Trust introduces open visiting

Open visiting is welcome news for Louise Cook, from Upton The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is enabling friends and relatives to spend more time with their loved ones when they visit them in hospital.

From Tuesday 1 March 2016 all three hospitals in the Trust (Pinderfields, Pontefract, Dewsbury and District) will have open visiting, meaning that people can visit patients when they wish. It will also provide the opportunity for the carers of patients to remain with their loved one, where appropriate, and be actively involved in their care.

Aromatherapy brings sense of calm to seriously ill patients

Aromatherapist Karen Smith and patient Irene Rowley A unique programme of aromatherapy sessions is proving a breath of fresh air for those living with lung cancer, Parkinson’s and other life-limiting illnesses.

Run at the Rosewood Centre at the entrance to the Dewsbury and District Hospital, short bursts of back, hand and foot massages with essential oils are helping to boost circulation and reduce numbness caused by treatments like chemotherapy.

Superb response to toy emergency in Dewsbury

Dr Patrick Tung, Michael Sutton (General Store Manager, Asda Dewsbury Superstore), Salwa Gibbons (Registered Nurse), Sister Anjela Jones and Sharon Kingswood (Community Life Champion, Asda). The people of Dewsbury and its surrounding area have responded to the news of a theft at their local Children’s A&E by donating a hulking load of gifts to replace stolen toys.

As chronicled in last week’s press staff at the busy unit noticed toys had been removed when they searched for a copy of Frozen to help calm a suffering child.

Not only has the Disney DVD been replaced but toy trucks and aeroplanes, electronic toys for toddlers and action figures have been donated by generous individuals.

Bravo Belinda – you played a blinder!

Belinda Knowles
A Pinderfields nurse who describes caring for some of our city’s sickest babies as, “looking after our most prized possessions” has just found out how precious SHE is to patients.

Sister Belinda Knowles has dedicated the last 20 years to looking after not just premature and very poorly infants – but their often traumatised families.  Despite sometimes seeing folks at their lowest ebb, she says “I wouldn’t swap my job with anybody.”

Yasmin has volunteering off to a tee

Yasmin Khanagha
Dewsbury teenager Yasmin Khanagha is using her role as one of our local hospital’s youngest-ever volunteers to forge a career in medicine.

The 18 year-old from the Halifax Road area is finding out exactly what departments as diverse as maternity and A&E do. But more importantly she is learning how to speak confidently to patients who are sometimes at their lowest ebb.

Meet Kevin – children’s champion!

Kevin Rattray
Children’s Regional Burns Unit ward clerk Kevin Rattray was just one of the recipients of a Celebrating Excellence Award 2015.

Presented in nine categories, these honours celebrate the fantastic achievements of our colleagues and teams in demonstrating the Trust’s commitment to striving for excellence.