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  • 20190406_173110.jpg 48 Years Service at the TrustAnn has been a devoted and much admired nurse, noted for her calm and collected personality. Over the years she had been a wonderful role model to many staff members and is well known for her caring nature towards both staff and patients.
  • DSC_1254.JPG Bernie Visits Darent Valley Hospital'Bernie' a unique mobile information space from Macmillan Cancer Support, has arrived at Darent Valley Hospital (DVH) for just 4 days. This is Bernie's ONLY visit to #Kent this year, so our hospital is very lucky to have been chosen! Mayor of Dartford David Mote and Mayoress Ellen came to visit Bernie and let the project team know what is important to them regarding local cancer information services.
  • DSC_0985.JPG Brain Awareness WeekIt's Brain Awareness Week and today the Trust's focus is on #Stroke. Paula Briley and Kate Bowen, Stroke Association Support Coordinators along with James Cross Volunteer have been manning a stand in the main foyer raising awareness and offering lots of information to staff, patients and visitors.
  • NWK Careers Event - MK.jpg Careers EventOn Wednesday 27th March 19, Maria Kelly Trust Apprenticeship Coordinator went to support the North Kent College Dartford Campus annual Careers Fair, this was a really well attended event with the public sector employers and many private sector business's in attendance. The event was organised by the Level 3 Event & Hospitality Students for the Students.
  • Blanket AppealOur sincere thanks to all those who have been busy knitting and crochet blankets for our older patients. So far we have received over 50 blankets, please keep them coming! Rita Henderson, a patient on Ebony Ward has been using her blanket during the day to keep her legs warm and she is very much looking forward to taking it home so she can continue using it.
  • DSC_0359.JPG Celebrating Success EventOn Thursday 16th May, the Lecture Hall in the Philip Farrant Education Centre was buzzing with the sound of success. 24 teams from different departments at the Trust joined together to showcase some of the successful projects they had been part of over the last few years. Some were award winning, some had been recognised nationally, but all were innovative.
  • Spruce Ward.jpg Congratulations Spruce WardCongratulations to Hazel Mason, Josie Bishop and the rest of the Spruce team who are the latest winners of a STAR award's. The winners were presented with their certificates by Leslieann Osborn, Director of Strategy and Planning.
  • Current_DGNHS_CaseStudy_Jan'28'2019_Page_1.jpg Current being delivered at HomeOur Hospital at Home Team (HAHT) are leading the way by using Current to deliver healthcare in the community. Current, a wearable monitor, remotely monitors a patients vital signs, including respiration rate and oxygen saturation through a single, wireless device.
  • Mohammed.jpg Congratulations Dr SaifuddinOur sincere congratulations to Dr Mohammad Saifuddin, Gastroenterology SpR and chair of the Junior Doctor Service Improvement Board (JDSIB) on his recent outstanding achievement. Dr Saifuddin is currently undertaking a Masters-level diploma in Healthcare Finance with the Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA).
  • Star Award March 19.jpg Dr Zaheer STAR Award WinnerCongratulations to Dr Baber Zaheer, Anaesthetic Consultant at Darent Valley Hospital on winning a STAR Award. Dr Zaheer was nominated by no less than 12 of his colleagues! His certificate was presented by Dr Steve Fenlon, Medical Director.
  • Ride 4 life.jpg Darent Valley Hospital to DoverOn Thursday 28th March on static bikes outside the Outpatient Dept, Michael Brand, our Governance Manager and Becca Law, a Neonatal Nurse on Walnut Ward (SCBU) are joined by fellow Ride4Life team mates Lee Rumble and Charlotte Pinder from Artic, who are cycling the distance from Darent Valley Hospital to Dover (70 miles),
  • Star Award Winner Elaine Lundy STAR Award WinnerElaine Lundy is a compassionate, friendly and considerate colleague with a range of personal and professional qualities that impacts positively on everyone that has the pleasure of working with her. She is always willing to help others, no matter how busy she is; no task or favour is too much for her kind nature and professionalism. She exhibits a degree of resilience that is impressive and admirable.
  • STAR Award Drinda Harrigton STAR AwardCongratulations Drinda Harrington, Parkinson's Nurse who has been awarded a star award after being nominated by a patient who said I write with regard to a member of your staff Drinda Harrington who in my opinion has gone over and above in helping manage my mum's Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) condition.
  • DSC_1293.JPG Double Success in EndoscopyDouble Success in Endoscopy - Our Endoscopy Service at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is celebrating 2 of its most recent successes. In addition to its continuation of #JAG accreditation for another year, they have also been busy training nurse Endoscopists.
  • Spruce Team.jpg Stroke Services Gets Go-AheadHyper acute stroke units at William Harvey Hospital, Darent Valley Hospital and Maidstone Hospital were given the go-ahead today by a unanimous decision of the Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups for the Kent and Medway Review of Urgent Stroke Services
  • Apprenticeship.jpg National Apprenticeship WeekThe 4th - 8th March 2019 is National Apprenticeship Week 2019. A great time to celebrate apprenticeships and what they bring to individuals, employers and community.
  • DSC_0901.JPG International Women's DayIt's International Women's Day (#IWD2019), here's what Francoise Iossifidis, Consultant Anaesthetist / Deputy Medical Director had to say about how she has progressed in the #NHS.
  • DSC_0941.JPG Swallow Awareness DayIt was Nutrition and Hydration Week and to promote Swallow Awareness Day our Speech and Language Therapists, Dietetics Team & Serco Catering Team hosted a texture modified meals come dine with me event on Spruce ward for patients, visitors and staff.
  • Nursing Student.jpg Hannah Rose Chummun, Nursing Student time in EDHannah Rose Chummun, a second year Children's Nursing student from the University of Greenwich has just two weeks left of her placement within our Children's A&E Department. See what Hannah has to say....
  • Charity Management.jpg Thank You Pat and Doreen ColemanIn March the Charity Management Board said thank you and goodbye to Counsellor Pat and Doreen Coleman as they stood down from the committee. Both Pat and Doreen have volunteered at the Trust for over 25 years.
  • IMG_3323.jpg Recognised for Developing the Most Innovative IdeaWe are so proud to report back to our staff that Dartford and Gravesham NHST was recognised for developing the most innovative idea as part of the NHS Improvement Pressure Ulcers Collaborative; 120 day improvement Programme.
  • Star Award 1.jpg Star Award for Mottingham and Avery Hill WardsOver the past 5 years the Planned Elective Care Centre has developed into a unit that we are all proud to work in. Each and every member of staff here shows the loyalty and professionalism that is required to make a team like ours work. The staffs are open to change and have to adapt to the ever changing activity that takes place within the unit.
  • DSC_1075.JPG Sarah Scullion STAR Award WinnerMany congratulations to Sarah Scullion, Decontamination Technician on our Endoscopy Suite who is the latest winner of a STAR award. Sarah (pictured with her colleagues) was presented with her certificate by Lorraine Mills, Director of Finance.
  • IMG_20190329_101645.jpg Patient Engagement & Experience, What Matters?As part of our Trust's commitment to developing true partnership in improving the experience of our services, a workshop event was held on Friday 29th March to initiate an innovative approach to patient and public experience and engagement (PPEE)
  • Photograph Surgical Nurses Engagement EventThe Surgical Nurses Engagement Event held on the 4th April was very well attended from a broad spectrum of staff. It was a great opportunity to get staff together to hear about what is going on in the Surgical Care Group
  • DSC_1161.JPG STAR MidwifeCongratulations to Sharon Hurst, Bereavement Midwife who is the latest winner of a STAR Award. Sharon was presented with her certificate by Sue Braysher, Director of System Transformation this morning. Sharon was nominated by a very appreciative patients who Sharon helped through a very upsetting time in her life.
  • Armando New Research and Development Lead AnnouncedWe are delighted to announce that following a comprehensive interview process Dr Armando Gonzalez has successfully been appointed as the Trust Research and Development Lead, taking over the responsibility from Professor Sriprasad from 1st May 2019.
  • DSC_1362.JPG Equality and DiversityThe first meeting of the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee was held on 24 April 2019 in the Lecture Hall. An open invitation was extended to all Trust Staff and there were 38 members in attendance from across the organisation.
  • DSC_0260.JPG Nurses Day 2019Not one but TWO Florence Nightingales at Darent Valley Hospital! All week our Trust is hosting different events to celebrate International Nurses Day 2019 which is celebrated all around the world on Florence Nightingales birthday - 12th May.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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_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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Bus Service.jpg 96 Bus RouteTransport for London have notified us that from Saturday 16 December 2017 they are re-routing route 96 to serve Darent Valley Hospital and use part of the Fastrack Bus Rapid Transit system between Dartford and Bluewater.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vanguard ShowcaseOn Tuesday 4 July the Foundation Healthcare Group (FHG) Vanguard hosted a Celebration and Showcase event in Robens Suite, Guy's Tower.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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),
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • IMG_0129.jpg Baby Boom in Maternity DepartmentThe 5th May is International Day of the Midwife (IDM), so staff at Darent Valley Hospital reflected upon their very own baby boom within the Maternity Department.
  • Hearing.jpg The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme is 10 years of age!The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme is 10 years of age! The NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) went live across England in 2006 so is now 10 years of age. The programme has played a major role in identifying moderate and profound hearing loss in newborn babies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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_0403.JPG New Master Screen Suite and Pulmonary Function Testing MachineOn Wednesday 12th April our brand new Master Screen Suite and Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) machine was officially opened by Chairman Peter Coles. This was Peter Coles first official engagement since becoming Chairman of the Trust on the 1st April 2017.
  • DSC_0391.JPG New Art WorkA part of a community project Year 13 Students from Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend have been decorating our new Psychiatric Assessment Room located within our Accident and Emergency Department.
  • Suky.jpg Nurse Achieves a First for the TrustIt is with delight and pride that we inform you that Senior Sister Sukhy Bhullar has qualified as a Nurse Hysteroscopist, a first for the Gynaecology Department and the Trust. Sukhy completed her hysteroscopy training with Bradford University.
  • 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.
  • Peter Coles - Chairman New Chairman AppointedDartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Coles to the position of Chairman. Peter has been a Non-executive director of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust since 2013, where he chairs the finance committee.
  • Yorshire Building Society.jpg Yorkshire Building SocietyWe were delighted to be invited to Yorkshire Building Society in Market Square, Bromley on Thursday 30th March to receive a donation of £2,000 towards Endoscopy at Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer of the Year Volunteer of the YearOur congratulations to Joan Warwick and Carol Woodgates who were judged by the audience to be the winners in their category Volunteer of the Year. Their nomination reflected the £394,000 that they have raised for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Cancer Fighting Fund through the Stride4Life annual event, pamper evenings and engagement with the local community.
  • 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.
  • Dartford Science and Technology College Careers Event at Dartford Science Technology CollegeOn Tuesday 21st March, staff from Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust hosted a careers event at Dartford Science & Technology College to promote career opportunities in the NHS.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 3D 3D Comes to TheatresThere is a now a new dimension to surgery at Darent Valley Hospital, the 3rd Dimension. The hospital was the first in the UK to be equipped with the state-of-the-art Storz Operating Room of the Future (OR1) in 2004 and now, in 2017, OR1 has been completely revamped.
  • Charity Single Cheque PresentationToday Dr Guy Sisson, Clinical Director for Adult Medicine on behalf of the Darent Valley Hospital: Cancer Fighting Fund was presented with a cheque for £1071.15 by Shane Hampsheir and the Dgt Choir.
  • Families offer feedback on paediatric neurology serviceOn 5th January 2017, the hospital hosted a paediatric neurology coffee morning for families to share their experiences and offer feedback on the neurology service provided in an informal, relaxed setting.
  • 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.
  • Cake Sale for Little Buds Fund Baking for BabiesOn Wednesday 7th December, Midwife Mel Henderson and the Maternity Department held a Christmas card and cake sale in the main foyer of the hospital to raise money for our Little Buds Fund, which supports our Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Draw 2016Santa, along with members of the public, hospital staff and volunteers helped draw the Christmas Draw in the main hospital foyer at 12 midday yesterday, Wednesday 14th December 2016.
  • Finalists at the Kent Dementia Friendly Awards Dementia Friendly AwardOn the 24th October 2016, the Darent Valley Hospital's Dementia Team were invited to attend the DAA's 'Kent Dementia Friendly Awards' Event hosted at The Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey. The team were presented with a finalist award by Angela Rippon OBE, Broadcaster, Journalist and Presenter.
  • Stride4Life Stride4LifeStride4Life raised a grand total of £38,183.64 in 2016 and since 2004 when it started Stride4Life has raised a grand total of £370,195.64.
  • Stephen Mulvaney Reindeer's Day OffFather Christmas arrived early at Darent Valley Hospital and on a very different mode of transport. He had given his reindeer's the day off and travelled in by trike!
  • Link Nurse Day TV Link Nurse DayOn the 12th December a Tissue Viability Link Nurse Study Day was held in the Philip Farrant Centre at Darent Valley Hospital.
  • DGT Choir Sing-Along Christmas ConcertYesterday the DGT Choir held their annual Sing-Along Christmas Concert in the hospital foyer. The concert opened with a blessing from Rev Martin Kelly, followed by the Choir and Shane Hampsheir debuting their first live performance of their charity single By Your Side
  • Silver Birch Silver Birch FundOn Friday 9th December Jayne, Joy & Dot were raising money for the Silver Birch Fund by operating a gift sale, selling packs of luxury health & beauty baskets containing everything from shampoo, talc powder to luffas.
  • Carol Service Carol ServiceToday a Carol Service was held at Darent Valley Hospital supported by the Salvation Army band. The service was well attended and was followed by refreshments and mince pies.
  • Cherry Ward Most #FluFightersEvery year our Occupational Health Department run a staff flu vaccination campaign to help protect our patients, staff and their families.
  • Memorial Event Memorial EventOn Sunday 18th December the first annual Maternity Department Christmas Memorial event was held at Darent Valley Hospital. The event was organised by Sharon Hurst, Midwife and a small team of helpers. It was a time to remember those little ones that had been lost through miscarriages, still birth, infant loss and child loss.
  • Keep Smiling Keep SmilingIn November Mouth Care Matters lead nurse Sarah Haslam manned a stand to raise awareness and provide information about Oral Cancer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rapid Improvement in Discharge Pathway Rapid Improvement in Discharge PathwayThirty days on from the launch of the Rapid Improvement Event the benefits are clear to see. It also aims to improve the plans and process of discharge which can be a source of frustration for patients and their families.
  •  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'.
  • Mr Dartford with Nurse Gemma Lamb, post procedure Local man is first in UK to receive new style pacemakerOn Thursday 8 December, Mr Peter Dartford, 75 from Dartford Kent, became the first person in the United Kingdom to receive a new type of pacemaker at Darent Valley Hospital . With his old pacemaker in need of replacement Cardiologist Dr Ed Petzer chose the PLATINIUM 4LV SonR DEVICE for a number of reasons.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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