Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

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Trust forecasts June surge in covid patients will be on a par with April 2020 peak

A trust in the South East is forecasting it will be treating as many covid patients in June as it was at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic last April.

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Patients left waiting after specialist trust closed outpost centre 20 miles away

Scores of patients have been left waiting more than a year for treatment and hundreds more making lengthy journeys, after a specialist foundation trust closed its outpost treatment centre based in another trust 20 miles away.

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How one trust vaccinated 6,400 staff in nine days

Mildred Johnson outlines how Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust implemented a covid-19 vaccine deployment programme

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Covid crisis forces suspension of maternity services

Some trusts in London and the South East are closing standalone birth centres and warning they cannot support home births because of high levels of demand for ambulance services from covid patients.

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Revealed: the nine hospital trusts where covid patients fill at least half the beds

Nine English NHS trusts now have at least half their adult acute beds occupied by covid-positive patients, with admissions still growing in every case.

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36 trusts see covid admissions rise by 20pc plus in a week

Thirty-six hospital trusts saw covid-19 admissions grow by more than a fifth last week, of which more than half have at least 10 per cent of beds occupied by covid patients.

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Four trusts cancel planned operations as covid pressures mount

All non-urgent elective operations are being postponed for at least two weeks in a health system still seeing significant and growing pressure from coronavirus.

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Hancock delays decision on controversial reconfiguration for 14 months

The health secretary has yet to make a decision on a contested reconfiguration plan, despite having received official advice on it nearly 14 months ago and the local NHS warning delays would lead to “avoidable death”.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: MSK Care Initiative of the Year

Ten million people in the UK suffer pain and/or disability from knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Enabling Self-management & Coping with Arthritis Pain using Exercise, ESCAPE-pain, is a rehabilitation programme that combines education, self-management strategies and exercise.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Finance Team of the Year

Over the past 18 months the Sherwood Forest Hospital’s finance team has focused on ‘Working towards excellence’.

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Teaching trust’s top nurse leaves after 15 years

A major teaching hospital trust’s chief nurse has stepped down after 15 years.

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Staff shortage leads to emergency reconfiguration of stroke services

A hospital is to stop providing acute stroke services from the end of this month after all but one of its specialist stroke nurses handed in their notice.

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Four trusts pull back from commercial pathology option

Trusts across Kent and Medway have drawn back from changes to pathology services which could have led to greater centralisation and even outsourcing.

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Former trust chief to chair STP

The former chief executive of a London acute trust is to chair the sustainability and transformation partnership in Kent and Medway.

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Campaigners lose legal battle against major reconfiguration

Campaigners fighting a regional centralisation of stroke services have lost their judicial review.

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Cancer drugs unit’s water contaminated by legionella

Legionella and pseudomonas were found in water meant for hand washing in a unit where medicines for cancer patients were prepared, HSJ has learned.

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Review of troubled service still not launched after 16 months

A royal college’s review of quality concerns at a pathology service — first approved in September 2018 — has yet to get underway, HSJ has been told.

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Staff shortage forces service centralisation ahead of plan

Surgery for aortic aneurysms has been moved out of a hospital ahead of schedule, following an emergency reconfiguration of services caused by staff shortages.

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Controversial stroke plans delayed

A controversial reconfiguration of stroke services in Kent and Medway will be delayed by over a year, regardless of whether an ongoing court case forces NHS organisations to change their current plans.

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Staff told to leave hospital’s flats to make way for new nurses

An acute trust has given notice to staff to move out of accommodation they have used for “some years” to make way for international recruits.