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Derby mum thanks Royal Derby Maternity Theatre Team for helping to deliver her first son

When Emma Hall woke up in the middle of the night on 6 August 2020 at 35 weeks pregnant, she had no idea that in a couple of hours time she would meet her new-born son.

New-mum, Emma, bought her little boy into the world via c-section at Royal Derby Hospital. She said: “We had no idea when we woke at home at 03:30am at 35 weeks pregnant we would be meeting our little boy in just over 3 hours. The team in Maternity Theatres were truly incredible. They made us feel like we were the only c-section ever to take place.


Consultant becomes first female president of plastic surgeon association

A UHDB surgeon has been named as the President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), becoming the first female President of the Association in its 41 year history. BAAPS is an Association of Plastic Surgeons dedicated to Safety, Education, Ethics and Innovation in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery.


UHDB opens second Covid-19 vaccine hub at Queen’s Hospital Burton

A staff vaccination hub opened earlier this week at Queen’s Hospital Burton, providing vital vaccines to Team UHDB.

The new hub, ran by staff from all across the Trust, is part of a nationwide vaccine roll out to protect our communities from Covid-19.


Patient thanks quick-thinking surgeon for saving her life on his day off

A young woman who underwent emergency surgery at Royal Derby Hospital has thanked the surgeon who saved her life.

Jess Wilson from Derby, nominated Consultant Laparoscopic & Upper GI Surgeon, Mr Syed Iftikhar, after he performed emergency surgery on her in August 2020. Jess was in hospital with a bile leak which lead to Pneumonia and Sepsis – this required surgery immediately. Mr Iftikhar, who has worked at the Trust for over 25 years, was on a day off, but as soon as he heard Jess needed the surgery, he drove straight to the Royal Derby Hospital to assist.


10,000th vaccine milestone for UHDB Vaccine Hub

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton has given out its 10,000th coronavirus vaccine dose just more than a month after opening our ‘Vaccination Hub’ at Royal Derby Hospital.

The milestone came on Friday 15 January at 9.10am. The Trust has been handing out the vaccine to the most vulnerable local people in Derbyshire and Staffordshire as well as to frontline health and social workers since Tuesday, 8 December 2020.



“You're a fantastic leader and shouldn’t underestimate anything you have achieved" - Paul awarded with Chief Executives Award

Congratulations to Paul Brooks, Director of Patient Experience, Estates and Facilities at UHDB, who has been awarded our January “Chief Executive Award”.

Paul, who has worked at the Trust for over 30 years, was chosen by Gavin Boyle, our Chief Executive, to celebrate Paul’s achievements over the last few months. Not only has Paul showed great dedication and commitment to supporting UHDB colleagues throughout the on-going pandemic, but he has most recently been awarded an MBE for his services to Healthcare Leadership.


Healthcare Assistant Lesley praised for her wonderful work at LRCH

A Healthcare Assistant from London Road Community Hospital has been praised for her outstanding patient care with our “Excellent Employee Award”.

Lesley Shaw, who works in the Parkinson’s Team, was nominated by a colleagues for her friendliness and gentle manner and always putting the patients first. Her colleague Fiona Lindop, Specialist Physiotherapist said: “Lesley is an amazing team member who is always putting the patient first. She greets each patient who arrives in our department with friendliness and gentleness that puts them at their ease, especially in these challenging times. She demonstrates her care for everyone, including helping individuals who have had strokes, and can only use one hand, to gel their hands as they arrive in the department. She ensures that each person is treated with great dignity and respect, no matter how busy or stressful the working environment is.


Bereavement Teams awarded with Team UHDB Award for compassionate care

Our UHDB Bereavement Teams have been awarded our Team UHDB Award for the heartfelt and compassionate work they carry out when helping families through the agony of losing of a loved one, especially throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Over the last 10 months, due to the pandemic, our Bereavement Service has had to adjust their service to meet the demands of the pandemic, but has still managed to maintain an exceptional service supporting families despite the increase in workload.


We have launched our Covid-19 Safety Charter

2020 was hugely challenging, but the Covid-19 pandemic is still very real, with cases rising across the country.

To ensure clarity on how our patients and staff can keep safe across our sites, we have launched our Covid-19 Safety Charter.


'Covid is very real' - Christine becomes 3,000th patient to be discharged from UHDB.

Over 3,000 patients who have been cared for by Team UHDB have now been discharged from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton to continue recoveries from Covid-19.

Christine Cullen, 67, from Normanton, was the Trust’s 3000th patient to be discharged from hospital after being admitted to the Royal Derby Hospital on Christmas Day.


Life-saving UHDB cardiac care service celebrates its 10 year anniversary

Today marks 10 years to the day since a life-saving coronary care service first started providing 24/7 emergency treatment here at UHDB for patients with serious heart complications. We are so proud to be able to say that our Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI) service has helped to save the lives of more than 3,000 patients over the last decade.


Paul Brooks Awarded MBE

Paul Brooks, Director of Patient Experience, Estates and Facilities at UHDB, has been awarded an MBE for his services to Healthcare Leadership.


Derby Gynaecology Oncology Centre recognised internationally for outstanding treatment outcomes

The Derby Gynaecology Oncology Centre, which is based at Royal Derby Hospital, has been recognised by the European Society of Gynaecological Oncologists (ESGO) for providing exceptional care and delivering better outcomes as a result of more comprehensive surgery for ovarian cancer. This makes the Trust one of only 47 such centres in Europe to be recognised by ESGO.


Dermatology clinicians working together to enhance patient experience across the community

UHDB’s Dermatology team has been commended for working with GPs across Derbyshire to help patients with potential skin conditions to be assessed by a specialist sooner. The Consultant Connect service allows our Dermatology consultants to offer clinical advice to GPs remotely on whether there is a need for their patient to be seen by a specialist in our hospitals.


Sister Ajinder advises how you can help the elderly this winter

Ajinder Gidda, Sister on Ward 306 at Royal Derby Hospital, this week shares advice on how you can help to ensure elderly relatives and friends are well this winter. Simple things such as a phone or video call to check they’re okay or doing their food shopping for them where it’s safe to do so can make a real difference.


Fire engine wrapped pink to support organ donation

Today Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) in partnership with University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) is unveiling the latest fire engine to be wrapped in support of a community cause. The pink and purple wrapped engine has been designed to raise awareness of organ donation.


Home from hospital for Christmas

Our staff will be doing all they can to make sure patients can be safely discharged home before Christmas.


RDH Sister Lisa presented with award for dedication during pandemic

A Royal Derby Hospital Sister has been awarded a special award by the Derbyshire Branch of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) for her outstanding contributions during Covid-19. Lisa Wilkinson, Sister in Surgical Outpatients, has been recognised as part of the RCN’s celebrations for International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and is one of 20 award winners in the county.

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