GP & Partner Bulletin - September 2013

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September 2013

Welcome to the September issue of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust's GP / CCG 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

Trust unveils Quality blueprint plan for next 5 years

The Trust has unveiled a new Quality Strategy for the next five years which sets out a number of quality aspirations and priorities which the Trust and all its staff will focus on to improve patient care and patient experience.

Trust appoints a new chief nurse

Mandie Sunderland, who has been chief nurse at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust for the last five years, has been appointed as chief nurse for the Trust. Mandie will start at the Trust on 1st October 2013.

Changes to stroke services at Pennine Acute Trust to benefit patients

From Friday 6th September 2013 all new acute stroke patients within the Trust will be referred to the Trust’s specialist Primary Stroke Centre at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury for treatment and care.

New video about preventing and treating bed sores

The Trust has released a new video for its staff and the public about how best to treat and prevent pressure ulcers.

New medical director

The Trust is delighted to announce that Dr Rob Davies, has been appointed as the Trust’s new medical director and will take up post on 11 November 2013. Dr Davies in currently a consultant physician (diabetologist), head of the division of specialist medicine and an associate trust medical director at Central Manchester Foundation Trust.

Openshaw Specialist Gynaecology Clinic – good patient feedback

The Openshaw Specialist Gynaecology clinic was opened by the Trust 14 months ago in a move to bring specialist gynaecology services into the community.

EVENTS

Nuclear medicine - 16 October 2013, 2 - 3pm

A presentation by Karen Wakefield, nuclear medicine manager at the Trust, will take place on 16 October, at 2pm, at the Postgraduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital, Delaunays Road, Manchester, M8 5RB.

The Trust has invested £600,000 to expand the state-of-the-art nuclear medicine department at North Manchester General Hospital which has benefitted patients. Nuclear medicine is a form of diagnostic imaging which involves the injection of a slightly radioactive tracer into the body.