GP & Partner Bulletin - December 2015

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December 2015

Welcome to the December 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


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 

On behalf of the Trust Board, we would like to wish everyone, whether you work or volunteer at the Trust, or you are reading this ebulletin as a member of the public, or colleague in primary care or from one of our partner organisations, a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

The end of a calendar year and the beginning of a new one is always a good time to reflect on what we as a Trust and as individuals have done and achieved in the past year and, naturally, to think about what challenges we will face in 2016.

Over the last 12-18 months we have very much focused on living our Trust values which bind us together at all times - Quality Driven, Responsible and Compassionate. We now have a brand new leadership team and have systematically reviewed all of our governance and quality systems and processes. We have also successfully launched our Healthy Happy Here programme for staff through our popular Pride in Pennine platform and also our Raising the Bar on Quality programme.

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Manchester Hospitals join forces to improve care for local residents

The three main hospitals which provide services for the City of Manchester have agreed to look at ways they can work together to provide more effective and efficient care for local people. 

The three Trusts that run Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital have recognised that there is a real need to work together to  drive consistency in the way hospital services are provided across the city, and have agreed to work together on a joint review of hospital care.

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Hospital doctors urge public to stay well and avoid A&E this winter

Doctors working in the busy A&E departments at North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and the Urgent Care Centre at Rochdale Infirmary are encouraging people to stay away from A&E this winter unless it is an emergency.

They are urging the public to use NHS resources in the community such as a pharmacist, GP surgery or walk-in centre instead. Through the Trust’s three very busy A&E departments and Urgent Care Centre at Rochdale Infirmary it sees the most number of patients in the country, over a third of a million patients.

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Maternity boost as new midwives recruited at Trust

Twenty four newly qualified midwives have been successfully recruited to work at the Trust as part of a huge recruitment drive in maternity services at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital.

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New paediatric speech and language therapy service offered at Trust

More timely treatment will now be offered to children at The Royal Oldham and North Manchester General Hospitals, who experience feeding, swallowing and communication problems.

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Charity Maggie’s receives planning permission for Centre in Oldham Maggie’s second cancer support Centre in Greater Manchester

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, has been granted planning permission to build a new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital. The Centre, designed by dRMM architects with landscaping by Jinny Blom Landscape Design, is due to open in late 2016.

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Teaching the teachers about managing Type 1 diabetes

Staff at local schools in the Bury and North Manchester areas can now be confident when dealing with any issues surrounding the care of children with diabetes, thanks to a new education programme.

Kirstin Williams, paediatric diabetes specialist nurse at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Claire O’Connor, paediatric diabetes specialist nurse for Bury, employed by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, have set up specialist training on the management and care required for children with type 1 diabetes in schools.

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Changes to the Lymphoedema Service in Oldham

The Lymphoedema Service in Oldham will be provided by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust from 23 November 2015. The service has been commissioned by NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of the Tissue Viability Service.

The specialist nurse-led service will give advice, education and treatment to patients, carers and professionals, on the management of people with difficult and complex wounds or lymphoedema. It aims to provide clinical expertise and high quality support to patients, as well as education to help promote self-management of the condition.

The service works closely with other professionals including District Nurses, GPs, vascular services, dermatology and pharmacies. It aims to provide high quality treatment, advisory and support services to patients with chronic lymphoedema in order to prepare the patient for long-term independence and to improve the quality of life for palliative lymphoedema patients. 

Referrals will be accepted from any health and social care professional, patient or carer and can be made via phone, fax or email. A service specific referral form is available for professional use. The lymphoedema pathway is for patients with suspected or diagnosed lymphoedema, with either a cancer or non-cancer diagnosis.

Please note – this service is for people who have a new diagnosis or suspected-diagnosis of lymphoedema. Any patients currently receiving lymphoedema care as part of the Christie at Oldham Speciality Pathway should continue to receive care from their existing health professional or care provider. For more information, please contact the Lymphoedema Service on: 0161 621 7113


Changes within the Oldham Bed Management Support Team

Due to changes within the Oldham Bed Management Support Team from 23rd November 2015,  the team will no longer take calls from GP’s wanting to refer patient for assessment at The Royal Oldham Hospital. These calls will go via switchboard directly to the Specialty Clinical Teams and Assessment Areas.

From 30th November 2015,  the Department will no longer be manned 24hrs a day with the new hours being 07.30am till 21.00hrs, however this will still be seven days. All PAS and Patient Centre entry will be done at ward/department level.

Trust aims to put smiles on children’s faces at Christmas

The Trust is helping to put smiles on children’s faces this Christmas by taking part in Key 103’s Mission Christmas Appeal.

The appeal which is run in conjunction with Key 103 and the Manchester Evening News is looking to collect Christmas presents from members of the public which can be distributed to children across the Greater Manchester area in time for Christmas day morning.

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Misba’s Kilimanjaro climb for poorly children

An employee at the Trust is using the festive period to help raise money for equipment for poorly children.

Misba Khan, who is a capital and charitable officer in the finance department at North Manchester General Hospital, is spending nine days in December tackling the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Podiatry Talk, with Jackie Schofield

13 January 2016, 14.00 to 15.00, Fairfield General Hospital

Reserve your place by emailing us or calling the membership office on 01706-517302

Mortuary Visit and talk

27 January 2016, 14.00 to 15.00, Pathology Lab, The Royal Oldham Hospital

Reserve your place by emailing us or calling the membership office on 01706-517302


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