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Gold Command win Behind the Scenes award

The Gold Command Incident Control Centre team have been presented with a certificate and trophy for the Behind the Scenes award at this year’s Annual Making a Difference Awards.


A tribute to Tina Leek

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton has sadly lost a treasured colleague. Tina Leek, a Healthcare Assistant on Ward 303, sadly died last week following a tragic accident.

Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive said: “Tina joined the team in 2014 and was known by all as a bubbly, kind, hardworking colleague and a real character that was never stressed. Many of the team looked up to Tina within the department and for the team she will be irreplaceable.



Executive Chief Nurse gains national role

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton’s Executive Chief Nurse has been appointed to a prestigious role at NHS England. Cathy Winfield MBE will spend one day a week on secondment as one of three new Executive Nurse Fellows.


QHB Operations Team praised for exceptional teamwork

The Operations Team at Queen’s Hospital Burton have been recognised for going above and beyond to support Team UHDB throughout the pandemic by being presented with our August Team UHDB Award.

The team received a lovely nomination from  a colleague, which read: “The teams are responsible for enabling flow through the hospital from the front door all the way to discharge, ensuring that patient safety is maintained, patients are where they need to be and that the site is safe whilst following ever changing pathways.


Radiographer Nicole praised for life saving intervention

A radiographer at Royal Derby Hospital had been praised by her colleagues for acting quickly and professionally in a potentially life-threatening situation.

Nicole Turner, Senior Radiographer, was contacted by a patient’s wife to say they were feeling unwell and nauseous.  


"Her focus on patient care is truly exceptional" - Radiographer, Monica, thanked by relative for going above and beyond

A Royal Derby Hospital radiographer has received August’s Patient Hero Award for showing kindness and reassurance to a patient and their family at an extremely stressful time.

Monica Thornton, Lead Late Effects Radiographer, was nominated by a lady who was sinking fast, watching the deterioration of her partner’s health, a year after receiving stoma surgery.  


Fantastic Theatre Teams recognised for their Outstanding Contribution to UHDB's fight against Covid-19

The last 18 months have been extremely tough for our Theatres teams at UHDB as the emergence of Covid-19 has required them to completely alter the way that they work.

There have been vast changes to the way that we use theatres over the past 18 months, with these areas instead being used to provide vital additional capacity to treat patients with the virus – at a time when it was needed most.


Exceptional ICU Teams recognised for their Outstanding Contribution to UHDB's fight against Covid-19

The lengths our Intensive Care colleagues have gone to throughout the pandemic to protect our most poorly patients has been absolutely extraordinary – they have all truly made an outstanding contribution.

It was fitting then when our ICU teams at Queen’s Hospital Burton and Royal Derby Hospital won the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at UHDB’s annual Making a Difference Awards, which was held virtually last month.


QHB nurse Emma claims Compassion Award after helping elderly couple reunite for one last time

A Queen’s Hospital Burton nurse who showed “beautiful” compassion by reuniting an elderly couple for the final time has been presented with a well-deserved award. Emma Barker and the team on Ward 8 arranged for a patient with terminal cancer to spend some priceless time together with his wife, who herself was a patient on the ward and was due to be discharged.  


UHDB’s Dr Jayshree Avasthy on South Asian Heritage month

South Asian Heritage month celebrates the culture and history of South Asians across Britain, and runs between 18 July to 17 August.

The awareness month was created in Ontario, Canada to commemorate South Asian roots from countries such as India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives.

Dr Jayshree Avasthy, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, explained what South Asian Heritage month means and its importance to her.


Can you help Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity secure a piece of history?

Can you help Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity secure a piece of history which will help to tell the story of UHDB to future generations? Our Ram Trail entry, “Nurse Florence” represents a time during which our staff provided brightness and hope for our local communities as the world stood still and Covid-19 caused loss and hurt.

Following a 12-week art trail in Derby city centre throughout the summer, Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity, alongside Air Arts, intends to join the grand finale as Derby Museums auction off all 30 Derby Ram Trail sculptures with all proceeds from the auction to be donated to Derby Museums' Endowment.


Temporary change to home birthing service at UHDB

Due to current pressures affecting all areas within maternity services, we’ve made the difficult decision to suspend our home birthing service across Derbyshire and Staffordshire, until 30 August 2021.


Team Dermatology and ‘Unsung Heroes’ Jasmine and Nina ‘put UHDB on the map’ as a leader in the speciality

UHDB’s role as a leader in the advancement of Dermatology has been highlighted on a global scale after an unprecedented number of Trust-led projects were presented at a prestigious conference. More than 1,900 delegates from all over the world tuned in to this year’s British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) annual conference, which featured 11 talks on papers submitted by dermatology colleagues at UHDB.


UHDB presented with the Brian Clough Award

Back in May, Derby County Football Club (DCFC) announced that their Brian Clough Award would be given to the NHS workers here at UHDB; for their dedication and outstanding efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Childhood respiratory infections rise ahead of winter

We are encouraging parents to be aware of the signs of respiratory illnesses in young children, as data from Public Health England (PHE) shows cases are starting to rise in parts of the country.


Team UHDB Award: Audio Visual Team

The amazing Audio Visual (AV) Team have been presented with July’s Team UHDB Monthly Making a Difference Award for supporting colleagues to take their educational work onto a digital platform during the pandemic.


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