperation and follow up appointments.

medical imaging equipment. Colonography is the preferred choice for investigating abnormalities of the large bowel in patients who are unable to have colonoscopy. It provides clearer and more detailed images, and can detect abnormalities outside of the colon. It is particularly useful for elderly patients, especially those who are frail and ill. Newark’s Cardiorespiratory Unit also has a fresh new look, after being refurbished last September, and is now located in the Eastwood Centre. While I am pleased with the environment and services on offer at Newark Hospital - ultimately a hospital is about the people who work there. I am constantly receiving letters and emails from patients and the public about their experiences of care and compassion from our dedicated staff. We have many things to be proud of at Newark Hospital – but our XXXX staff are the reason that Newark Hospital continues to be the jewel in our crown. A programme called Better Together has recently been created by the Mid-Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Transformation Programme,

which includes many of the area’s health and social care providers. It is to tackle the challenge of increasingly stretched budgets, and the area’s increasing and ageing population. The estimated funding gap could reach £140 million within the next ten years if action is not taken now. There is a need to work alongside each other, delivering integrated services with the best interests of the patients at heart – providing care which is more suited to a patient’s condition or illness and is better value for money. Health and Social Care leaders in Mid Nottinghamshire have been asking local people to share their experiences of health and social care services in the area. Events have taken place to gather feedback from the public on what they think works well and what doesn’t, and to discuss how services could be delivered in the future. This feedback will form the basis of new developments for services across health and social care in Newark and Sherwood, and Mansfield and Ashfield. The Better Together team is now looking for people to become “Champions” for the programme and anyone can sign up who wants to be involved with the programme in some way.

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Audiology (hearing) Colorectal and GI General Surgery Minor Injuries Unit Orthopaedics (bones, muscles) • Podiatry (feet) • Urology • Cancer Services • Dermatology (skin) • Geriatric Medicine • Maternity • Haematology (blood) • Respiratory • Vascular • Cardiology (heart) • Diabetes & Endocrinology • Occupational Therapy • Physiotherapy • Rheumatology • Fernwood Community Unit • Children & Adolescent • Ophthalmology (eyes) • Plastic Surgery • Sleep Studies • Gynaecology • Orthotics • Neurology A range of diagnostic tests such as x-ray, ultrasound, CT scans and blood tests is also provided.

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