GP & Partner Bulletin - March 2014

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March 2014

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


CQC refreshes its Priority Bands for Hospital Inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its latest Intelligent Monitoring (IM) reports for acute and specialist trusts in England which has been used to help the health regulator decide where to prioritise its hospital inspections. This Trust has been included in Priority Banding 6.

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Strategic Partnership with North Manchester GPs

We are seeking expressions of interest in a strategic partnership between up to four North Manchester General Practices and the Division of Medicine & Community Services at North Manchester General Hospital.

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New Inpatient Gynaecology Services

In order to provide improved quality of care to our patients who require an overnight stay following an inpatient procedure, from 31st March 2014 all of our inpatient gynaecological services will be undertaken at our new multi-million pound purpose-build Women and Children’s Development at our site at The Royal Oldham Hospital which opened last year.

The relocation and changes to inpatient services from North Manchester to Oldham will not compromise care, but will enhance the patient experience and ensure patients receive treatment in a timely manner by our dedicated staff.

Nurse-led Drop-in Wound Clinic

Our Community Tissue Viability Service and North Manchester CCG have secured funding for a further 12 month drop-in wound care clinic.  

The clinic provides wound assessment and treatment for the homeless population and those clients who find it difficult to access mainstream services. 

The clinic operates from the Urban Village Medical Practice on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon.

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North Manchester Respiratory Project

Last month we announced that we are working in partnership with North Manchester CCG to deliver a respiratory training and development project across primary care in North Manchester.

The project will be launched at two training events on 19th and 25th March and will be followed up by practice based mentorship and further training and development opportunities.

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Caring Diane Scoops Community Midwife of the Year Award 

Diane Chadderton from Royton, who is based at The Royal Oldham Hospital, was awarded the Community Midwife of the Year Award at a prestigious ceremony in London recently.

She was nominated for the award in recognition for her work in the community over the last 15 years.

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Trust signs up to Anaesthesia Audit

Our anaesthetic directorate is about to participate in the Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects (SNAPs), which are an exciting new initiative that will run for the first time in Spring 2014.

The aim of the audit is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of clinical activity in hospitals throughout the UK and to evaluate patient reported outcomes after anaesthesia.

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Medical Legal Dept Renamed

With effect from 24 February the Medical Legal Department began to operate as the Patient Health Record Access Service. This was to prevent any confusion generated between the Patient Health Record Access Service and the function of the Trust’s Legal Services Department. 

To improve business efficiency and telephone enquiry response times the new business call hours will be 10.00 hours to 15.00 hours.

The Patient Health Record Access Service contact telephone details will remain unchanged at 0161 656 1750 or 0161 627 8591.


Love Your Legs, Save Your Heart - Vascular Disease Awareness Event

Thursday 20th March

1 - 4pm

Regional Athletics Arena at Manchester City’s Ethihad Stadium.

Free parking and refreshments will be available.

To book please contact Lisa Smith at the North Manchester Leg Circulation Service on 0161 861 2439 or Debbie Ruff, hospital vascular nurse specialist on 0161 778 5090. 

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Getting a Closer Look - Public Insight into Working and Volunteering in Healthcare

Saturday 22nd March


Postgraduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email

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