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High Sheriff of Warwickshire visits George Eliot

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High Sheriff visit

George Eliot Hospital hosted a visit from High Sheriff of Warwickshire on Monday 21st September 2015.

A short holy communion was held in the hospital chapel before the High Sheriff, Janet Bell Smith, was invited to a tour of the hospital.

Hospital Chaplain, Ricarda Witcombe and her team led the special service which was enjoyed by Acting Chief Executive, Kath Kelly, staff and local community.  Tea and cakes followed before the tour of the hospital was led by Acting Director of Nursing, Dilly Wilkinson.

Janet Bell Smith was confirmed as High Sheriff of Warwickshire on 2nd April 2015 at the former Court building in Warwick. This voluntary role acts as the Queen’s representative in the County for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order. The Office of High Sheriff supports the enormous contribution made by the emergency services, church and faith groups and the voluntary community.

Mrs  Bell Smith visited the 41 bed Acute Medical Unit followed by the Ambulatory Care Centre which looks after patients that treats patients in a day case environment. A visit to the Accident and Emergency Centre and Bob Jakin ward followed. Bob Jakin specialises in the care of patients with dementia. The last stop of the tour included a visit to the mortuary, where she was deeply impressed to learn about the work of this specialist team.

During the tour Mrs Bell Smith asked many questions and was extremely interested in the many developments in the hospital since her last visit seven years ago.

High Sheriff, Janet Bell Smith said:”I enjoy attending events like this and genuinely want to thank everyone I met today.”

Acting Director of Nursing, Dilly Wilkinson said: "We would like to thank the High Sheriff  for taking time to visit the hospital and meet a selection of our dedicated staff, volunteers and local community."

Further information

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust provides a range of hospital and community based services to more than 300,000 people across Nuneaton & Bedworth, North Warwickshire, South West Leicestershire and North Coventry.

The hospital, which was opened in 1948, provides a range of Accident & Emergency, elective, non-elective, surgical, medical, women’s, children’s, diagnostic and therapeutic services.

The Primary role of the Acute Medical Unit is to provide rapid definitive assessment, investigation and treatment for patients admitted urgently or as an emergency from the Emergency Department, and/or referred by their GP. The unit has 41 beds and is located on the 1st Floor of the main hospital building.

The Ambulatory Care Unit aims to reduce the number of patients requiring a stay in hospital. The Ambulatory Care Unit allows patients who would normally be treated as inpatients to be seen as a day case.

The unit can accommodate up to 8 patients and operates from 8am – 8pm. Patients come in to the unit for the day to undergo routine investigations, observations and treatments.

Accident & Emergency is one of the busiest departments at the George Eliot

Hospital, with up to 200 patients seen daily in the department, often more at weekends.

The team is the front end service that delivers care, investigates and stabilises patients before admitting them for further management, transferring to the Acute Medical Unit or discharging back into the community.

We have Senior Clinicians in the department 24/7 and there is a Consultant or Associate Specialist present 12 hours a day 365 days a year.

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