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2017

2017

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  • 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. 15 December 2017
  • 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. 12 December 2017
  • 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. 24 November 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. 31 August 2017
  • 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. 14 August 2017
  • Vanguard ShowcaseOn Tuesday 4 July the Foundation Healthcare Group (FHG) Vanguard hosted a Celebration and Showcase event in Robens Suite, Guy's Tower. 04 July 2017
  • 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. 14 June 2017
  • 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. 08 June 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), 24 May 2017
  • 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. 23 May 2017
  • 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 17 May 2017
  • 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. 12 May 2017
  • 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. 05 May 2017
  • 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. 05 May 2017
  • 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. 02 May 2017
  • 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. 27 April 2017
  • 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. 19 April 2017
  • 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. 13 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. 12 April 2017
  • 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. 11 April 2017
  • 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. 11 April 2017
  • 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. 04 April 2017
  • 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. 31 March 2017
  • 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. 29 March 2017
  • 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. 28 March 2017
  • 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. 23 March 2017
  • 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. 23 March 2017
  • 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. 08 March 2017
  • 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. 03 March 2017
  • 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. 27 February 2017
  • 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. 14 February 2017
  • 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. 10 February 2017
  • 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. 03 February 2017
  • 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. 03 February 2017
  • 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. 03 February 2017
  • 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. 01 February 2017
  • 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. 20 January 2017
  • 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. 12 January 2017
  • 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. 06 January 2017
  • 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. 04 January 2017