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BSOA medal for Dr Tom Neal

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One of our Consultant Anaesthetists has been awarded a prestigious honour and we're very proud!

Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Tom Neal has been awarded the British Society of Orthopaedic Anaesthetists President’s Medal. He received the pretigious award for his work in the field of anaesthesia for major onco-orthopaedic surgery. Well done Tom!

The British Society of Orthopaedic Anaesthetists (B.S.O.A) is a specialist society for anaesthetists with an interest in Orthopaedic Anaesthesia. Find our more by visiting their website: www.bsoa.org.uk

Mrs Ivy Olds sets a new record at ROH!

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Mrs Ivy Olds set the record this month as the oldest patient to ever receive a new hip at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Northfield.

At 99 years old, Mrs Olds holds the record as the oldest patient to ever undergo the operation at the Trust. The operation was a success and our team are delighted with her recovery.

Her consultant, the fantastic Mr Roger Tillman said; “It is unusual to list a patient so advanced in years for this sort of operation, but Mrs Olds is as fit as a fiddle. Her new hip will reduce the pain she was experiencing and will allow her to return to doing the things she enjoys.”

Mrs Olds, who lives in Shirley, is pleased with the new lease of life her new hip will afford her. She said; “I’m looking forward to not having to use a walking stick anymore! I’m already feeling much better. The care has been perfect, I couldn’t fault it.”

Her son Pete said; “My mum has always been active, so it’s fantastic to see her doing so well. Now she has a new hip she can get up and down stairs and continue playing bingo with her friends!”

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'It Is Amazing!' | A Patient Blog About Our Food

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The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital was recently mentioned in a newspaper article about food hygiene. Unfortunately, it was rather negative and not based on fact. The truth is that our hospital is extremely clean and hygienic and patients love the food!

But don't take our word for it. Blogger, and mum to a patient at the hospital, Bethy Butler, wrote a piece all about her experiences of the food at our Trust. Bethy and Kieran have been patients here for a long time. Bethy writes a really moving blog about her and her son's experiences which is definitely worth a read. Read on below!

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'Little Dude, Big Attitude' a blog from Bethy and Kieran

Now, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has been in the press due to food hygiene, it’s a load of rubbish, the Birmingham Mail and other national newspapers apparently have slated the hospital. This is bizarre, as when you check the food hygiene website for Birmingham it ranks a 4 which is more than other local eateries that retail to the public.

It’s our second home over here and Ki loves his food! And he always enjoys ROH meals, either on the ward or in the Café Royale.

After almost 13 years of visits we have seen the facilities literally ‘rise from the ashes’ after a fire gutted the kitchens in 2009. The food was prepared in temporary buildings, and then in a temporary canteen during which time TV chef James Martin worked with staff her to create a new menu to go with the new facilities that took a further 18 months fit into the newly built kitchen/restaurant and the staff took onboard tips and it is successful, not your ordinary run of the mill hospital food – no triangle pre packed sandwiches – freshly made huge baguettes, cooked breakfasts, and main meals that you would expect in restaurants – yesterday my husband treated me to Beef stroganoff – delicious and even put in a container to allow him to bring it up to the ward, today Kieran had beef in mushroom gravy – and at some hospitals kids get nuggets or fish fingers with chips and beans, it is amazing! I just don’t understand where the press get their info!

During the filming of James’s TV show, Kieran spotted him after physio and rolled himself over, and asked him to tell staff he didn’t like potato croquettes – He must have made a lasting impression as later at the Good food show James’s spotted Kieran and invited him to a live BBC Good Food show stage event, where Kieran was presented with a signed chefs coat, his own cooking set and cookbooks signed by the chefs at the show – and Kieran and I were invited to stay at the Talbot Hotel in his home town, Ki was over the moon!

At the hotel, the food was fabulous, and Kieran asked for fish and chips! Not just fish and chips, but hand cooked by James himself! He had a blast! We spent several days and tried so many delicious dishes – in a beautiful hotel! So I am surprised that the same person who worked with ROH staff, creating a fab menu – which they have adhered to – leaving a lasting legacy – at a fantastic hospital has meant negative press – I would invite any member of the press to try the meals – and read the local food standard’s review – I know they would enjoy!

Tomorrow’s menu is chilli con carne for lunch with a choice of sides, and braised lamb for supper – Kieran’s choice! However, he might just fancy a plate of veg some days, or even sliced apples – his fav breakfast and one which the kitchens catered for sending him 5 different types of apple to work his way through!

Today we got Kieran out of bed, a little stroll in his chair to say hi at the Café, and some nice sausages for his hobbit breakfast needs! But after a crazy afternoon with a minor emergency I missed the café as it closes at 6 – so I’ve had a Yorkie and a cup of coffee – I will hopefully make up for that in the morning with a nice full English – if Kieran will let me escape that is, after working so hard today and with a lot of pain – I think we will struggle to move him and the only food I will be getting close to will be the banana (board) for transfers.

Anyway, I’m bloody knackered and hoping to get a bit of sleep as if not, and he is discharged, I will struggle to focus on driving to get him home!

Night night!

You can reead more from Bethy and Kieran here

The FSA rate our food hygiene as 'good'

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It was incorrectly reported in the Sun newspaper and in some other sources, that The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has a Food Standards Agency rating of 2. 
 
Our rating is 4 or 'good' as indicated on the Food Standards Agency website.
 
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital takes hygiene very seriously. Anyone visiting the Trust should be reassured that our hospital is extremely clean and hygienic, both on the wards and in the kitchens.

95% Satisfaction Rates

Our patients consistently sing the praises of our catering team as evidenced by our patient satisfaction surveys. In September 1,415 people were asked how satisfied they were with the hospital and 95% were 'satisfied or extremely satisfied'. Many of our patients made positive comments about the catering, including: 

'Top class food'
'Surrounds very clean, food excellent'
'Everyone was very professional and friendly. Food was very good too'
'Food good, exceeded expectations'
'Everyone was very friendly, food very good for patients'

Excellence

We strive for excellence in everything we do and catering is no exception. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is an extremely safe and clean hospital with excellent facilities and good food. We are proud of the services we provide and our patients really value what we do.
 
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Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 2 November 2016

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 2 November 2016 commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.

        

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.

Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Jane Colley at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dame Yve Buckland

Chairman

Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960

Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution

Publication of the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan

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Today (Monday 24th October) marks the launch of the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), which focuses on how health and council leaders will work together to deliver better health and care for our communities. Demand for health services continues to grow, so we plan to work together to strengthen quality of care while also making resources go further.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has played a role, along with hospitals across the area, in developing this plan, and in particular has focused on how its role as part of the National Orthopaedic Alliance can help to improve orthopaedic care across Birmingham and Solihull/

You can read the plan here: www.birmingham.gov.uk/stp

Chairman Dame Yve Buckland and Chief Executive Officer Jo Chambers of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have released the following statement in support of the plan:

 

“The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is pleased to be able to support the launch of the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Plan. Working alongside colleagues from health and social care across this area is something that is of huge importance to the large population we serve. In the face of increasing health challenges and a pressure on funding, combining our efforts is a really positive step forward, and the right thing to do. The plan is one that really focuses on supporting people to maintain their independence, and spend less time in hospital.

“Here at the ROH, this is something we very much support, in the knowledge that when people are safe to leave us after surgery or treatment, being at home and among familiar faces is by far the best aid to their recovery. The ROH is part of the National Orthopaedic Alliance vanguard, an organisation working with other specialist centres nationally to improve orthopaedic outcomes for patients, raise quality standards and reduce variation. We are looking forward to working together with colleagues across Birmingham and Solihull, as well as listening to our communities, as we further develop our plans”

If you have a question about the plan, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Statement from Mark Rogers, System Leader, Birmingham and Solihull STP and

Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council

The NHS has been working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to develop a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Birmingham and Solihull.

The ultimate aim is for people, wherever they live, to lead fulfilling, healthy, independent lives, whilst being able to access the right early help as and when they need it, and for appropriate services to be available and easily accessible when people can no longer live independently.    

The NHS in Birmingham and Solihull has a proud history of delivering high quality care to patients and families, and we have much to celebrate about our primary care, community and hospital based services. Local Authorities have worked hard to transform social care services, focusing on supporting people to live independently for as long as is it is possible for them to do so.

Both health and council services are facing huge challenges. There are real concerns about the health and wellbeing of our communities, including the effects of poverty, obesity, diabetes, cancer and infant mortality. Like most of the country, it’s an increasing challenge to meet accident and emergency (A&E) waiting time targets, there are variable levels of GPs and nurses for the population size and collectively we aren’t as good as we’d like to be at getting people out of hospital and properly supported in their own homes.

Money is also very tight across the NHS and local government. It is getting harder for councils to continue to provide social care for adults, as budgets shrink and it is getting more difficult for the NHS to continue to meet the rising demand for all of its services from young and old, as people live with multiple conditions and more complex treatments become available. More also needs to be done to support people with mental health issues.

To put this into perspective, if we carry on running our services as they are now we would need an additional 430 hospital beds by 2020 just to meet demand. That equates to the size of a general hospital, and there simply isn’t the money to build that hospital and provide the staff to run it. More importantly, this isn't the answer anyway because what's needed is better community services that keep people well, independent and in their own homes.

This situation is set to get worse unless something changes, so organisations have come together in a way they haven’t before, with a real sense of commitment and purpose, to create a draft plan to transform the health and care system. Everyone is clear that this is a real opportunity to do things differently, building a stable, sustainable, high-quality, efficient health and care system that works for the people of Birmingham and Solihull.

What is being published today is the draft submission to NHS England, the body which sets the priorities and direction of the NHS. It is not final and no decisions have been made about changing the way services are provided. It is a reflection of current thinking about what needs to be done to address the big gaps that exist in health and wellbeing, care, the quality of services and the financial situation. It proposes what could be done to improve and transform primary care, community care, social care, mental health, maternity and wider hospital services. It is a work in progress.

Now that a high level draft plan has been created, all organisations involved with the STP want to talk to those people who live and work in Birmingham and Solihull about how it can be improved and what needs to be done to make it happen. Those from local government and the NHS services working in partnership on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will be running a number of events over the coming months to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, and we will keep you posted about where and when those will be.

In the meantime, if there is something in the plan that you want to tell us about, please get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks

Mark Rogers, System Leader

We need your help! Support Our Runners

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This Sunday, a team of runners from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital are taking part in the Great Birmingham Run. We're running because we believe our hospital changes lives. We're running because we want to make a difference.

Help us make a difference

Everyday, nurses and doctors at our Trust give amazing care, always going the extra mile. So we decided that if they can go the extra mile - so can we! Every penny we raise will go towards improving patient care. We need your help! We'd be incredibly grateful if you'd sponsor us. Your donation will make huge difference!
 
 
We're planning to use all the funds we raise to improve patient experience in our Children's High Dependency Unit. We look forward to sharing how we spent these funds in the future!
 
 

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 5 October 2016

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The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 5 October 2016 commencing at 1100h in the Board Room at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters.

        

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. The agenda for the public part of the meeting is available on the website.

Questions for the Board should be received by the Trust Board Administrator no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: Trust Board Administrator, Jane Colley at the Management Offices or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dame Yve Buckland

Chairman

Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960

Members of the Public and Press are entitled to attend these meetings although the Trust Board reserves the right to exclude, by Resolution, the Press and Public wherever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons, stated in the Resolution