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Overseas nurses enjoy afternoon at Oaks Hospital
Thursday 30 March 2017

Staff at Oaks Hospital were delighted to welcome nurses visiting from Japan for a tour of the hospital.  The visit was part of a week-long stay in the UK for the six nurses to study English at the Colchester English Study Centre and also learn about the British healthcare system.

The group were met by Oaks Hospital’s Training and Development Co-ordinator, Donna Morgan, who spoke about private healthcare, the patient pathway at Oaks, and the grades of nursing staff employed at the hospital.  Donna said: “It was interesting to meet nurses from a different culture and to share with them how we manage our patients. They were very interested in the differentiation of NHS and private patients and Patient Choice. They were also particularly interested in the skill mix of nurses in the unit and the differing roles of the HCAs.”

During the tour, the group were also keen to hear about Oaks Hospital’s recent ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the part staff played in the pre-requisite inspection. Areas visited included the ward, recovery, ambulatory unit, outpatients, radiology and physiotherapy areas.  They were also pleased to meet a number of consultants including ENT Surgeon Mr Arcot Maheshwar, Cardiologist Dr Nick Robinson, Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Makarand Tare and Mr Sam Datta, Urologist.  The finale of the afternoon was a traditional cream tea in the hospital’s restaurant complete with a lesson on how to prepare an English scone – butter, cream and jam!

The nurses’ itinerary also included visits to St Helena Hospice, Colchester Hospital and Ipswich Hospital.

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