Executive visits the Royal Liverpool University Hospital
THE chief executive of the
NHS and the national NHS Commissioning Board, Sir David Nicholson,
KCB, CBE paid a visit to the Royal to learn about the Trust's latest
research, a new stroke initiative and future plans for the new
hospital and Liverpool BioCampus.
Sir David visited the Emergency Department (ED) and the Acute
Medical Unit, meeting staff and learning more about how we look
after patients in the busiest ED in Merseyside, learned more about
our status as a major trauma centre and how we manage patients to
ensure they receive the right treatment at the right time.
Sir David visited the Stroke Unit
at the Royal, to learn more about a brand-new stroke telemedicine
initiative, which will help increase the numbers of patients given a
life-saving clot busting drug called thrombolysis. The Stroke
Service at the Royal has been rated as one of the best performing in
England in recent audits by the Royal College of Physicians.
Sir David also toured the Clinical Research Facility to talk to
staff and patients about the latest research to advance the care of
patients and spoke to staff about increasing the amount of research
and drug trials taking place at the Trust; potentially helping to
save lives and generate income for the NHS.
Sir David said:- "It is always a privilege to see at first
hand, examples of how hospitals are improving the quality of care
they provide to patients. The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is
striving forward with new plans and initiatives around research and
development, which can only benefit patients. It was a pleasure to
meet staff on the front-line and to speak to patients; who are at
the heart of all we do in the NHS; and hear about their positive
experiences. Its future plans will help to provide even greater
achievements in the field of life sciences."
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive, said:- "We were delighted to
welcome Sir David to the Royal and show him some of the achievements
of our staff and our plans for the future. We have a great future
ahead with the new Royal and the Liverpool BioCampus, which are
absolutely crucial for the further regeneration of Liverpool."
GRADUATE VOLUNTEERS ON WORLD'S LARGEST CHARITY HOSPITAL SHIP
BIRKENHEAD local and
Biological Sciences graduate Lizzie Clegg (21) has recently returned
from volunteering onboard the world's largest hospital ship, the
Africa Mercy, in Guinea. Lizzie's dedication to the patients
and volunteering onboard the Africa Mercy is particularly
significant during Student Volunteering Week that started on 11
February and runs until 16 February 2013.
Managed by the National Union of Students, Student Volunteering Week
gives organisations like Mercy Ships the opportunity to thank young
volunteers like Lizzie, as well as encourage students to sign up and
help make a difference. Run by international charity Mercy
Ships, the Africa Mercy offers free medical care and humanitarian
aid to some of the world's poorest people and is currently on a 10
month outreach in Guinea. Although Guinea's mineral wealth
makes it potentially one of Africa's richest countries, its people
are among the poorest in West Africa.
Lizzie has been onboard the Africa Mercy for over three months and
has been volunteering in the ship's galley cooking for around 400
people every day, as well as assisting the eye team in her spare
time. Lizzie said:- "I want to be a doctor and as the
applications are so competitive it is really important to have some
experience working with patients. I wanted to do something where I
could actually help people. Mercy Ships provided a perfect
opportunity to do that. I worked in the galley feeding the other
volunteers and then, on my days off, helped with the patients.
I had so many amazing experiences on board. I really enjoyed going
to the Hope Centre and playing with the children. The Hope Centre is
a Mercy Ships funded project where they support local hospitals.
This year part of the programme was to upgrade a wing of the Ignace
Deen Hospital in Conakry which means the hospital will be left with
upgraded facilities when the ship leaves in the summer. People who
need a longer recovery period than the ship can provide can stay at
The kids are so beautiful, when we drive up they come running up to
play, which is extraordinary as most of them have both legs in casts
from their feet to their thighs!
I also really loved working with the eye team. It's so rewarding to
see people's lives literally transformed in front of your eyes.
People who have been unable to see for years have their sight
restored. They are so happy it makes everything worthwhile!
Mercy Ships really is an amazing organisation. It works with local
communities, governments and NGOs helping to build sustainable
development such as the Hope Centre; the money invested will be put
to use by the hospital when Mercy Ships leaves.
Each person is loved and cared for as an individual. It is so
powerful and has reinforced my decision to study medicine."
Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, said:-
"Volunteers are the lifeline of the charity and without them we
simply would not exist. We are extremely grateful to people around
the UK, like Lizzie, who continue to support us."
The Africa Mercy is staffed by up to 400 volunteers from 40 nations
that give up their time to help others. Volunteers range from
surgeons and nurses, to cooks and engineers. The Africa Mercy
was converted from a Danish rail ferry into a state-of-the-art
hospital ship, with 6 operating theatres, X-ray facilities and CT
scanner, a pharmacy and a laboratory. There is capacity for 78
in-patients with four wards and a small intensive care unit, as well
as accommodation for 450 volunteers. Founded in 1978, Mercy
Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued
at more than £630million, helping in excess of two million people.