GP & Partner Bulletin - March 2017

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March 2017

Welcome to the March 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


North Manchester Intermediate Care Unit progress

Positive progress is being made on the construction of our new £5m purpose-built intermediate care unit on the grounds of North Manchester General Hospital. This week the North Manchester leadership team for the Care Organisation including Prof Matt Makin, Medical Director, Damien Finn, Director of Finance, Steph Gibson, Managing Director and Simon Featherstone, Director of Nursing, were joined by Helen Speed, Director for Urgent Care at North Manchester CCCG and Carol Kavanagh, Community Assessment and Support Service Manager; Louise Lewis, Senior Sister on J5 and Manju Noble, Senior Physio at Henesy House, for a photograph and topping out event.

Since November 2014 the Trust has been providing nine temporary intermediate care beds on ward J5 at NMGH in the main hospital building in addition to 15 beds at Henesy House, a community residential home in Collyhurst. This new Intermediate Care Unit will replace these beds. The build is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The full story can be found on our Twitter site @PennineAcuteNHS and on our website.

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New additional CT scanner at Royal Oldham

A new additional CT scanner is to be installed at The Royal Oldham Hospital which will bring a wide range of benefits to patients and clinicians. Over £1.2m is being invested at the hospital which will see the provision of an additional CT scanner and building works within the radiology department to provide extra radiologist offices and improved facilities in the interventional day-case unit. New facilities will include a new CT scan room and control room which will have direct access to the Emergency Department for the urgent imaging of their patients, meaning that there will be a 30 minute maximum wait from referral within A&E to patients undergoing their scan. Building works to house the new equipment are due to start at the beginning of April. To read the story, go to our website under the news section.   

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Update on the Single Hospital Service (SHS) for Manchester

In the latest SHS programme team monthly stakeholder bulletin it has been confirmed that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has granted an application to move to Phase 2 of the review of the proposals for the merger between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM). Project 1 of the Single Hospital Service Programme is for CMFT and UHSM to merge and this is what the CMA is now looking at. At this stage, the CMA is not looking at Project 2 which involves North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH). The plan is then for NMGH to join the new organisation 12-18 months following the CMFT/UHSM merger process. It is anticipated that all services at NMGH will transfer to the management of the proposed new City of Manchester Trust by April 2019, and until that time PAT will continue to support staff, be responsible for services, and progress investment for the site.  

Bury CCG’s Urgent Care consultation paused to take stock of new national directive

The consultation on Bury’s proposed future model for urgent care has been paused to allow NHS Bury CCG to consider a new directive aimed at improving urgent and emergency care nationally. Following the Chancellor’s Budget statement this month, NHS England and NHS Improvement have jointly signalled urgent action is needed to improve urgent care performance during 2017. The new requirements highlight the need for ‘concrete changes’ to secure a more robust urgent care system throughout the country to overcome the difficulties experienced in previous winters.

Whilst it is clear that many elements of the new directive are in line with Bury CCG’s future proposed model; including better use of telephone triage, investment in evening and weekend GP appointments and GPs and nurses assessing and treating patients who do not need to be at A&E; further more detailed guidance on the requirements are awaited in the NHS Delivery Plan, which will be published in the coming weeks. It is appropriate for the CCG to review these new requirements to ensure that they align fully with a proposed future model for urgent care in Bury. As a result, the consultation on the proposed future model for urgent care in Bury was paused on 14thMarch 2017, collection of feedback via the CCG’s online survey is also paused, and the two planned public meetings have been postponed.  

Day Surgery/Operating Threatre at Rochdale Infirmary – new 23 hour unit

The Day Surgery/Operating Theatre Department at Rochdale Infirmary are pleased to announce the opening of 8 new 23 hour post-operative beds which has opened in Feb. The department opened in 2000 and was purpose built to accommodate a variety of surgical specialities for Inpatient, Day Case Elective and Emergency/Trauma procedures. The specialties include Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Vascular, Gynaecology, Urology, Oral and Pain.

The development and introduction of 23 hour beds will benefit the patient in a number of ways. Firstly the patient will not need transferring to another site, thus reducing stress on the patient. Secondly, the patient will be in one department providing continuity of care resulting in a smooth care pathway from admission to discharge, reducing the risk of cancellation on the day. The change will benefit the Pennine Acute Trust as opening eight beds will help relieve bed pressures and reduce cancelled operations at other sites. The new 23 hour beds will reduce time and costs for the ambulance service, freeing those professionals up to attend local emergencies.

Maternity Listening & Action Group appeals for new members

A Maternity Listening & Action Group is appealing for new members to represent the interests of women and their families and ensure their views are heard as part of the planning and delivery of maternity care.

People from locally diverse, underrepresented and BME communities are particularly welcome and parents are invited to attend with their babies/children.

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Blood Counts charity fund launched at The Royal Oldham Hospital

The Mayor of Oldham Councillor Derek Heffernan joined staff, patients and volunteers at The Royal Oldham Hospital’s haematology unit on 21 March to officially launch the hospital’s new Blood Counts charity fund.

Raising money for the unit, which is housed on ward F11 at the hospital, the fund will be used to purchase additional equipment and enhancements to facilities to assist staff at The Royal Oldham Hospital to provide the highest standard of care to patients.

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Council and NHS pioneering service scoops top health and care award

A Rochdale Borough Council, NHS HMR CCG and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust partnership has won a major award after their pioneering Intermediate Tier Service was hailed at a coveted national ceremony.

The partnership scooped the ‘Health and Social Care’ gong at the Local Government Chronicle Awards, the biggest celebration of innovation and talent across local authorities.

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‘You’re hired!’ Rochdale organisations work together to provide a new ‘apprentice’ workforce for health and social care

Rochdale Infirmary has joined forces with the HMR* care collaborative, which includes Rochdale Borough Council, and Hopwood Hall College to provide a new apprentice workforce for health and social care.

In the ever changing world of modern health and social care, organisations are working closer together than ever before, in hospitals and in the community, to provide joined up care.   

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North Manchester General Hospital needle-free flu vaccine pilot shortlisted for national BMJ award

A clinical team based at North Manchester General Hospital have been shortlisted for a prestigious national British Medical Journal (BMJ) award.

The team which comprises Dr Rachel Isba, consultant in paediatric public health medicine; Dianne Cook, lead advanced paediatric nurse practitioner in paediatric emergency medicine; Kate Hilditch, senior pharmacist infectious diseases and Adelle Lees and Sue Higgins, paediatric nursing sisters in the paediatric emergency medicine department, formed a ‘flu vaccination for children’ team and have been shortlisted in the ‘Prevention team of the year’ category.

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Rochdale Infirmary specialist nurse wins prestigious national award

A heart failure specialist nurse covering Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital has won a prestigious national award.

Toni Weldon was one of only eight people in the country to be given a Pumping Marvellous Award. It is given by the Pumping Marvellous Charity for heart failure patients and can only be achieved following a nomination from the patient community for their exceptional quality of care and treatment.

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Improving clinical practice masterclass - DNACPR

The Trust is providing three free half-day (12.45-16.45pm, lunch included) masterclasses on a current ‘hot topic’ to improve patient experience and care and also to equip clinicians with the knowledge and skills that will aid their clinical practice.

The Masterclass is open to Consultants, SAS Doctors and General Practitioners across the Trust footprint.

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'Field to Plate', Catering Event

19 April 2017

10:00 to 12:00

The Cafe Royal, The Royal Oldham Hospital

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

Neuro-Rehabilitation talk

27 April 2017

14:00 to 15:00

Floyd Unit, Birch Hill Hospital, Rochdale

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

Learning Disability & Autism Talk

22 May 2017

14:00 to 15:00

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

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

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