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One hundred head and neck patients benefit from robotic surgery at Royal Derby Hospital.

One hundred patients, cared for by the Head & Neck Theatre Team at Royal Derby Hospital, have benefited from reduced pain and a quicker recovery, thanks to an innovative robot funded by the Trust and Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity.

Today’s 100th operation, a trans-oral procedure for a patient with tongue based cancer, was led by Mr David Laugharne, Consultant Maxillofacial Head and Neck Surgeon and Mr Sean Mortimore Consultant ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon.


UHDB welcomes over 8,000 babies since the first lockdown

Since the first lockdown began just over a year ago, we've helped welcome 8,496 babies into the world!

Parents from across Derbyshire and Staffordshire have come forward to share their experiences and stories.


Suzie honoured with award for showing tremendous compassion to ICU patient and his family

A Royal Derby Hospital nurse has been labelled “a credit to the Intensive Care Unit” for the support she’s shown to a patient and his family since being redeployed back “home” to the department during the pandemic. 

Registered Nurse Suzie Parsons was nominated by one of her colleagues to receive a UHBD Making a Difference Award, as a small thank you for helping make their husband’s near 100-day stay in hospital “a little easier”.


Covid-19, one year on: Stephanie Kettle

Today Emma, Stephanie Kettle, Assistant Practitioner, on Ward 208, Step Down Unit, has penned a poem of her account of the last 12 months.


Covid-19, one year on: Judith Waddell

Today, Macmillan Information Centre Assistant Judith Waddell, shares one thing she wants to take forward, one thing she wants to leave behind and one thing she’s looking forward to one year on from the beginning of the pandemic.


UHDB patients already benefiting from brand new mobile MRI scanning unit at QHB

A mobile MRI scanning unit has been set up at Queen’s Hospital Burton to ensure our patients continue to receive the best care possible – while new state-of-the-art scanners are installed across UHDB.

Two brand new MRI scanners will replace the existing ones at Queen’s Hospital Burton and London Road Community Hospital over the coming months, as part of an exciting, staggered £2.5m upgrade within the Trust’s Imaging department. 


'Our Heroes' One Year On

Trevor Hickling, Estates Project Support Officer, has written a poem reflecting on our NHS heroes, who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic:


Covid-19, one year on: Juliane Bryant

Today, Juliane Bryant, receptionist on Ward 204 at RDH, has shared a poem she's written about her experiences of working through the pandemic. 


Wonderful wildlife artwork donated to Ward 410

Dementia Keyworker, Tina Scarrett, has gifted three wonderful pieces of her own artwork for display in the Ward 410 Day Room as a way of thanking staff there for being such a great support to her whilst she worked on the ward.


Covid-19, one year on: Mary Andaquig

To mark the one year anniversary of the pandemic, members of Team UHDB are sharing their thoughts and reflections of their personal and work lives during Covid-19. Staff Nurse Mary Andaquig shares one thing she wants to take forward, one thing she wants to leave behind and one thing she’s looking forward to one year on from the beginning of the pandemic.


Derbyshire vaccine programme reaches 100-day milestone

Derbyshire began the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS, and today – Wednesday 17 March – the NHS in Derbyshire is marking the milestone with a video bringing together some of the highlights from the journey so far.

The first Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered at Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital on December 8, just six days after the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had been formally approved by the MHRA.


Covid-19, one year on: Emma Kimber

Today Emma, Senior Sister on Ward 302 at Royal Derby Hospital, has shared how she feels about her team one year on from the beginning of the pandemic. *Emma was alone in the non-clinical room when this mask free selfie was taken*


Nicola shares her poem one year on from the start of the pandemic

We continue to mark one year on from the first inpatients with Covid-19, by sharing thoughts, reflections, poems and images from Team UHDB who have worked throughout the pandemic.

The pandemic has impacted each of us differently, so now is a good opportunity to reflect on the year gone and begin to look forward.

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