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  • ACU.jpg AEC Infection Control BoardSr Debbie Ojogbede and NA Amie Jones have been the Infection Prevention and Control link practitioners for Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) since early 2018.
  • Cover Photo.jpg Annual Staff AwardsThe Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Annual Staff Awards 2018 took places on Friday 28th September at the Dartford Football Club. This event celebrated the hard work and dedication our staff give to our patients 24/7, 365 days a year.
  • DSC_0114.JPG Chronic Pain GroupChronic Pain affects millions of people in the UK. It is often an invisible condition which dominates the lives of those suffering from it. The Chronic Pain Team hold education sessions for our patients over nine weeks.
  • DSC_0046.jpg Bexley and Sidcup Lions Club DonationOur thanks for the continuous support of Lions Club - Bexley & Sidcup, who have been very supportive of Prostate Cancer Research at the hospital. They presented a cheque for £750 to Prof. Madaan, who talked to them about the exciting developments in urology that are being assisted by Valley Hospital Charity funds.
  • Toby Scott Babies Who Share New Royal Baby's BirthdayCongratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who yesterday welcomed into the world at 11.01am their third child, a boy. Here at Darent Valley Hospital (DVH) we saw 16 babies born on the same day, 9 boys and 7 girls. One of the boys, Toby James Scott who parents Natalie and Ben are from Erith was born just 1 minute after the royal baby, weighing in at 7lb 8oz.
  • Sikh.jpg BaisakhiOn Sunday 15th April, Sally George, Head of Fundraising at Darent Valley Hospital, was invited along to Dartford Gurdwara - Guru Hargobind Sahib, on the last day of Baisakhi, the festival which celebrates Sikh New Year and the founding of the Sikh community, known as the Khalsa.
  • Snow 2018 Ice Ice BabyDuring the recent disruption caused by the Beast from the East and Storm Emma the maternity department had sNOw problem coping thanks to dedicated staff who braved the elements to ensure that it was business as usual. Many staff worked extra shifts or even stayed overnight in some cases to make sure that there was no disruption to services both in the hospital and out in the community.
  • MP.jpg Dartford MP welcomes the modernisation of stroke care in Kent and MedwayDARTFORD Gareth Johnson MP has welcomed proposals to create three 24/7 hyper acute stroke units in Kent and Medway in a bid to improve care and reduce death and disability from a #stroke.
  • Susan Acott, Chief Executive Congratulations to Susan AcottWe would like to congratulate Susan Acott on her appointment as Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) and thank her for her leadership, commitment and the significant contribution that she gave to the Trust and the people it serves during her time as CEO.
  • Easter.jpg Easter DonationsWe would like to thank the following people for their support over the Easter holidays by donating Easter Eggs, Easter Teddies and other Easter bits. Children on Willow Ward, paediatric assessment unit, special baby care and paediatric E.D will all benefit. Asda Greenhithe, Nico Ltd, Swanstaff Recruitment Ltd , Andy McIntyre from National Veterinary services and Mecure brands hatch hotel.
  • HAHT HAHT Turns 10Happy 10th Birthday to our Hospital at Home Team (HAHT) who started their service on 1st August 2008. The aim of the HAHT is to provide short term acute medical care within the homes of our patients. Two of the original team members remain Clare Yates and Penny Taylor.
  • A&E CEO's Special Award.jpg ED Win Chief Executive's AwardOn Friday 4th October the Emergency Department were excited to celebrate winning the Chief Executive's Special Award at this year's Annual Staff Awards 2018 Ceremony.
  • Abhishek Gupta, Obstetric Consultant Image Highly Commended by Royal College of Obstetricians and GynaecologistsOur Obstetrics and Gynaecology Team is pleased to announce that they have been 'highly commended' by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists RCOG for the specialised teaching and training of their junior doctors, placing them as the best in the country for overall professional development, and in the top-ten for obstetrics and gynaecology training.
  • DSC_0459.JPG Clinical Systems IT ChampionsWe are delighted to announce that we have appointed a total of three medical staff to act as champions for the better and safer use of IT in clinical systems at Darent Valley Hospital (DVH).
  • DSC_0102.JPG Pathology Turns on its New TrackPathology staff at Darent Valley Hospital (DVH) are excited about the official start-up of their new automated track in the blood sciences lab. The brand new 4-lane track allows biochemistry samples to be transported rapidly around the laboratory to the correct analysers.
  • Radiology New Gamma CameraBrand new state-of-the art hybrid Gamma Camera (SPECT/CT) opens. The Gamma Camera promises to deliver faster and more accurate diagnosis for patients requiring specific orthopaedic, oncology and cardiac imaging thus improving patient care and management
  • DSC_0054.JPG Multiple Sclerosis Awareness WeekIt was Multiple Sclerosis Trust (MS) Awareness week and our MS team hosted a stand in the main foyer raising awareness of the condition. MS can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
  • Rosewood.jpg New Readybeds on RosewoodFrancine Payne, and her husband Chris and daughter Rachael visited Rosewood Ward on Friday 27th April, and were reunited with staff who had cared for James, their son/brother who sadly lost his battle to cancer on 9th February this year.
  • Chairs 2.jpg New Chairs in CRCOn Thursday 12th April the Children's Resources Centre (CRC) took delivery of the new child friendly seating, which is part of a project, funded by Winners Chapel based in Dartford, to transform the children's outpatients waiting area into a more engaging child friendly space.
  • PCC.jpg Planned Care Centre OpenedDartford and Gravesham NHS Trust celebrated the official launch of its Planned Care Centre (PCC) at Queen Mary's Hospital on the 11th April. Peter Coles, Chairman for the Trust congratulated all staff on their hard work and dedication in making the PCC such a success. The PCC treats patients from Bexley and surrounding areas; as well as Dartford offering expert patient care. It provides a range of clinical services delivered by Queen Mary's Hospital staff and those from DVH in Dartford.
  • Chairs Maternity.jpg New Reclining Chairs in MaternityWe have taken delivery of 42 new reclining leather chairs for dads and birthing partners to use. These are definitely more comfortable than our old ones, allowing partners to sit in comfort whilst they are supporting our new Mum's.
  • Cedar.jpg NHS 70th BirthdayWhat a fabulous #NHS70 birthday we had at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. Members of our executive team visited wards and departments at all of our hospital sites, marking the #NHS70 birthday and thanking staff for their hard work and dedication to our patients. They also handed out #NHS70 pin badges (all staff, volunteers and support service staff have or will be receiving a pin badges).
  • Louise Ashley-931.jpg Louise Ashley appointed CEOThe Trust is pleased to announce that Louise Ashley has been appointed as the new substantive Chief Executive of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (DGT). The appointment was made following open competition and a national search.
  • DSC_0812.JPG Pine Therapy Unit Garden PartyPine Therapy (Chemotherapy) Unit held their annual summer garden party on the 31st July, and what a great success it was. The party was attended by many past and present patients and their families.
  • DSC_0739.JPG Junior Doctors End of Year Awards 2018The Clinical Education Department held its 5th End of Year Awards and Celebrations on Thursday 26 July in The Lecture Hall. he event was hosted by Dr Ali Bokhari and the Clinical Education Team and prizes and certificates were awarded by Professor Graeme Dewhurst, KSS Postgraduate Dean and Professor Jan Welch, Director of South Thames Foundation School.
  • Maternity.jpg Maternity Safety Strategy and CNSTWe are pleased to announce that our Trust have successfully submitted the required evidence and compliance by the external assessor for its Maternity Safety Strategy and Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST). It is another good example of how our maternity services team truly 'striving for excellence' in ensuring safety and consistently delivering high standards of care for new mothers and their babies.
  • DSC_0104.JPG Milky Moments PrintsOur thanks to Pinter & Martin the publishers of Milky Moments who have kindly donated 4 prints from their book. Each of the prints beautifully illustrates breast feeding and they are now proudly being displayed in our Maternity Assessment Unit, Aspen Ward, the Antenatal Clinic and Cedar Ward.
  • IMG_7229.jpg Overseas NursesCongratulations to 3 overseas nurses Camina Aguilar, Marivic Sarabia and Majorie Culibar who have all successfully completed their Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • IMG-20180422-WA0026.jpg London Marathon 2018 RunnersOur sincere thanks to Gary Wright, Ann Moyles and Joanne Wigginton who all ran the London Marathon in aid of Darent Valley Hospital. Well done to you all, especially on such a hot day, you all did amazingly raising lots of my for such a worthy charity.
  • Stroke.jpg NHS in Kent and Medway identifies preferred option for location of new hyper acute stroke unitsThe preferred option is to have hyper acute stroke units, alongside acute stroke units, at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Maidstone Hospital and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.
  • Dartford 18.01.2018.jpg Welcome New NursesOn 18th January we welcomed a new cohort of 11 nurses from Italy. They are all qualified nurses in Italy, and will spend the next few months studying to pass the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) entrance exams.
  • mothersday9.jpg Special Delivery on Mother's DayThanks to Gateway Vineyard Church - Dartford and the Mayor of Dartford Rosanna Currans who visited Darent Valley Hospital (DVH) on Mothering Sunday. Marcia Bluck, Senior Leaders of Vineyard kindly presented 48 hampers to new mums, helping them celebrate their first Mother's Day.
  • Pirates.jpg Yo Ho Ho Fun on Willow WardShiver me timbers - lots of pirates came aboard Willow Ward on Friday ready for their new Fun Friday. The idea started when we had several boy patients aged 8yrs to 10yr who said that they wanted to be pirates for the day.
  • Marry.jpg Couple Marry in just 24 HoursOn Wednesday 4th April Mandy Helen Lucitt aged 57 and Kevin McCarthy aged 62 from West Kingsdown tied the knot on Oak Ward at Darent Valley Hospital (DVH). Mandy and Kevin have been together for 42 years and have three children Jessica, Rudi and Ryan although sadly they lost Ryan to cot death in 1984.
  • Parkinsons.jpg World Parkinson's DayThe 11th April was World Parkinson's Day and the theme of the day is Unite. Parkinson's organisations around the world are coming together to mark the day. In the hospital's foyer our Parkinson's Nurse Drinda Harrington, along with members of the Gravesend Support Group and also Volunteer Co-ordinator Nansubuga Kolawole from Parkinson's UK manned a stand.
  • DSC_0097.JPG World Sepsis DayThursday 13th September was World Sepsis. The day itself, is the culmination of a global effort to educate and engage both the general public and political powers in the steps required to lower the incidence of deaths caused by Sepsis. Sepsis is a global emergency that kills about 20,000 people worldwide every single day.
  • Teddy Bear.jpg Teddy Bear HospitalGreat news! Our recent Teddy Bears Hospital visits went extremely well. This time we welcomed two groups, one from a local Brownies group and one from a mixed Brownies and Rainbows group. The aim of these hospitals is to alleviate any fears the Rainbows may have regarding coming into hospital and to teach them what a positive experience it can be.
  • Janardan Sofat - Chairman Chairman ResignationIt is with some sadness and regret that I write to inform you I have tendered my resignation as Chairman of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. It has been a difficult decision and purely for personal reasons in that I am having to relocate to be able to help our elderly parents.
  • Afternoon Tea.jpg Dementia Afternoon TeaEvery fortnight the Marks and Spencer's based at Darent Valley Hospital kindly donate cakes to Ebony Ward, that are then given to patients and their families as part of a nostalgic afternoon tea. Music from past eras is played and the best china dusted off for this special event.
  • CSE.jpg CSE Awareness DayOur Safeguarding Team members Sonya Cox, Sue Govier and Lynn Brooks have been promoting Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness (CSE) Week in the hospitals main foyer.
  • CSDT Team Clinical Systems Development Training Team awarded TSA AccreditationDespite the demand for IT Training doubling over the last 18 months, the Training Team Ros Dale, Lisa Fuller and Cheryl Rousell - have initiated, progressed and submitted work for Training Service Accreditation, an award issued by NHS Digital.
  • DSC_0934.jpg Coeliac AwarenessDuring the week of 8th May, the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics has been raising awareness for Coeliac Disease. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition known to affect 1 in 100 people in the UK.
  • webinar photo.png Clinical Collaboration WebinarAs part of the Collaboration: Know-How? event taking place on 13 June, I recently took part in an international webinar on clinical collaboration.
  • DSC_0806.jpg Cheque PresentationPast Mayor and Mayoress of Dartford John and Eija Burrell visited Darent Valley Hospital to present two cheques each for £3,000. During their time in office they raised a staggering £17,000, for local charities.
  • Sue Barrett Wins Award Sue Barrett Wins AwardSue Barrett, Parking and Security Operative at Darent Valley Hospital has been selected a winner at a recent Indigo award ceremony held on the 8th December at the Royal Airforce Museum, Hendon. Indigo manage the car parks and external security at Darent Valley Hospital. There were a total of 140 nominations over 12 categories and congratulations to Sue on winning her category outstanding off-street parking.
  • Paediatric Team Member of the Month (PTMM) Dr Ayanda, Speciality Registrar PTMM WinnerCongratulations Dr Ayanda, Speciality Registrar on being awarded Paediatric Team Member of the Month (PTMM). She was nominated for her efforts in ensuring patient safety and going above and beyond her apportioned duties.
  • Ebony Cinema.jpg Morning at the FlicksAfter all the patient washes were completed Ebony Ward, which cares for older people turned one of their bays into a morning at the flicks. The curtains were drawn, chairs and beds moved into place and the large screen television switched on.
  • Mouth Care Matters Image Mouth Care MattersSarah has developed a training programme at DVH that is conducted on the wards for up to 15 minutes and is undertaken on the patients. The training is adhoc and user friendly to enhance mouth care for our patients.
  • Susan A.jpg HSJ Top 50 Chief ExecutivesCongratulations Chief Executive Susan Acott, for being listed in the Health Service Journal's (#HSJ) Top 50 Chief Executives for 2017. This list celebrates exceptional chief executives leading NHS provider organisations. Susan is the only CEO in Kent to be named.
  • Botox.jpg First Botox Outpatient SurgeryOn Wednesday 11th January 2017 Consultant Urologist Mr Joseph Nariculam successfully performed botox surgery under local anaesthetic on 2 urology patients who had been suffering from an overactive bladder.
  • Janet Ashton.jpg Maternity Worker Wins National AwardMaternity Support (MSW) at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust has won one of the UK's top midwifery prizes at the The Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery awards. MSW Janet Ashton scooped the Pregnacare Maternity Support Worker of the Year Award.
  • Leaflet.jpg HIP Leaflet LaunchedOn Monday 20th March 2017, the Trust launched its new Hospital Information for Patients leaflet in the hospitals lobby. Patients and staff were given copies of the new leaflet, and Senior Managers and the Executive team were there to support the launch and engage with staff and visitors to the hospital.
  • Lean Thinking Lean Thinking & Transformation ProgrammeOn 21st March, we held the second day of Cohort 3 of the Lean Thinking & Transformation Programme. Staff showcased their lean projects to their colleagues, and the Execs came along to hear the presentations, and were very impressed with the hard work that was put into their projects and what innovations the staff were thinking of to help save time, money and improve their working environment.
  • Myosure.jpg Gynae Dept Now Offer hysteroscopic polypectomy with MyosureWomen now have more choice as the Gynaecology Outpatient Department is pleased to offer women outpatient hysteroscopic polypectomy with Myosure. The Myosure polypectomy is an outpatient procedure, performed on an outpatient basis using a local anaesthetic, to remove small uterine polyps.
  • Dementia.jpg Interactive Me Technology Reminiscence TherapySilver Birch Fund are delighted to announce the introduction of this reminiscence technology at our hospital. The Reminiscence Therapy will support our dementia patients as it is pre-loaded with a wide variety of activities.
  • Research Team.jpg International Clinical Trials DayTo celebrate International Clinical Trials day our research team based Darent Valley Hospital (DVH) have been manning two stands, one in the hospital's main entrance and the other outside the Level One restaurant.
  • Emily Bell.JPG Meet our Marvellous Roald Dahl Nurse!We are delighted to introduce Emily Bell, our new Roald Dahl Paediatric Epilepsy/Neurology Specialist Nurse. Emily is the first Roald Dahl nurse in Kent, and the first to work with one of NHS England's 50 Vanguard sites The Foundation Healthcare Group.
  • DSC_0096.JPG English Youth BalletThe English Youth Ballet, currently fundraising for Willow Ward - Children's Play Team at DVH took time out of their busy schedule to come to the children's ward to hold a ballet workshop.
  • DSC_0174.JPG Diabetes Team Raising Awareness of Diabetic KetoacidosisDiabetes Team are raising awareness of Diabetic Ketoacidosis by visiting adult wards with their Diabetes Tea Trolley and asking staff to complete a diabetes questionnaire. The trolley will be making its way around the hospital for the rest of the week and started on Beech Ward.
  • Nursing times 2017.jpg Recognising Excellence at the Nursing Times Awards 2017The Childhood Constipation Service from Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust was announced as the deserving winner of the Continence, Promotion and Care category at the Nursing Times Awards 2017.
  • GOPD.jpg New Safety ChecklistGynaecology Outpatient Department and Maternity Services introduce a new safety checklist for interventional procedures. The checklist follows the guidance laid down by NHS England's National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (2015),
  • Alok and baby.jpg Tea and Talking: Paediatric Neurology Patient Engagement EventOn Wednesday 17th May the Philip Farrant lecture hall was transformed into a bright and colourful space for children and young people with epilepsy, and their families, to share their experiences with the paediatric neurology team
  • New Orthopaedic Triage Service New Orthopaedic Triage ServiceDartford and Gravesham NHS Trust commenced a new pilot Physiotherapy-led Orthopaedic Triage service on Monday 1st May 2017. This helps to provide care for people who have a range of musculoskeletal (i.e. joint, soft tissue and nerve) conditions, for example, shoulder injuries, knee pain, back pain.
  • VanEvent 8.jpg Vanguard ShowcaseOn Tuesday 4 July the Foundation Healthcare Group (FHG) Vanguard hosted a Celebration and Showcase event in Robens Suite, Guy's Tower.
  • Red2Green Screensaver_poster.jpg Red2GreenThe Red2Green programme has been slowly implemented within the Trust since the beginning of 2017.
  • Vanda and Sarah Kent Surrey Sussex Community of Practice ConferenceIn June, Sarah Haslam, our Mouth Care Matters Nurse attended the Kent Surrey Sussex Community of Practice Conference with her colleagues Vanda Duarte from Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Helen Filmer Learning Disability Liaison Nurse at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice( KSS LD CoP) is a group set up by local people who care about people with learning disabilities experiencing good health and wellbeing.
  • Diabeticfootclinic3.jpg New multi-disciplinary foot care serviceOn Friday 18 August the new multi-disciplinary diabetic foot care service opened at Darent Valley Hospital. The service brings together specialist clinicians including a Podiatrist, Diabetic Consultant and Vascular Surgeon who meet with patients to discuss their care collaboratively.
  • Susan Acott - CEO CEO Susan Acott appointed interim Chief Executive at East Kent HospitalsCEO Susan Acott appointed interim Chief Executive at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. Susan Acott has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. Susan is currently Chief Executive at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, a post she has held for eight years.
  • Stroke Review UpdateHealth commissioners from the eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Kent and Medway are preparing for a formal public consultation on stroke services in Spring 2018
  • Photograph of Oral Cancer Awareness Month 2017 Oral Cancer Awareness MonthNovember is Oral Cancer Awareness month. On the 21st November 2017 Sarah Haslam, our Mouth Care Nurse ran a stand to raise awareness and provide information about Oral Cancer in the main foyer at Darent Valley Hospital (DVH).
  • Research.jpg Research Team See 146% IncreaseRecord numbers of people in the south east help the NHS to find new and better treatments. In 2016/17 more people than ever across the region became involved with health research. Last year, 35,528 participants across Kent, Surrey and Sussex were given access to new and better treatments by being recruited into clinical research studies within local NHS organisations. Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust alone saw a 146% increase in their number of participants in their trials compared to 2015/2016. In 2015/16
  • Nursing times 2017.jpg Recognising Excellence at the Nursing Times Awards 2017The Childhood Constipation Service from Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust was announced as the deserving winner of the Continence, Promotion and Care category at the Nursing Times Awards 2017.
  • Goodbye Mulberry Gynaecology Mulberry ward the end of an eraMulberry ward has for many years been the dedicated gynaecology ward for the Trust offering a high standard of care and treatment to women for the last seven years. The staff celebrated this fact on Wednesday during a farewell party, with many saying good bye to each other as they take on new and different roles across the Trust.
  • Stop Day 2017 026.JPG World Wide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 16th November 2017World Wide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 2017 was celebrated at Darent Valley Hospital (DVH) by the Tissue Viability (TV) Team (Debbie Everitt, Zoe Evans and Nicole Feltham), with support from Paula Connolly (Coloplast), Donna Carnan (Smith & Nephew) and Deana Burt (Hartmann).
  • Pops Team Top of the POPSThe POPS team is an innovative new service at DGT, led by Consultant Geriatricians Dr. Catherine Meilak and Dr. Anna Whittle.
  • Safeguarding v1.jpg Safeguard Team Attend Conference.Liz Taylor, Gina Tomlin and Sonya Cox attended the LAS Safeguarding and Mental Health Conference. on 20th November, 2017 which was very informative with some brilliant speakers from Enough Abuse on Child Sexual Abuse, the Children's Society on Trafficked Children, Doctors without Borders on Coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dr Margaret Flynn on Neglect in Care Homes to name a few.
  • DSC_0385.JPG Unsung Hero's AwardsCongratulations to staff members who have nominated for a GoToJobBoard Unsung Hero award for their hard work and dedication as non-medical NHS staff members.
  • Fundraising Recipe Book Recipe Book Raises Money for CancerOn Friday 30th September, as part of our cancer coffee morning Liz Marfell and Jeanette Smith were busy selling copies of Liz's Collection of Favourite Recipes. This is a recipe book which encompasses our patients favourite or family recipes.
  • Coffee Morning Cancer Coffee MorningThe Cancer Services Department held a coffee morning in the hospital's main foyer today to raise money for both our Cancer Fighting Fund and Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • Little Buds Fund Bailey Bertram Raises MoneyLittle Bailey Bertram, aged 3 has raised a whopping £515 for the Little Buds Fund in memory of his sister Hallie who was born still 5 years ago. Bailey and his dad Craig completed the 5k run at Maidstone Mote Park in just 47 minutes.
  • Poster for MIB Modernisation & Innovation Bubble (MIB)On Thursday 13th October 2016 we had the launch of the Modernisation and Innovation Bubble (MIB).
  • Cancer Coffee Morning SLT Cancer Coffee MorningOn the 30th September the Adult Speech and Language Department held a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan. Staff from the department baked their own cakes and sold them around the hospital raising £210.
  • KFRS Image Kent Fire & Rescue Service (KFRS)On 14th September Kent Fire & Rescue Service (KFRS) took part in a joint live fire exercise at DVH. A fire was simulated using a smoke machine in a sluice room in Main Theatres.
  • DGT Green Watch Project shortlisted for HSJ AwardDartford and Gravesham NHS Trust are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ Award for the Green Watch project. The Trust have been shortlisted in the Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards in partnership with de Poel health + care, to be held on 23 November at Intercontinental O2, London.
  • Willow Wards Magic Carpets Magic CarpetsOn the 30th September the Adult Speech and Language Department held a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan. Staff from the department baked their own cakes and sold them around the hospital raising £210.
  • Simon Stevens Simon Stevens Opens One Stop ClinicChief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, formally opened a new One Stop Urological Cancer Diagnostic Centre at Darent Valley Hospital, today, 14th October.
  • Fighting for Cancer Fighting to CancerSharon Charles, Clinical Site Co-ordinator at Darent Valley Hospital is taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) to raise money for the hospitals Cancer Fighting Fund and Cancer Research.
  • Dementia Finalists Dementia Friendly Kent Award FinalistsOur Caring Companion Team have been shortlisted as finalists at the Annual Dementia Friendly Kent Awards in the category of Innovation for The Caring Companion Scheme. The Innovative Team Award criteria looks at teams across Kent who have been innovative in looking for solutions.
  • Skydive Beech Ward Raising FundsBeech Ward would very much appreciate your support in helping Senior Sister Tracy Champion and Nursing Assistant Abbie Millard raise some funds for their ward. Tracy and Abbie are so passionate about providing their patients with a positive hospital experience that they have decided to jump out of a plane to prove it!
  • MP for Dartford Visits Darent Valley HospitalOn Friday 21 October, the MP for Dartford, Gareth Johnson, visited Darent Valley Hospital to see first-hand how the hospital was coping with the activity at this time of year.
  • Darent Valley Hospital Telecommunications FailureUpdate on the telecommunications external fault which disrupted the telephones at Darent Valley Hospital on Thursday 20th October 2016.
  • The Choir Banner Gareth Malone - The ChoirDon't forget to watch #TheChoir Gareth's Best in Britain as we are pleased to announce that our very own DGT Hospital Choir will be appearing. The show starts on BBC Two, Tuesday 1st November at 9pm. We are very proud of our Choir and wish them the very best of luck in the competition.
  • CCTV New CCTV InstalledThe installation of the new CCTV system at Darent Valley Hospital is a major step forward in making the hospital a safer and more secure environment for patients, staff and visitors. The number of internal cameras has been more than doubled from 69 to 169.
  • Vanguard Vanguard ProgrammeRachel Otley, Head of Planning & Partnerships presents overview of the Vanguard Programme and the NHS Five Year Forward View.
  • Mouth Care Matters Image Mouth Care MattersMeet Sarah Haslam our new Mouth Care Matters lead. Her role is to support and assist nurses, nursing assistants and staff involved in delivering good mouth care to our patients in hospital. The 'Mouth Care Matters' project is part of a Health Education England, Kent, Surrey and Sussex initiative to improve the oral health of hospitalised patients.
  • Insulin Safety Insulin Saftey MonthInsulin is one of the top-5 high-risk medicines worldwide, and incorrect or unsafe use can easily cause harm, and can on occasion be fatal.
  • Friends and Family Test Staff Friends & Family Test (Q2) ResultsStaff Friends & Family Test (Q2) Results and staff survey. The quarter two staff friends and family test survey was conducted in August 2016. From a total of 3507 eligible staff, 193 staff members responded to the survey.
  • Choir Single DGT Choir and Shane HampsheirThe Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Choir team up with Shane Hampsheir to produce charity single: By Your Side.
  • Ebony Donations to PatientsJoy Chapman, Jayne Fisk and Dot Howick from the Carers Café in Hartley visit Ebony Ward laden with goodies for our patients.
  • Flu Jab CEO Joins the fightChief Executive, Susan Acott, leads from the front when it comes to the importance of flu vaccination in hospital. Susan has a flu vaccination every year and believes everyone should take advantage of the protection it provides to staff and patients alike.
  • Keeping the work-life fitness balance OH Physiotherapy, Working WellThe service Steph provides not only helps to keep people at work but also aids many to returning from sickness absence faster. Almost 40% of NHS staff sickness absence is due to musculoskeletal conditions, e.g. back pain.
  • Mapping the patient discharge patheway Rapid improvement through collablorationKey staff from organisations across North Kent and Medway took part in a radical new way of tackling one of the most complex problems in healthcare today.
  • An extra special treat for a special bear A Special Visitor for Willow WardThe Willow Children's ward had a special visitor on Wednesday 16th November. A very well-known bear took time out from his busy schedule to meet the children and spread a little joy.
  • Appointment reminders by SMS Avoid appointment SOS with an SMSText message service lets patients know when their next appointment is due. It's instant, personal and most people carry their phone with them at all times. There is an easy way of joining the text messaging service, by going to: www.dvh.nhs.uk/contact-or-visit-us/cancel-or-rebook-an-appointment/ and completing the online form.
  • IPads help enhance nursing care New IPads help enhance nursing careThanks to charitable donations 25 IPads were purchased and are now in use on the wards by clinical staff.
  • SLT team showcase their work to Dartford MP So much more than speech and language therapyMP Gareth Johnson visited the Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) department, along with CEO Susan Acott and five patients to watch a presentation about the profession and the benefits of SLT.
  • World Wide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 2016 World Wide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day 2016On every ward visited, overwhelming support and interest in pressure ulcer prevention was received.
  • IPads help enhance nursing care New IPads bring great improvement in patient data collectionAudits are being undertaken in a more flexible way and the data analysed in more proactive ways to further improve nursing care on the wards.
  •  Publis Sector Energy Champion winner Outstanding performance in Energy & SustainabilityThe Trust won a second sustainability award for its 'Green Watch' campaign at the Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards 2016, in the category 'Public Sector Energy Champion'.
  • Bumps, Bubba’s and Beyond Nearly New Children’s Market Bumps, Bubba's and Beyond Nearly New Children's MarketMichelle Deogun, and her team Mel and Aimi visited Willow Ward to present a cheque for £831 raised through Michelle's brainchild; Bumps, Bubba's and Beyond Nearly New Children's Market.
  • Chestnut Ward Telemetry Bags Art for Heart's SakeChestnut Ward, have just taken delivery of 15 new Telemetry Bags all individually decorated by the children on Willow Ward.
  • Clocks New Clocks Installed within DVH Adults wards to help patients with DementiaA Clock It may be a simple object to some but a clock can truly make a significant difference to the life of a patient with delirium or dementia being treated in hospital. Often, inpatients with dementia or delirium can become disorientated, confused and can easily lose track of the time of day.
  • EBME accreditation EBME team achieve national accreditationEarning ISO-9001 (2008) accreditation is evidence that the EBME team fully comply with established procedures and follow national professional standards.
  • Sampling Patient Food Christmas Dinner Comes EarlyYesterday visitors and staff were invited to taste what was on the patients' menu that day as well as what is being served on Christmas Day. These events highlight how hard the Trust and Carillion are working to enhance the patient meal experience and provides the public with an opportunity to voice their opinion about the meals on offer to patients.
  • Cherry Ward Most #FluFightersEvery year our Occupational Health Department run a staff flu vaccination campaign to help protect our patients, staff and their families.
  • Small changes can make a big difference It's the little things that make big changes!The Modernisation & Innovation Bubble (MIB) Lean Projects are making a big difference by making small changes.
  • The critical importance of responsible antibiotic use The critical importance of responsible antibiotic useAntibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections and saving lives. However they are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate.


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