A young fundraiser has recently completed an epic ten-hour sail to raise money for the children’s ward at Milton Keynes Hospital.
Ewen Shackel, aged 13, from Wavendon Gate, took on the Emberton sailing race in July after being treated on the ward last year for ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis) – a rare inflammatory condition of the brain and spinal cord.
Although still suffering with headaches, backache, memory loss and tiredness, Ewen finished in fifth place and together with his team mates from the Milton Keynes Sailing Club Youth Team, won an award for Best Mixed Ability Team.
The Care Quality Commission has today (Thursday, 24 July) announced that a team of inspectors will visit Milton Keynes Hospital to formally inspect and assess the quality of the care the trust provides.
The inspection will take place over three days in October (21, 22 and 23) and will look at eight key service areas: A&E, medical care (including frail elderly), surgery (including theatres), critical care, maternity, paediatrics, end of life care and outpatients.
The inspection team will be judging if services are safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led, using a variety of methods including observation, interviews, listening events (with staff and patients/ local people) and reviewing policies and other documentation.
Woodland creatures, hot air balloons and underwater scenes adorn the walls and ceiling of a new recovery bay dedicated to children at Milton Keynes Hospital.
The light and airy bay, which accommodates up to three patients at a time, is used for children undergoing planned operations and is separate from the adult recovery area.
Recovery nurses wear brightly coloured, themed tabards and the call bells have a different tone to those used by the adults.
Colourful disposable curtains can also be drawn around each bed, offering privacy to the children and their parents.
A local primary school has raised £3,000 for the neonatal unit at Milton Keynes Hospital – doubling their fundraising total for the unit last year.
For the second year running, year six students at Giles Brook Primary School in Tattenhoe took part in the £1 Challenge for Little Lives, fundraising for the hospital’s neonatal unit.
Each child in year six was given £1 by the school and asked to come up with a business idea that would generate income– with all proceeds going to the charity. Following eight weeks of fundraising that included car washing, dog walking and cake sales, the school announced the total this week.
By popular demand, extra-grippy slipper socks have popped up in the hospital shop.
Since late 2013 the slipper socks have been given topatients staying at the hospital who are at risk of falling, but otherwise able to move around freely.
They have grips on the top and bottom to ensure traction whichever way they are worn – especially helpful if a patient wears them in bed and the sock slides around the foot.
Patients, relatives and carers became enamoured with the footwear because of the extra grip, but have been unable to purchase them until now. Thanks to the hard work of hospital volunteers, the slippers are available to buy.
The Trust has reviewed the recommendations of the Francis report and has provided an overview of the number that are relevant to Milton Keynes Hospital, with reference to the key themes outlined in the report.
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Our charity raises money to fund projects at Milton Keynes Hospital that are outside the scope of the NHS. Last year we raised more than £380,000.
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