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December 4 2013

Postgraduate Centre, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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    1. Apologies for absence
    2. Declarations of interest
    3. Minutes and matters arising
      1. Minutes of October 2, 2013 board meeting
      2. Matters arising - action log
      3. Draft minutes of the October 8, 2013 Council of Governors meeting
    4. Clinical quality, patient safety and experience
      1. PLACE inspection
      2. Nursing metrics
      3. Mortalities update
      4. Barbara's story - dementia awareness presentation
      5. Minutes from September 25, 2013 Quality Committee
      6. Minutes from October 30, 2013 Quality Committee
      7. Verbal report from November 27, 2013 Quality Committee
    5. Chairman and CEO reports
      1. Chairman's report
      2. Chief executive's report and Q2 objectives report
    6. Performance dashboard
      1. Summary of performance and key issues
      2. review of trust key performance indicators
    7. Finance report
    8. Risk management
      1. Board assurance framework and summary
      2. Verbal report - risk update
    9. Estates
      1. Healthwatch survey of main reception - verbal report and appendix B
      2. Estates strategy - presentation
    10. Trust secretariat
      1. Board and committee timetable and appendix
      2. Chairman's action - paediatric business case
    11. Items for noting / information
      1. Verbal report of the December 3, 2013 Audit Committee
    12. Questions from members of the public
    13. Communications from the meeting
    14. Resolution to exclude press and public: The Chair to request the Board to pass the following resolution exclude the press and public and move into private session to consider private business.
       “that representatives of the press and other members of the public be excluded from the remainder of this meeting having regard to the confidential nature of the business to be transacted.”
  • Milton Keynes Hospital launching new way of working in response to rising demand for acute care

    Two new units are being created at Milton Keynes Hospital to improve care and access for patients who need emergency medical care.

    The Acute Medical Unit and the Short Stay Assessment Unit are opening on Wednesday, December 17.

    The units aim to get patients treated more quickly, reduce length of stay for patients, avoid unnecessary admissions and improve the safety and experience of patients using the hospital.

  • Patient and Public Representatives needed to help to guide research

    The Clinical Research Network: Thames Valley and South Midlands (‘The Network’) promotes and supports the development of clinical research activity in the Thames Valley & South Midlands region. The Network would like to recruit two Patient and Public Representatives who live in Oxfordshire, Berkshire or Buckinghamshire to its Partnership Group. The closing date for applications is Friday 19 December 2014. Read more here

    If you know of anyone who might be interested then please pass this information on. 

  • Stop norovirus spreading this winter

    Do not visit the hospital if you have had sickness and diarrhoea in the last 48 hours.

    Norovirus, sometimes known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. It is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food or water.

  • Hospital agrees continued improvement with sector regulator

    Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has committed to continued improvements in its A&E performance, financial position and governance as part of a formal undertaking with health sector regulator Monitor.

    The enforcement undertaking, made under section 106 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, has seen the Trust agree its plans with Monitor as part of a collaborative approach to continued improvement.

    This undertaking replaces the previous agreements (also made under section 106 of the Act) the Trust had with Monitor, and recognises progress in delivery against improvement plans over the past 12 months.

  • Birthing pools open with new temperature monitoring equipment

    Milton Keynes Hospital has reopened its birthing pools following a temporarily closure of the birthing pools service.

    This was to allow new temperature monitoring equipment to be installed and for staff to be trained in the use of the new equipment.

    Ed Neale, consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician and clinical director for women and children’s services, said: “We understand that the temporary closure will have been disappointing for women who had planned to use the pool for labour and birth.

    "However our primary concern was to ensure that a robust temperature monitoring system was in place to ensure the safety of mothers and their babies.