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Deaf Awareness Week: a BSL welcome to ROH

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As it's Deaf Awareness Week 2016, we wanted to share a quick welcome video to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital! Signing here is our Head of Communications, Sally.  
 
 
Deaf Awareness Week 2016 is all about tearing up society's assumptions about people who are deaf or have hearing loss and turning the spotlight on the incredible things they CAN do. With your help, we'll be busting the myths and accentuating the positive during daily discussions. You can find out more about Deaf Awareness Week 2016 here.

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 6 April 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 6 April 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

The next meeting in public of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS Trust Board will take place on Wednesday 6 April 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

Notice of a meeting of the Council of Governors

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Date: Friday 04 March 2016

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Council of Governors of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that a meeting of the Council of Governors will be held in the Board Room on Wednesday 9th March 2015 at 1300h to transact the business detailed on the attached agenda.

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend the public session which commences at 1300h.

Questions for the Council of Governors should be received by the PA to the Chairman and Associate Director of Governance & Company Secretary no later than 24hrs prior to the meeting by post or e-mail to: PA to the Chairman and Associate Director of Governance & Company Secretary, Jane Colley, Trust Headquarters 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 Council of Governors 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

From actors to gardeners – we want you!

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Whether you are an aspiring actor, have great people skills or just want to help out with admin, there is a voluntary post to suit you at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH).

We are on the look-out for dedicated volunteers who are able to help us with a variety of tasks, including helping medical students learn by pretending to be patients.

Simulated patients spend their time being examined by fourth year medical students, sometimes using a specific scenario, and then feeding back how they got on. It’s not a job for the bashful, as these volunteers often have to strip down to their underwear.

Peter Brookes, who has previously featured in Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Shaun of the Dead, explains why he applies his acting skills to the ROH: “I really enjoy helping people. It’s great encouraging young doctors to improve and help give them confidence. I find it very rewarding. We have a lot of fun too – all the volunteers get on really well together.”

Other volunteering opportunities include:

  • Ward helpers – making sure patients have drinks and biscuits when they need them.
  • Patient survey helpers – supporting patients share their views on the care they receive.
  • Clerical workers – supporting the hospital by doing simple administrative tasks.
  • iPad users – to support patients filling out online questionnaires.
  • Gardeners – to help us maintain the beautiful grounds we have here in Northfield.
  • Greeters – to welcome new patients to the hospital in Outpatients and help them find their way to the right place.

Volunteer co-ordinator Gail Booth said: “Volunteering is a great way to expand your skills, meet new people, and help others. Here at the ROH we have a fantastic group of volunteers, and we’d love to welcome more to the team. Volunteers make a huge contribution to our work and we offer full training and support, and can be flexible with hours and days worked.”

If you would like to find out more about any of the volunteering roles listed here, please contact Gail on 0121 685 4226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Cancer Research at ROH: developing a new finger prick test

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Our hospital has always prioritised research. Since our inception in 1817 we’ve been leading the way in research and development, and almost 200 years later, we’re still doing amazing things! As it was World Cancer Day on 4 February, we wanted to share a bit more about a trial the Research Team is helping to support called ‘The RNA (ribonucleic acid) Silencing in Primary Bone Cancer study’ which has the potential to support earlier cancer diagnosis.

The RNA Silencing in Primary Bone Cancer study is a trial looking at patients who have been diagnosed with chondrosarcoma (a rare type of bone cancer) and are listed for an excision surgery or an amputation. We are working with the University of Norwich who have developed this study to investigate the role of Micro RNAs in causing chondrosarcoma.

The aim is to develop a finger prick test for those at risk of this cancer. They are hoping that this finger prick test will facilitate early diagnosis. The Lead Nurse for this RNA study is Laura Bird, Senior Research Nurse and the data manager is Laura Bird.

The patients who are approached by the Research Team are those with low or high grade chondrosarcoma who visit the hospital for an excision or amputation surgery. A small blood sample is taken and a sample of their tumour is sent to the University of Norwich for further investigations. So far, 18 of our patients have consented to the study and early indicators and reports from the University of Norwich suggest that the trial is proving successful.

The Research Team are always busy, as Melony Hayes, Research Sister explained,

“We consented a total of 385 oncology patients to various research trials in 2015. These trials range from observational studies in which patients complete questionnaires, to sample collection studies such as the RNA Silencing in Primary Cancer study. We also carry out interventional studies which may include longer MRI scans to gain additional images for a better diagnosis or injections to help shrink the size of a tumour which would otherwise be inoperable.”

Our Research Team do an amazing job of ensuring that ROH continues to be a knowledge leader. This spirit of innovation and learning is crucially important for our patients and for the care we offer.

If you'd like to find out more about this study, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To find out more about World Cancer Day, click here.

 

Pictured above left to right: Ellie Keeling, Senior Research Nurse, Hannah Spencer, Research Data Manager, Laura Bird, Senior Research Nurse, Claudette Jones, Senior Research Nurse, Siobhan Roche, Research Data Manager and Melony Hayes, Research Sister

Notice of Public Board Meeting on Wednesday 3 February 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 3 February 2016 commencing at 11:00am 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 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

Metal-on-metal implants update

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It has recently been reported that a type of metal-on-metal hip implant previously supplied by DePuy and manufactured in the UK may have been faulty due to manufacturing defects which led to sizing incompatibility. This sizing error during production could wear the implant out prematurely.

This type of metal-on-metal hip implant hasn’t been used at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital for five years. Patients who received the implant have been identified and are already being reviewed annually.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our PALS team on 0121 685 4128 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.