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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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  • Public Governor nominations has now closed

    The deadline has now passed for public Governor nominations, please click here for the candidates statement of nomination.

    Members of Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who live in the related public constituency area will all be given the chance to vote and more details of what each candidate will bring to the role and the ballot forms will be sent in  the next couple of weeks.

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  • MKUH Annual Meeting 2018 - All welcome

    Come along to our Annual Meeting on Wednesday 12 September to find out all you need to know about how your hospital has been performing over the past year.

    The meeting will be held in our Academic Centre on the hospital site with refreshments to be served from 6pm for a prompt start at 6.30pm. All staff, patients and members of the public are welcome to attend.

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  • THANK YOU TO STAFF ON THE NHS' 70TH BIRTHDAY

    This is a short message of thanks to staff at Milton Keynes University Hospital as we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS today.

    I hope you can all take a moment to have a break and reflect on the part you play in the service we are celebrating today.

    The NHS is a team of 1.5 million, a system, in which we all play an important part. To do our jobs well – whoever we are, and particularly if we have a leadership role - we are each dependent on a network of others in hundreds of different roles. Every member of the NHS team is as vital as the next and it is this co-operative, this family, that is part of what makes working in the NHS so special. 

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  • Public Board 6 July 2018

    The public board today has been moved from Room 6 of the Education Centre to the Academic Centre. The board will still comemence at 10:00am

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  • Meeting for those with Type 1 Diabetes

    The Milton Keynes Integrated Diabetes Service will be holding an informal meeting for people with Type 1 diabetes.

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