GP & Partner Bulletin - August

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August 2014

Welcome to the August 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


Electronic prescribing systems rolled out across the Trust

Seventy seven wards at hospitals run by the Trust can now boast that they have the latest technology to help clinical and nursing staff. The Critical Care unit at North Manchester General Hospital celebrated being the latest ward to roll out the electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) with the fully integrated HealthViews discharge summary.

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Getting it right for children and young people in the emergency department at North Manchester General Hospital

Voices of children will be heard loud and clear over the summer period at North Manchester General Hospital in an effort to improve services and the experience of young people being treated in hospital.

The A&E department at the hospital is seeking to engage with children who use their department and capture their views on how they can modify or re-design the services that they offer, to become more responsive to patients’ needs.

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Pennine Acute Trust welcomes two new Non-Executive directors

Mr Riaz Ahmad OBE, from Oldham, joins the Trust as a non-executive director on 1st August 2014 for a period until 31 July 2016. Wendy Cardiff, from Lancaster, will take up her post from 1st October 2014 to 30 September 2016. Mrs Cardiff, will however, be a Board advisor from 1 August 2014 until her formal term begins.

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Pennine Acute Trust shortlisted in Nursing Times Awards 2014

A clinic set up to support mums who are struggling to breastfeed their tongue-tie babies has been shortlisted to receive a prestigious health care industry award.

The one stop shop service provided by the Trust helps mums with feeding challenges and can arrange for a frenulotomy operation to be performed on tongue-tie babies under six months of age.

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HBP service to merge to improve patient outcomes

Following the Greater Manchester Cancer Summit 2012, it was agreed by our commissioners that the HPB surgical service for Greater Manchester and Cheshire patients must be established on a single acute hospital site and developed in a way that is fully compliant with national Improving Outcomes Guidance (IOG) for cancer services.

The HPB service will move to the Manchester Royal Infirmary site on 6 October, creating a single specialist site. The rationale for the service transfer is that clinical quality and patient outcomes, particularly cancer patients, will be improved through the centralisation and concentration of expertise and facilities on one hospital site. There will be one specialist multi-disciplinary team which will be better able to make expert judgements about appropriate treatments and will have access to the highest standard of facilities.

A number of existing Trust staff will join with Central Manchester Trust (CMFT) staff to make up the new specialist merged service. Revised clinical guidelines, operational policies and clinical and diagnostics pathways have been created as part of the merger.

The treatment of liver, pancreatic and bile duct cancer will now only be undertaken at CMFT only. Two week wait referrals for suspected HPB malignancy should be directed there. The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will continue to provide operative and endoscopic treatment of gallstone disease as well as some palliative procedures in advanced cancer, such as endoscopic stenting.

The Trust will also continue to be represented on the Manchester Cancer HPB Pathway Board and have an influence on how the HPB service develops, to improve outcomes for all patients with HPB cancer. This Board also has primary care and patient representatives.

Pathology specimen labels

We have recently noticed that a small number of GP Practices have used non standard labels to label pathology specimens. This has resulted in some operational difficulties on receipt of samples and may lead to delays in sample processing.

The Pathology Laboratory at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust provides labels as part of the pathology service for our users. There are no additional charges for the labels we provide.

The Trust would be grateful if all GP Practices would order pathology specimen labels using the code WPH513. These labels are 40mm x 30mm and should be the only labels used in the Zebra printers in conjunction with the TQuest pathology request ordering software.

Orders should be faxed through to Pathology Stores on 0161 656 1692 using the stock requisition form in the normal way. Please do not hesitate to contact the laboratory for any advice or further support regarding this or any other matters.


Pharmacy Talk

22 September 2014, Education Centre, North Manchester General Hospital

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Annual Public Meeting

23 September 2014, Village Hotel, Bury, from 5.30pm onwards

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