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Linda retires after 44 years of helping to deliver babies in West Norfolk

An Auxiliary Nurse who has helped to bring hundreds of babies into the world is retiring after 44 years.

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Nifty knitters present Twiddle Mitts

Nifty knitters have been doing their bit to help dementia patients who are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

Members of the North Wootton Evening Women’s Institute Craft Group have been busy creating 15 wonderful Twiddle Mitts.

The knitted hand mitts, which are decorated with items such as buttons, beads, zips, ribbons and much more, have proved to be therapeutic for patients with dementia. The mitts help patients as they provide an activity for their hands.

Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and the numbers are set to increase.

WI members Sandy Wilbraham and Judith Thatcher handed over a beautifully presented package of Twiddle Mitts to Associate Chief Nurse of Medicine Andy Evans on Wednesday, September 21.

Mrs Wilbraham said: “The suggestion to make Twiddle Mitts was made to our craft group and it seemed a very worthwhile project. We found the pattern on the WI website”

Mrs Thatcher added: “They have been simple things to create and we hope that they will be beneficial for the patients.”

The QEH has also been presented with Twiddle Mitts from the creative knitters at Age UK Norfolk.

Director of Nursing Catherine Morgan said: “We are incredibly grateful for the donations of Twiddle Mitts from the North Wootton Evening WI and also Age UK Norfolk.

“Twiddle Mitts have proved to therapeutic for patients as they provide something to do with their hands.

“When they are discharged, each patient takes home their Twiddle Mitt so we are always in need of more. So we are hoping other craft groups will be able to help.”

North Wootton Evening WI meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Junior Hall at North Wootton Community School from 7.30pm.

New members are welcome to join the group, which also puts on a range of actibvities including speakers, lunches and more.  For more information go to WI Website.


 Pictured are: Dorcas Atkin, Judith Thatcher, Associate Chief Nurse Andy Evans and Sandy Wilbraham

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Innovative solution to help ease anxious waits for parents

Waiting for your child to come out of an operation is never going to be easy for anxious parents but this could change thanks to an innovative solution introduced to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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Supporting the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning


Staff and patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be doing their bit in the fight against cancer by raising money at a World’s Biggest Coffee morning.

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Donation to honour Howie Ellison

The memory of a popular East Winch man has been honoured with a donation to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

Howard Ellison, known as Howie, was a patient at the hospital before sadly losing his battle to cancer on May 25.

Mr Ellison, who originated from Newton-Le-Willows, made many friends while working as a mechanic in King’s Lynn. He had also won awards for keeping and breeding tropical fish but was also enjoyed squash, bowling, computer games along with building remote controlled planes and spending time with his grandson Bradley, 11.

His wife Mary, daughter Leigh and son Anthony have decided to donate the £1,476.75 which was raised during a collection at the funeral service to the hospital’s Macmillan Centre.

Mrs Ellison said: “It means an awful lot to make this donation and we wanted it to go somewhere which helps people.

“Howard was a very light-hearted man and always had a smile on his face. He was a family man and loved spending time with Bradley.

“We wish to thank everyone who supported the family after Howard’s death.”

Dr Ioannis Gounaris, from the hospital, received the cheque from Mrs Ellison and family on Tuesday August 23.



Pictured are: Bradley and Leigh Didwell with Mary Ellison and Dr Ioannis Gounaris

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Donation in memory of Jamie

Family and friends have honoured the memory of a young mother by raising a further £900 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Jamie King was just 34 years-old when she lost her battle to stomach cancer in 2003 and had been treated at the hospital.

Her mother, Beverley Boon, and friend Josie High hold a bingo and raffle each year in Jamie’s memory and raise thousands of pounds for the QEH.

The latest bingo, was held in Pott Row Village Hall on August 23, was once again a big success and raised £900.

Mrs Boon, of Roydon, said: “We organise the bingo in memory of Jamie and we hope it will make the lives of other cancer patients better. I would like to thank Josie and her family for their hardwork in running this event.

Mrs High, who lives in Grimston, said: “We really enjoy holding the bingos and hope it makes a difference.”

They presented the latest cheque to Vicky Mitchell, the hospital’s Macmillan Support and Information Officer, and Research Nurse Hayley Webb.



Pictured from left are: Vicky Mitchell, Josie High, Beverley Boon and Hayley Webb

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Fun for all the family as QEH celebrates with open day

Emergency vehicles, state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment and glimpses behind the scenes of west Norfolk’s busy acute hospital will all form part of a fun packed open day next month.

The event, being held on Sunday, October 2, will see The Queen Elizabeth Hospital welcome the public though its doors to explore the hospital, learn more about how it operates, and share in its recent successes.

Dorothy Hosein, Chief Executive, said: “This day to celebrate just how far our hospital has come in recent years.

“As an organisation we are on a journey towards excellence and our achievements to date are something which should be celebrated not only by our staff, who have worked so hard, but also by the community we serve.

“The QEH holds a special place in many people’s hearts. It one of the area’s largest employers and is also where most people come for care when they fall ill.

“The Open Day is an important opportunity for people to see both the transformation to the hospital building, in terms of our new Theatres and our new Breast and Midwifery Led Birthing Units, but also see how  we are working to ensure we continue to provide an excellent standard of care to our patients.”

As well as a helicopter from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, an ambulance and a fire engine all on display, children will be invited to join a fun Bug Hunt and bring their wounded toys to be treated in the special pop-up toy hospital located in the Roxburgh Children’s Day Centre.

The X-Ray department, which has recently undergone a £1 million refurbishment project, will be open along with Day Surgery, Resus and many other areas of the hospital.

Visitors will also be able to have their blood sugar and pressure tested on the day thanks to the Diabetes and Cardiac Rehabilitation services.

Colleagues from the Guide Dogs Association, Deaf Association, Mind and the Red Cross, which runs a support service to help patients after they have been discharged from hospital, are also taking part.

Refreshments will be available in The Hub, the hospital’s restaurant, plus there will also be face painting.

Chairman Edward Libbey is urging people from across West Norfolk to come and share the hospital’s successes.

He said: “I would like to extend a warm invitation to our patients, the public and staff along with their families to join us on October 2.

“We held a similar event in 2013, which proved to be a big success and we are hoping for a similar response to the latest Open Day.”


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Then and now: How the life of a nurse in King’s Lynn has changed


Rules against relationships, opening doors for senior colleagues and working on the Septic Ward are some of the things which have changed over the years for junior nurses but one thing has not – providing tender loving care.

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Major refurbishment for Stroke Unit

The Stroke Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, will be undergoing a major refurbishment project later this month.

Visitors are advised that staff and patients on West Raynham Ward will be moving to Necton on Friday, August 26, for the estimated 10-week renovation scheme.

Plans for the 29-bed ward include the creation of a reception along with two meeting rooms to provide greater privacy for staff and families.

The ward’s make-over will also include new decoration, flooring and lighting while the toilets will also be refurbished.

Friends of the Stroke Unit have continued to support the hospital with their fundraising efforts, for which the Trust is very grateful.

Hospital Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein said the ward uplift will not only help patients but staff as well.

She said: “There is a great family atmosphere on West Raynham Ward as patients can stay with us for some time during their rehabilitation.

“That is why it is important that the environment is right. We are hoping this uplift will help patients along with making it a bright place for staff to work in.

“This is the latest in a series of building projects, which are helping us on our journey to become an outstanding Trust in all areas of patient care.”

Recent improvements to the hospital’s estate include the £3.2 million theatre renovation project, £1 million refurbishment of the X-Ray department along with the creation of the Breast Unit and the Waterlily Unit, which is our midwife-led birthing centre.


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