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Chairman's Bulletin May 2012

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Welcome to May's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.

I am delighted to inform you that the new Ronald McDonald House is now open. It will provide accommodation for families of patients at the Children's Hospital and Newborn Intensive Care at Saint Mary's. Ronald McDonald House Charities aims to provide free 'home away from home' accommodation at hospitals, enabling families to stay close to their child and maintain a degree of normal family life.  The £7.5 million house includes:

  • 5 floors
  • 60 rooms, 240 beds
  • Kitchen/Dining Room
  • Day room, play room, games room, TV room, Quiet/reading room.
  • Garden and roof garden.

I am looking forward to attending a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of the building work for a new NHS dialysis unit in Stockport which will open in 2013. It is our partnership between our Trust and Fresenius Medical Care. Patients will be under the clinical care of consultants based at Manchester Royal Infirmary and the nurse-led dialysis unit in Stockport.

The new unit will be open six days a week and will provide life-saving treatment for up to 96 patients, as well as providing facilities for patients to be trained in self-care. Providing dialysis treatment closer to where patients live will cut patient journey times and improve their quality of life.

The recent article in The Independent on the work and achievements of our nursing staff prompted two high level visits from the Department of Health.  Lord Howe, Parliamentary under Secretary for Quality, and Dame Carole Black, Chair of the Responsibility Deal health at work network, came on two separate occasions to see for themselves how nursing standards had been raised over the years.  They both visited ward areas and were impressed to hear how our ward accreditation scheme has made a significant difference to the standards of care provided. 

If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at peter.mount@cmft.nhs.uk.