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Every year the Trust develops a set of quality improvement priorities for the year ahead.
We have developed some proposed quality improvement priorities for 2021/22 to ensure there is a continuous drive to improve the quality of care provided for our patients. We would really like to hear your comments on the pri
of the Trust’s apprentices have been awarded in RNN Group’s annual
Apprenticeship of the Year Awards.
Bev Belcher and Amanda Shaw received the
accolades after the virtual announcement of the awards made during National
Apprenticeship Week in February. Amanda won the Higher Apprentice of the Year
Are you passionate about your
local community and about the services that The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
provides to you, your family and friends?
If you live in Wentworth
North, Rother Valley South, Rother Valley West or Rotherham North, you could do
something to help your NHS and stand in ou
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is backing a new NHS
campaign to urge families in Rotherham to talk about organ donation following
research that less than half of adults in England have had the conversation.
The Leave Them Certain campaign aims to highlight the impact
not knowing has on the famili
It’s National Apprenticeship Week!
We’re introducing you to some of our amazing
apprentices this week and highlighting the fantastic opportunities available at
the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
Our apprentices have all been working so hard
over the past year and we’d like to thank them for taki
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is encouraging youngsters to wear their pyjamas with pride this February.
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new Director of Finance.
Hackett, of Retford, Nottinghamshire, will take up the position at The
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in July 2021.
Steve, a father-of-two, is currently Executive Director of Finance and
Performance at Rotherham Donc
Youngsters have been showcasing their entrepreneurial spirit to fundraise for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity during lockdown.
of the Trust’s dental patients has been inspired to work in the sector after
being treated at Rotherham Hospital.
Underwood, known as Spike, has been a long-standing dental patient at the Trust
and has recently been accepted onto a university programme to train future
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is appealing for fundraisers to spread the love this Valentine’s Day by sending a virtual message of hope to NHS colleagues.
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity needs your fundraising support to ensure a new memorial garden at Rotherham Hospital continues to bloom.
The Trust has chosen Intouch
with Health to support the digital
transformation of its outpatient department and to help deliver an improved
hospital experience for patients while alleviating pressure on admin and
Managing more than 250,000 outpatient appointments every
As Big Ben struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, did you make a resolution to do more for your local community? If so, the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity needs your support this year.
We might not have been able to meet on the start line at fundraising events recently, but four fundraisers from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust didn’t let that stop them tackling the Run for All Jog On 2020.
A Trust apprentice has
won a top award from RNN College.
Emma Thurston, a Clinical Support
Assistant in the Photopheresis Unit, received the
Principal’s Award last term for being a fantastic role model for other
Learning & Development – Apprenticeship Manager, said
Two of our Speech and
Language Therapists have taken part in a Zoom call with a member of the Royal
family as part of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Royal College of
Speech and Language Therapists.
Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, and Rebekah Davies,
Little Albie was waiting until the new year had
truly begun before making his entrance on New Year’s day! Albie William Frost-Meese was one of eight babies
born in Rotherham on 1 January. He was born at 2.47pm and weighed an impressive
9lb 10.5oz. He joins mum Lyndsay, dad Scott and sister Megan
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Communications Officer Damian Staples has received the royal seal of approval from Her Majesty the Queen in her New Year’s Honour’s List.
recognise the value of the support of a partner, relative or friend for
pregnant women when accessing maternity care services.
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Maternity Services remain committed to
facilitating support for pregnant women throughout their pregnancy and
and Care staff in Rotherham have helped care home residents get online as part
of a national campaign.
Digital Eagles have committed to help digitally upskill staff and residents at
500 care homes across the UK this year - and Rotherham has played a starring
Not only did
We haven’t been able to meet on the start line as hoped this year, but the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is joining forces with Run for All to encourage fundraisers to Jog On and start 2021 as we mean to go on. Entries are now open in the Run for All Jog On 2020 – a new virtual fundraising challenge
Thunder the therapy husky paid a visit to
Rotherham Hospital recently to bring smiles to hardworking staff.
Staff across the NHS have faced a difficult
year battling the Covid-19 pandemic with many feeling fatigued, vulnerable and
emotional, but a number of colleagues took the opportunity to reap the rewa
You’ve heard of Band Aid and Children in Need,
now behold the next big collaboration – the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s
charity Christmas single!
The original song, called Christmas Courage, is based on a poem written by Activities Coordinator, Maggie Boldan, and
has been brought to life by graphi
One of South Yorkshire’s leading training providers will be putting their fundraising skills to the test in 2021 after nominating the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity as their first ever charity of the year.
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is launching its festive ‘Message in a Bauble’ initiative where members of the public can help to decorate a rainbow-coloured Christmas tree with heartfelt notes in return for a donation.
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is teaming up with Santa and Amazon to ensure our patients receive a Christmas gift this year.
A team of crafty fundraisers have replaced smiles with butterflies thanks to a host of hand-made masks created to boost the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially for an intrepid team of fundraisers who are hoping to reach Lapland in time for December 24.
The countdown to Christmas has begun and The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is challenging you to rattle your collection buckets virtually to help raise funds for the NHS.
The memory of loved ones who have sadly died will live on thanks a new memorial garden currently being built at Rotherham Hospital.
light was shone on Rotherham Hospital this week as families and healthcare
professionals came together to celebrate World Prematurity Day on 17 November. To
put the event on the map, kind-hearted company LensGo Visual Media and
Charlie Redfern of CFR Group LTD lit the hospital in vivid purple – the
Ruben was born on 20 September 2016, an astounding 10 weeks
early, and weighing a tiny 2lb 1oz.
Here mum Lucy tells us Ruben’s story: “We knew from around
26 weeks that it was very likely Ruben would come early as he wasn’t growing.
At a check-up at 30 weeks we were told he’d need to be delivered immedia
Harrison Gannon has not long since
celebrated his first birthday. He was born at 31 weeks gestation and has made
amazing progress after spending the first two months of life in special care.
Natalie shares her story: “We had no signs that Harrison might come early. I
had been feeling extremely poorly
Morris was born in January 2019, 9 weeks and 3 days early and taking his mum
and dad by surprise! After mum
Chelsea went into spontaneous labour, Jack was whisked off to Rotherham
Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) where the doctors and nurses set about
caring for Jack and giving him a f
the first lockdown earlier this year studies showed an increase in alcohol
sales to those who might not normally drink in their homes. This
alcohol awareness week why not take the opportunity to find out more about
responsible drinking and the risks of drinking too much? This
handy image will help to give
It’s now mandatory to wear facemasks when out and about on public transport and in shops – but thanks to a generous donation from a Sheffield sewing group, colleagues at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will be wearing theirs with style.
The work of the Pathology Department at Barnsley
and Rotherham Hospitals underpins every aspect of patient care, from diagnostic
testing to preventing disease. As part of National Pathology week, we take a look behind the scenes at
the replacement of the main analysers and robotics in the Blood Sciences
THIS INFORMATION IS CORRECT AS OF FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2020.
The following visitor restrictions are in place until further notice at Rotherham Hospital.
adult inpatients, the restrictions are:
named visitor for patients with dementia, learning disabilities or autism
We're looking for volunteers for Rotherham Hospital to help our patients keep in contact with
loved ones while on the wards.
Patient Communication Facilitators
Patient Property Facilitators
Patient Communication Facilitators
The role of the Patient
across The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating after the shortlist
for the 2020 Proud Awards has been announced.
400 nominations, including 45 from members of the public, were received for the
Trust’s annual awards, which recognise the hard work and dedication of team
If you are pregnant and have tested positive for Covid-19 or are isolating for any reason (track & trace, household member symptomatic or tested positive for Covid-19) please let your Maternity Services know. You can inform us by telephoning:
• Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Antenatal Clinic – 01709 42 4347 • Out of
AHP (Allied Healthcare Professions) Day is celebrated annually
on October 14.
AHPs Day is an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of
professions – 14 in total – such as radiographers and speech therapists, and
how their roles form a vital part of the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and the
Keeping in touch with loved ones is proving to be the best remedy for patients at Rotherham Hospital thanks to new tablet devices funded by NHS charities.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to age 40 years in a matter of minutes? NHS and care homes staff can now find out thanks to a high tech simulation suit funded by the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity
Loss Awareness Week takes place between 9-15 October each year to
remember the little ones who have sadly died.
mark the week this year, the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will be streaming a
live memorial service on Saturday, 10 October, at 3pm for parents and
families who have experienc
There have been picture perfect smiles all round thanks to a donation to the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity from Fujifilm.
Annual Members’ Meeting took place on 29 September and was held digitally
this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
meeting was an opportunity for colleagues, our partners and members of the
public to receive an update on the Trust’s progress and challenges faced during
Now in its ninth year, Stoptober is
back for 2020. The aim is that you stop smoking in October and beyond, because
if you quit for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good. STOPPING
SMOKING IS THE BEST THING THAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. Stoptober is
a great time to stop smoking a
Nine trainees have marked their transition from students to fully fledged midwives this September and our marvellous maternity team put on a special ceremony in celebration. The group of newly qualifying Rotherham midwives completed their training after spending the last three years studying and practicing h
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is holding its Annual
Members’ Meeting on 29 September at 5.30pm. Unlike previous years, the meeting
will be held digitally online, due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The session will provide a summary of the Trust’s progress
and challenges for the last financial year, 2019/20
have been working on our plan to safely reintroduce visiting in Maternity
services to other areas of care. We have supported a nominated birth partner
for labour and birth throughout the pandemic. Where possible, it is recommended
that the nominated birth partners are from the same household or social bu
A group of
green-fingered grafters spent an afternoon picking up litter around the Trust
as part of the Love Where You Work initiative in collaboration with Rotherham
Metropolitan Borough Council.
Monroe-Smith, RMBC’s Love Where You Live and Love My Streets Project Coordinator,
provided the Tr
Trust has received huge thanks from the team behind the national GenOMICC study
into Covid-19 and the effects on patients.
The GenOMICC team sent
an email to the Trust’s research team thanking them for their part in recruiting patients to
the study. It said: “Another busy week has
understand that the last six months have been difficult for patients and staff
with visiting restricted to a very few. This has been under review over the
last few weeks and we hoped to be able to gradually reduce the restrictions in
safety of our patients, visitors and staff has to r
From sponsored head shaves, team marathons and virtual dance-athons, the last five-and-a-half months has seen a whirlwind of fundraising for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s staff appeal.
Our Annual Members' Meeting will take place on 29 September 2020 at 5.30pm. The event will be held online and provides an opportunity to hear about The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust's successes and challenges from 2019/20 and will feature a look forward to our priorities for the future.
If you would like to
Two of the Trust’s staff members have won Apprentice of the
Year in different categories in the annual Rotherham Advertiser Awards.
Colette Ashforth and Jane Law won for the Advanced and
Higher Degree categories respectively, and were presented with their
certificates by editor of the Rotherham Adv
Colleagues at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust who have experienced trauma at work or home during the Covid-19 pandemic will be offered additional professional support from their peers thanks to funding from NHS charities.
A dedicated husband who never forgot the care and compassion showed for his wife as she passed away in the Purple Butterfly room at Rotherham Hospital has made a charity donation in her memory. Tommy McKeiver, 82, of Boardman Avenue, Rawmarsh, sadly lost his wife Mary on 21 August 2019 after she suffered a bri
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has officially launched the NHS Rainbow Badge
scheme as one way that patients, families and colleagues can be reassured that
the Trust is inclusive and non-judgemental for people who identify as LGBT+.
launch coincides with Rotherham’s virtual pride event due to
Parents and young
people across Rotherham, who may have missed out on important immunisations due
to lockdown school closures, are being urged to attend vaccination clinics. Pupils who were in
years 8 and 9 in the 2019/20 school year are being invited to attend Rotherham
Community Health Centre to get thei
Breathing Space has received praise
from patients for the way it provided services during the lockdown period.
After lockdown began in March,
the team, based at Badsley Moor Lane, acted swiftly to create a virtual ward
that aimed to support patients who had a diagnosis of Covid-19. The team moved
Blood Sciences services at Barnsley and Rotherham Hospitals are in the process
of replacing their main analysers and robotics. This £3m pound investment
in NHS services started last year, but was paused due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With pandemic pressure on the NHS easing, along
with easing o
A fundraiser spurred on by receiving the royal seal of approval from the Queen has raised £1,100 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s NHS Superheroes appeal.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the Royal Hallamshire
Hospital was the primary hospital in our region providing treatment for those
people who had Covid-19 but as the number of patients rose, all our hospitals
began to provide this care. Now, as numbers have reduced, we no longer need as
many hospital beds ava
The iconic Sheffield Half Marathon and 10K events may be postponed this year, but the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is appealing for keen runners to continue fundraising virtually.
It's time to nominate your healthcare heroes!
carers and colleagues are being urged to nominate their healthcare heroes for
recognition in The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s 2020 Proud Awards.
celebrate excellence in healthcare by recognising Rotherham’s exceptional NHS
At Rotherham Hospital, we understand
how difficult it must be for families and loved ones at a time where visiting
is suspended and we want to support our patients and their loved ones as best
we can. We have in recent months established the Patient Property and
Communication Facilitator roles and from 1 Augus
Every day, colleagues are going above and beyond to make a massive difference to patients, families, visitors and colleagues across all our services; in community settings and the hospital, frontline and behind the scenes.
Today, we are excited to announce the Excellence Award , a new monthly reward and
The nomination period for our Governor elections has now
opened. You could do your bit for your NHS by becoming a Governor
and playing an important and valued role as part of The Rotherham NHS
Foundation Trust. Our Lead Governor, Gavin Rimmer is encouraging
as many people as possible to cons
The Trust has welcomed two new Clinical Coding Apprentices
to the team.
Hannah Webb and Kitty Jennings have joined the Clinical Coding
Team as Apprentice Clinical Coders and are now enrolled onto the
Clinical Coding Level 3 Apprenticeship Programme. The pair are excited to be starting
their career pathw
NHS Foundation Trust is launching a new campaign aimed at encouraging staff,
patients and visitors to challenge and report instances of discriminatory
behaviour and language on our sites.
out, work it out’, which was originally thought up by the BAME (Black and
Rotherham’s local stop smoking service
is supporting a campaign call for smokers to ‘quit today’ as thousands of
smokers already report quitting across the region. Get Healthy Rotherham is supporting a
new stop smoking campaign ‘Today is the Day’, launched by Action on Smoking and
Health (ASH), for smokers
Maternity and Gynaecology Services are moving to a new
location on the hospital grounds.
From 28 July, most of our Greenoaks services will
have moved and appointments will be held at the new site – which is next to the
main car park and just opposite the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre (UECC).
July 5 our UECC was lit up in vibrant blue by local company PA Entertainments
to mark the NHS’ 72 nd birthday and to thank members of the public
for their support over the past few difficult months.
across Rotherham have made more than 200 donations of refreshments, art and
gifts, PPE, lau
Those who have been keen to support the NHS during the
COVID-19 pandemic are being urged to put their desire to help into action! The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) has received
hundreds of generous offers of support recently; from charitable donations to
offers of voluntary help for patients and f
Nurses and midwives in Rotherham will now have the opportunity to access extra peer support to help them through the Coronavirus pandemic thanks to funding from NHS charities.
Ahead of this weekend's relaxation of some lockdown restrictions, our Deputy Chief Nurse, Helen Dobson, has provided this update:
lockdown restrictions are being gradually lifted and life is returning to a
certain degree of normality, we all have a part to play to keep coronavirus
People across Rotherham are being urged to come together for the ‘Biggest Thank You Ever’ to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS.
A fundraiser for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity has received the royal seal of approval from the Queen.
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is challenging fundraisers to celebrate the summer in style by taking part in a host of virtual challenges.
Our Trust has contributed towards the discovery that the
drug dexamethasone can help to reduce death by up to one third in hospitalised
patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19.
72 TRFT patients make up the total of over 11,500 patients
enrolled to the RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluati
almost a year since Jennifer Brian commenced the new role as Respiratory Nurse
Specialist for the Trust.
up with Jennifer to find out how she has fared over the past year and what new
challenges the Covid-19 period has brought her profession in particular.
The Maltby District Nursing Team has received a special
letter of recognition from a local MP.
Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother Valley, wrote to District
Nurse Sharon Hunter to thank her and the team for their “excellent” dedication
Mr Stafford said: “In particular I know that the de
An art group in South
Yorkshire has kindly donated some of their ‘inspiring’ artwork for staff on
Kepple Ward as a thank you for all their hard work.
South Yorkshire is a non-profit creative arts organisation,
inspiring and supporting adults with learning disabilities to achieve their
One of the Trust's apprentices has been awarded Apprentice of the
Year by RNN Group.
Cath McCartan, an Assistant Practitioner and level five Higher Apprentice, won the accolade for her
hard work during the Covid-19 period.
said she was unaware that she had even been put
forward and was “ve
A new analyser has gone live at the Trust's microbiology lab which can now enable in-house Covid PCR testing on throat and
nose swabs rather than transporting samples to Sheffield.
Francesca Carr, Operational Manager, Microbiology,
said the piece of equipment is a molecular analyser in microbiology
investment project in the Blood Sciences Services at Barnsley and Rotherham
Hospitals is back on track following a delay due to the covid crisis.
With pandemic pressure on the
NHS easing, along with easing of government imposed restrictions, the
laboratory is taking forward the pr
A four-year-old boy whose lockdown stone snake united his community has delivered a host of treats to Rotherham Hospital with the funds he also raised.
have made a number of changes across our sites and services to help protect our
patients, visitors and staff.
who has symptoms of Covid-19 should not enter our sites unless it is for
emergency treatment through our Urgent and Emergency Care Centre. If you have
an appointment and display sy
You can make your own face covering to cover your nose and mouth when out of the house, including visiting hospital or other health services.
Reusable face coverings should be washed at 60 degrees.
Follow the below steps to make a homemade face covering:
You will need: a bandana and elastic bands (o
People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild
or no respiratory symptoms (asymptomatic) and can transmit the virus to others
without being aware of it.
In line with recent recommendations
from the World Health Organisation, we are introducing new measures at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to k
Filippa Newman: “I knew I wanted a
homebirth after I gave birth to my first baby in hospital. For
me, I just didn’t see the need to medicalise what I came to realise was a
completely natural process and knew if I could be at home I would feel much
more relaxed. The experience lived up to my expectations
Have you considered a home
birth but been put off, maybe by the opinions of others or by not being sure of
what to expect? This International Home
Birth Day (6 June) our midwives, along with one or two Rotherham families,
would like to bust some myths and share the reason why a home birth could be
midwives were proud as punch to be named runners up in the Royal College of
Midwifery 2020 Awards which were announced throughout the first week in May. The
team was named in two of the categories: ‘Midwives’ Midwife’ and in the
‘Maternity Service of the Year’ Category. Although
our teams did not win,
June is Breastfeeding Celebration Week and throughout the last few days we have
been promoting support available locally for those who are breastfeeding and
for those who are considering breastfeeding their baby. Our Infant Feeding Team has put together a series
of informative videos all about the bene
Remarkable sisters Mia and Paige have bravely volunteered to shave her hair to raise funds to support the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s staff appeal.
A running team took part in an epic fundraising challenge to boost the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign.
A brother and sister team from Sheffield have produced a
special pin for NHS frontline workers – which have been kindly donated to some
of our colleagues.
The Orthopaedic Therapy Team and AHPs have already received
a number of badges, with more set to be donated in the coming days and weeks.
The pins h
Three Trust apprentices have won awards at RNN College for their outstanding efforts.
Wendy Jarvis, Shane Atkins and Colette Ashforth won the Principal’s Award, the Above and Beyond and Amazing Attitude awards respectively.
Usually, the awards are announced in a ceremony however this year they have had t
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