GP & Partner Bulletin - June 2013

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June 2013

Welcome to the first 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


Quality accounts 2012/13 published

Quality Accounts are annual reports for the public from NHS providers about the quality of services they provide. They are required by Government to help NHS Trusts maintain focus and improve the quality of care for patients. This report is the fourth Quality Accounts report published by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opens new Women & Children’s Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO officially opened the new £44m Women and Children’s Development at The Royal Oldham Hospital on Thursday 13 June 2013. The Countess, accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren Smith KStJ JP DLitt LLD, was greeted by the Trust Chairman, John Jesky, before being shown around the new unit.

Official launch of new diabetes patient service

A brand new service was launched in Oldham at the start of April 2013 to give people with diabetes a better patient experience and improve the quality of their care. The Oldham Diabetes Service was officially launched on Tuesday 11 June, during National Diabetes Week, which runs from 9 to 15 June.

Major investment in nurse staffing and quality improvement announced

We are investing over £3 million to increase our nurse staffing levels and to introduce wholly supervisory ward sisters across our 39 acute medical and surgical 24/7 wards. In total we are investing in more than 100 nurses and we will be bringing back the supervisory role of the ward sister on our acute inpatient wards.

Pennine Acute Trust opens new vascular clinic in Openshaw

We have opened a new vascular disease clinic within the community setting for Tameside and north Manchester residents. The new consultant-led clinics are held at Higher Openshaw Primary Care Centre on Mondays and Thursdays, and offer a range of outpatient vascular services aimed at treating patients with conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, venous disease, lymphodema and vascular trauma. For more information on the new vascular service, please contact vascular nurse specialist, Deborah Ruff on 0161 778 5090.

Dementia awareness film for NHS staff

We have produced a dementia awareness training film to support frontline staff caring for and treating patients with dementia. The short video features as an essential dementia awareness training tool for all NHS staff. It is the first step on a 4-step approach from essential information, through to more specialist knowledge and skills related to dementia awareness and care.

Watch the video on our YouTube channel

POAU reopens at Fairfield

Along with NHS Bury CCG we have taken the decision to reopen the Paediatric Observation and Assessment Unit (POAU) at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury following its temporary closure due to winter pressures, which have now reduced.
The unit reopened on Wednesday 29th May 2013. The POAU at Fairfield General Hospital is open seven days a week and will be fully staffed from 3pm – 11pm for GP and A&E referrals.

MRSA reduced

We have successfully reduced the number of MRSA bacteraemia cases by over 90% in four years, from 105 in 2006/07 to 10 in 2010/11, collectively across all five of our hospitals. The Trust’s target for 2010/11 was to have no more than 14 hospital attributable MRSA (post-48hr) cases; for the year the Trust reported just 10 cases. For Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) infections, the Trust’s target for 2010/11 was no more than 363 (post-78hr) cases; for the year the Trust reported 160 cases.


A&E expansion at Fairfield and Oldham

Work is well underway on the £2.25 million expansion to the Accident and Emergency department at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury. Construction work started on the scheme in November 2012 and the project is on target for completion by November 2013. Similarly, work has now started to expand and improve the Accident and Emergency facilities at The Royal Oldham Hospital. The £4.4M capital investment will see the expansion of the existing emergency department and the development of separate, dedicated A&E facilities for children and young people.

Pennine Acute Trust is best recruiter for diabetes study

We have been named as the top recruiter of patients in the UK for a high quality diabetes study. The Diabetes Centre at North Manchester General Hospital successfully recruited 25 patients to the study which is looking to see whether a new drug improves the cardiovascular outcomes for patients with diabetes who have an increased risk of vascular disease.

Adult phlebotomy service update

The Division of Diagnostics & Clinical Support Services at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has issued a notice to GPs reminding them that it is preferable that patient's blood tests are taken at the GP surgery. This eliminates any requirement to attend the acute setting and prevents any associated waiting, travel costs and car parking charges. The update also includes information about site opening times and locations.

Laboratory case study

This case study takes a look at the Pathology Laboratory at The Royal Oldham Hospital, which first opened its doors in 2008. The lab was designed to accommodate increasing workloads across a range of disciplines and also became the central processing facility for all GP requests in the area. The case study examines the lab's pioneering approach to workflow and the benefits of running a paperless system.


Annual Public Meeting

6pm, 25 July 2013
Rochdale Town Hall

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