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GP Bulletin - January 2018

Makeover for birthplace of Bradford babies

One of Bradford’s most well-known hospital buildings – the Women’s and Newborn Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary, is getting a much-needed £1.8 million makeover. The five-storey building on Smith Lane is being transformed to improve facilities for patients, thanks to the investment by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The unit, where over 200,000 babies have been born since it was built more than half a century ago, will be receiving a revamp to improve patient comfort, make it more energy efficient and give it an attractive new look.

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Welcoming our new Non-Executive Directors and Governors

We're pleased to announce that two new Non-Executive Directors and Governors have been appointed at BTHFT. Our new Non-Executive Directors are Barrie Senior and Trudy Feaster-Gee, who both bring a wealth of senior experience to the organisation from long NHS and private sector business careers respectively. Also joining us are Ruby Hussain, Public Governor (Bradford West) and Hilary Meeghan, Public Governor (Bradford South).

Barrie is the new Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was born, educated, and trained and qualified as a chartered accountant, here in Bradford. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) and his career to date spans partnership roles with two major accounting firms, finance and corporate development director roles with two significant Yorkshire-based PLCs, as well as Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chairman positions.

Trudy is a barrister and partner at Walker Morris LLP (Leeds) with some 25 years’ experience advising businesses and public sector organisations across a broad range of industries, with a particular emphasis on regulated sectors. Trudy also has experience of advising in-house, as well as within enforcement agencies.

Both Ruby and Hilary have been involved with us previously. Ruby grew up in Bradford and has dedicated a lot of her time to volunteering in the NHS. She has been a volunteer at BRI for three years, visiting people on wards, which has allowed her to gain an insight into their views about the hospital. In addition to her voluntary work, she worked as a part-time healthcare assistant from 2009/13, and in 2015 she was involved in fundraising for us. Hilary joins us for an additional three years as a Governor. More information on our Governors can be found here.

And finally, we say goodbye to Mohammed Iqbal, one of our Non-Executive Directors, is retiring from his Board role after three years’ service. Our Chairman, Bill McCarthy, presented Iqbal with a leaving gift at January’s Board meeting and thanked him for his valued contribution and passion for the work of our hospitals. During his term of office, Iqbal has been the Non-Executive lead for the Organ Donation Committee and the EPR Assurance Board, and a member of the Remuneration, Finance and Performance, Major Projects and Quality committees.

Fellowship for Bradford surgeon

A Bradford doctor has been presented with a Fellowship (without examination) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to educating the breast surgeons of the future. Rick Linforth, 49, has worked at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant oncoplastic breast and reconstructive surgeon since 2006. Bradford Teaching Hospitals is one of only 12 national training oncoplastic centres for the Association of Breast Surgery.

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Our new website is coming soon. . .

We are excited to announce that a “beta” (ie test) version of our new website will be launched on 5 February 2018. For the first month it will run alongside our existing website, to enable users to try out the new version and give us feedback on its ease of use and any teething problems that we need to address. During this test phase we will run public and patient focus groups, and we welcome any and all feedback to help improve the service. The new website will be faster, easier to navigate, and easier to use on different devices, and over the coming months it will enable us to introduce a range of improved features. Please see the video below in the link below for a quick preview.

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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.