GP & Partner Bulletin - June 2016

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June 2016

Welcome to the June 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


City of Manchester Single Hospital Service Review - Stage 2 Report approved

In January 2016, the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) commissioned the City of Manchester Single Hospital Service Review to look at the benefits that might be achieved from closer working and alignment between hospital services and how these could most effectively be delivered.

The work on the Single Hospital Service forms one of the three pillars of the Manchester Locality Plan. The other two are the development of a Local Care Organisation and a single commissioning function within the City.

The review has looked at services run by University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM), North Manchester General Hospital (run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – PAHT) and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), and has been carried out independently by Sir Jonathan Michael.

Sir Jonathan Michael’s Stage 2 Report was discussed and presented to members of the HWBB on Tuesday 8 June 2016. The HWBB approved the contents of the report which concluded that the creation of a new organisation, which would take responsibility for the full range of services currently provided by CMFT, UHSM and NMGH, provides the best opportunity to deliver the benefits of a Single Hospital Service.

The HWBB reaffirmed their commitment to transform healthcare services within the City and to improve health outcomes for the local population. They were fully supportive of the proposals made within the Stage 2 report and agreed that the Trusts should enter into discussions to consider how a new organisation, to run hospital services in Manchester might be achieved. The HWBB asked that the Trusts attend a session of the HWBB in six weeks to feedback the outcomes of these discussions.

UHSM, CMFT and PAHT have indicated their support to deliver the full range of benefits that a Single Hospital Service offers. 

Jim Potter, chairman of Pennine Acute Trust, said:

“The recommendations set out in this report are not only radical and bold, but a positive opportunity to improve the care we offer to patients and their families across the City of Manchester. This report marks a significant moment for the NHS in Manchester and provides an opportunity to enable a better, more co-ordinated way of providing local health services. There is now even more of an imperative for the three hospital Trusts in Manchester and our commissioners to work together and grasp this opportunity.

“It is essential that we find the fastest and most effective way to achieve the benefits of a single hospital service for the City. This will require further
involvement with our staff and partners about how best we achieve this. It is important that the benefits to hospital services within the City of Manchester are achieved at the same time as safeguarding and ensuring the resilience and sustainability of our services provided from our hospitals at Bury, Rochdale and Oldham.”

The report is available on the Manchester City Council website under Health and Wellbeing Board meetings 8 June 2016.

Integrated Elective Care Pathways (IECP) Showcase Event & Clinical Talk on Referrals

This is a free event open to GPs and practice managers on Tuesday 5th July 2016, 6.30pm until 9pm, at Norton Grange Hotel, Hopwood  Suite, Manchester Road, Rochdale, OL11 2XZ. Come along and find out all you need to know about the Integrated Elective Care Pathways and how it will affect you. Certificates will also be issued for CPD credits. Hot buffet with wine! Please email Gail Clarkson on to book your place or to find out more. Spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Hypnobirth classes on offer for Oldham and Rochdale parents-to-be to learn about gentle birth techniques

Couples from the Oldham and Rochdale areas who are expecting a baby can now learn about a birthing technique which uses self-hypnosis and relaxation.

Seventeen community midwives from The Royal Oldham Hospital have completed a hypnobirth diploma, funded by The Royal College of Midwives, and have now set up evening classes at children’s centres in the community to support couples to use the hypnobirth techniques during labour and birth.

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New Bridge Horizons joins Trust volunteers to help bring comfort to end of life patients

Volunteers at the Trust have joined forces with New Bridge Horizons in Oldham in getting ready a new initiative which will help to bring comfort to patients facing the end of their life at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

The end of life care team at the Trust has obtained funding to provide comfort packs for end of life patients who do not have personal items to maintain their needs and dignity.  The packs provide a quality and compassionate service to these patients being cared for within the Trust’s hospitals including The Royal Oldham, North Manchester General Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and Rochdale Infirmary.

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Sick children’s nurse travels to Cambodia to improve health of vulnerable children

A registered Sick Children’s Nurse (RSCN), Sister Sue Higgins, from North Manchester General Hospital, has travelled to Cambodia recently as part of a shared learning partnership.

Sister Higgins taught Cambodian health workers the benefits of baby massage, assisting in the health centre clinics and undertaking outreach medical visits with Professor Andrew Rowland.

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Our CQC inspection final report

We are now expecting the Care Quality Commission’s final report and rating following their inspection of the Trust and our services in February and March this year to be published around the end of August or possibly September.

Radiology Outpatient Move at Rochdale Infirmary

The Radiology out-patients department at Rochdale Infirmary has been relocated to the main Radiology Department following installation of a Samsung XGEO digital machine along with Villa Rotograph Evo OPG machine. For all enquiries the new tel number is 01706 517402 (ext. 57402) or contact Joanne Stephenson, project manager ext 88069

Relocation information for North Manchester Community Continence Service

Our Continence Service and Stoma Prescription Service has now changed its name and relocated to new premises. The new Bladder and Bowel Service (North Manchester Community) will be based at North Manchester General Hospital, Room 32, 1st Floor, J Block. Tel:  0161 918 4182/ Fax: 0161 720 2684. The free repeat prescription telephone number for Catheter, Conveen and Stoma care products remains unchanged: 0808 171 24 23. The telephone number to activate your delivery of continence disposable products remains unchanged: 01706 363295.

Radiology requests

We would like to remind all doctors that referrers should always examine patients before referral for imaging. This is of particular relevance when undertaking telephone consultations. Arrangements need to be made to see and examine the patient if you are considering referring the patient for an X-ray, please see the Royal College of Radiology document below for further information.

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Paediatric beds at The Royal Oldham Hospital

The Trust has recently taken the decision to close five paediatric beds at The Royal Oldham Hospital due to staffing issues. This decision means that the service remains available to care for patients safely, while ensuring a high standard of care and positive patient experience. The pathways of care for children and young people accessing acute paediatric care remains the same and unaltered by the reduction in beds at Royal Oldham Hospital. In the meantime, GPs and other community health practitioners should continue to encourage parents, carers and young people to access the appropriate services at the right time. We will keep you informed of any related changes to this situation.

Trust Annual Public Meeting

The Trust Annual Public Meeting (APM) is scheduled to take place in October this year. More details will be announced soon. 


Macmillan/End of life care

19 July 2016

14.00 to 15.00

Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital

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Infectious Diseases Talk

02 August 2016

14.00 to 15.00

The Postgraduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital

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Trauma & Orthopaedic Talk

09 September 2016

14.00 to 15.00

The Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital

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Sleep Apnoea/Snoring

19 September 2016

14.00 to 15.00

Education Centre, Rochdale Infirmary

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