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Staff recognised as HRH The Duke of Gloucester tours The QEH

Hardworking staff and dedicated volunteers at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital were praised by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The Duke officially opened the state-of-the-art theatres and also toured the transformed A-rated Stroke Unit during a visit on March 30.

His Royal Highness was welcomed to the Hospital by Chair of the Board, Edward Libbey, and Deputy Director of Nursing, Valerie Newton.

The Duke unveiled a plaque to celebrate the opening of the Hospital’s two fully integrated laparoscopic theatres.

Chair Mr Libbey said: “It was an honour to share the many achievements made by this hospital and its dedicated staff with His Royal Highness.

“The QEH has made tremendous leaps forward on our journey to excellence over the last two years and this has been embodied in ambitious projects such as the transformation of Theatres 5 and 6 along with the outstanding progress of our Stroke Unit.

“By investing in our facilities and staff, we are investing in the future of healthcare for the people of West Norfolk and its surrounding areas.”

His Royal Highness started off the tour at the hospital’s Stroke Unit, West Raynham Ward.

The unit, which has recently achieved an A rating from the Royal College of Physicians, has been transformed to create an uplifting atmosphere for patients and staff.

Along with a complete redecoration, the ward now has a reception along with two additional meeting rooms to provide greater privacy for patients and their families. The unit has also introduced colour coded bays to reduce disorientation.

The day room, decorated with pictures created by former patients and donated by The Stroke Association, has been improved by The Friends of the Stroke Unit.

His Royal Highness was then shown the two fully integrated laparoscopic Theatres 5 and 6, which were transformed in a £3.2 million project.

Both theatres are equipped with specialist scopes which provide high definition images for surgeons. These images can also be transmitted down to the hospital’s lecture theatre to help with the training of future surgeons. The theatres have also been fitted with top of the range air filtration units.

After unveiling the plaque, The Duke was able to speak to A&E staff, who have performed well during the busy winter period. Last year the department treated 59,902 patients.

His Royal Highness was also introduced to volunteers and members of the League of Friends, who play an important role in the operation of the hospital.

Deputy Director of Nursing, Miss Newton said: “The visit from His Royal Highness celebrates what has been a tremendous year of successes achieved by the hospital and our staff.

“It was a great pleasure to share how far we have travelled in the last two years, which would not be possible without our staff who have worked tirelessly for the benefit of the hospital.”


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Norovirus (Winter vomiting bug) prevention measures in place at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

People with suspected Norovirus symptoms are being asked to stay away from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn due since this could lead to outbreaks of the infection.

The hospital currently has one ward closed with patients displaying symptoms, this causes disruption and is unpleasant for those patients, whilst also posing a risk to other patients and staff. Infection prevention control measures are being reinforced on all wards to prevent spread.

Visitors can join the fight against this virus by following some simple precautionary measures:

  • Wash hands when entering the hospital in the new sinks provided, when entering a ward and when leaving the hospital,
  • Do not take any food or drink onto hospital wards,
  • Report to the nurse in charge of any ward visited as you enter,
  • Stay away from the hospital entirely if you have experienced symptoms of Norovirus in the last 72 hours.

Symptoms of the virus include vomiting and diarrhoea, slight fever, headaches and stomach cramps.

Dr Ian Hosein, the Trust’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control said:

“People are asked to be vigilant and can help us to care for our patients by staying away if they are unwell. We would also ask all other visitors to our wards to report to the nurse in charge before going onto the wards.”

Lasting Legacy Donated to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Centre and Shouldham Ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital were recently gifted £1,300 from Daphne and Richard Ashby from Outwell, Norfolk.

Sadly on 14 March, after celebrating her 65th birthday in January, Mrs. Ashby lost her battle with cancer. As part of her birthday celebrations, Daphne had parties in Outwell and Luton, where friends and family were asked to make a donation to the Macmillan Centre Unit, rather than buying gifts and in total gave £600. Pebbles, the family cat, also donated £5 from her biscuit allowance! Continue reading Lasting Legacy Donated to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is experiencing a surge of Norovirus Attendances

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn is currently experiencing a surge in patients attending with Norovirus symptoms.

The Trust is asking visitors who have experienced diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms in the previous 72 hours to stay away. Continue reading The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is experiencing a surge of Norovirus Attendances

Queens Dragoon Guards Walk for Roxburgh

Members of the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards took part in a challenging walk with staff members of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn in support of The Trusts’ Roxburgh Children Centre and have so far raised over £3,250.

The 40 mile walk started at Robertson Barracks, in Swanton Morley at 4.00am. The team followed the Nar Valley way all the way along to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where they arrived at 5.20pm. Along with the military personnel, staff from the hospital’s pediatric team and senior management carried a stretcher full of Easter eggs, which were delivered to The Trust – by the Easter Bunny.

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