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2016

2016

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  • 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). 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 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. 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • 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! 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • 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 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • Cherry Ward Most #FluFightersEvery year our Occupational Health Department run a staff flu vaccination campaign to help protect our patients, staff and their families. 02 December 2016
  • 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. 02 December 2016
  • Keep Smiling Keep SmilingIn November Mouth Care Matters lead nurse Sarah Haslam manned a stand to raise awareness and provide information about Oral Cancer. 02 December 2016
  • 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. 25 November 2016
  • 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. 25 November 2016
  • 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. 25 November 2016
  • 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. 25 November 2016
  •  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'. 25 November 2016
  • 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. 25 November 2016
  • 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. 25 November 2016
  • 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. 25 November 2016
  • 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. 25 November 2016
  • 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. 19 November 2016
  • 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. 19 November 2016
  • 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. 19 November 2016
  • 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. 17 November 2016
  • 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. 08 November 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
  • 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! 08 August 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
  • 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. 08 August 2016
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