Welcome to our members’ e-newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with the latest Trust news and developments.
In this issue you’ll find information about a day in the life of a Cardiac Physiologist, a roundup of our radiotherapy event, and some new decoration for the radiology department!
Now that Spring is here and with all the activity across our country, our teams here at Royal Berks remain focused and as conscientious as ever. I am pleased to report that they have delivered a strong clinical performance through the whole winter period and have kept our patents safe and their treatments at the highest standards against our peers. As always despite all pressures, they have worked tirelessly to deliver care to our patients, and we should feel very proud of every member of every team; they are the stars of the Trust!
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Ian Clay on Sunday 17 March. Unfortunately, Ian fell and broke his shoulder in the last bout of icy weather and this triggered a series of events which resulted in his death in the Royal Berks some six weeks later.
In March the Trust hosted a conference to celebrate outstanding clinical leadership with our Clinical Leadership Programme (CLP) students, and to share the longer-term impact of their learning, development and projects. The programme is an inter-professional collaborative with us, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy (TVWLA), which invests in developing the leadership capabilities of our clinical leaders at RBFT and BHFT to deliver outstanding patient care.
This issue, we spoke to Catherine Townsend, one of the Trust’s Cardiac Physiologists, to get an insight into what a day at work would look like.
On Saturday 16 February, 50 members attended our membership event to learn more about the principles, practice and technology of radiotherapy, and see practical demonstrations on the state-of-the-art equipment available at the Berkshire Cancer Centre.
Juliette Ward, Rainbow Midwife Specialist at the Trust has won a prestigious national midwifery award for going above and beyond in the care and support she provides for families who experience pregnancy loss.
The first edition of the new Berkshire West ICS newsletter is now available to read and download. You can find out more about the aims of the ICS and how partners are working together to improve services for patients. At the Trust we have embarked on a major redesign of the way in which we deliver outpatient services and the newsletter includes an interview with consultant, Dr Toni Chan, about this work which is making a real difference to patients.
Join the ICS mailing list to receive the summer newsletter directly to your inbox here: http://berkshirewestics.org/get-involved/
A special piece of artwork has been given pride of place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital thanks to the artistic talents of local school children.
Pupils from St Joseph’s College, Reading, created the oil painted panels, which all feature hot air balloons, and it’s now adorning the walls of the radiology department, brightening up the visits for patients having ultrasound scans.
Over the past few months, governor representatives together with Trust executives have held interviews for two new non-executive directors, resulting in the appointments of Helen McKenzie and Dr Bal Bahia, and more recently have extended the appointments of Brian Hendon and John Petitt.
Health chiefs across Berkshire West are spearheading a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks of cervical cancer and highlighting the benefits of screening.
You may be someone who’s had a letter inviting you to screening but left it lying on the hall table and never got round to doing anything. Well, now’s the time to take action because cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts. More information on cervical screening and the programme can be found on Berkshire West CCG website
Read more here
Patients registered at a Berkshire West CCG practice can make routine appointments for the evenings, weekends and bank holidays, at a time that is most convenient to them. Appointments can be booked through your own practice.
More information on the initiative can be found on the Berkshire West CCG website here
The Council of Governors (CoG) provides a way to directly link the Royal Berkshire to the communities it serves through the active involvement and participation of patients, members and staff. The CoG is in place to ensure that the voice of these people is used to inform the Trust’s decisions and improve medical care and patient experience. They hold regular meetings which members of the public are welcome to attend.
Our next CoG meeting will be on Wednesday 29 May 2019 - 17.00hrs, Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital
The Trust’s next public board meeting will be held on Wednesday 29 May 2019, 11:30hours, Trust Education Centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital.
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