GP & Partner Bulletin - May 2017

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May 2017

Welcome to the May 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


Introducing Maggies Oldham - Your personal invitation

You are invited to the Opening of Maggie’s Oldham. Friday 9 June 2017 from 4pm–6pm. Please join us! Further sessions are available during the following week.

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New Bereavement Centres open at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital

Two brand new Bereavement Centres have opened at The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital. The Oldham centre opened to the public for the first time on Thursday 8 June 2017 following an opening event, which took place at 2pm at the Chalmers Keddie building. The ‘Swan Suite’ Bereavement Centre at North Manchester opened its doors to the public for the first time on Friday 12 May 2017.

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Rochdale Infirmary, Day Surgery Unit – Free public talk and tour 11 July

On Tuesday 11 July 2017 (10am – 11am), staff from Rochdale Infirmary will be hosting a free public ‘talk and tour’ of the newly expanded Day Surgery Unit and Theatres at Rochdale Infirmary. The event will be an opportunity for staff, the public and Trust members to learn more about the different surgical procedures carried out at the unit.

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Important information regarding urine sample collection for Microbiology tests

Samples of urine sent to Microbiology for microscopy, culture and susceptibility testing should be sent in containers with preservative (Boric acid). The preservative ensures that results reflect the bacteria present at the time of sample collection and will therefore minimize the effect of any delays in transport on bacterial overgrowth. This in turn will have a major positive impact on the quality of the culture result issued.

The overall aim is to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics in patients whose samples show moderate bacterial growth where results are often difficult to interpret in conjunction with the clinical picture. It is being introduced as part of our antibiotic stewardship strategy and it is envisaged that this approach will potentially reduce cases of CDI in Acute and Primary care.

Good sample collection is vital in order to obtain an accurate result that is clinically relevant; contamination makes interpretation difficult and may lead to unnecessary antibiotic treatment. Samples should be collected into a primary receptacle and decanted into a Green Urine Monovette tube available from NHS Logistics (KTH123). Alternatively a 30 ml red topped universal container (KCP885) can be used.

I Will if You Will

The Physiotherapy service at the Trust has partnered with I Will If You Will to support patients, staff and the wider local community of Bury to become more physically active.

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Get involved with Macmillan

Have your patients been affected by cancer? Do they live in North or East Manchester, Borough of Rochdale, Bury or Oldham? Macmillan Cancer Support want to hear about their information and support needs!

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‘Looking after ourselves – A crash course in Wellbeing and Mindfulness’

09 June 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00 
  Education Centre, Rochdale Infirmary, OL12 0NB

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Day Surgery Unit & Theatres - Talk & Tour

11 July 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30 
  Rochdale Infirmary, Whitehall Street

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'Liver Disease Talk'

21 July 2017 from 14:00 to 15:00 

Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital, OL1 2

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