GP & Partner Bulletin - February 2014

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February 2014

Welcome to the February 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 Trust to provide respiratory health care in Oldham

THE Trust has been chosen to provide community-based respiratory health services for Oldham residents from April 2014.

The news was announced by the local health commissioner, NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Itches & sneezes thing of the past with new children’s allergy clinic

A brand new service which helps young patients overcome their allergies has opened at North Manchester General Hospital in Crumpsall.

The paediatric allergy clinic was the idea of Dr Mudiyur Gopi, consultant paediatrician, and it will provide a valuable local service to children and parents in the North Manchester area.

The right result for vascular anaesthesia

Patients who have undergone an elective vascular procedure at The Royal Oldham Hospital have given a massive thumbs up to the anaesthesia service.

Eighty three elective vascular patients responded to a survey which detailed the care they had received between April and August 2013. 

The overall satisfaction with the vascular anaesthesia service at The Royal Oldham Hospital is extremely high with an average patient satisfaction score of 9.3/10.

The survey tool rated the inpatient experience according to information and waiting, trust and atmosphere, fear, physical symptoms, the intra-operative patient experience and interaction with personnel.

Public give thumbs up to new children’s area at Rochdale Infirmary’s UCC

A group of local patients and members of the Trust joined representatives from Healthwatch Rochdale recently in an exclusive “walk and talk” visit to Rochdale Infirmary’s Urgent Care Centre (UCC) to see the new children’s waiting and play area.

TIA referral process reminder

All TIA referrals should be on the approved Greater Manchester Stroke and Cardiac Network’s Referral Form which clearly states the patients ABCD2 score. 

It is from this score that the booking clerk knows whether the patient is a high risk TIA or a low risk TIA. 

Whilst still in surgery patients should be given a copy of the information leaflet which again has been formulated by the Network. 

Our centralised booking office is encountering difficulties when trying to book patients an appointment due to the patient not knowing that their appointment is urgent (for high risk TIAs) or not (low risk within 7 days). It would help the service enormously if patients were made aware of when they will likely have an appointment. 

Also could all GPs be reminded of the need to provide accurate contact details for their patients. Again we are experiencing problems with this and we finding it increasingly difficult to contact patients in a timely manner.

There are two ways to refer patients to the service. The first is to use the Trust’s email account: or you can fax your referral to 0161 918 8551. If faxing please ring 0161 918 8553 to ensure safe receipt of the fax. 

Global interest in proud paediatric HIV service at North Manchester General Hospital

Staff of the paediatric HIV team at Trust welcomed a delegation of doctors, nurses and social workers from Ukraine and Uzbekistan recently to share insight and experience in treating children with HIV. 

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Cleaning Matters - Come and see how we keep the hospitals clean

Tuesday 4 March 2014

2.00pm to 4.00pm, Ward 19, Fairfield General Hospital

Presentations and demonstrations by hospital staff and G4S cleaning contractor, for staff, patients, members of the public and FT members.

Spaces are limited so booking is essential. To book your place, please contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email 

Have you read the February issue of Pennine News, the Trust's monthly magazine for staff and stakeholders?

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