GP & Partner Bulletin - October 2015

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October 2015

Welcome to the October 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

£1m investment as Trust recruits 40 new maternity healthcare support staff

The Trust has successfully recruited 40 additional new maternity healthcare support staff following an investment of over £1m in a drive to improve the individual experience of women and babies born in the Trust’s two maternity departments at North Manchester General Hospital and The Royal Oldham Hospital.

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Diagnostics at the Trust - Press statement

Following recent news coverage about our diagnostics at the Trust we have issued the following statement to the media.

“Patient safety and the quality of care we provide to our patients is our top priority.

 “The nature of healthcare means the Board and our staff are committed to promoting continual learning and improved clinical practice in line with national guidance and best practice.

Read the full press statement

Diagnostics Review - Message to patients and their families

Our patients and the general public may have seen in some media reports about an internal review the Trust is in the process of carrying out involving approximately 400 patients who over the last five years have received a diagnostic test such as a CT scan or x-ray for a variety of conditions.

Every year we see hundreds of thousands of patients, many of whom require a scan, x-ray or test to help our clinical staff inform a diagnosis for treatment and further care. Last year we saw of a third of a million A&E urgent care cases across our three A&E departments and Urgent Care Centre, 688,262 outpatients, 117,656 total inpatients and 73,835 day cases.

Patient safety and the quality of care we provide to our patients is our top priority. The nature of healthcare means that our doctors and nursing staff are committed to promoting continual learning and improved clinical practice in line with national guidance and best practice. 

As part of the Trust’s Quality Improvement work and Safety Programmes, our staff are focusing on a number of areas to improve patient safety and the patient experience. This includes a programme of work to reduce avoidable harm to patients, particularly around hospital inpatient falls, sepsis, pressure ulcers, infection prevention, safer surgery and diagnostics such as radiology, x-rays and CT scans. 

We are currently undertaking a review around some of our x-ray and CT scans which has involved looking at our clinical processes, policies and practice. This is to ensure that these tests for our patients are being undertaken promptly and the reports are being received by the appropriate healthcare professional so that diagnosis and necessary treatment can commence.

As part of this work, we have looked at data regarding 400 patient cases over the past five year where we want to double check all tests were carried out correctly. Where a patient has been identified as a case, and where there is an issue identified, the patient or the patient’s relative has been contacted directly by the Trust.

Our patients and the public should be reassured that our services are safe.

Annual Public Meeting (APM) and Trust “Expo”

On 24 September 2015 the Trust held its formal Annual Public Meeting (APM) and Trust “Expo” information event. Over 200 staff, the general public and representatives from partner organisations attended. Teams of staff presented banners showcasing their services and the achievements made over the past year. The title and theme of the Annual Public Meeting and the Annual Report 2015/16 is “Pride in Pennine – A Year of Change”.

You can now watch a video produced for our Annual Public Meeting which summarises the highlights of the past year at the Trust and our ambitions for the future. The full Annual Report & Accounts for 2014/15 is also available to download.

Watch the video

Download the Annual Report

Six extra diabetic eye screening locations announced following patient engagement

Following a patient engagement review of the North East Manchester Eye Screening Programme provided by the Trust and with NHS England approval there will be an increase in the number of places to screen eyes, from six locations to 12 locations.

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Fairfield General Hospital to invest in new MRI scanner

A new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner will be purchased for Fairfield General Hospital meaning Bury patients will no longer have to travel to Rochdale to be scanned. The Board of Directors for the Trust has now approved the business case and capital investment for the new scanner.

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Maggie’s Oldham applies for planning permission

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends has applied for planning permission to bring a Maggie’s Centre to Oldham. Built within the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital, the new Centre will complement the excellent clinical care offered by the hospital and will be the charity’s second Centre in Greater Manchester, following in the footsteps of Maggie’s at The Christie.

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Trust midwives work on SaBiNE Saving Babies’ Lives initiative

Two midwives at the Trust are helping to drive forward the SaBiNE Saving Babies Lives in the North of England initiative. The Trust is working with the Perinatal Institute on the SaBINE national quality programme to seek to help improve the detection and management of babies who are smaller than would normally be expected, and to reduce stillbirth rates and early neonatal death across the region.

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EVENTS

'Come Dine with us' (free patient food tasting session)

  • 15 October 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00, Rochdale Infirmary

  • 22 October 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00, The Royal Oldham Hospital

  • 28 October 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00, North Manchester General Hospital

To find out more and to book a place please contact Angela Greenwood, angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk, 01706 51 7302

The abc of lower limb vascular disease

11 November 2015 from 12:00 to 17:00 at The Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital

Key update on recognition, treatment and when to refer.

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Stop the Pressure Conference

17 November 2015 from 09:00 to 16:00 at the Village Hotel, Bury

This conference is aimed at staff nurses, ward managers, practice nurses, district nurses, care home nurses, podiatrists, healthcare assistants and other professional groups responsible for preventing pressure ulcers.

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Physiotherapy Talk, with Lead Physiotherapists

18 November 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00, Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

Reserve your place by emailing us or calling the membership office on 01706-517302

Audiology talk with Gillian Catlow, Audiology & Orthoptics Professional Service Manager

03 December 2015 from 11.00 to 12.00, Education Centre, North Manchester General Hospital

Reserve your place by emailing us or calling the membership office on 01706-517302

North Manchester Community Services,presentation with Victoria Thorne, Divisional Nurse Manager Community services

15 December 2015 from 14.00 to 15.00, Education Centre, North Manchester General Hospital

Reserve your place by emailing us or calling the membership office on 01706-517302

Podiatry Talk, with Jackie Schofield

13 January 2016, 14.00 to 15.00, Fairfield General Hospital

Reserve your place by emailing us or calling the membership office on 01706-517302

 

Have you read the October issue of Pennine News, the Trust's monthly magazine for staff and stakeholders?

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