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GP Bulletin December 2015

Surgical robot celebrates 500th patient milestone

Bradford's revolutionary surgical robot has notched up a milestone, completing its successful 500th operation. The 500th procedure has been carried out on a kidney cancer patient, by Mr Sanjai Addla, one of the Trust's consultant urological robotic surgeons, along with Mr Rajindrah Singh and Mr Rohit Chahal, all of whom have been formally trained to use the da Vinci robot at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Currently, Bradford is the only centre in West Yorkshire offering this advanced surgery for patients with bladder, prostate and kidney cancers.

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Intermediate Care Hub heralds new era in care

Our new Intermediate Care Hub has had a successful launch period with caring for more than 70 referrals in its first week alone. The service aims to treat people in the comfort of their own home, rather than admit them to hospital allowing ward beds to remain free for those who need them most this winter while giving a gold-standard service to our most vulnerable patients. The new centre “ based on the top floor of B Block at St Luke's - is now home to our 72 medical, nursing and therapy staff from the virtual ward, as well as 15 social care representatives from Bradford District Council.

The team was initially set up to co-ordinate the 24-hour health and social care needs of the frail and elderly, and now provides a first-rate service to support more patients at home. The first phase of the launch focuses on providing a single point of access to GPs, community staff and social care professionals. They can refer patients who are in immediate crisis or with sub-acute illness and who, without intervention, would need to be admitted to hospital.

The second phase, which we will launch next year, will provide a single point of access for all of our ward staff to refer any patient with an intermediate care need, inclusive of rehabilitation and assessment beds.

As you may already know, we were one of the first Trusts nationally to adopt and pioneer the innovative virtual ward scheme, which provides co-ordinated health and social care for patients who are at high risk of emergency re-admissions “ such as those with long-term conditions or frail and vulnerable older people. The virtual ward also assists patients with an early-supported discharge from hospital by enabling them to return home more quickly when supported by a multi-disciplinary team.

Modernisation gathers pace as work starts on two new build projects

Work has commenced on the next stage in our plans to modernise and redevelop our hospital estate. Ensuring our buildings are fit-for-purpose, and their facilities and environment able to meet the needs of all our patients and staff, is one of our top priorities “ as well as one of the Care Quality Commission's.

Our unprecedented programme of investment is progressing at pace and is spearheaded by our £28m new hospital wing, which will open at the Bradford Royal Infirmary this time next year. November saw the beginning of another important project “ the redevelopment of our existing emergency department.

Work has started on site on the first phase of the project, the creation of a single storey extension within the courtyard next to the radiology department. This initial phase of work is expected to be completed by early March 2016. A further three phases of refurbishment works are planned within the existing emergency department with an anticipated completion during October 2016. While work continues, parking restrictions will apply to bays between the radiology department and the emergency department and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Plans have been developed which will ensure safe access will be maintained at all times to the main entrance to the radiology department.

Work also commenced to refurbish and expand our endoscopy and gastroenterology unit at the BRI. It begins on level 2, Duke of York Corridor (the former surgical management team offices) to create the "elbow room to expand the unit. Upon completion of this first phase, the existing clinical unit will decant from level 3 to this area on level 2. This will pave the way for the second phase of refurbishment work to be carried out within the existing endoscopy gastroenterology unit at level 3 Duke of York Corridor. The anticipated completion for all these works is July 2016.

Trust Grand Round in December - Cancelled

Please note that the Grand round in December has been cancelled.   The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round which are held monthly. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments. While there is no Grand Round in December, the schedule resumes on January 26th 2016 with the following presentations -

  • ˜What can physicians, surgeons and psychiatrists do to prevent mothers dying' - Derek Tuffnell, Consultant “ Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • ˜Stroke Presentations, Mimics and Chameleons in Bradford' - Hawraman Ramadan, Consultant “ Neurologist and Stroke Physician

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.

Festive Greetings from BTHFT

As the year winds down, BTHFT continues its focus on providing patient centred care during the busy festive season. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in 2015 and look forward to working with you in 2016. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Best wishes from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHSFT.