GP & Partner Bulletin - December 2013

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December 2013

Welcome to the December 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


New Chief Executive

The Trust has announced that it has appointed Dr Gillian Fairfield as its new Chief Executive to take over from John Saxby who is to retire in 2014.

Dr Gillian Fairfield, currently Chief Executive at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), is to take up the position of Chief Executive at the Trust in the Spring and is looking forward to working with partner organisations and all of the staff at the Trust going forward.

POAU temporarily closed at Fairfield General Hospital

The short stay paediatric observation and assessment unit (POAU) at Fairfield General Hospital has temporarily closed to admissions from the end of November 2013. The decision has been made jointly by NHS Bury CCG and the Trust in advance of the anticipated winter pressures at our two larger 24/7 children’s units at North Manchester General Hospital and The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Last year both of our 24/7 children’s units experienced unprecedented high numbers of sick children attending and being admitted to a bed. Pre-empting pressures for this year will allow the Trust to transfer a number of children’s nurses from the under utilised POAU to assist in the two 24/7 children’s units.

The Trust will reassess the temporary closure on a regular basis in light of winter pressures and demand on services. Fairfield General Hospital continues to provide a full A&E department.

Donations to Trust charity rocket

The Trust received £710,000 through donations to its registered charity during the last financial year, 2012/13. This is up by £209,000 on the previous year.

The Trust operates a registered charity and fundraising arm called The Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity (registration no. 1050197).

Mortality and quality of care

Quality of care and patient safety continues to be the main focus for the Trust as recent figures show that its hospital mortality and quality of care are improving year on year. The number of deaths as a percentage of inpatient stays at the Trust’s four main hospitals continue to reduce month on month.

Open and honest care

The Open and Honest Care: Driving Improvement programme aims to support organisations to become more transparent and consistent in publishing safety, experience and improvement data; with the overall aim of improving care, practice and culture.

Read the report published for the Trust for November 2013 on the Trust website.


Diabetes presentation

A presentation by Linda Adams, Diabetes Specialist.

22 January 2014, 2pm - 3pm, Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2JH