GP & Partner Bulletin - November 2013

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November 2013

Welcome to the November 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


Trust trialling C. Diff vaccine which could prevent major cause of hospital-acquired infections

The first vaccine against a superbug which strikes more than 15,000 people in Britain each year will be trialled in Manchester. There were 1,000 cases of Clostridium Difficile, also known as C. Diff, reported in Greater Manchester last year.

Hospital lifeline to hidden victims of domestic violence

Emergency Departments run by the Trust are involved in a groundbreaking new initiative launched by Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner that will see domestic abuse specialists based in hospitals.

Staff at Royal Oldham’s children’s ward celebrate 1st year in new unit

More than 4,850 children have been treated as inpatients and 4,700 have attended the paediatric observation and assessment unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital’s new children’s ward since it moved to its new premises last November.

Radiology (X-Ray) contingency plans for North Manchester General Hospital Saturday 23rd November (6am – 8pm)

Electricity Northwest has informed North Manchester General Hospital of its plans to shut down the incoming electrical supply from 07.00am on Saturday morning 23rd November 2013 until approximately 20.00 due to essential maintenance works.

The hospital will be running on its emergency backup generators for the duration of the works. This means only emergency electrical supply will be available and many areas will experience a lack of non essential electrical power. This will be in effect for an estimated period of 10-12 hours, after which all supplies will be returned. As the Radiology Department will be on backup generators between the hours of 6am-8pm power supply to X-Ray will be severely limited.

CT, MRI and interventional radiology will be closed to all patients. Any inpatients or A&E patients requiring emergency scans/intervention must be transferred to The Royal Oldham Hospital. Outpatient services will be temporarily closed this weekend. The emergency Ultrasound will operate as normal.

The transfer of emergency and urgent patients to The Royal Oldham hospital is likely to have an impact on NWAS Ambulance services and the Emergency Department at North Manchester General throughout the duration of the works. The x-ray department will be open; however staff will be examining patients via mobile x-ray units as the power supply to x-ray rooms are not backed up via the hospital generators.

If you require any further information or, please contact the Site Service Manager at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on 0161 918 4349

New facilities for women and babies at The Royal Oldham Hospital

New, state-of-the-art facilities open at The Royal Oldham Hospital in December 2013. A number of obstetric, gynaecology and neonatal services are moving into new refurbished areas, alongside the £44million purpose-built Women and Children’s ‘Super Centre’ which opened last year.

Pennine Acute Trust supports Pressure Ulcer Awareness Week

The Trust is supporting national pressure ulcer awareness week from 18th to 22nd November 2013.

Each of the Trust’s hospitals – North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, will be holding awareness stands near the main entrance at each hospital during the week.

New Client Manager for Primary & Community Care Partners

A new ‘Client Manager’ for Primary & Community Care Partners at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has now been appointed and started in post October 2013.

Joanne Burton joins the Trust from the North West Workforce Modernisation Hub where she was the Lead for the three Modernisation Networks across the North West of England. This newly created post aims to develop and strengthen relationships between the Trust and our GP partners and local commissioners across the whole of the Pennine footprint.

Joanne says, ‘ I am really keen to facilitate closer working relationships with our partners in Primary and Community Care and increase the level of effective communication and engagement through a collaborative and proactive approach. By developing this progressive role, we will have the opportunity to feed relevant intelligence from our health communities into the strategic planning process of the Trust to develop high quality, affordable patient- centred services of the future.’

If you like more information or would like to contact Joanne direct, please email or mobile 07805895877.

Iron Deficiency Anaemia Service

The Trust's Iron Deficiency Anaemia Service via Choose and Book has been available since September 2012.

This is a rapid access assessment service with patients being directed straight for an endoscopic procedure. The aim of the service is to see patients within 14 days and to avoid unnecessary OPD



Alcohol Awareness Week

18 - 23 November 2013, various locations. Alcohol practitioners to give advice and support.