There are two more Macmillan iHope courses starting in May and June, virtually of course given the COVID19 pandemic. Many thanks to Christine Cowap, our regional Macmillan Engagement Lead for sharing this information:
The Swallows Charity Invitation to our May Patient & Caregiver monthly ONLINE meeting
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Meeting ID: 401 791 042
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Wed, 13 May 2020
18:30 – 21:00 BST
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IMPORTANT NEWS BULLETIN FROM CANCER SERVICES
Protecting patients visiting the Cancer Centre at MKUH
In these strange and challenging times, we are working hard to protect patients who under the care of the Cancer Centre.
Outpatients, Macmillan Chemotherapy Suite and Macmillan Irene Crosswell Wellbeing Lounge
Wherever possible and appropriate, clinics are operating over the telephone. This includes consultation with doctors, our psychologist, specialist nurses, our physiotherapist, our dietitian and wellbeing nurses.
If a patient needs to come in to the Cancer Centre for treatment, supportive therapy, a consultation or a blood test, we are doing all we can to keep them safe. Staff and volunteers are adhering to the government guidelines regarding personal protective equipment (PPE). This serves to protect our patients as well as our staff and volunteers.
On arrival at the Cancer Centre, visitors are asked to wait in their cars or to return later, unless it is absolutely necessary for them to attend an appointment, in very special circumstances. Our waiting room, chemotherapy suite and clinic rooms are arranged in such a way as to maintain at least two metres distance when sitting and we have signage in various areas to remind everyone to maintain social distancing.
Patients are asked to wash and disinfect their hands at every opportunity, as are staff and volunteers. We also redirect deliveries where we can to minimise the footfall through the Cancer Centre.
Some of the procedures carried out in the Cancer Centre require staff to be less than two metres away from a patient. However, staff are adhering to the government guidance so that our patients are kept as safe as possible.
Here are the main posts from the MKCPP Facebook group in which we now have more than 40 members. We update it several times each day as information comes in.
Monday April 6th, The Times newspaper:
20,000 cancer patients will be given their treament in private hospitals and clinics…and one of the private groups involved is Genesis at Great Linford. Fingers crossed…
Monday April 6th, video:
Latest hospital update from Joe Harrison, CEO of MKUH
A message from our CEO Joe HarrisonWe will ensure we keep patients, visitors, staff & the local community up-to-date with any changes here at the hospital.Please be kind, keep safe and look after each other.Thank you #TeamMKUH for your hard work & dedication now more than ever
Posted by Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on Friday, 3 April 2020
Monday April 6th, article:
How to make your own face mask, with a square piece of cloth, two elastic bands and NO sewing.
Sunday April 5th, article:
Large warehouse in MK to become UK’s major COVID-19 lab for test results
Thursday April 2nd, article:
Coronavirus advice for cancer patients from the Mayo Clinic in the USA
More posts and articles in the Facebook group – click here to view and please join us.
Michaela Tait, Patient Experience and Engagement Manager at MKUH, has sent us this up-to-date information about Covid-19 (coronavirus) as at March 17th, 2020.
Restrictions on visiting hours and non-urgent appointments to be rescheduled
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has taken steps to protect patients, staff and visitors and maintain the running of its services as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, including introducing restrictions on patient visits and postponing routine operations.
Urgent operations and operations that form part of cancer treatment will go ahead and patients should attend as planned.
These measures aim to reduce visitor footfall across the hospital – and with it the risk of spreading the virus – and maximise the number of hospital beds available for patients needing emergency care.