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2008-10-13 09:00:48

By Kate Foster THEY once ruled the wards in their starched uniforms and white frilly caps, their bossiness epitomised by actress Hattie Jacques in the Carry On films. Now the first matron is to appear in a Scottish hospital for almost 30 years. A new training scheme has just been completed and the first batch of Senior Charge Nurses, dubbed 'modern matrons', have begun to patrol wards in the Scottish Government's latest move in fighting superbugs and improving patient care. Some...

2008-10-03 18:00:32

READY for action - that's Northumberland's team of 28 community matrons who specialise in looking after housebound patients with long-term illnesses. The team - part of the County's district nursing service - work with patients, carers, doctors and other agencies to help people live at home and manage their chronic condition. They have been recruited by Northumberland Care Trust to meet the Government target of 3,000 community matrons across the country by 2008. And they are all...

2008-09-28 00:00:29

Nurses are saving up to 30 minutes per shift thanks to a bright idea from one member of staff. An innovative project thought up by Lincoln County Hospital nurse Samantha McCarthy is paying off, say managers. Ms McCarthy, who works in the emergency admissions unit, came up with the idea to save time by scrapping verbal hand-overs between staff when changing shifts. Instead, nurses starting their shifts are required to read patient notes. The hospital says it has released nurses to...

2008-08-30 09:01:03

Three new matrons will bring more than 50 years of combined experience to the nursing staff of a Somerset hospital. Paul Jagger, Andrea Mostyn-Jones and Katy Evans have joined the team at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, which serves 340,000 local people. The three matrons will head up the general theatres, cancer and maternity nursing teams in the hospital. Mr Jagger, who lives in Stoke St Michael, has been appointed as matron in general theatres after nine years of nursing. He has...

2008-08-06 18:00:38

MATRONS at a Mersey-side hospital are to hold weekly surgeries to hear comments and complaints from staff and patients. University Hospital Aintree is starting the project after a suggestion from a member of the public. Zena Sephton, matron of head and neck surgery and orthopaedics said: "It will be a two-way process and we hope staff and patients will want to voice their comments. "The suggestion came originally from a patient's family and the Matrons' Group developed the idea at a...

2008-07-06 00:00:22

Former Nhs worker Nancy Sampson (82) worked at the old Lincoln County Hospital building in St Anne's Road before to the birth of the NHS. One of 13 children, five of Mrs Sampson's siblings followed suit and worked for the NHS as well as her late husband, George, who was head gardener at the former St John's mental hospital, Lincoln. "I was taken on by the hospital when I was 17 because I liked sewing," said the great-grandmother who lives in Gaunt Street, Lincoln. "We used to repair all...

2008-06-24 18:02:46

By Madeleine Brindley Health Editor PLANS for a new infection-fighting uniform for nurses across Wales will be unveiled this week. The new compulsory uniform will be designed to reduce the risk of hospital super-bugs, such as MRSA, spreading between patients and staff on clothing. And it will be "impractical" to wear outdoors, ending public concern that nurses are wearing their uniforms outside work. But the uniform will also enable patients and visitors to distinguish between...