GP & Partner Bulletin - January 2015

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January 2015

Welcome to the January 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 Appoints New Chief Nurse

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed a new Chief Nurse. Gill Harris, who is currently working as the Chief Nurse for NHS England, North of England, will start at the Trust on 1st April. She will take over from Mandie Sunderland who is leaving the Trust at the end of January to move to a Chief Nurse post in Nottingham, which is closer to her home.

National Strike 29 January: Patients advised to attend hospital appointments unless contacted directly by the Trust

The national day of industrial action by a number of health trade unions planned for Thursday 29th January is not expected to affect urgent NHS services or scheduled patient appointments booked at any one of the hospitals run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Patients are being advised to attend their appointments for day or overnight surgery and outpatient clinics as normal unless they have been contacted directly by the Trust and advised of alternative arrangements.

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Media Interest at North Manchester General Hospital

Our Infectious Diseases Unit at North Manchester General Hospital is a specialist unit that has been designated as a primary receiving centre for any suspected Ebola patients in Greater Manchester.

The Trust has robust plans in place which have been tested to deal with any suspected or positive cases.

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Open Letter from Manchester Doctors Urging Public to Avoid Under Pressure A&Es

Leading medics have pleaded for people to go to GPs, pharmacies or phone the NHS 111 service.

In an open letter to MEN readers, doctors from Manchester are asking people to support hospitals and staff at a time of ‘unprecedented demand’ on services.

The letter states: “We’re taking the unusual step of writing a joint letter to ask for your help and support.

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Let’s Fight Super-bugs Together: Infection Control Talk – 28 January 2015

Helping reduce the risk of infection in hospitals is a top priority for staff at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

On Wednesday 28th January 2015, 2–3pm the Trust’s Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control will be hosting an Infection Control event and presentation at the education centre at The Royal Oldham Hospital. The event is FREE and open to the general public, staff and public FT members.

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Revised Paediatric Pathways to be Used Across Primary and Secondary Care

NHS Bury CCG in partnership with The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and other partners are working on a number of initiatives to reduce non-elective admissions. In light of this, the partnership has developed robust paediatric pathways to manage conditions that can often lead to unnecessary A&E attendances. Colleagues are requested to follow the pathways for the following conditions: wheeze/asthma; dehydration/gastroenteritis; and bronchiolitis (click on each to view the pathways).

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New £1.3m Hybrid Theatre to be Created at The Royal Oldham Hospital

A new special hybrid operating theatre is to be created at The Royal Oldham Hospital. The project, which will see the conversion of the existing theatre number three at the hospital, will cost £1.3 million and will take around three months to complete.

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

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New Car Park for Royal Oldham Hospital Staff

Work is currently underway on site at The Royal Oldham Hospital on building a new staff car park at Westwood Park. Development of the new car park, which is set to be completed by June 2015, will remove the need for some hospital staff to park in the car park at Oldham Athletic Football Club, where the Trust has a lease agreement in place.

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New Patient Support Group for Addison’s Disease

Patients with a rare disorder of the adrenal glands can now get expert advice from a support group set up especially for them.

The Pennine Acute Hospital’s NHS Trust’s Addison group has been launched following a need to educate and support patients with the condition.

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Physio Dept Will Make Every Contact Count

The Physiotherapy Department at the Trust have embarked on an initiative called ‘Make Every Contact Count’, to engage in ‘healthy conversations’ with their patients regarding physical activity levels.

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Infection Control Presentations With Claire Chadwick, Lead Nurse Infection Control and Her Team

28 January 2015 from 14:00 to 15:00 

Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2

Contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email to register your attendance or for more information.

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