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Work to start on new main entrance

Construction begins on a modern new main entrance at Milton Keynes University Hospital from Tuesday 3 January 2017.

The new building will contain additional seating areas, a Costa coffee and convenience store and will provide the ever-increasing number of staff, patients and visitors visiting the hospital with a contemporary and welcoming main route into the hospital building.

The new main entrance will be located opposite the hospital’s multi-storey car park and will be constructed in front of the existing entrances 5 and 6 of the main outpatients building and the entrance to the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) department.

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The Singing Club at Cancer Services

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A singing club for cancer patients has been set up by a Macmillan Information and Support Specialist Nurse at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

“Singing can have many benefits for cancer patients including helping people with their breathing and elevating their mood,” explains Fay Grech-Marguerat, Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the Macmillan unit in the hospital. “It’s also a social activity, bringing people together to have fun and achieve a common goal.”

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Local Students Help Improve Hospital Facilities

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A custom-made wheelchair specifically designed for children by a third year student from Middleton Primary School was unveiled at Milton Keynes University Hospital on Friday.

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Nurse on a Mission!

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Staff Nurse Lisa Driscoll made a pledge last year to make sure that ‘Every patient in the hospital has a gift this Christmas’ and launched a Facebook appeal to fill as many Shoeboxes with gifts as she could. The extraordinary generosity of the people of Milton Keynes was so overwhelming that every patient did receive a gift - and so Lisa has decided to it all again this year.

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Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust rated Good by CQC

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been rated by England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals as Good overall following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The rating of Good was awarded to the Trust for being effective, caring, responsive and well-led following an inspection in July this year.

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Dedicated Home Birth Service Launch

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A new dedicated Home Birth Service comes into operation on November 23 - giving women and their families in Milton Keynes a fundamental choice in how and where their baby is delivered. This is a change from the current service, where home births are done by a community team.

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Public Summary of BLMK STP Released

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A public summary of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) sustainability and transformation plan (STP) was published on Tuesday, 15 November, along with the official publication of the full draft plan for the local area.

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Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit and Surgical Assessment Unit moves – Monday 14 November

From Monday 14 November, the Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (AECU) will be moving to the Acorn Suite (located next to A&E). They will be joined by the Ambulatory Emergency team from the Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) on Wednesday 16 November to create a combined front-door emergency pathway for our patients. These moves will be the first step in delivering our implementation plan for the development of our new ward which will be situated by the Treatment Centre and is scheduled to be completed by March 2017.

On Monday 14th, patients who have appointments in the AECU will be directed to the front door of the Acorn Suite where they will need to use the intercom system to enter. Appropriate signage will be in place and wayfinding volunteers will be stationed outside of the Acorn Suite and AECU/A&E from 8am to direct patients accordingly. 

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Work Experience Recognition – Bronze Award

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This week we have been celebrating all the great work that has happened to help facilitate over 140 students for work experience placements.

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Hospital corrects inaccurate media reports about on-site staff parking

Following the publication of an article about staff parking at the hospital in the MK Citizen on Friday 14 October, Milton Keynes University Hospital would like to correct the many inaccuracies presented in the story.

The story, which quotes two unidentified members of staff, made a number of claims that were incorrect and misleading. These relate to:

  1. Chief Executive, Professor Joe Harrison has a designated parking space;
  2. Staff pay a percentage of their wage to “guarantee parking”;
  3. “It has been claimed that this (the percentage staff pay) will increase to fund a new car park”.

 

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