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MK Hospital fully prepared for upcoming junior doctors’ industrial action

Ahead of the impending 24-hour industrial action by junior doctors in England from the 10 to 11 February, Milton Keynes University Hospital has been working tirelessly to minimise disruption to our services. 

The hospital successfully ensured that the safety of our patients and the quality of our care was not impacted during the previous period of industrial action, and has used lessons learned from this to inform robust contingency plans for Wednesday.

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 24-hour period those in less urgent need of care may experience longer waiting times than normal and some planned clinics and operations have been postponed.

In all cases priority will be given to those patients with the most pressing health needs.

Professor Martin Wetherill, Medical Director at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We were assured and encouraged by our staff’s ability to provide excellent care during a period of industrial action in January and I have no doubt they will do so again on Wednesday.

“Our priority is always to ensure that our patients remain safe and are well cared for, and our extensive plans for the 24-hour period from Wednesday are designed to do this.

“We are contacting those patients that are affected by the reduction in our elective services and for those whose services have been postponed; we will be in touch to rearrange appointments as soon as we can.”

In the unlikely event that industrial action for Wednesday 10 February is called off, the hospital will go ahead with its contingency plans and those planned appointments that have been postponed will remain postponed.

Patients do not need to contact the hospital to rearrange their appointments - we will contact those affected as soon as possible to rearrange their appointments. 

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Would you like to join our ‘Twiddlemuffs’ campaign to help people living with dementia? Twiddlemuffs are sensory sleeves that are volunteers and supporters are making for patients so that they can keep their hands busy and are distracted from pulling at cannulas or drips.

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Norovirus at Milton Keynes Hospital

Some of our patients have been affected by vomiting and diarrhoea. We are asking you all to remain vigilant and do not visit our hospital if you have had symptoms of diarrhoea, and/or vomiting in the last 72 hours.

Norovirus illness usually includes a sudden onset of nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Though people can feel quite uncomfortable, the illness is generally not serious. People infected with norovirus usually get better on their own in a few days, without treatment.

It is highly contagious in all age groups and is common in our community.

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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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