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Enhanced model of care starts at Alnwick Infirmary

Tuesday, 08 July, 2014
Enhanced model of care starts at Alnwick Infirmary

A new model of expert nursing care is in place at Alnwick Infirmary.

Two highly-skilled senior nurses – called nurse practitioners – have joined the team on Ward 1 and are providing an enhanced service to patients.

Diane Burton and Kris Mole have a wealth of experience working elsewhere in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and are offering specialist support to staff and consultant physician Dr James Morton who is resident on the ward two days a week.

Diane has spent her entire nursing career caring for elderly patients.

Since qualifying eight years ago, Diane has held a number of roles in community hospitals in Northumberland.

Diane, who lives in Rothbury, said: “I’m delighted to join the team at Alnwick Infirmary and I’m looking forward to bringing the skills I’ve learnt from caring for elderly patients in Blyth, Morpeth and Berwick to the ward at Alnwick.

“I’m really excited about the new role which enables us to provide real continuity of care for patients from the moment they’re admitted to the ward to when they’re discharged that will greatly benefit them and their families.”

Kris joins the team at Alnwick Infirmary 15 years after starting at the hospital as a healthcare assistant. After qualifying as a nurse in 2002, Kris has worked at Wansbeck General Hospital caring for patients with heart problems.

Kris, from Amble, said: “It’s fantastic to be returning to Alnwick Infirmary to where it all started for me, albeit in a very different role.

“I have extremely fond memories of working at the hospital and I’m pleased to be part of this new model of care providing an enhanced level of nursing care to patients.”

Kris has also gained experience outside of the NHS, as part of the Territorial Army. Two years ago Kris was in Afghanistan overseeing the running of a 50-bed major trauma ward.

The nurses will be able to diagnose, assess and review patients, order tests and treatment and prescribe medications.

The highly-successful model is already in operation across Northumbria Healthcare’s hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Julie Button, modern matron at Alnwick Infirmary, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Diane and Kris to the team at Alnwick and look forward to working with them to provide the very best care for our patients.”

Ward 1 at Alnwick Infirmary provides rehabilitation, discharge planning and support for patients who have been admitted to hospital for a range of acute medical conditions. It provides specialist rehabilitation for those who have suffered a stroke, as well as palliative care much closer to people’s homes.

The team of nurses and healthcare assistants are supported by multi-disciplinary teams made up of therapists, social workers and care managers.

In addition to specialist inpatient care on the ward, Alnwick Infirmary has a range of services for the local community including outpatient clinics, diagnostics, theatres, day surgery, minor injuries unit and a midwifery-led maternity unit.