"B50 Ward Move"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Mental Health Services for Older People – Inpatient

(as a staff member),

B50 has been given notice to quit the ward by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The date set for the patients to move has been decided as 10th December. As Cherry Ward at Highbury Hospital is not yet ready for us to move into, we are moving to A23 at the QMC temporarily, and will share the ward space there with them.

Staff and patients and carers are preparing for the changes and challenges that lie ahead. Ward Manager Helen has involved patients and staff; talking about the changes for several months now. Everyone voted on choosing the new ward name and staff have helped in choosing designs for the ward.

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Response from Helen Forrester, Ward Manager, Cherry Ward Highbury Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust We are preparing to make a change

Thank you for the comments made on the move: the deadline is drawing closer and all of us on the ward, patients and staff, are doing our bit to ensure it progresses as smoothly as possible.

B50 values the input and feedback from our patients and families, it helps us to improve our service and has helped in the process of commissioning Cherry Ward at Highbury Hospital. By finding out what people think and want from our service we can effect beneficial changes to the service we provide.

This is the driving force behind our being involved in the Feedback Challenge, so whatever means of feedback is preferred by patients and families, (Patient Opinion, Questionnaires Letters, PALS) it is welcome and ensures we are open and responsive.

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Response from Helen Forrester, Ward Manager, Cherry Ward Highbury Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I want to provide an update and let everyone know that we did move as planned to A23; patients, visitors and staff have worked hard to settle in to our half of the ward. Thanks to everyone for their patience and contribution to making the ward work as effectively as possible. We still do not have a definite date to move to Cherry Ward at Highbury Hospital, but the builders and contractors have made tremendous progress since Christmas and things are taking shape. Cherry Ward is beginning to look more like a ward and less like a building site!

The ward has continued with the Feedback Challenge and we welcome the involvement of the wider staff group, the Involvement Team, Volunteers and patients and visitors; feedback is vital to help us provide a user friendly service.

Best wishes

Helen Forrester

Ward Manager B50/Cherry Ward on A23 QMC

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