Royal Bolton Hospital shortlisted for prestigious award after staff saved baby's life

The Bolton News: Dr Archana Mishra, Rachel Hodnett and little Finnley Dr Archana Mishra, Rachel Hodnett and little Finnley

THE Royal Bolton Hospital has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award after medics saved the life of a little boy.

Finnley Hodnett had to be resuscitated following his birth in June last year at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, due to a shortage of oxygen.

Once stabilised, he was transferred to the Royal Bolton Hospital, where he underwent life-saving treatment which was carried out using special cooling equipment at the hospital’s neonatal unit.

Finnley, who turned one last Saturday, has since made a full recovery and lives with his parents and sister at their home in Lymm, Cheshire.

As a result of its life-saving work, the hospital has been shortlisted under the ‘Value and Improvement in Medical Technology’ category of the Health Service Journal Value (HSJ) awards.

Dr Archana Mishra, Consultant Neonatologist at the Royal Bolton Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive care Unit, said: “We’ve had some notable successes and it makes me very proud of what we have been able to achieve for these babies and their parents.

“Sadly it doesn’t always work in every case, but parents have been grateful that we have all given their baby the best possible chance.”

Finnley’s mum Rachel, aged 40, stayed at the hospital for 10 days while her son received treatment and says she was given the best level of care by staff.

She added: “The work done by the hospital is absolutely priceless. They turned around a horrible situation and made it into a really good experience.

“The nurses did a fantastic job — they seemed to have a sixth sense of when I was going to break down.

“Every day we thank the unit and the treatment for potentially saving our little boy and preventing lifelong complications.”

Some babies are born with a shortage of oxygen, which can damage their brain and other organs.

But the equipment used at the Royal Bolton Hospital gives babies the best chance of survival and avoiding long-term harm.

The Royal Bolton Hospital has also been nominated for the HSJ award for Value and Improvement in Pathology Services.

This follows a scheme which has reduced the time and costs of key pathology tests.

The HSJ Awards ceremony will be held in Grosvenor House, London, on September 23.

The Bolton News has launched the Best of Health for Bolton campaign to urge people to rally behind the Royal Bolton in its fight to become a “super” hospital.

The Healthier Together plans could see the hospital become a specialist centre.

Consultation is expected to be approved by NHS England in July.

Under the bid, bosses at the Royal Bolton say they will invest in the accident and emergency department, as well as maternity, children and obstetrics.

It is the biggest change to the NHS in decades.

The public will be encouraged to decide where they want the five specialist centres to be based in Greater Manchester.

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10:32am Sun 29 Jun 14

Comment777 says...

Well done to all concerned. However, why must this be rewarded as it is the duty of all medical staff involved to preserve life.
Well done to all concerned. However, why must this be rewarded as it is the duty of all medical staff involved to preserve life. Comment777
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11:09am Sun 29 Jun 14

Thatissowrong says...

Lovely result for the family. Sub text surely must be " doctors and nurses do their job ". How does this qualify for an award? My wife almost died at this hospital because doctors and nurses didn't do their jobs: I
Lovely result for the family. Sub text surely must be " doctors and nurses do their job ". How does this qualify for an award? My wife almost died at this hospital because doctors and nurses didn't do their jobs: I Thatissowrong
  • Score: 7

11:48am Sun 29 Jun 14

Staceywilliams1980 says...

Totally relate to this story. I had a difficult delivery with my son, he was an undiagnosed breech and was delivered at home on the living room floor with just me and my partner there (eldest daughter in bed). His head was stuck for a number of minutes when the paramedics arrived to help deliver his head, which resulted in him not breathing and blue in colour. They tried for some time to resuscitate him and thankfully managed to get a few air bubbles in his nose so they rushed him off in the ambulance with my partner and a crash team at RBH awaited outside to rush him to the unit where he was put into the incubator with probes/ wires in his head. By the time I had got there, a lovely nurse told me the concerns they had for him and I was so grateful for her honesty. For the whole time the doctors and nurses were fantastic and the care they gave my boy was amazing. Within a day my boy was improving and staff were amazed with his recovery, a doctor came in especially to see him the next day and told us his surprise about the recovery so quickly. I truly believe that the care and attention we got saved my boy (and of course the paramedics who will always be my heros and I would love to meet them one day). My son is 2 years old now and absolutely perfect, but that is a time I will never forget and every detail remains so clear.
Totally relate to this story. I had a difficult delivery with my son, he was an undiagnosed breech and was delivered at home on the living room floor with just me and my partner there (eldest daughter in bed). His head was stuck for a number of minutes when the paramedics arrived to help deliver his head, which resulted in him not breathing and blue in colour. They tried for some time to resuscitate him and thankfully managed to get a few air bubbles in his nose so they rushed him off in the ambulance with my partner and a crash team at RBH awaited outside to rush him to the unit where he was put into the incubator with probes/ wires in his head. By the time I had got there, a lovely nurse told me the concerns they had for him and I was so grateful for her honesty. For the whole time the doctors and nurses were fantastic and the care they gave my boy was amazing. Within a day my boy was improving and staff were amazed with his recovery, a doctor came in especially to see him the next day and told us his surprise about the recovery so quickly. I truly believe that the care and attention we got saved my boy (and of course the paramedics who will always be my heros and I would love to meet them one day). My son is 2 years old now and absolutely perfect, but that is a time I will never forget and every detail remains so clear. Staceywilliams1980
  • Score: 16

6:07pm Sun 29 Jun 14

davidjb says...

Thatissowrong wrote:
Lovely result for the family. Sub text surely must be " doctors and nurses do their job ". How does this qualify for an award? My wife almost died at this hospital because doctors and nurses didn't do their jobs: I
so when your dragged out of a burning building by a fireman you will plainly say, im not thanking you as your just doing your job. ungrateful c...
[quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: Lovely result for the family. Sub text surely must be " doctors and nurses do their job ". How does this qualify for an award? My wife almost died at this hospital because doctors and nurses didn't do their jobs: I[/p][/quote]so when your dragged out of a burning building by a fireman you will plainly say, im not thanking you as your just doing your job. ungrateful c... davidjb
  • Score: 9

10:12pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Thatissowrong says...

davidjb wrote:
Thatissowrong wrote:
Lovely result for the family. Sub text surely must be " doctors and nurses do their job ". How does this qualify for an award? My wife almost died at this hospital because doctors and nurses didn't do their jobs: I
so when your dragged out of a burning building by a fireman you will plainly say, im not thanking you as your just doing your job. ungrateful c...
If say thank you mr fireman for doing your job. To a doctor and nurse for nearly killing my wife not so.
Nasty c...
[quote][p][bold]davidjb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: Lovely result for the family. Sub text surely must be " doctors and nurses do their job ". How does this qualify for an award? My wife almost died at this hospital because doctors and nurses didn't do their jobs: I[/p][/quote]so when your dragged out of a burning building by a fireman you will plainly say, im not thanking you as your just doing your job. ungrateful c...[/p][/quote]If say thank you mr fireman for doing your job. To a doctor and nurse for nearly killing my wife not so. Nasty c... Thatissowrong
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