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GP Bulletin - December 2017

Respiratory research team secures global and European ‘firsts’ in key trials

The respiratory research team at Bradford Teaching Hospitals has hit the jackpot after recruiting global and European-first patients in two pioneering medical trials. Thanks to a renowned international reputation in respiratory medicine, pharmaceutical giant GSK has chosen the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) to be the first unit worldwide to test its new vaccine for COPD patients.
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Fantastic first year for our Fragility Fracture Service

The first week in December sees our Fracture Liaison Service celebrate its first birthday. The service based at BRI, works to identify patients at risk of fracture and of the bone disease osteoporosis. Fewer than half of trusts countrywide have this service so we are very proud to offer this service.

The service is co-ordinated by Fragility Fracture Liaison Sister, Janine Connor who is supported by a wider multidisciplinary team. By starting patients on treatments and giving them lifestyle and dietary advice, to prevent them from suffering further broken bones. Its motto is: ‘capture the first fracture, prevent the second.’

Janine revealed that in the first 10 months alone, 1,000 patients had been ‘captured.’ She said: “We could never have imagined the service would take off as it has. It’s absolutely amazing. The National Osteoporosis Society is really pleased with what we have achieved.” As a result of this great work, the service is now being extended through extra nursing hours and the appointment of a new facture nurse.

Janine added: “Patients get referred to us in a variety of ways; through trauma meetings, the virtual and face to face fracture clinics, via specialist x-ray lists, and we also receive referrals direct from wards. Once patients have been identified, they will be assessed using the FRAX system, a series of questions and checks (developed by Sheffield University) which will determine whether they are at further risk of fracture. Patients are given percentage-related green, amber and red scores. Those with an amber score will go on to have a DEXA scan (bone densitometry) and those with red scores will be put on a treatment pathway straightaway. We write out to their GP and the usual course of treatment is to prescribe bisphosphonates – drugs that slow down further bone damage. Patients are also given life-style and dietary advice and we work closely with the National Osteoporosis Society and their local support group.”

Our new Winter Room opens to improve patient flow

We are pleased to let you know that we have put in place a Winter Room. Its aim is to support and help manage and improve patient flow throughout our hospitals during our most challenging months.

It will be staffed by Executive Directors and Senior Operational Managers, who will oversee our response to winter pressures from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week, until the end of March 2018. Deputy Chief Executive, Donna Thompson, explains: “We’ve instigated the new Winter Room because we believe it will support all our staff throughout our hospitals during our most challenging period.”

The Winter Room will have direct access to information around the status of our Emergency Department, and the current bed and discharge status. It will also act on wider system data relating to the potential impact on patient flow at our hospitals, so we can anticipate and deflect any issues before they arise. Our team will also directly engage with our wider healthcare partners around urgent care, including Bradford Council, the Bradford CCGs, and the voluntary sector. We are confident that our Winter Room will provide a welcome addition to managing the complexities that we face during our most challenging period of the year.

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 2017 and look forward to working with you in 2018. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

Best wishes from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHSFT.

This monthly bulletin aims to keep local GPs up to date with the trust’s new services and developments. If you’d like any further information about any of the items in this month’s briefing contact Naveed Saddique on 01274 272635, email gp.comments@bthft.nhs.uk.