6 December 2022
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Rise in cases of strep A and scarlet fever

Viruses that cause sore throats, colds and coughs are in high circulation as we move further into winter. They usually resolve without needing special medical treatment or medicines, however children can develop a bacterial infection in addition to a virus, which can make them more unwell. One of these bacteria is called Group A streptococci.…

1 December 2022
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Critical Care Sensory Garden celebrated following restoration

A plan to convert an unloved courtyard into a sensory garden for patients in the Critical Care Unit at Conquest has finally come to fruition. Spearheaded by Pauline Simes, Head of Critical Care Unit, and Vicky Streeter, Critical Care Administrator, the planning for the project started back in 2018. After a lot of fundraising and…

1 December 2022
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Nursing Times Workforce Summit and Awards finalists

The Nursing Times Workforce Summit and Awards took place last week and we were delighted to be finalists in the ‘Best International Recruitment Experience’ category. The gala award ceremony brought together over 700 professionals from across the health and care community and gave the opportunity for networking and collaboration, before the winners of 2022 Nursing…

24 November 2022
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Pulse oximeters provide better, safer care for newborns

Tiny Tickers, a charity that gives pulse-oximetry machines to maternity units to help diagnose congenital heart defects (CHD) in newborns, has donated ten monitors to the trust. Newborn screening for a congenital heart defect involves using the pulse oximetry machines to measure oxygen levels (oxygen saturation) through sensors placed on the baby’s skin. Claire Croft,…

24 November 2022
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Porter Gregg is our Hero of the Month!

Gregg Wicks is a Porter at Sussex Premier Health. Gregg was working late one evening when he noticed an elderly gentleman who was the last in the clinic. The gentleman was a bit anxious about being so late leaving the hospital, so Gregg waited for him to finish. Gregg knew they were both getting the…

10 November 2022
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Community rehabilitation: keeping patients – and patient flow – moving

Community rehabilitation plays a central role in many patients’ journeys of care, but also plays an important part in getting patients safely out of hospital and back to their homes – as well as stopping them from coming into hospital in the first place. We caught up with Georgia Daines, one of our Associate Practitioners…

9 November 2022
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Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Exercise Group mark 20th anniversary

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of the Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Exercise Group, which runs in the gym at Eastbourne District General Hospital on Friday evenings. Many of the group have been attending since it started, which is an amazing achievement. Debbie Soave, Team Lead Neurophysiotherapy Outpatients, said: “Group members worked on an exercise…

3 November 2022
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Restorative supervision: empowering our nurses to care for themselves too

Michelle Bridger is a Professional Nurse Advocate delivering restorative supervision to colleagues in nursing and beyond. The Professional Nurse Advocate Programme was set up in March 2021, towards the end of the third wave of COVID-19. This was the start of a critical point of recovery: for patients, for services and for our workforce. Michelle…

13 October 2022
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Celebrating our Allied Health Professionals

Allied Health Professionals (AHP) play a vital part in providing care to patients in the NHS. Encompassing a wide range of therapist professionals as well as radiographers, dieticians, podiatrists, osteopaths, operating theatre practitioners, orthoptists, prosthetists and paramedics, the ongoing treatment and welfare of our patients couldn’t continue without their dedication and expertise. This year Allied…

13 October 2022
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Meet our Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

Speaking up is about anything that gets in the way of patient care or that affects your working life. Speaking up can be offering a suggestion for improvement, raising a concern, or whistleblowing. The trust has two Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, Dominique Holliman and Ruth Agg. To celebrate Freedom to Speak Up month this…