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Jo, palliative care nurse specialist

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Jo Merritt knew early on in her nursing career that she wanted to specialise in palliative care. She was drawn to the role because of the way it looks at all aspects of a patient’s life, not just their condition.

Now Jo is one of four palliative care nurse specialists at Milton Keynes Hospital. She is based on the Macmillan unit, but can be found in many areas of the hospital.

“We follow the patient, not the ward,” says Jo. “If a patient is admitted to a ward, we will visit them there, if they need to attend a clinic or come into the unit for symptom control, we’re there to support them if needs be.”

Palliative care nurses are clinical nurse specialists who care for people with advanced illness. They are concerned with caring for the patient’s whole needs – not just physical. Jo is one of a tight-knit team which includes colleagues Emma Goodship, Anna Moore, and Wendy Black, They all work closely with Haley Coetzee, our palliative care discharge nurse, who does her utmost to try and ensure that patients spend their final days in their preferred place. They all liaise extensively with specialty doctor Ben Dietsch and consultant Dr Jane Wale.

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Julie, newborn hearing manager and team

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Newborn hearing manager Julie Stones and her team offer a crucial service to new parents, testing their new babies for hearing loss.

At least one in every 900 babies born in the UK will have a permanent childhood hearing impairment that can significantly affect their language and social development. This figure increases to about 1 in every 100 babies who have spent more than 48 hours in intensive care. The majority of these babies are born into families with no experience or history of hearing loss.

Julie and her six staff are always on hand to screen newborns’ hearing before they go home from hospital.

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Tracey, Falls Prevention Coordinator

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With an ageing population, Milton Keynes Hospital is committed to providing elderly patients with the best care in hospital and a smooth transition to life back at home.

New roles have been created to achieve this, including the addition of a Falls Prevention Coordinator and a Lead Nurse for Dementia.

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Debbie and Julia, A&E Receptionists

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Receptionists have an essential role as part of Milton Keynes hospital’s frontline staff. They are the first link for many patients who can be in pain, upset or anxious when they arrive.

And the role is even more demanding for the 20 staff who work round the clock in our A&E reception. 

They are a close-knit team who have to use a wide range of skills, from efficient administration, to empathy and understanding when dealing with patients and their relatives.

Audrey Boden, A&E operations co-ordinator, is full of praise for the receptionists.

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Helen, Pathology Support Manager

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A love of the TV drama Quincy has led to a career in pathology spanning almost 30 years for Helen Botwood.

Helen has been the Pathology Support Manager at Milton Keynes Hospital for the past ten years, previously working as a biomedical scientist specialising in haematology and blood transfusion.

She heads up the Pathology Support Unit, a team of 33, comprising phlebotomists, clinical support workers and porters.

Helen said: “I originally wanted to be a vet but I needed straight As for that. I was a big fan of Quincy, a forensic pathologist, and my mum’s friend managed to get me work experience at the QE2 Hospital where I saw the biomedical scientists at work. It wasn’t Quincy but it really interested me.”

She qualified as a biomedical scientist while working at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and then moved to Milton Keynes.

She said: “There are 140 plus people here working in pathology. Our job is to analyse samples – blood, urine, faeces, nail clippings, sputum, tissue – you name it, we’ll analyse it.”

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  • Staff Awards 2017 - The results

    On Friday 6th October, we hosted our annual staff awards event to celebrate and recognise staff achievements over the last twelve months. It was a brilliant event and a huge congratulations to all of the winners. 

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  • MILTON KEYNES UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IS NOW SMOKE-FREE

    Milton Keynes University Hospital is now an entirely smoke-free site. As a result, patients, visitors and staff are not be permitted to smoke anywhere on the hospital grounds. This relates to all outdoor areas, including the car parks.

    The move is in line with the hospital’s ongoing plans to contribute to improved public health and wellbeing. All forms of smoking – tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping – are no longer allowed.

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  • Important information - The A&E entrance and reception desk have moved

    From today (Monday 18 Spetember) our A&E entrance and reception desk have permanently moved to area formally used as the hospital’s main entrance. This will no longer be referred to as the Acorn Suite.

    The building is located directly to the right of the current A&E reception and the new entrance into the department will be fully signposted. There will be no disruption to services during this move.

    The new A&E entrance and reception will offer patients an improved waiting area, and the move will allow the hospital to carry out vital renovation works to the building which, when completed, will increase the clinic rooms available. 

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  • Proposed work to start on the development of the north of the hospital site

     

    Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (MKUHFT) will be developing the north part of the hospital site, close to the cardiology department, to improve facilities and infrastructure. Work will begin in August 2017.

    In this proposed location, a number of developments will be made to enhance and increase the services that we offer at the hospital. The project is scheduled to be completed in winter 2019 when we will be able to access a new Cancer Therapy Centre (CTC) which will significantly improve the cancer services available at the Trust.

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  • Major incident training exercise

    Milton Keynes University Hospital is taking part in a major incident training exercise on Thursday 7 September 2017 to test established local plans to deal with a large-scale, or mass-casualty, incident.

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