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“Hello, my name is… Jo” – MP backs NHS campaign

Jo Cox meets the Inreach team at Dewsbury and District Hospital

Jo Cox meets the Inreach team at Dewsbury and District Hospital

Patients at Dewsbury and District Hospital have joined MP Jo Cox in saluting a campaign called, “Hello, my name is…”

Created by Pinderfields consultant and cancer patient Dr Kate Granger, the initiative encourages NHS staff to pledge to always introduce themselves to patients, relatives and visitors.

And the campaign has been greeted with support from Dewsbury patients – with 87% telling a survey they felt introducing yourselves to patients properly was either important or very important.

Pioneered by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust “Hello, my name is…” has since been picked-up by 90 NHS organisations across the country and been endorsed by everyone from the Scottish Government to Sir Bob Geldof.

Mrs Cox said: “Some of the best ideas are also the simplest and here we have a great idea and our local NHS leading the way.

“Being in hospital can be a difficult, often traumatic, experience. Improving the way patients and staff relate to each other can make all the difference.”

During her latest visit, Jo met up with pledgers from Dewsbury and District Hospital’s Inreach team. With specialist skills in the care of older people and those with complex needs, the team makes vital assessments of patients’ physical, psychological and social needs helping to prevent delays in their treatment and aid a safe discharge from hospital.

Inreach has unique links with organisations such as Locala Community Partnerships to ensure care continues beyond hospital. Nurse practitioner Karen Russell-Hunt said: “Our work is all about building up good relationships with patients, carers and their relatives – and they certainly get our names and details on how to contact us!”

Questioning patients in departments such as accident and emergency, MRI (radiology), blood tests and X-Ray plus wards including children and elderly care, the survey showed that over half of respondents felt a good introduction from staff was vital. Of those who didn’t, many still felt that manners were important and nearly all paid tribute to the welcome given to them by the hospital’s volunteers.

Learn more about “Hello, my name is” by clicking here.


MP challenges Health minister over hospital parking

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Jo Cox speaking at Health questions

Batley & Spen MP Jo Cox challenged the government today to help the NHS offset the cost of parking charges at hospitals.

In an exchange in the House of Commons, Mrs Cox asked the health minister Ben Gummer if it was fair that NHS trusts were penalising people who are ill or in need of medical attention, and their loved ones, who were having to pay more and more to visit hospitals.

This, she said, was due to government cuts to NHS funding. In response, the minister said the Trust should look at cutting money from elsewhere in its budget.

The Mid Yorkshire trust has raised parking charges at Dewsbury and District Hospital and introduced charges for disabled drivers for the first time.

Mrs Cox added: “I am contacted on a regular basis by constituents outraged about this. It is quite clear just how upsetting and inconvenient parking charges are, not just for those who need to attend the hospital for care or appointments but also for family and friends who are visiting loved.

“New figures suggest that there are now 132 hospitals charging people with blue badges to park. This, and increasing existing charges, is absolutely the wrong thing to do.

“It is true that the trust has suffered from mismanagement in the past but this is not at play in this issue. It is down to how much money the trust gets from the government, which patently is not enough.”

MP concerned about CQC report into Yorkshire Abmulance Service (YAS)

Jo Cox, MP for Batley & Spen:

“I am very concerned about some of the findings published by the CQC and have scheduled a meeting with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) Chief Executive, Rod Barnes, to discuss some these issues.

However I am pleased that the CQC has recognised our service as being “caring” across the board. This is a deserved acknowledgement for the hard working and dedicated staff of YAS. These are some of the most committed public servants there are, and work under incredible pressure to save lives, day and night.

The government is imposing a 10% cut in the ambulance fleet and a 5% cut in staff by 2018. How can this be right at a time when locally and nationally the service is facing severe challenges in recruiting and training sufficient staff numbers to meet rising levels of demand? There is huge pressure on existing staff and response times and the government needs to act before this becomes a crisis.”