Last week, George Eliot Hospital and public sector trade union, UNISON, were pleased to welcome their partnership delegates from a Nicaraguan Hospital to sign the second stage of a ‘twinning agreement’. The twinning agreement is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to assist both parties to learn together, share expertise and improve the quality of health services for patients and staff.
The full agreement framework was signed between the George Eliot Hospital and Nilda Patricia Hospital in Cuidad-Sandino, Managua. George Eliot Hospital. Acting Chief Executive Kath Kelly and Dawn Downs, Branch Secretary for UNISON signed on behalf of the Hospital and Dr Carlos Molina and Heysel Medina signed on behalf of the Nilda Patricia Hospital. The event was supported by UNISON representative Ravi Subramanian.
The event was held to celebrate the beginning of the twinning relationship and to affirm the mutual support between our unions and hospitals.
Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Sebastian Yuen and UNISON, Branch Secretary, Dawn Downes and Deputy Convenor Roy Emblen welcomed the delegates who attended on Friday 17th April, and hosted a tour of the hospital.
The Tour visited inpatient and outpatient departments focusing on modern techniques and new innovations within the hospital. This included demonstrations of state of the art imaging techniques within Radiology, portable transport incubators within the Maternity Neonatal Unit and also facilities within the Coronary Care Unit.
Carlos and Heysel were particularly impressed with the new Lorenzo Electronic Patient Record System and the fast access to the Internet within the hospital to access research information. In Nicaragua, the hospital does not have access to the internet. The new partnership also started a new group to share information between the two hospitals utilising online translating software to help support future collaboration.
Dawn Downs, Branch Secretary, George Elliot UNISON Branch, said:
“We would like to thank our Nicaraguan partners for coming to visit us at the George Eliot Hospital and we look forward to sharing the learning in this new partnership.”
Thank you to UNISON West Midlands for sponsoring the exchange.
Thank you also to Nuneaton Ukulele Jam Band for providing the days entertainment.