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Yellow socks trial to help staff identify patients at risk of falls

Patients that are prone to falling will receive a pair of yellow socks and a yellow blanket when they are treated at UHDB, as part of an innovative trial to reduce the risk of falls.

Think Yellow is an innovative scheme that was first rolled out in East Kent Hospitals University in 2021 by Jayne Flood and was found to significantly reduce the falls rate in their Emergency Departments and Acute Medical Units.

Secretary of State for Health Steve Barclay visits Treatment Centre at Queen's Hospital Burton

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton have welcomed the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay MP, and Burton and Uttoxeter MP, Kate Griffiths, to visit the Treatment Centre at Queen’s Hospital Burton today.

The Secretary of State spoke to UHDB staff and patients about the work to reduce waiting times for planned procedures. He visited part of the Treatment Centre that opened in 2020, with two orthopaedic theatres, X-Ray and Ultrasound rooms and a 28 bed ward.


World Breastfeeding Week - Sarah's Story

As part of World Breastfeeding Week 2022 we have asked our UHDB colleagues to share their stories and experiences. Sarah tells us her breastfeeding story.


UHDB midwife Olivia shares her story of a waterbirth

A UHDB midwife who opted to have a waterbirth with her first child has told of the “beauty of being able to catch your child” and said she couldn’t imagine doing it without the water now.

Olivia Swaddle is a midwife at Royal Derby Hospital so when it came to the birth of her first child Annabelle, who better to deliver her daughter than her own colleagues.

She opted for a waterbirth and her baby girl was one of seven babies born in birthing pools across UHDB in May.


World Breastfeeding Week - Lucy's Story

As part of World Breastfeeding Week 2022 we have asked UHDB colleagues to share their stories and experiences. Here, Lucy, Imaging Tracker at RDH and QHB, tells us her breastfeeding story. 


Paul Brooks MBE to leave UHDB

Paul Brooks MBE, Director of Patient Experience, Estates and Facilities, is leaving University Hospitals of Derby and Burton at the end of October to take on a new role as Director of Estates and Facilities at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn.

Air Arts event announced: ‘A Choral Forest’, 11 Sep and 8 Oct 2022

We are delighted that our friends and charitable partners at Air Arts are hosting a special double event entitled A Choral Forest.

The event will be held at Derby Cathedral and Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday 11 September and Saturday 8 October respectively – featuring an artistic showcase of poetry, art and music collected from UHDB staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, as part of Air Arts’s Staff Voice project.


Tribute to Mhairi Cooper

Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Mhairi Cooper who sadly passed away this month.


QHB maternity team given award for compassion shown to new parents

A team of midwives who provide care and compassion for people in labour, have been given an award for making a difference.

The Maternity team at Queen’s Hospital Burton, were presented with June’s CEO Making a Difference Award by Interim Chief Executive Officer Magnus Harrison, who called the team “a credit to UHDB.”


Joy for UHDB colleague who will volunteer at the Commonwealth Games

A chemotherapy navigator who spends her days helping patients at Queen’s Hospital Burton, will be taking on a new role this Summer as a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games.

Wendy Ballington has been selected from thousands of applicants who offered to help out at the prestigious event, which starts on 28 July, and she couldn’t be happier.


Derbyshire health and care system declares critical incident

Our teams continue to work exceptionally hard and we would like to reassure our patients and the public that despite the challenges faced and the changes highlighted, essential services remain fully open for anyone who needs them, so if you require urgent medical help, please continue to come forward.

Technical issues at M&S due to current weather

Due to technical issues as a result of the current weather M&S at Royal Derby Hospital will be trading with a significantly reduced chilled range for the next few days.  The team are working with their engineers to get all of the fridges back in operation as quickly as possible.  

The staff have apologised for any inconvenience this may cause.

Transparent face masks trial launched at UHDB

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton is leading a national trial to collect data on the benefits of using transparent face masks. Masks were reintroduced across our sites last week after an increase in Covid-19 infections in the community. Transparent face masks have the potential to improve communication between patients and clinicians, especially those within the D/deaf and neurodivergent communities.


'It's about who we are that's important': Emrys shares their experiences on International Non-Binary Person's Day

Today (14 July) is International Non-Binary People’s Day, which aims to celebrate people across the globe who identify as non-binary. Non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’, but is used for those who identify with some aspects of both or who reject these identities entirely.


Award for gynae nurse whose innovative work is 'lifeline' for women

A Clinical Nurse Specialist whose hard work and passion for her patients has provided a ‘lifeline’ for women recently diagnosed with cancer, has won an award for her innovative work.

Sam Foster, Gynae Clinical Nurse Specialist at Royal Derby Hospital, has been awarded the Making a Digital Difference Award for her work that has seen her introduce and lead on various digital platforms that have improved communication and patient experience for ladies with Gynaecological cancer.


Security officer is 'credit' to UHDB after helping distressed patient

A female security officer who comforted a distressed patient has been hailed a “true credit” to UHDB and has won a Making a Difference Award after being nominated by the patient’s mum.

Kayleigh Mellor was still training at Royal Derby Hospital when she encountered a young patient who was distressed. She took the time to comfort the patient and persuaded her to get the treatment she needed, much to the relief of the young girl’s mum, who nominated Kayleigh for the Patient Hero Award.

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