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UHMBT staff come together to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS

Staff, governors and patients got into the birthday spirit yesterday at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) to celebrate one of the nation’s much loved institutions.

Midwives on ward 17 at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) kicked off the morning with a live morning show for BBC Radio Lancashire. They gave personal and touching accounts of their roles as midwives and talked about different aspects of their profession including bereavement support, safeguarding and caesarean sections, as well as touching on the historical aspects of midwifery to present day.

Roz McMeeking, Matron for Gynaecology, UHMBT, said: “Happy 70th birthday NHS. Well done. I have spent the majority of my career working on this ward and a lot of mums, dads and babies come through it. My mum has always said to me that when you go to work you are going to be part of someone’s special day and I think we as midwives really appreciate that. It is a real privilege.”

Ian Robinson and son Oliver James Robinson

The show also celebrated new mums, dads and partners on the ward, including Ian and Katie Robinson and their baby son Oliver James Robinson, who was born on Wednesday 4 July, at 2.38pm, weighing 7lbs 8oz.

Yesterday, there were five babies born at South Lakes Birth Centre, and two babies born at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary – all sharing their birthdays with the NHS.

In the afternoon, special tea parties were held in the restaurants at the RLI, Furness General Hospital (FGH) and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) to thank UHMBT and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staff and volunteers. Around 150 people tucked into sandwiches and cake and raised a cuppa to the NHS reaching its milestone birthday. Radio Lonsdale played a show of vintage music interspersed with staff interviews at FGH, and there were displays of old photos, memorabilia and stands from Bay Hospitals Charity at all three events.

Volunteers at WGH tea party

Matthew Bradley, Waiting List Co-ordinator for General Surgery, UHMBT, said: “We had a great afternoon at the tea party. I’m immensely proud to be a part of a national institution and a national treasure. We’re all here because we care and it’s good to spend time celebrating how decades of that same attitude has brought us this far.”

Ann Addenbrook, Ward Clerk, UHMBT, said: “I feel very proud to be part of the NHS in its 70th year and being involved in our patients experience on the amazing newly built South Lakes Birth Centre. As a nation, we need to treasure the NHS as it is a fabulous organisation. A huge thank you to all who contributed to our afternoon tea party – it was well organised and a wonderful event, and it was so interesting to see all the memorabilia on show.”

Brilliant Bay Day

Lynne Wyre, Director of Nursing In Hospital, UHMBT, added: “The tea parties across our hospitals were not just about marking 70 years of the NHS but were also a celebration of our appreciation of the outstanding contribution our staff and volunteers and our community colleagues make to the organisation. They really do go above and beyond to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

Staff at Ulverston Community Health Centre received bottles of water, chocolates and a happy 70th birthday balloon from the Emmanuel Christian Centre to say thank you for the work they do.

A special NHS 70 Brilliant Bay Day hosted by the Improvement and LiA team was held at Castle Green. Staff gave insight to their improvement schemes and held a variety of market places.

As well as joining NHS organisations across the country in celebrating 70 years of the NHS, UHMBT is also celebrating the 20th birthday of when the Trust was formed on 1 April 1998 from the merger of Lancaster Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Westmorland Hospitals NHS Trust and Furness Hospital NHS Trust.

Lots has been going on across the Trust to celebrate these two huge milestones, including:

  • Aerial photos of staff, volunteers, governors and partners in the shape of a number 70 at the Trust’s three main hospitals
  • Thank you BBQs offering free food to UHMBT staff, volunteers and governors took place on Friday 29 June
  • Members of the Lancaster Medical Museum led a small display of historical medical equipment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on Wednesday 27 June

The celebrations don’t stop there! There is much more planned for the rest of the NHS70 year, including free talks for the public across Morecambe Bay about healthcare in years gone by. The talks will focus on the story of Eric Cooper, dentist at the Colditz Prison Camp, and include a small display of historical medical equipment. October’s talk will also include a talk on Lancaster Medical Museum. Anyone can attend these talks and there are still places available!

People can book a place for the talks by contacting the Membership Office on 01229 404473 or by email at: FTmembership.office@mbht.nhs.uk. They can also book online using the below links:

Details of other future events and celebrations will be shared soon! For more information, visit www.uhmb.nhs.uk, follow us on Twitter @UHMBT, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UHMBT

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2 responses to “Secretary of State hails UHMBT as an ‘example to the rest of the NHS’”

  1. I couldn’t agree more with the comments of Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for health.

    Over the last year, I have been an in-patient (4 times) and out -patient of LRI about 3 times.
    My admissions as an in-patient were all emergency admissions by ambulance.

    Although not part of UHMBT, I cannot help but mention the paramedics who work for N.W. Ambulance Service. The treatment I received from them was superb. When I arrived at A & E, I cannot praise more the Doctors and Nurses in the A & E for the quality of care I received and when I was admitted to the AMU, again I cannot fault the doctors and nurses caring for me. My only negative comment was in the AMU, the nurses were run off their feet and I applaud them for the level of care provided in such difficult circumstances, not enough nurses in my opinion, but I understand the reasons for this.

    There were some problems on my diagnoses due to clerical errors, ( show me a person who doesn’t make an error and I’ll show you heaven). My discharge letter diagnosed me with IHD & CCF, however these were soon rectified thanks to Mrs Mary Aubrey and her team. I suffer from type 2 brittle asthma as well as MS, so had to call the ambulance in line with my asthma plan. As IHD & CCF were on the paramedics record, they took me to Blackpool although I admit it took some persuasion to convince me as my paper records are at WGH.

    It was the best thing that the paramedics done. I had ‘atrial flutter’ diagnosed by LRI, but this had settled down after being prescribed Amioadrone, Digoxin and Riboroxaban by Dr Coupe at LRI.

    A Cardiologist/ Cardiophysiologist at Blackpool advised me my heart was back to normal sinus rhythm after a 10 lead ECG and two echocardiograms. Blackpool admitted me for just two days, and of course the news they gave me made me less stressed up.

    I have seen Dr Coupe at out-patients at WGH and he confirmed what Blackpool had said. I have to continue on Riboroxaban ‘pro tem’ as Dr Coupe has said my diagnosis is paroxysmal atrial flutter and doesn’t think I will need cardiac ablation or cardioversion.

    My grateful thanks to all, especially Dr Coupe and to the Blackpool Cardiologist, who’s name I cannot recall.

    • Ailsa Martin says:

      Hi James, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. I have passed your comments onto the teams involved in UHMBT as well as the North West Ambulance Service. Thanks again.

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2 responses to “Morecambe Bay Maternity Services invest in staff to invest in better care”

  1. Catherine McCullough says:

    It’s a pity that when it really mattered that the support wasn’t there for so many midwives
    However it was probably politic and was seen as colluding to express humanity to colleagues who were beleaguered with overwhelming stress of investigation after investigation
    This is not a caring profession

    • Ailsa Martin says:

      Hi Catherine, We are always looking at how we can improve our services and better support staff, and signing the RCM’s Caring for You Charter is one of the ways we will do this. Many thanks for your comment.

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