GP & Partner Bulletin - August 2013

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August 2013

Welcome to the August 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


NICE recognises PAD service

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has hailed the peripheral arterial disease (PAD) service at the Trust as an NHS service model that reflects best practice in a traditionally under diagnosed and under-managed killer disease.

Trust to use FFT patient feedback to improve its quality of care

The Director of Nursing for the Trust has said the Trust is keen to use and reflect on its initial first quarter results of the national NHS Friends and Family Test published in July to help further improve the quality of care and the patient experience across its hospitals.

Investment at North Manchester General Hospital for new 23 hour surgery unit

The Trust has invested £50,000 at North Manchester General Hospital to create a new 23 hour surgery and day case step down unit. The new facility is located on the first floor of North Manchester General Hospital. It provides a step down recovery area for male and female patients who have undergone day surgery, along with an overnight facility for post-operative patients who need to remain in hospital for 23 hours.

Oldham outpatient eye service to move to new premises

The Trust’s outpatient eye service is moving from its current premises at The Royal Oldham Hospital to new modern premises at the Integrated Care Centre (ICC) in Oldham town centre on Tuesday 6 August 2013 which will improve patient care and patient experience.

Improving the patient experience with new admissions and discharge unit at North Manchester General

Patients undergoing surgery at North Manchester General Hospital can look forward to an improved patient experience on admission to hospital, following the opening of a new admissions and discharge unit.

Trust calls on dementia carers to help improve support

The Trust has opened a new online survey for carers and relatives who look after somebody that suffers with dementia. The aim of the survey is to find out about the quality of support that was provided by the Trust to family members and carers.

Trust annual report and quality accounts published

The Trust has published its annual report and quality accounts for 2012/13. The annual report includes lots of up-to-date information about the Trust including the communities we serve, our corporate objectives, future plans and financial information.

The quality accounts updates the general public about the quality of services the Trust provides. They are required by government to help NHS Trusts maintain focus and improve the quality of care for patients.


Watch our quality accounts video on YouTube

Trust consultant honoured in lifetime achievement award at Greater Manchester clinical research awards

A hospital consultant with 37 years NHS service has seen his years of experience recognised at a regional clinical research awards ceremony.

Professor Philip Wiles, consultant physician at North Manchester General Hospital was given a lifetime achievement award by Greater Manchester Clinical Research, for his continued

commitment to diabetes research.

Glaucoma, the thief of sight

Members of the Trust’s ophthalmic team have highlighted the importance of regular eye tests to check for glaucoma.

Julie Bremner, glaucoma nurse practitioner, organised an information board warning of the dangers of having glaucoma undetected.

New video showcases facilities at North Manchester General Hospital

Expectant mums and dads can now watch a film telling them all about the new maternity facilities available at North Manchester General Hospital.

The short film, available online and on YouTube, includes information about how to get to the hospital, where to park, which floor to go to for which service, and gives viewers a quick glimpse behind the scenes at the new maternity unit.

Infectious diseases department at North Manchester General Hospital triumphs at Greater Manchester clinical research awards

Staff in the specialist infectious diseases department at the Trust have been named as the Research Team of the Year in the first Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards.


Hospital food... Do we meet your expectations?

A food tasting session to launch our new hospital menus.

22 August, 4pm - 6pm, The Broad Oak Restaurant, Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7TD. To book call Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302.