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GP Bulletin August 2015

Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service celebrates 25 years of pioneering work

Patients young and old who have received the gift of hearing after life-changing surgery at Bradford Royal Infirmary gathered on 19 August to celebrate the service's 25th anniversary. The Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service (YAIS) was set up by ear, nose and throat consultant surgeon, Professor Chris Raine MBE, after he learned of the benefits that cochlear implants could bring to patients with profound deafness.

The electronic devices are placed inside the inner ear and send a signal to the auditory nerve, giving the patient the sensation of sound. Since the service's inception in 1990, more than 940 people have received in excess of 1,000 implants at the BRI.

"Reaching this milestone is an amazing achievement for all of the team and for our patients who now come from across the whole of the North of England and as far away as the Isle of Man, said Professor Raine.

"When we started off 25 years ago, there was myself and two others, now the service has more than 28 employees including surgeons, audiologists, speech therapists, teachers of the deaf, technicians and interpreters, who are supported by our administration team.

"This autumn also sees the anniversary of The Ear Trust charity which I created in order to buy the first cochlear implants for our patients as NHS funding was not secured for the service until 1995. The charity's members continue to work so hard to fundraise and support the department today."

The service also supports a variety of patients with sudden or progressive hearing loss while others are treated for more complex needs.

Head of Service, Jane Martin, added: "Our open event will provide an opportunity for staff and patients who have benefitted from the encouragement, commitment and dedicated work of the team here in Bradford, to celebrate what we have achieved over the past 25 years.

"The youngest child to be implanted was six months old, while our oldest patient was 86-years-old.

"We are currently assessing patients aged from two months to 92 years, so age is really no barrier when it comes to receiving a cochlear implant which goes to show just how far the service has progressed."

In 2009, the service expanded into the high-tech £2.8m Listening for Life facility, within the grounds of Bradford Royal Infirmary, which was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

New car parking charges to be introduced at Bradford's hospitals for the first time in over a decade

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced plans to introduce new parking charges “ incorporating the first increases for more than 11 years.  A broader range of tariffs will be launched at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital during August. This will allow patients and visitors more flexibility in paying for their length of stay and ensure they do not pay for extra hours which they may not need. For some, this will mean they pay less for parking than they do now.

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Annual meeting and showcase events “ date for your diary

Our annual general meeting is scheduled to take place on 17 September. Also hosted on the same day will be a showcase event detailing the work progressing in the Foundation Trust. The events will be open to the public as well as staff, members and patients. We hope to see you there.

Showcase Event - 17 September 2015, 5.30-6.30pm, Field House Corridor, BRI

A showcase event highlighting the great work that it is going on around the Foundation Trust will take place in the Field House corridor immediately prior to this

year's Annual Members' Meeting.

Joint Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Members' Meeting (AMM) - 17 September 2015, 6.30-8pm, Sovereign Lecture Theatre, Field House, BRI.

The joint AGM and AMM will include presentations on the annual report from our chairman, director of finance and chief executive. The vice-chair of the council of governors, Mr Mark Steward, will present a report on the delivery of the governors' statutory duties and membership development during 2014/15.

We look forward to seeing you there.

August Trust Grand Round Cancelled

The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments.

Unfortunately, the Grand Round in August has been cancelled. This is a rare occurrence and we apologise for the inconvenience caused.

The next Trust Grand will take place on 29th September. The subjects to be discussed are yet to be confirmed and will be communicated in the September bulletin.

The Grand Round is held in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings start at 12.45pm and last for an hour. Lunch is available from 12.15pm.