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GP Bulletin January 2015

New £2m neonatal unit officially opened

Bradford Royal Infirmary's new £2m neonatal unit (NNU) was officially opened on 15th January by Lord Kamlesh Patel, Chairman of Bradford Teaching Hospitals.  

Among the guests at the opening included the parents of babies who have received treatment on the unit throughout the past decade and were involved in its redesign. The redesign includes -

- more spacious clinical surroundings around each incubator

- new family accommodation, a revamped counselling suite

- and dedicated room for mothers to express breast milk for their pre-term babies

The unit previously cared for up to 27 babies at any one time and was regularly full. The refurbished new unit has 31 cots including 10 intensive care and high dependency cots. Babies delivered in other hospitals are often transferred to the unit for the highest levels of intensive care.

Transforming to improve - Pre-assessment and Theatres

Over recent months, there have been several positive outcomes from our Pre-assessment and Theatres transformation project. These improvements involve the piloting of a new pre-assessment booklet, the appointment of a new Elective Co-ordinator and the standardising of theatre equipment.

On 1st December 2014 we launched a pilot of a new pre-assessment booklet for day and short stay surgery patients. The new booklet is dramatically reducing the number of care pathways used, simplifying the pre-assessment process and reducing paperwork for both patients and staff. The new pilot will continue to run until the end of February.

The interim post of an Elective Co-ordinator has been created with a view to improving the flow of patients to and from theatres. So far, this new role has had a very positive impact on theatre start times and the flow of patients, particularly on Ward 5 (day case surgery).

Our Surgery and Anaesthesia divisions have also been working closely with the procurement team to standardise theatre equipment and move to a managed service provider. The most recent collaboration between the divisions has resulted in a reduction in the number of different laparoscopic consumable suppliers and a significant cost saving.

Further updates on the progress of our transformation programmes will follow in future editions of the bulletin. If you have any ideas on how you think the Foundation Trust can improve care, continue to deliver safe and high quality services and ensure a balanced financial position, please contact us at qualityideas@bthft.nhs.uk.

HRH Princess Royal attends BRI's Project Search Celebration

HRH The Princess Royal will be visiting Bradford to help celebrate an initiative designed to give young people with learning disabilities the opportunities to learn the necessary skills and experience to gain future employment.

The full story can be found here.

Private care options at Bradford Teaching Hospitals

The York Suite is a dedicated private in-patient ward and is a part of the Foundation Trusts portfolio wherein it offers patients a wide range of medical and surgical treatments. If patients have private health insurance, they can remain within the BRI on the York Suite which is close to the BRI's specialist intensive care and other diagnostic on-site services.

The York Suite can accommodate the following types of patients:

  • Insured elective patients who are booked into the unit at referral and who have private health insurance through BUPA, Aviva, etc.
  • Insured patients who are admitted at short notice or in an emergency to the BRI through Accident & Emergency or the medical admissions unit and who express an interest to be seen privately can be transferred directly and treated on the York Suite (if clinically appropriate).
  • Self-funding patients who want to pay for accommodation or individual packages for planned elective surgery out of their own funds. Patients who want to pay for a private room only, but still receive their treatment on the NHS, can purchase an ˜amenity room' on the York Suite for £200 per night.

Each room on the York Suite offers:

  • En-suite facilities
  • Electronically operated bed
  • Dedicated monitoring equipment
  • Bed-side handsets to call for assistance at the touch of a button
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Flat screen LCD TVs with free-view and satellite channels (including Sky Sports & Movies).

If you are interested in finding out more about what the York Suite has to offer your patients, you can contact any of the following “

  • Ward Manager, Joanne Taylor or Sister Deirdre Holmes on 01274 364643
  • Business Support Manager, Veda Vayisoglu or Assistant Business Support Manager Donna Wilson on 01274 436668

For further information please visit www.yorksuite.com.

An invitation to the Grand Round

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.

The subjects for the Grand Round on 27th January will be -

McKesson Study Share - A digital radiology library for all - Louise Hattingh “ Consultant Radiologist, Radiology

The Secondary Care Consultant in Clinical Commissioning Groups - Dr Peter Corry - Consultant in Paediatrics and Dr Harry Ashurst - Consultant Anaesthetist and Associate Medical Director

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.