GP & Partner Bulletin - June 2018

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June 2018

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


Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 'transaction' update and future of North Manchester General Hospital

Our North East Sector (NES) commissioners (Oldham, Bury & HMR CCGs) have recently set out their intentions relating to the acute services that are currently located on the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) site but that primarily serve the populations of Oldham, Bury and Rochdale borough. Our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are now developing more detailed proposals including clarity about the potential consequence and impact on our other hospital sites and the communities we serve. This will input into the development of an acute services strategy for the NMGH site which is being led by Manchester City Council, Manchester Commissioners (MHCC) and Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (MFT). All partners are committed to the future of NMGH. It has a vital role to play in the city and will continue to provide a range of hospital services, including emergency, maternity and paediatric care.

Plans are still for NMGH to become an integral part of MFT in the second part of 2019/20. Over the last few weeks the single hospital service team from MFT have started the process by which they will hold discussions with our clinical and managerial staff at NMGH, primarily at directorate level, so that they can understand how services are delivered at NMGH and linked across PAHT.

The shared vision for NMGH is that it will be:

  • A vibrant hospital providing high quality and effective services with excellent patient experience.
  • A well-connected hospital; integrated with on-site mental health services, services in the community.
  • A hospital which generates jobs and growth in the local economy.
  • A hospital with 21st century estates and IT.
  • A sustainable hospital, both clinically and financially.

Early discussions are taking place with universities and colleges in the city about how we can develop a multi-professional ‘Educational, Training and Skills Centre of Excellence’ on the NMGH site.

Northern Care Alliance signs up to workplace race inequality commitment

Our Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, along with other public sector employers including other NHS organisations, Councils, Fire Service and Police partners across Greater Manchester will be the first in the country to work together to tackle race inequality in the workplace, after leaders signed a collective commitment. Public sector organisations currently have their own ways of approaching race inequality in the workplace, but this historic commitment means that for the first time the NHS and partner agencies will be working together to take action.

Together, GM’s public services will build on existing work to improve diversity from the boardroom to the frontline, to tackle bullying and harassment experienced by BME staff and improve the services our public services provide. With this commitment, an action plan will be developed in partnership with staff, trade unions and BME staff before being launched in the autumn. The plan will also map out positive action to be taken to address race inequality.

Free public talk on the Deteriorating Patient Collaborative on 12 July

THE Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is hosting a free public talk on the ‘Deteriorating Patient Collaborative’ at The Royal Oldham Hospital on Thursday 12 July form 2 until 3pm.

The Alliance has successfully managed to reduce the cardiac arrest rate in its hospitals’ ‘Innovation Wards’ by introducing the Deteriorating Patient Collaborative.

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Say happy 70th birthday to the NHS at North Manchester Hospital’s family open day

North Manchester General Hospital throws open its doors to visitors on Saturday 7th July, inviting local people to a family-friendly open day celebrating the NHS’s 70th birthday.

Activities will centre on the Hospital’s Postgraduate Centre on Delaunays Road, between 10am and 2pm. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting and other fun and games for visitors of all ages, alongside tours of parts of the hospital and its grounds.

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GAU Team Mark the 20th Anniversary of Ectopic Pregnancy Trust with Fundraiser Event

The Gynaecology Assessment and Early Pregnancy Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital will be hosting a fundraiser tea party on Wednesday 27th June to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.

The team are hoping to shine the spotlight on the subject of ectopic pregnancy whilst enjoying a cup of tea and cake with patients and staff. The tea party will take place at 10am on the Gynaecological Assessment Unit F2 and is open to all staff and patients. All funds raised will go to the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.

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Breastfeeding Awareness Week: Oldham Mums Invited to Special Tea Party

Midwives at the Royal Oldham Hospital will be celebrating Breastfeeding Awareness Week (20th – 26thJune 2018) with information stands and a special tea party for mums and mum to be.

The maternity unit will host information stalls in antenatal clinics on Friday 22nd June, 1pm – 3pm and will offer mums and mums-to-be a whole range of information, advice and support, should they decide they would like to breastfeed their baby.

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Siobhan takes to the skies in aid of Link4Pink breast cancer charity

A Personal Assistant from the Victoria Unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital will be taking to the skies this June all in aid of the hospital’s breast cancer charity, Link4 Pink.

Siobhan Probert will be taking a leap of faith as she bravely undertakes a sky dive at Cark Airfield in Flookburgh near Grange Over Sands on Saturday 23rd June. She is hoping to raise money for the breast unit at the Royal Oldham Hospital and the money raised will be used to help buy new gowns and prostheses for the unit’s patients.

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Experience the NHS through the years at our free NHS 70 birthday events

THE NHS turns 70 on Thursday 5 July 2018 and our members, the public and staff are all invited to help us celebrate hitting this major milestone by sharing their memories, stories and views of the NHS, and attending one of our free birthday events in Salford and Oldham.

The Northern Care Alliance, the biggest NHS organisation in the North of England, is holding two special ‘Medicine for Members’ events that day, which will take people on a journey through the past, present and future of their local NHS.

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Traffic Light Hats Keep Newborn Babies Safe and Well

Calling all knitters…can you help the Royal Oldham Hospital’s tiniest patients? The hospital is looking for natty knitters to donate hand-made bobble hats for newborn babies.

The hospital recently introduced a traffic light hat initiative for newborn babies, that helps to ensure all babies receive the right level of care. Newborn babies can lose heat very quickly, which can lead to them becoming unwell.

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Inspirational Linda To Walk The Catwalk for Maggies

An inspirational Medical Records Clerk from the Royal Oldham Hospital will soon be walking the catwalk in aid of Maggie’s Manchester charity.

Linda G Smith, 61, will be strutting her stuff at Manchester Airport on 16th June to help raise vital funds for Maggie’s – and she says it’s her way of helping to support other people going through cancer. She is keen to raise money for Maggie’s and spread the word about the fantastic range of support, help and advice the centre offers for people living with cancer.

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Health leaders gather at Salford Royal for national #EndPJparalysis conference

THE Northern Care Alliance NHS Group welcomed health leaders from across the country today (5 June) to a conference at Salford Royal, where ideas and best practice were shared about how health care service providers can put an end to PJ Paralysis.

The Alliance is currently taking part in an #EndPJParalysis 70 Day Challenge (17 April to 26 June), which aims to get 1 million patients out of bed, dressed and mobile across the UK and Ireland.

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Regional award for Pennine’s Macmillan volunteer team

A team of volunteers based at North Manchester General Hospital has been named Macmillan’s Service Team of the Year for the North West.

The seven volunteers, based in the Hospital’s Macmillan Information and Support Centre and working on behalf of Pennine Acute NHS Trust, have all been dedicating their time and efforts on a weekly basis for a number of years, to help support people affected by cancer, and their families.

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Oasis Dementia Unit, ‘Talk & Tour’ at Rochdale Infirmary 13 June

On Wednesday 13th June (2–3pm), The Northern Care Alliance Group will be hosting a free ‘talk and tour’ of the Oasis Dementia Unit at Rochdale Infirmary.  The event will be an opportunity for staff, public and our Trust to speak with staff and patients to learn more about the condition and how to cope with it.  

The Oasis Unit is a 10 bed facility which allows the assessment and diagnosis of patients from the Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton borough, with dementia and confusion arriving with acute medical conditions, either through the Urgent Care Centre, the Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) or through direct GP referral.

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The Deteriorating Patient talk
12 July 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2)
Nursing Recruitment Open Day
14 July 2018 from 10:00 to 14:00 
Rochdale (Rochdale Infirmary, Whitehall Street)
Nursing Recruitment Open Day
21 July 2018 from 10:00 to 13:00 
Oldham (Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2)
'Catering Unwrapped' - food tasting event
15 August 2018 from 14:00 to 15:30 
(Broadoak Suite Restaurant - Fairfield General)
Maternity Services Talk
25 September 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00 
(Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2)

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