GP & Partner Bulletin - July 2015

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July 2015

Welcome to the July issue of Pulse The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's GP and partner bulletin. Each issue will round up the latest news from inside the Trust and present it in this e-newsletter. If you would like to make any comments about this issue or if you have any suggestions for future content then please email the editor

HEADLINE NEWS

Healthier Together decision - single service model for hospital care

Clinical leaders across Greater Manchester as part of Healthier Together have decided unanimously that Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport will be the fourth hospital in Greater Manchester to provide emergency medicine and specialist abdominal surgery as part of a single service network in addition to services based at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal and The Royal Oldham Hospital under proposals to drive up quality and standards.

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Quality Accounts report published

The Trust‘s Quality Account Report for 2014/15 is now available on our public website. It includes a lot of interesting information around our performance against a number of local and national standards, how we have performed against our key quality priorities and sets our priorities for this year. The report also highlights some of the key achievements and developments we have made last year to improve our services, patient care and the patient experience. 

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BBC Dragons’ Den RemPods rolled out at Rochdale Infirmary

An innovative product that started out life as a pitch to the investors on BBC Dragons’ Den has been introduced at Rochdale Infirmary as part of a new holistic therapy for dementia patients.

RemPods are essentially full size pop up themed canvas backgrounds from yesteryear which come complete with furniture and background sound effects to enhance the sensory impact. The pods are being used for reminiscence therapy sessions for patients living with dementia.

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Watch the new dementia RemPods video 

New dedicated clinical research unit at Trust

Patients participating in high quality clinical research trials at the Trust can now attend their appointments in a purpose-built research unit.

The specific unit at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury is housed in the former ward 19 and provides a bespoke unit for conducting clinical research, which provides most of the services for research staff to carry out research effectively.

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Over 12,000 people sign up to support our Trust

Over 12,000 people have now signed up as Foundation Trust public members to support and have a greater say in how their local hospitals are run in the future.  

As a Foundation Trust, Pennine Acute, its hospitals and community services will remain part of the NHS but will have much more freedom from central government to manage the way it runs the hospitals. In becoming a Foundation Trust, the Trust will become a membership organisation accountable to the population it serves across Greater Manchester. 

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New hybrid theatre at The Royal Oldham Hospital to enhance patient care

A £1.3M investment by the Trust has seen the creation of a new high tech hybrid operating theatre at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Known as the specialist vascular service theatre, the hybrid operation room is a state-of-the-art environment where high definition imaging and surgical tools are available. 

A full range of procedures can be carried out in the single room, ranging from endovascular procedures to hybrid, minimally invasive or open surgery.

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Annual Public Meeting & Trust Expo

The trust Annual Public Meeting will be held on Thursday 24th September from 4pm at The Sheridan Suite 371 Oldham Road, Manchester. Like last year, we will showcase a range of Trust services and achievements during 2014/15. There will be stands displaying information for staff and public to view.

New Cardiology Initiative

The Trust is introducing a new initiative in Cardiology Services across our Pennine Acute Hospitals, encompassing patients in HMR, Bury, Oldham and North Manchester CCGs.

This initiative applies to all patients admitted with acute coronary syndromes, or those who undergo elective coronary intervention.

There is a need to ensure these patients are always provided with a sublingual nitrate preparation on discharge, and just as importantly, have been given advice on appropriate use. By introducing this change we aim to improve self-management in our ischaemic heart disease patients, encouraging them to attend appropriately if symptoms are not responding.

Primary care clearly has a vital role to play in supporting patients to self-manage which will ultimately contribute to a reduction in avoidable admissions; although no specific action is required on your part in this initiative, I thank you in advance for your support.

The initiative will commence in August 2015. Should you require further information regarding this initiative, please contact Dr R Bruce Irwin

Consultant cardiologist on  0161 778 8554.

The Perfect Week for Patients

Our Perfect Week for Patients ended on a perfect note at Rochdale Infirmary which achieved 100% of its 4 hour waiting time target on each of the seven days, while our busy A&E at North Manchester General Hospital improved markedly, averaging 97.3% for the week and reducing waiting time breaches by more than two-thirds. A lot of effort went into making our Perfect Weeks across all our sites so successful. They have re-energised staff in every department and demonstrated what can be achieved with determined team-work.

The Perfect Week in Theatres

Following the success of the Perfect Week initiatives the Trust’s newly created Division of Anaesthesia & Surgery is planning to run a series of hospital-based initiatives called “The Perfect Week in Theatres” starting in early August. If you would like to help out as a volunteer Ward Liaison Officer please contact Nicola Hughes, Head of Theatre Services, on 0161 778 5248 or email Nicola.hughes2@pat.nhs.uk

The dates of The Perfect Week in Theatres for each hospital are:

  • Wednesday 5 August – The Royal Oldham Hospital

  • Monday 24 August – Rochdale Infirmary

  • Wednesday 9 September – North Manchester General Hospital

  • Wednesday 23 September – Fairfield General Hospital

EVENTS

Technology: helping our doctors connect better with patients’ health

25 August 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00

Venue

Education Centre, NMGH

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

A free talk with Libby Woodcock, Training and Implementation Manager

Cost

Free

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706 517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

 'A breath of fresh air', COPD talk with Dr Georges Kwong, Consultant Chest Physician

03 September 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00 

Location

NMGH

Venue

Seminar Room, Post-Grad Centre, North Manchester General Hospital

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

 
A free talk by for staff, patient's public and our FT members.

Cost

Free

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk


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