GP & Partner Bulletin - November 2017

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November 2017

Welcome to the November 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

HEADLINE NEWS

New Northern Care Alliance NHS Group in Greater Manchester launches, bringing together 17,000 NHS staff to serve 1m people

Two of the biggest NHS Trusts in the country have come together to create one of the largest NHS healthcare organisations in Greater Manchester and the North West, in what is being described as an ‘exciting opportunity’ to serve a population of over 1 million people under a new Group arrangement of hospitals and community healthcare services.

The new Northern Care Alliance NHS Group brings together five local hospitals, 2,000 beds, specialist and acute services, a range of community services, and over 17,000 staff from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT).

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New £5m North Manchester Intermediate Care Unit Opens

A brand new purpose-built £5m 24 bed community Intermediate Care Unit situated in the grounds at North Manchester General Hospital has opened on 18 November.

The new unit, known as Crumpsall Vale, will support patient flow from the hospital and the community. Initially there will be 16 residential beds and eight nursing beds, but this will increase to 16 nursing beds and eight residential beds. All rooms have their own bathroom with a shower.

The Crumpsall Vale unit is a joint partnership between The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs North Manchester General Hospital, and Manchester Health & Care Commissioning.

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Trust Organ Donation Bus Ads Roll Out Across GM

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has commissioned four buses to be painted up with important organ donation messages in a bid to spread the word and encourage the people of Greater Manchester to think about joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

We want to get people talking about their organ donation wishes and to share their decision with their loved ones. The 'on the buses' campaign started on the 2 October and is running for a year. This is a Trust initiative supported by NHS Blood & Transplant who contributed the artwork for the campaign.

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Tony Lloyd MP for Rochdale visits Victoria (breast) Unit

The Labour MP for Rochdale, Tony Lloyd, made a visit to the Victoria Unit today, which provides a breast clinic at The Royal Oldham Hospital, where he met with patients and staff, including the Unit’s newly appointed Consultant.

Tony Lloyd MP was greeted on arrival at the Victoria Unit at 4.30pm by Miss Maria Bramley, the Breast Surgery Consultant who arranged the visit, and he was then introduced to Mr Mohammed Absar, Consultant and Clinical Director for Breast Surgery, and Richard Tipney, Directorate Manager – Specialist Surgery (Breast and Maxillofacial Surgery).

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Staff at Pennine Acute line up to be vaccinated after terrible Aussie flu season

More than half of staff have been vaccinated so far against seasonal flu at the Trust’s four hospitals - North Manchester General Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, and community services in North Manchester and Rochdale borough.

Staff and volunteers at the Trust’s hospitals and community services are preparing for what they believe will be a difficult winter and so far hundreds of staff (5,190) have been vaccinated after warnings that the UK could be on track for its worst flu season in years.

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North Manchester doctors urge public to think carefully and Choose Well this winter

Doctors from North Manchester General Hospital are encouraging people to think carefully and to consider which health service to use this winter.

By choosing the right service, patients will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time, whilst keeping emergency health services available for emergencies and life-threatening conditions.

Services available in the community include GP practices, local pharmacies, dentists, health visitors, community nurses and midwives. North Manchester General Hospital’s A&E department is also available to treat the sickest of patients, such as those seriously injured in an accident.

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Oldham Athletic says thanks to Royal Oldham staff

A number of players and staff came to The Royal Oldham Hospital on 30 November to say thanks to staff for all the hard work they do and the care they provide to the community.

The players were welcomed by Oldham Care Organisation Chief Officer Donna McLaughlin, Divisional Managing Director for Medicine Sara Derbyshire and Associate Director of Workforce, Susan Hunt.

The players went on a tour of the hospital and handed out free tickets for the Oldham Athletic vs Northampton Town game, which is taking place on 9 December – a game they have dedicated to the emergency services.

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Pennine Pathology Department User Satisfaction Survey 2017

Once again the Pennine Pathology Department would like your feedback on the service we provide to you. It is our aim to improve our service to you year on year and we value your opinions and suggestions on how we can achieve this. We would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete and return our survey, this year we are particularly interested in your views on how your requests for advice are handled.

Please bring this survey to the attention of staff that interact with Pathology in any way and encourage them all to complete it.

Thank you for your assistance.

Jane Fielding

Performance & Quality Manager - Pathology Department

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Electronic Referral System CQUIN – How are we performing?

The aim of the Electronic Referral System (ERS) CQUIN is to work with NHS Digital and our referrers to ensure ERS (AKA Choose & Book) is used for all referrals to consultant led first Outpatient appointments. The deadline for the Trust is to be paper free by October 2018, which means all first appointment referrals should be sent through the ERS system and not traditional routes such as paper. The trust will also be required to provide referrers with a method of requesting advice and guidance prior to referring a patient and we will be expected to improve our appointment capacity

Staff should consider the following:

  • Set up a project team
  • Reviewed & updated our Directory of Service
  • Assessed Advice & Guidance facilities in each specialty
  • Developed a training package
  • Identified best practice to support development of our quality standards

How can you help?

  • Share the information with your colleagues
  • Encourage referrers to request advice if in doubt
  • Redirect any referrals not sent through ERS

For more information contact Janet.Nicholls@pat.nhs.uk or Katie.Moss@pat.nhs.uk.

Liver Disease – Eat, Drink and be Merry; in Moderation!

On Wednesday 13th December 2017, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a free talk on ‘Liver Disease’.   The event will give delegates the opportunity to find out more about the different types of Liver Disease and the service provided for patients who have liver disease at Pennine Acute.

Many people associate liver disease with excessive alcohol consumption and although this can be true it is certainly not the only cause. There are many more causes including obesity; diabetes; hereditary conditions; blood borne viruses and even medications. In fact, 33% of the UK population are known to have liver disease NOT associated with alcohol (non alcoholic liver disease – NAFLD)

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Pennine News - November Edition

The November edition of the Trust's monthly magazine Pennine News has now been published.

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EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY

Liver Disease - "Eat, Drink & Be Merry .... In Moderation !"

13 December 2017 from 11:00 to 12:00  

Venue

Education Centre, Fairfield General Hospital

Description

A free talk with Lynne Kendrick, Gastro Specialist Nurse

Cost

Free

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706-517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

Maggies Centre, Talk & Tour

31 January 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00  

Location

Oldham

Venue

Maggies Centre, TROH

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

An opportunity to look round the Maggie's Centre, in the grounds of the Royal Oldham Hospital.  The Centre opened in June last year in in partnership with Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer. 

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706 517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

A free talk on the End PJ paralysis movement

13 February 2018 from 14:30 to 15:30  

Venue

Education Centre, Rochdale Infirmary, OL12 0NB

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

A free talk on the End PJ paralysis movement, which goes hand in hand with the last 1000 days by challenging the historic culture that once a patient arrives in hospital they should be in their pyjamas in a hospital bed.  

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706 517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk

Crumpsall Vale Intermediate care Unit - Talk & Tour

20 February 2018 from 14:00 to 15:00  

Venue

Crumpsall Vale, Intermediate Care Unit, NMGH

Category

Foundation Trust Events

Description

An opportunity to view the new Crumpsall Vale Intermediate Care Unit at North Manchester General Hospital.

Contact

Angela Greenwood

Phone

01706 517302

Email

angela.greenwood@pat.nhs.uk


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