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Increasing imaging capacity and opening the door to new therapies at NNUH

A £2.5m project to improve diagnostics capacity and patient experience at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been completed with the refurbishment of the Nuclear Medicine service.

Work began at the hospital in January 2020 to reconfigure the department to increase the number of SPECT-CT scanners at NNUH from one to three.

The state-of-the-art gamma cameras help provide more capacity and flexibility to ensure urgent and cancer scans are carried out in a more timely manner and the new technology allows new procedures and therapies to the carried out.

The Nuclear Medicine department has been reconfigured and refurbished including new artwork by Norfolk artist Beverley Coraldean, which has been funded by the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Nuclear Medicine is a form of functional imaging that characterises how various parts of the body are working at any given time. Small amounts of radioactive material are injected into patients which act to mimic the physiological process being studied and are detected by a gamma camera. The gamma cameras installed in the new department are called SPECT-CT machines which can produce 3D images of patients with not only function but also anatomy fused together. This fusion gives radiologists better clarity and precision when identifying patterns of disease which ultimately leads to greater confidence in reporting.

Matthew Gray, Clinical Scientist, said: “This investment makes a huge difference to our Nuclear Medicine service and for local patients to provide high quality imaging for a range of conditions. We are in the process of trying to expand our therapeutic portfolio to incorporate relatively recent ‘theranostic’ radiopharmaceuticals that can provide diagnostic imaging and therapeutic action to target neuro-endocrine and prostate cancers. The expansion of Nuclear Medicine will enable the treatment and imaging to take place in Norfolk for more cancer cases removing the need for these patients to travel long distances for their cancer treatment.

“The department has also purchased a machine that is capable of generating radioactive gas to perform lung ventilation studies with the intention of expanding the lung imaging service and improved diagnostic imaging for patients with suspected pulmonary embolism.

We are also looking to make inroads into establishing a 3D imaging head and neck melanoma service using SPECT-CT imaging.”

Julie Cooper, Head of Grants for the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “It is lovely to see Beverley’s wonderful artwork making the unit attractive and welcoming.  The Hospitals Charity provides the ‘extras’ over and above what the Trust can do with NHS funding, and we are always keen to fund improvements to the hospital environment to enhance patients’ experience in our hospitals.”

Norfolk cancer charity Big C awarded provided a grant of £38,054 to the department so that all three camera rooms in this facility could be equipped with moving and static image LED ceiling panels and also equipped with a built in media unit to offer music and radio.
By providing this grant, the patient experience can be improved whilst they are waiting for the scan to complete giving comfort to patients and a much needed distraction. 

Dr Melanie Pascale, Director of Charitable Operations at Big C said: “It is fantastic to see the new LED ceiling panels in place and operational. Big C aims to continually improve the care for those locally who are affected by cancer and we were keen to fund this aspect of an innovative project to improve the patient experience.”

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Team NNUH Support Their Hospital Charity

Two teams from NNUH are undertaking different challenges to raise money for the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Staff from Gateley Ward are going to be putting on their wellies and hiking boots and each walking 73km during September to raise money to purchase an additional ECG machine for their ward to benefit patients. The 73km represents 73 years of the NHS.

Natasha Adams, Deputy Ward sister, said: “We walk many steps in a shift when we are at work but we wanted to set this challenge to get outside and enjoy the Norfolk countryside and raise the money to provide this extra piece of equipment for our ward to benefit our patients.”

Two Gynaecology Oncology Specialist Nurses Paula Canwell and Nikki Hunter took part in a charity skydive on 27 August to raise money for the VOiCE campaign, part of the N&N Hospitals Charity, which supports the treatment and care of gynaecological patients in their department.

Louise Cook, NNUH Head of Fundraising, added: “After everything that my colleagues have experienced with the pandemic it is incredible to have their support in fundraising. It is so lovely to have two teams at the hospital raising money to help improve and enhance the care for their patients. Please do support the two challenges in any way you can by sending messages of support or donations.”




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Hospital Charity’s Service of Remembrance

The annual N&N Hospitals Charity In Memory & Never Forgotten remembrance service was held in the NNUH Chapel in September behind closed doors due to Covid 19 restrictions still in place at the hospital.

The service was led by NNUH’s Head of Spiritual Care Adrian Woodhouse in the hospital chapel with members of the public invited to watch from home.

Chief Nurse Professor Nancy Fontaine talked about the effects of Covid on families, the community and NHS staff.

Staff members who participated in the service included Deputy Sister Lauren Jacques from the Critical Care Unit, Amrita Kulkarni from the Patient Experience Team and consultants Richard Wharton and Shoib Rehman

The service can be viewed here:


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Team prepares to chase Nessie for hospital charity

A trio of runners are training for a marathon in October on one of the most beautiful routes in the world, raising money for the N&N Hospitals Charity and a department close to their heart.

Elliott Catchpole, from Attleborough, and friends James Flannigan and Jonathan Lee will take part in the Loch Ness Marathon on October 3 2021, supporting the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital.

Elliott said: “My son, Oscar, has a rare and as yet un-named genetic disorder which means he has severe and complex medical needs. One aspect of this condition is that Oscar has extremely dangerous epileptic seizures, which have the potential to be life-threatening if not brought under control.

“The doctors, nurses and all the other carers at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital have, on numerous occasions, provided life-saving care for Oscar during his most dangerous seizure events.

“Oscar’s seizures began at just six months old and since then, he has not gone longer than 12 weeks without a seizure event. Oscar is now three years old and still fighting through all the challenges he faces, thanks to his own incredible strength and the amazing care from the Jenny Lind team.

“The money raised will be used to purchase medical equipment that will provide potentially life-saving support to not only Oscar, but all the countless other children who come under their care and protection.”

The Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacular route alongside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland – one of the world’s best known destinations with breathtaking scenery.

The marathon begins in moorland and continues through stunning scenery along the shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness to finish in the Highland capital of Inverness

You can support Elliott, James and Jonathan via their fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/Elliott-Catchpole

Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital Matron Teresa Miles said: “It is lovely to hear such wonderful feedback from Elliott and his family about the care Oscar has received.

“We are so grateful for this support and we wish Elliott, James and Jonathan all the best in their training and hope they have a wonderful marathon around Loch Ness.

“It’s donations like these which enable us to provide so many extras which make a huge difference to our youngest patients.”

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can support us, go to https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/

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Join our outpouring of thanks for our NNUH heroes

We’re just days away from the start of the nation’s biggest tea break and the chance to raise money for the N&N Hospitals Charity.

The charity wants as many people and businesses as possible to get involved by hosting or taking part in the NHS Big Tea and thank the incredible people in our hospital who have done so much to help patients over the past hugely difficult 18 months.

Starting on Monday 5 July, which is the official day of the NHS Big Tea and anniversary of the NHS, the charity is urging a summer of tea parties, right through to Sunday 5 September.

Each event can be in person or virtual, with friends, family or at work, and is a chance to reflect and say thanks for everything that NHS staff and volunteers have done and continue to do, by taking part in the nation’s biggest tea break.

The charity already has hundreds of people taking part across the region and is encouraging as many as possible to take part, following the current Covid guidance.

People can host their own event or they can show their support by taking five minutes to enjoy a tea break, donating £5 via https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/ and tagging five friends on social media @NNHospCharity and calling on them to do the same.

Thousands are expected to host events and NHS Charities Together has produced a pack to help those events go with a swing, to take part and get your pack, please visit:


Click HERE to download your BIG TEA Fundraising Pack.

The N&N Hospitals Charity supports patients, their families and our staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes the N&N Hospital, Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer Hospital. Every pound raised is invested to help provide life-saving and ground-breaking equipment, staff development, research, and enhanced environment and facilities at the Trust.

Picture: NNUH Medical Director Professor Erika Denton and Chief Nurse Professor Nancy Fontaine kicked off the charity’s Big Tea celebrations


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Creating special moments for patients facing end-of-life care

Wedding boxes have been put together by the N&N Hospitals Charity for patients who are receiving end-of-life treatment and wish to marry their partners.

The weddings are made possible thanks to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals chaplaincy team which has helped to create the special box filled with items to support a wedding at the hospital for patients whose diagnosis means they are unable to attend a registry office.

The items include decorations to transform the patient’s room, flowers, confetti, bunting, tea lights and keepsakes for the patient and new spouse.

Head of Spiritual Care Adrian Woodbridge, who leads the NNUH Chaplaincy team, said: “It is a real mixture of joy and celebration and a reflection of what the occasion symbolises. It’s a celebration of the couple’s love and commitment to each other and the staff really help lift the spirts, decorating the patient’s room and making a huge effort to create special memories. Due to the nature of the weddings, they are often at short notice. We support around four each year and these boxes make it easier for teams to create something special when time is limited.”

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said: “We are so grateful for the donations we receive which enable us to support areas like the Chaplaincy and create what is a moving, compassionate and special day for a patient at the end of their life.”

The Chaplaincy team is just one area of the hospital which you can support via the N&N Hospitals Charity.

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can get involved, go to https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/

Photo caption: Chaplain Jane Nursey with one of the wedding boxes.

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Runner completes ultimate challenge

Congratulations to runner Ian Chilley who is recovering after completing the ultimate challenge in support of the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Ian, from Lowestoft, completed the Thames Ring 250 – a 250-mile unsupported race – with a finishing time of just over 91 hours.

Ian, a member of Lowestoft Road Runners, had already completed a number of ultra-marathons, up to 100 miles, and regular marathons but wanted to take on the ultimate challenge in memory of his wife’s mum Mary Willett and  friend Martin Anderton who sadly both lost their fight against cancer.

“Both were treated at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, so I would like to raise some money for the Colney Centre to say thank you for taking such good care of them and in recognition of the hard work you all do.”

At the end of the gruelling race, he said: “Once again, it lived up to it’s brutal reputation in killing off racers. 54 entered, 46 started and 16 finished. I’m glad to say that I came 11th.”

The Thames Ring 250 follows the canals from Goring-On-Thames, to just past Northampton and back again. Runners have four days and four hours to complete the run, navigating using maps, and no outside support is allowed during the race except at checkpoints.

You can still support Ian via his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-chilley3

To find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity visit www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk @NNHospCharity






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New award for fundraiser, Simon Kindleysides

Simon Kindleysides, who became the first paralysed man to walk the London Marathon, has been honoured for his latest fundraising efforts which raised £14,000 for the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Simon set himself a goal to walk four miles every day of February this year, wearing a specially-made exoskeleton suit.

His challenge saw him take 8,000 steps each day and a total of 224,000 across the month. His amazing story was picked up by news outlets across the world, including Israel and Germany where a film crew followed him during a day of walking.

Last week, Simon won the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year category at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (East Anglia) Awards after he was nominated by the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Head of Fundraising Louise Cook said: “We are absolutely delighted for Simon winning this award in recognition of everything he has done to raise money for the charity.

“Not only did he set himself a gruelling challenge, inspiring so many others, but he also raised awareness of our charity and the work we do to support our hospitals.”

The money raised by Simon will support the Critical Care Unit at the N&N Hospital and the new planned children’s operating theatre project.

Simon was a dancer and a restaurant manager but in 2013 was diagnosed with a brain tumour and functional neurological disorder that left him paralysed from the waist down.

He said: “I was sitting at home doing nothing and I just wanted to do something to support the NHS and in particular, the teams at the NNUH, and I will be walking various four-mile routes through Norwich during the month.

“This lockdown is driving everyone crazy, mentally and physically so I wanted to push myself again.”

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity, go to https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/

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Norwich City kit auction raises thousands for Norfolk hospitals

Shirts worn by Norwich City players and other football-related items from the club have raised £15,243.42 for Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

Among the highlights were a Norwich City squad signed shirt which sold on the auction site eBay for £780 and a pair of shorts worn by Todd Cantwell which sold for £107.

Other shirts included those worn by players for the club’s game against Preston North End on Good Friday which featured an NHS rainbow logo.

In total, 44 items were sold with proceeds from the auctions split between the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the James Paget University Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

The club decided to raise funds to support staff and give back to those who have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The auction was the latest COVID-19 initiative run by the club over the past 12 months which has included club employees calling the lonely and vulnerable for a chat and delivering cakes and signed shirts to care homes and hospitals.

Head of Fundraising at the N&N Hospitals Charity Louise Cook said: “We are so grateful to Norwich City Kit Manager Pete Dye and everyone at the club who have raised this incredible amount for our hospital.

“Our staff have truly gone above and beyond in treating patients during the pandemic and we are delighted that this money raised through the club will go directly to supporting the welfare of our staff.”

Maxine Taylor, Charity Co-ordinator for James Paget University Hospital, said: “Thank you so much Norwich City Football Club and everyone involved in making this happen – what a fantastic amount raised!

“The monies will be used to support the welfare of our staff, who over the last year have worked tirelessly to support the local community and treat patients at our hospital.”

Head of Staff Engagement & Events at QEH, Amanda-Jane Weir added: “We are so very thankful and truly humbled for the hard work and kindness demonstrated by Pete and his colleagues at Norwich City Football Club. The money raised will have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of our staff at QEH who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

PHOTO: Deputy Chief Nurse Yvonne presented our Certificate of Thanks to club representatives.

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The Stock Shop reopens with new charity partnership

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s Stock Shop has become an official N&N Hospitals Charity partner following its reopening.

Raising awareness and essential funds, The Stock Shop, is located at the entrance of the West Atrium at NNUH and will also give staff a 20% discount.

Following the reopening of non-essential shopping, the team are raring to go and keen to support the charity that makes such a difference to staff and patients at NNUH, the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer and District Hospital.

Assistant Area Manager, Tracy Hall said: “Myself and the Norwich Stock Shop team are really excited to dedicate our fundraising activities to the N&N Hospitals Charity.

“It is very rewarding to know that all our fundraising will be allocated to our own charity within the hospital, and therefore the local community will benefit directly. We look forward to being a part of some great fundraising events within our shop during the next year, involving staff, customers and patients.”

Mercy Kaggwa, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said: “The Stock Shop has always supported the NHS and NHS staff more widely, but this new, direct and personal relationship cements the efforts that they want to make to our hospitals specifically here in Norfolk and the connection that they have with us, N&N Hospitals Charity as their Norfolk region charity of choice moving forward. We look forward to working together and assist in their fundraising which truly makes a difference for our colleagues and patients at the N&N.”

To show your support for N&N Hospitals Charity, you can purchase merchandise such as charity badges for as little as £1 in store, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can also leave a donation at the contactless donation point outside the shop itself.

If you would like to find out more or choose us as your charity of choice then visit:

www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk, follow us on twitter @NNUHCharity or email fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk

PHOTO: Mercy Kaggwa, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, and Janine Mayo from the Stock Shop.

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