United Lincolnshire Hospitals News

The latest editions of United Lincolnshire Hospitals News can be found below. For further information please contact the Communications team.

ULH News

Summer 2014

Contents include: Launch of Mobile Chemotherapy; New project to support patients’ discharge from Lincoln County Hospital; Improving care for people with dementia in Lincolnshire; LiA – what a difference a year makes; New heart device fitted for the first time in Lincolnshire; Award success for Lincoln pharmacy technician; Coast to Coast Challenge; D-Day remembrance at Lincoln; Annual Clinical Governance Competition; Local art displayed on the walls of Lincoln County Hospital;

Summer 2014 - issue 80 (PDF, 2121KB)

Spring 2014

Contents include: Clinical Strategy outlines ULHT ambitions for care and services; CQC Re-inspection - Our Improvement Journey; Listening Into Action - Passing It On; First impressions count; Using tele-education to enhance the training experience; Leadership in Practice programme; Awards ceremonies celebrate ULHT Staff Awards; excellence of ULHT staff ULHT Long Service Awards; St Barnabas Joins Forces With NHS; Lincolnshire hospitals putting dignity at the forefront of patient care; Grateful patients thank Lincolnshire cancer unit.

Spring 2014 - issue 79 (PDF, 2208KB)

Winter 2013

Contents include: Vision and Values; Seasonal flu vaccine update; Ensuring quality at ULHT; LiA success stories;New service to provide advice and support to patients; Volunteers fund new sensor mats to prevent falls; Celebrating success of pressure ulcer reduction in Lincolnshire Hospitals; Reducing the impact of cancer in Lincoln; ULHT'S Mortality Rate Lower Than National Average; ULHT strengthens workforce with nurse recruitment; Raising awareness of hand hygiene; Fundraising benefits Lincolnshire Heart Centre.

Winter 2013 - issue 78 (PDF, 3781KB)

Autumn 2013

Contents include: ULHT's Educational Campaign Always in our hands; Listening into Action - what staff said and what we we are doing; Continuing Our Journey of Improvement; Patient praises Pilgrim for life saving treatment; Patients experience event at ICU; Health and Wellbeing Days.

Autumn 2013 - issue 77 (PDF, 2507KB)

Summer 2013

Contents include: Major recruitment drive for additional nurses; Always Safe, Always Caring; Listening into Action - changing the way we work; Stroke care for Boston and Lincoln patients highly praised; Friends and Family Test to help improve quality of care in hospitals.

Summer 2013 - issue 76 (PDF, 2462KB)

Spring 2013

Contents include: A new vision for nursing care; celebrating dignity in care; new chest pain team saving lives; improving care for hip fracture patients; top marks for Lincolnshire maternity care.

Spring 2013 - issue 75 (PDF, 2140KB)

Winter 2012/13

Contents include: Cataract surgery introduced at County Hospital, Louth; Boston becomes the hub for vascular surgery; preventing pressure ulcers; hand hygiene week; upgrade to Pilgrim's A&E department.

Winter 2012/13 - issue 74 (PDF, 2332KB)

Summer 2012

Contents include: Safety Express plus four months of focus campaign; new heart attack centre for Lincolnshire; updates to stroke services; award nominations; promoting high quality end of life care within Lincolnshire's hospitals.

Summer 2012 - issue 73 (PDF, 2805KB)

Spring 2012

Contents include: New intensive care unit opens at Pilgrim Hospital, new stroke unit for Lincoln Hospital, new breast cancer care facilities in Grantham, Safety Express developments, transformation programme update, nutrition and hydration week, researching and developing cancer immunotherapy.

Spring 2012 - issue 72 (PDF, 2444KB)

January 2012

Contents include: Lincoln Heart Centre set to expand, new surgical day unit, Safety Express developments and Pilgrim Hospital being chosen to be a specialist vascular unit.

January 2012 - issue 71 (PDF, 2679KB)

November 2011

Contents include: Safety Express Plus, Transformation programme update, getting you flu vaccine and the MRI scanner being delivered to Pilgrim Hospital.

November 2011 - Issue 70 (PDF, 2394KB)

September 2011

Contents include: Transformation project; getting a flu vaccine; new children's unit: expansion of aware winning service, infection rates reduce for fifth year running.

September 2011 - Issue 69 (PDF, 3008KB)

July 2011

Contents include: Launching new dignity pledges for patients in Lincolnshire hospitals; more women being invited for breast screening; welcoming new specialist consultants; a new programme to help Pilgrim hospital put patient safety first; celebrations for International Nurses Day.

July 2011 - Issue 68 (PDF, 2734KB)

May 2011

Contents include: Improving care for diabetic patients in hospital; welcoming a new chaplain to Lincolnshire's hospitals; maternity matron receives top award; introducing five new consultants; patient simulator is bringing training to life at Grantham hospital.

May 2011 - Issue 67 (PDF, 2641KB)

March 2011

Contents include: Patient survey shows maternity care in Lincolnshire's hospitals is top class; introducing two new Trust directors; staff focus on dignity in dementia care at conference; ladies encouraged to take up the chance of breast screening; the success of the bowel cancer screening programme.

March 2011 - Issue 66 (PDF, 2267KB)

January 2011

Contents include: New designated smoking areas in Lincolnshire's hospitals; staff are awarded for their long service to the NHS; patient safety a priority in Lincolnshire's hospitals; hospitals celebrate a reduction in infections; wards beginning to ThinkGlucose with new project aimed at improving care for diabetic patients.

January 2011 - Issue 65 (PDF, 2602KB)

November 2010

Contents include: The start of a new emergency heart attack treatment in Lincolnshire; follow all the news about Lincolnshire's hospitals on Twitter; welcoming new consultants; the visit of the country's top nurse to Grantham and District Hospital; a new state-of-the-art CT scanner for Lincoln County Hospital.

November 2010 - Issue 64 (PDF, 3034KB)

September 2010

Contents include: The introduction of Protected Mealtimes in Lincolnshire's hospitals; a new service helps premature babies to be cared for closer to home; an introduction to the UK's first digital urgent care guides- only in Lincolnshire; A&E departments taking on the Productive Ward programme.

September 2010 - Issue 63 (PDF, 3029KB)

July 2010

Contents include: The opening of the new low-carbon Energy Centre at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston; Trust welcomes a new Chief Executive; new figures show infection rates in Lincolnshire's hospitals are reducing year on year; an update on the iPM project; US students visit Grantham hospital for a taste of the NHS.

July 2010 - Issue 62 (PDF, 3282KB)

May 2010

Contents include: Patients rate outpatients departments highly; a new Non- Executive Director joins the Trust; a heart attack patients talks about the new treatment which saved his life; theatres focus on infection prevention; state-of-the-art new wards open at Lincoln County Hospital; staff are awarded for their long service to the NHS.

May 2010 - Issue 61 (PDF, 2252KB)

March 2010

Contents include: Launch of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Lincolnshire; improvements to breast screening services; details of a revolutionary hip resurfacing treatment that can replace traditional hip replacements for some patients; introducing a new Head of Nursing for Paediatrics and Neonatal Services; Lincoln Renal Unit awarded for their care, courtesy and kindness.

March 2010 - Issue 60 (PDF, 1945KB)

January 2010

Contents include: Three new wards take shape at Lincoln County Hospital; medical teaching is given the seal of approval by students; a new Chairman is appointed to lead Lincolnshire's hospitals; Midwife of the Year competition; a project to improve handovers frees up thousands of hours for patient care; consultant furthers research into the effects of smoking on the healing of fractures.

January 2010 - Issue 59 (PDF, 2378KB)

November 2009

Contents include: £1 million building project to provide same sex accommodation is completed; hospitals attend Lincoln Pride event; improvements to expand the Emergency Assessment Unit at Lincoln County Hospital are finished; a double donation for the Stroke Unit; a generous charity donation makes keyhole hysterectomy operations possible at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston and the Trust achieves its 1,000th NHS Foundation Trust member.

November 2009 - Issue 58 (PDF, 2317KB)

September 2009

Contents include: The Newborn hearing screening programme is given the seal of approval; the introduction of new keyhole prostate removal surgery; hospitals improve their PEAT scores; the Trust welcomes a new interim chairman and two new non-executive directors; building work to improve same sex accommodation in hospitals is complete; a new state of the art CT scanner is bought for Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

September 2009 - Issue 57 (PDF, 2181KB)

July 2009

Contents include: The opening of Lincoln County Hospital's new interventional radiology suite; hospitals work towards providing same sex accommodation; expansions to rheumatology services; occupational therapists using Wii console to help patients; information on the Trust's work to cut infection rates; an award for a well-loved children's doctors who goes above and beyond the call of duty; the results of this year's annual charity football match.

July 2009 - Issue 56 (PDF, 2276KB)

May 2009

Contents include: Hospitals continue to cut infection rates; how to apply to become a member of the NHS Foundation Trust; an award for high quality patient care for the oral surgery team at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston; the opening of Pilgrim's £1.8 million new Special Care Baby Unit; developments in Lincolnshire's multiple sclerosis services; staff work and wellbeing roadshows; the opening of Lincoln County Hospital's state-of-the-art new Endoscopy Unit.

May 2009 - Issue 55 (PDF, 2044KB)

March 2009

Contents include: Brand new rheumatology treatment available for Lincolnshire patients; Lincoln County Hospital receives a Five-star catering award; The Trust's application for NHS Foundation Trust status - how to become a member; One year on, how the Look Good, Feel Better programme has helped hundreds of Lincolnshire ladies; Care, Courtesy and Kindness awards for hospital staff; launch of the Trust's Single Equality Scheme.

March 2009 - Issue 54 (PDF, 2233KB)

January 2009

Contents include: The Trust's application for NHS Foundation Trust status; work begins on a new interventional radiology suite for Lincoln County Hospital; hospital consultant features in Who's Who in the World; Hand in Hand month celebrations; an update on ICT developments within the Trust; the launch of the Royal College of Nursing Dignity in Care toolkit; work begins on the new biomass boiler for Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

January 2009 - Issue 53 (PDF, 2669KB)

November 2008

Contents include: The expansion of the Cardiac Catheter Laboratory at Lincoln County Hospital; Midwives nominated for a national award; an announcement of major developments taking place at Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston; information on new deep clean teams that have been appointed to work at all trust hospitals; details of ULHT's first ever infection prevention conference.

November 2008 - Issue 52 (PDF, 2498KB)

September 2008

Contents include: The opening of the new Boston Breast Unit; a review of the Trust's activities at the Lincolnshire Show; the results of the PEAT assessments for our hospitals; details of activities planned for the up-coming Dignity at Work Week; a roundup of our activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS;  introducing our new Associate Director of ICT and the opening of new Macmillan Cancer Information Centres.

September 2008 - Issue 51 (PDF, 1350KB)

July 2008

Contents include: The Trust's groundbreaking sleep apnoea service wins a regional award; looking back over 60 years of the NHS in Lincolnshire; 'Talking' nurses bring the handwashing message to life; new non-executive directors join the Trust Board; results of the Healthcare Commission's Annual Patient Survey for ULHT and Looking to the Future- our plans to apply for Foundation Trust status.

July 2008 - Issue 50 (PDF, 3795KB)

May 2008

Contents include: ULHT is given £1.7m to bring care for premature babies back to Lincolnshire; results of the Healthcare Commission Annual Staff Survey; introducing the new Police Office at Grantham and District Hospital; a review of the Trust's outstanding performance over the past year; introducing the Trust's new Director of Operations; Pilgrim being given a European Charter Mark for the quality of its food and advice on accessing the services of the Trust's Clinical Ethics Committee.

May 2008 - Issue 49 (PDF, 1256KB)

March 2008

Contents include: New to Lincolnshire - Look Good...Feel Better; Eight new consultants welcomed to the Trust; New Directors appointed for Estates &: Facilities and HR & Communications; Sleep apnoea service hailed as a great success; Falling rates of infection reported by the Health Protection Agency; and the Department of Health's Chief Nursing Officer visits Lincolnshire, plus much more.

March 2008 - Issue 48 (PDF, 1228KB)

January 2008

Contents include: The hand in hand - fighting infection together campaign; Chief Executive's article - Our next year of improvement; The welcoming of four new consultants to the Trust; The gloves are on for the Deep Clean; Midwife of the Year 2007; and the Health Care Support Workers inaugural induction programme.

January 2008 - Issue 47 (PDF, 2064KB)