GP & Partner Bulletin - February 2015

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February 2015

Welcome to the February 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


Trust introduces new Doppler scan service at Rochdale Infirmary

Patients from the Rochdale borough area who come to hospital and are diagnosed with suspected Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) will now benefit from a new Doppler scan service at Rochdale Infirmary.

The investment and introduction of the new Doppler scan service now means that patients with symptoms of DVT presenting at the Infirmary’s Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) and Urgent Care Centre can be usually booked in to be scanned on the same day.

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New film showcases maternity facilities at The Royal Oldham Hospital

Expectant mums and dads can now watch a film telling them all about the maternity facilities available for them at The Royal Oldham Hospital and give them a inside tour in the comfort of their home.

The short film, available via the Pennine Acute Trust’s website and on YouTube, includes information about how to get to the hospital, which floor to go to for which department, and shows the different services within the maternity unit including the ante-natal ward, birth centre for low risk births, labour ward, post natal ward and the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU).

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HealthViews discharge summary renamed “Handover of Care Communication” 

As of Tuesday 17th February 2015, the HealthViews discharge summary has been renamed “Handover of Care Communication”, following agreement by the Clinical Communications Group. Historically the creation of discharge summaries has been considered to be an administrative task, when it should be seen as promoting continuity of care and providing a safe handover to Primary Care Services. 

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New IT system will revolutionise patient case notes and improve services

We are rolling out a new Trust-wide multi-million pound electronic document record management system (EDRMS) which goes live this week that will improve services for patients.

The Trust secured £4.2m of funding from NHS England last year to implement the new Evolve system trust-wide in partnership with an external digital technology supplier, Kainos.

The new system is a major change for the Trust and will revolutionise and improve the way thousands of patient records are stored, managed and viewed by doctors, nurses, health professionals, ward clerks and medical secretaries. 

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New 'partial booking' system introduced to reduce patient cancellations

The booking and rescheduling teams at the Trust have introduced a partial booking system to reduce the amount of clinics being cancelled and re booked. This booking method will not affect the booking of new referrals, but will place patients who need follow up bookings on a waiting list. These patients will then have to ring the hospital to book their follow up appointments six weeks before they are due to attend any clinic.

For more information patients can contact the the Booking and Scheduling Department: 0161 778 2233, which is open Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm. Alternatively they can e-mail:

North Manchester General’s pharmacy department increases links with patients in the community

The pharmacy department at North Manchester General Hospital is transforming the way that it is working and has become increasingly involved in providing support to patients within the community setting.

There is currently a team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working within North Manchester community services, providing support to intermediate care facilities, the falls prevention service and the crisis response service.

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Joined up working ensures continuity of service

The Trust and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) have worked jointly to continue to provide a surgical vitro-retinal (VR) service for Pennine Acute patients.

The service was implemented on 1st January 2015 and Mr Assad Jalil, consultant ophthalmologist, from CMFT is now providing two theatre sessions (all day Thursday) and a Friday morning outpatient clinic within the eye unit at Rochdale Infirmary.

The partnership will make it easier for patients to access the surgical VR service locally and those currently being seen in CMFT will have more flexibility around where they have their surgery or outpatient appointments.

Macmillan’s free cancer survivor course brings HOPE

Macmillan’s free cancer survivor course, HOPE (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively) is being held on Monday mornings in the post-graduate centre at North Manchester General Hospital from 23rd February to 30th March. The 2 ½ hour sessions held over 6 weeks aim to help people who are coming to the end of cancer treatment, or have completed it, to rediscover their strengths and manage the day to day impact cancer has had on their lives.

The course which will be run by trained facilitators, one a professional and one who has themselves experienced cancer, has been developed by Macmillan Cancer Support in conjunction with Coventry University.

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North Manchester General and LloydsPharmacy launch pharmacy-led clinic to help take the pressure off A&E

We have partnered with LloydsPharmacy to trial an innovative new pharmacy-led clinic at our busy North Manchester General accident and emergency department.

As A&E departments across the country face unprecedented demand and continuing pressures, with mounting patient numbers attending for all sorts of conditions and complaints, the LloydsPharmacy First Care Clinic pilot, has been developed to explore and understand how pharmacy can form part of the solution.

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Free Inflammatory bowel and liver disease research talk - 19 February

A chronic disease which affects at least 261,000 people in the UK will be discussed at a special free informative talk at Fairfield General Hospital education centre in Bury.

We will be hosting presentations on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver disease and research being carried out around the two conditions on Thursday 19 February 2015 at the hospital from 2-3pm.

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Cancer and You

19 February 2015 from 09:30 to 14:30

Wythenshawe Forum - Main Hall

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'Hands up who gets back pain ?'

04 March 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital, Bury

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