Welcome to December's e-bulletin which gives Governors news and information about our Trust and what is going on in the NHS.
It was wonderful to see so many of you at my recent lunches where we outlined our progress against the key priorities for 2011/12. It was also a good opportunity to update you on the many projects going on throughout the Trust including the Quality Campaign and the new Speak Up/Voices initiative where we have encouraged our staff to give feedback about the Trust. This included what they like about working for us and what they would change. Staff were also asked to comment on communication. All contributions were entered into a draw to win vouchers.
Darren Banks, our Director of Strategic Development also provided an update on the Trafford Healthcare Trust acquisition and confirmed that all plans are on trackone of five prizes of £100 to spend in their area of work. I recently drew this raffle and was delighted at the number of suggestions.
I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year and would like to thank you for all your dedication, support and interest during the year.
If there is anything I can do to assist you in your role as a Governor, please contact me on 0161 276 8661 or at email@example.com.
The care given to high-risk surgery patients is falling short of acceptable standards, an independent review says. The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death found four in 10 got poor or inadequate treatment. The expert panel described the findings as "disturbing" after reviewing nearly 20,000 patients in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In particular, it highlighted a lack of pre-op checks and insufficient use of critical care facilities after surgery. Those designated as high-risk patients tend to be drawn from groups who have a number of other health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease; age and weight are also factors.
North West News
Patients, carers and the wider public are being asked to help develop future services for people requiring specialised NHS weight loss surgery across the North West.
Specialised commissioners, working on behalf of the region's primary care trusts, want to hear people's views about the kind of services which should be offered to people with morbid obesity, and whether or not certain patients should be prioritised above others.
They also want to know whether patients undergoing weight loss surgery (known as bariatric surgery) would be willing to travel further to have their operation at a centre in the North West, as long as they could have their follow-up appointments in settings nearer their homes.
A web-based survey has been set up to encourage people to have their say. The survey is open until 30th December 2011 and can be accessed via http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYJ5PX3
With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, people with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being reminded not to leave it too late to get their repeat prescriptions. Many GP practices will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, which means some people may struggle if they run out of their medication.
A spokesperson for NHS North West said, "There are around 1.5 million people in the North West who have a long term health condition. We want to make sure that people with these illnesses have a good Christmas and New Year. The last thing we want is for people to run out of their medication, become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital.
Visitors to hospitals across the North West are being asked for their helping in tackling winter bugs, which can lead to hospital wards being unable to accept any new admissions, NHS staff going off sick and appointments being postponed.
Cases of diarrhoea and vomiting traditionally go up at this time of year. They are caused by two types of virus, Norovirus and Rotavirus. They cause unpleasant but short-lived symptoms for the majority of people, but can have a devastating effect if they get into a hospital.
A spokesperson for NHS North West said, "We know that these viruses are already circulating widely in the community - for example we have seen local schools affected. We are asking for the help of everyone visiting the hospital to keep the bugs out. If these bugs get into a hospital, they can make people who are already poorly seriously ill, particularly older people and those who have long term health conditions.
John Thomson Brings Christmas Cheer to Children's Hospital
John Thomson has recently turned on the Christmas lights at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. He also presented our charity with a cheque for £20,000 he recently won on ITV1's The Chase. John Thomson said: "Not being a marathon running kind of guy, I thought it would be in my best interests to utilise my true strength, mainly my intellect which paid off very nicely on ITV's The Chase. It was a genuine highlight of my TV career."
Children from the hospital presented John with some thank you cards they had made earlier. He has been a valued patron of the Children's Hospital charity for several years and was the voiceover for the first series of our 'Children's Hospital' series.
Saint Mary's Birth Centre at Salford now open for business!
The team at the new Saint Mary's Birth Centre, based at Salford Royal, are delighted to announce the birth of their first baby! Nina Olcyzk was born on Tuesday 6th December at 10.39 am and her delighted parents, Malgorzata and Lucas, were featured in the Salford News to celebrate the arrival.
Alysha Allibone, the midwife who delivered Nina said: "It's great to be a part of this exciting new venture for the women of Salford, our team of midwives are enthusiastic about normal birth and are keen to provide a relaxed, homely environment for labouring women.
"I am really proud and feel privileged to have supported Malgorzata birthing baby Nina, our first baby born at the Saint Mary's Birth Centre in Salford. I wish Malgorzata and Lucas a wonderful future with their new baby!"
Most Clinicians could be forgiven for running a mile when they heard they had a 2000 year old patient but when Prof Judith Adam's was brought the head of Worsley Man for scanning, by senior conservators from the Manchester Museum, she was positively thrilled.
The head was found in a Manchester peat bog during the 1950s and, like Lindow Man, was initially thought to be a modern murder victim. The police investigated and after an autopsy the Coroner ruled the head was ancient. The head was kept in a pathology store until the 1980s when its significance was realised because of the discovery of Lindow Man. The head even seemed to share the same pattern of injuries: blows to the head, garrotting and a slit throat. It was precisely these injuries that a team of medical and other experts wanted to investigate.
Our Trust Charity News
Get Involved in the Great Manchester Run
We are looking for people to join our 2012 Great Manchester Run team. We have a number of guaranteed entry places available, which can be used to raise money in support of any of our family of five hospitals. To receive a guaranteed entry place you will need to pay a registration fee of £37 and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £200.
The Great Manchester Run will take place on Sunday 20th May and will see over 30,000 runners taking to the streets of Manchester to complete the 10k course.
If you would like to be one of them then contact Clare McManmon on 276 4404 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Are You Up For the Gold Challenge?
Be the first to run 100m at the Olympic Stadium in 2012 by getting involved with Gold Challenge, a mass participation legacy to the Olympic Games offering different challenges and sports taster sessions whilst also helping to raise money.
We are offering two chances for Gold Challenge participants to enjoy the experience of a lifetime and compete in a 100m race at the stadium next year. Everyone who registers for Gold Challenge will automatically be entered into a free prize draw which will be drawn on the 17th February, while the second place will be awarded to the highest fundraiser for the challenge as of the 20th February 2012.
There are many different ways to take on your own personal challenge and even children aged five and up along with their families can get involved.
To find out more or sign up today, please visit http://www.rmchcharity.org.uk/event/91/gold-challenge.php
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