GP & Partner Bulletin - October 2014

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October 2014

Welcome to the October 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


Annual Report Published

We have published our Annual Report and Accounts 2013/14 which is now available to download on our website. If you would like to watch a video of the chief executive's report for 2013/14 you can view this on our YouTube channel.

The annual report includes up to date information about the Trust and the communities we serve. There is information about redefining our vision and values and what our goals and objectives are for the future.

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Our New Vision & Values

The Trust Board of Directors approved our new Vision and Values and five-year Strategic Plan (our Transformation Map) at its June public Board meeting on 26th June 2014.

Our Vision is to be:

'A leading provider of joined up healthcare that will support every person who needs our services, whether in or out of hospital to achieve their fullest health potential.'

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Integrated Diabetes Service for Bury/HMR

Our new integrated diabetes service has now gone live across Bury and HMR. This service was developed and delivered in partnership with Pennine Care FT and is a model that has already been successful with our Oldham Integrated Diabetes Service which was launched last year.

The majority of people’s diabetes care will now be delivered within their local community, at a health centre, clinic or GP practice. Depending on their needs and the complexity of their condition, people could be cared for by the Bury and HMR Diabetes Service directly, or even by their GP or practice nurse.

Only people needing the most complex and specialist services will now receive their care at Fairfield General Hospital or Rochdale Infirmary.

The new service will provide training and education for both patients and primary healthcare professionals, to ensure effective management of people’s condition and a reduced risk of complications.

Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Services in NE Sector Greater Manchester

As from Monday 6th October 2014, the Tertiary Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgical service at North Manchester General Hospital moved to and merged with the service provided at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) by Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT).

All patients will still have the benefit of the diagnostic and treatment facilities, including out-patient clinics, at their local Pennine Acute NHS Trust hospital. Some patients, who require Tertiary HPB surgery expertise, will be referred onwards by Pennine Acute Surgery or Gastroenterology to the Tertiary HPB Surgery service at CMFT.

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Society of Radiographers Industrial Action, Monday 20th October - 9am to 1pm

The Society of Radiographers are having their first half day of strike action on Monday 20th October.

Advice to our patients is that patients booked at attend a radiology appointment, such as x-ray, CT or MR scan, at one of the Trust's four hospitals on Monday should continue to attend their appointment as normal unless they have been contacted directly by the Trust and advised of alternative arrangements.

Plans are in place to ensure disruption to services is kept to a minimum for patients.

On that morning at North Manchester General Hospital we are seeking to provide as normal a service as possible. However, we will not be able to provide a GP direct access routine X ray service. You will be able to refer patients in the afternoon and if urgent during the weekend.

Radiographers will continue to provide a service to patients attending A&E as Emergencies and we do not plan to cancel any clinics or theatre lists. For any queries about primary care/GP referrals for radiology services at North Manchester General Hospital, contact Paul Barker, directorate manager for radiology, on 0161 918 8070.

Improving Communications to Primary Care

In order to promote effective communication with our GPs/commissioners and improve the timeliness of discharge summaries, letters for ‘Deceased’ and ‘Self-Discharged’ patients will be automatically generated and sent from the PAS system. The PAS letter contains basic information, however, a full discharge summary will follow from the admitting clinician/ward.

If Deceased or Self-discharged is entered on the PAS system in error, the user will immediately contact the GP to inform them of the error and amend the PAS entry. This will go-live Trustwide on Tuesday 21 October 2014. Please ensure this information is cascaded to all relevant staff and teams. Questions and queries can be directed to

Breast Service

We now provide a comprehensive breast service at two sites in our Trust – Oldham and North Manchester. We hold out-patient clinics at two sites – Oldham and North Manchester – and all surgical in-patient work is done at North Manchester.

We endeavour to see all patients on a two-week waiting time target and apart from the general breast clinic, we have the reconstruction clinic and family history clinic as well as under-35 clinics. We have got a full team of five breast Consultants with Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Radiology Consultants and an excellent Oncology support team from Christie Hospital. Our Pathology Department is based at Oldham and has got an excellent group of Breast Pathologists providing us with their Pathology support.

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A&E Performance

The Trust has managed to achieve the national 4 hour emergency access standard for quarter 2 as a Trust. This is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of the concerted efforts and hard work by many staff not only in our very busy A&E departments and Urgent Care Centre, but also staff in our AMU and MAU wards, in x- ray and diagnostics, in pharmacy, our APHs and on-call managers.

Child Abuse Report to be Published on Monday

On Monday 20th October (at a special launch event at 10.30am at Media City UK), a new report will be published into how different countries tackle child abuse, in particular child sexual exploitation, and how the UK can benefit from this learning.

‘Living on a railway line. Turning the tide of child abuse and exploitation in the UK and overseas: international lessons and evidence-based recommendations’ is a work by the Trust’s , in association with The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and University of Salford.

Professor Andrew Rowland will be holding a series of lectures for Pennine Acute staff and GPs throughout November - click here for more details.


Arts Event - 'The Creative Hospital' Talk and Tour of Artwork Around the Hospital

29 October 2014 from 14:00 to 15:30
Location: Oldham
Venue: Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital

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Laundry Tour & DVD Presentation

13 November 2014 from 14:00 to 15:00
Location: Bury
Venue: Broadoak Suite Restaurant - Fairfield

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Have you read the November issue of Pennine News, the Trust's monthly magazine for staff and stakeholders?

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