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Junior doctor industrial action - An update

We have cancelled approximately 108 outpatient appointments and 36 elective procedures (including some day cases) as a result of the junior doctor industrial action. 

We are working hard to ensure all appointments are rearranged as quickly as possible and apologise for any distress caused to patients. Patients will be contacted directly by the hospital to reschedule any cancelled appointments. If any patient is concerned, please contact the clinic number on your letter. 

 

Hospital fully prepared for junior doctor industrial action

Ahead of the impending industrial action by junior doctors in England on the 12 and 13 January, Milton Keynes University Hospital has been working tirelessly with the British Medical Association to minimise disruption to our services. 

The hospital has contingency plans in place to ensure that patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures on the hospital over this period those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some planned clinics and operations may need to be postponed and rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

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Interested in becoming a Public Governor?

A Public Governor opportunity has arisen in the Hanslope Park, Olney, Sherington and Newport Pagnell area. The Trusts Council of Governors provide a vital role in representing the interests of the hospitals members and make sure services are meeting the needs of the local community.

More information on the upcoming election can be found here and if you are interested in applying for the position, please see here. Completed nominations must be received by the Returning Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 20 January 2016.

Eaglestone Restaurant re-launch!

Hundreds of staff and visitors enjoyed a very warm and lively welcome to the hospital’s new look Eaglestone restaurant as it officially re-opened, serving free tea and sandwiches to thank customers for their patience during the refurbishment. 

MKUH Deputy CEO John Blakesley thanked the Hospital’s League of Friends for their tremendous support in raising £25,000 to provide all of the new furniture at the restaurant. The fantastic new addition of soft, comfy sofas was proving particularly popular with staff and visitors alike!

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Junior Doctors Industrial Action Cancelled

Due to the short notice given for the cancellation of the junior doctors’ industrial action on Tuesday 1 December, Milton Keynes University Hospital will go ahead with its contingency plans for this period and those planned appointments and operations that were postponed will remain postponed.

Our contingency plans for periods of the industrial action included the postponement of some planned clinics and operations to ensure all of our patients remained safe. All of those patients whose appointments were cancelled were notified in advance to give them sufficient notice. Given that the hospital now does not have sufficient time to contact the affected patients and rearrange their original visits, we will contact them in due course to arrange a different date in the future.

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MK Hospital fully prepared for junior doctors industrial action

Ahead of the impending industrial action by junior doctors in England on the 12 and 13 January, Milton Keynes University Hospital has been working tirelessly with the British Medical Association to minimise disruption to our services. 

The hospital has contingency plans in place to ensure that patients in need of urgent and emergency care will continue to receive the treatment they need, when they need it. However, due to increased pressures on the hospital over this period those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some planned clinics and operations may need to be postponed and rearranged. In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

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Our hospital shows support for World Antibiotics Awareness Week

Our Pharmacy and Microbiology teams urged healthcare staff and the general public to reduce antibiotic misuse this week as part of the World Antibiotics Awareness campaign.

Antibiotics only affect bacteria so are largely ineffective in treating viruses such as colds and the flu but are sometimes prescribed unnecessarily. Using antibiotics too often will cause bacteria to become resistant, so the World Health Organisation (WHO) are trying to put a stop to antibiotic misuse and patients taking it for the wrong reason.

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Cardiac Rehab Lifestyle talks

Our Cardiac Rehab team are holding a series of lifestyle talks over the next few months occurring every Monday in the Eaglestone Function Room at the restaurant.

The full list of the talks and the corresponding dates can be found here or for more information, please contact the Cardiac Rehab team on 01908 996408.

Hospital Work Experience Program Continues to Thrive!

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Following the success of our first work experience scheme for nursing staff, eight local students were invited to take part in our latest version of the program – for non-nursing roles! The scheme followed a similar format, mixing both academic work with clinical and non-clinical placements around the hospital.

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Healthwatch event - Tuesday 3 November

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Healthwatch are holding a free event in Middleton Hall, Centre:MK on Tuesday 3 November from 10am-6pm for all to attend to find out more information about health and social care services in Milton Keynes.

The event has been hugely popular and insightful in previous years so this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what is available here in MK. A full agenda with more information can be found here or for full details on the event, please see the Healthwatch website.