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Share your experience of maternity services

People who have accessed maternity services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are invited to share their experiences and views at an online event on 16 July 2021.


Megan and James plead with the public to stop acts of violence and aggression towards our staff

UHDB colleagues have shared their experiences of being assaulted and threatened while at work – to help us spread the message that there is absolutely no excuse to behave like this in our hospitals.

Despite their heroic efforts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have sadly still seen a sharp rise of UHDB staff experiencing physical violence, aggression and abuse from patients and hospital visitors over the last year. 


New mural being created in forget me not garden

A beautiful mural is being created in the ‘Forget Me Not Gardens’, located to the left of the main entrance at Royal Derby Hospital (next to the the Discharge Assessment Unit). This is a space to commemorate the staff that have passed away from the UHDB hospitals. 


Nominations open for the Annual Making a Difference Awards

Recognising the exceptional work of Team UHDB colleagues is incredibly important, this year more than ever. It was with sadness that the usual Annual Awards ceremony could not take place in September 2020 due to Covid-19, however we are delighted to announce that we are relaunching a Virtual Annual Making a Difference Awards which is open for nominations now.


UK first for Bariatric team

Surgeons at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton are the first in the UK to use a new image system during bariatric surgery. The team are using Indocyanine green fluorescence (ICG) technology to perform gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy to improve patient safety during surgery.


UHDB celebrates pride month

Pride month is a time for our UHDB LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate the progress made to attain the rights we currently enjoy and remember those who fought over the years to win these rights.

Pride is usually celebrated with lots of parades and marches but with coronavirus and social distancing still in place, things will be a little different this year.


Cancer patients to benefit from ground-breaking advancements in radiotherapy treatment

A new life-saving form of radiotherapy treatment is now being offered for the very first time at UHDB to patients with lung cancer. UHDB is now able to offer Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) treatment at Royal Derby Hospital and last week began treating our first patient with lung cancer using the advanced technique. SABR allows for tumours to be targeted with very high doses of radiation over fewer sessions, using state-of-the-art image guidance technology, with this high level of precision especially important when treating cancer of the lung, due to there being a moving target as the patient breathes in and out.


UHDB celebrates International Clinical Trials Day 2021

International Clinical Trials Day is an annual event acknowledged around the world to commemorate what is thought to be ‘the first ever’ clinical trial which was conducted in 1747 by Naval Surgeon, James Lind aboard HMS Salisbury.


Pam’s career path sees her go from bouncer, to HCA, to ATP in robotic surgery – in just six years!

A former nightclub bouncer has made the incredible journey from working on the doors to helping save people’s lives in Theatres as a key member of our robotic surgery team at Royal Derby Hospital. Pam Higginbottom first joined UHDB as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) six years ago and has spent the last two years training to become an Assistant Theatre Practitioner (ATP) in Urology – following more than two decades in the hospitality industry.

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