GP & Partner Bulletin - December 2014

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December 2014

Welcome to the December 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


Hospital doctors urge public to think carefully and Choose Well before coming to A&E this winter

Doctors working in busy A&E departments run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are encouraging people to think carefully before coming to A&E and to consider using the NHS resources and other healthcare provision and advice available in their local community unless they are very seriously ill.

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A&E pressures - maintaining patient care

Along with other Acute Trusts nationally we are seeing extremely high numbers of patients presenting at our A&E departments, many of whom are requiring hospital admission and need medical care and treatment.

Despite our good A&E performance in the first two quarters of this year (since April), the demand and pressure on our services is increasing daily.

In addition to the increased numbers of patients attending A&E, our delayed discharges remain high. Our inpatient bed pressures on our wards remain severe, with very high numbers of patients occupying beds both due to clinical care and delayed discharges.

We recognise that everyone is working hard to cope with this increased demand. However, in an effort to help alleviate the pressure on our services and to ensure we can continue to provide safe patient care, we are reviewing the need for extra hospital bed capacity, internal of the Trust and externally, across all sites. We are also encouraging our nursing staff to work flexibly across our clinical areas and hospital sites and looking at how our partners can help us by providing support in the community.

Over the last few weeks the Trust has also experienced significant pressures and demand within Paediatrics (this includes children’s A&E and our children’s inpatient wards), particularly at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital where we are seeing a 20% increase in number of paediatric patients.

A number of measures are being adopted to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of paediatric nurses available to look after sick children being admitted to our hospitals and to safely maintain the number of beds we have.

Trust will continue to provide Lead Employer Services for Health Education North West

Following a competitive tender process the Trust has won a three year contract to continue to provide the Lead Employer Services for Health Education North West (HENW) until April 2018.

Under this new contract the Trust will recruit, employ and provides HR, Payroll, Finance and Occupational Health support for approximately 2950 Registrar level doctors in specialty training. These trainees, who are in rotational training, can be placed in Host Education Providers across Lancashire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester, from Barrow in Furness in the North to Macclesfield in the South and anywhere in between with 13 Host Acute Hospital Trusts and over 250 GP Practices and Medical Centres.

The new contract has been expanded to include Psychiatry Trainees from April 2015 which will see around 230 Trainees transfer to employment with the Trust under TUPE arrangements from current employer Greater Manchester West mental Health NHS Trust.

Thousands of staff at Pennine Acute Trust get their flu jab to help protect patients

Staff and volunteers working at hospitals and community services run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have been queuing up to get their flu jab and do their bit to help protect patients and themselves from getting winter flu.

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New intermediate care beds at North Manchester General Hospital to benefit patients seeking to regain independent lives

Intermediate care is being enhanced for patients in the north Manchester area. The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working in partnership to provide nine additional intermediate care beds for patients at North Manchester General Hospital.

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Pennine Acute Trust launches ‘Three Steps to Excellence’ nursing strategy

Over 4,000 nurses and midwives working across The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have made a commitment to provide the best possible patient care following the launch of a new nursing strategy called the ‘Three steps to Excellence’.

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Pennine News for December

The December edition of Pennine News our monthly magazine for staff and partners has now been published. You can download it using the link below.

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The Trust would like to wish its patients, staff and partner agencies a Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year

Click here to see our Christmas card.


Oasis Dementia Unit - Talk and tour with Lou Harkness-Hudson, Clinical Matron

16 December 2014 from 14:00 to 15:00

Rochdale (Oasis Dementia Unit - Rochdale Infirmary)

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