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GP Bulletin July 2015

Lord Mayor in fact-finding visit to see £28m flagship new wing brought to life

Bradford's Lord Mayor visited Bradford Royal Infirmary today for a first-hand insight into the progress being made bringing our new £28m hospital wing to life. Councillor Joanne Dodds chose Bradford Hospitals' Children's Charity as one of the good causes to receive funds from the Lord Mayor's Appeal during her year in office.

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Redirecting mail to BTHFT

At the end of May 2015 the PCS Service ceased redirecting of mail for GP's. Following this, BTHFT has been receiving a large amount of irrelevant post returned from practices. The post being returned largely contains items intended for other hospitals and external agencies but it is being sent mistakenly to the Trust. As a result, the Health Records Service has experienced an adverse effect on its operations “ can we ask that only post applicable to BTHFT is directed to us.

Please note all post which practices receive from BTHFT in error (e.g for patients who are no longer at the practice) should to be returned to the following address -

Access to Health Records Service

Medical Records Library

St Luke's Hospital



If you require any further information please contact Jane Baxter or by phone on 01274 36 5883.

BRI becomes robotic surgery training centre for cancer

BTHFT's growing reputation for ground-breaking medical research has been strengthened with a new study that is recruiting its first volunteers this week. We are one of just six UK centres which have been handed a key role in a project which aims to find a treatment for one of the fastest-growing causes of vision loss. Read more

Research project into foot condition triggers international interest

Andrew Craig, an orthopaedic research fellow, found himself hitting the headlines worldwide for his project which explored the links between high heels and an agonising foot condition “ compared to "walking on razor blades “ called Morton's neuroma.

The condition “ which we can treat here in Bradford - disturbs the nerve running between the toes. It affects four times as many women as men, and the number of people experiencing the affliction has more than doubled in the past 10 years. Andrew's research was presented at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's audit symposium. It found that over the past ten years, the number of women aged between 40 and 69 being admitted to hospital for treatment for the condition has risen by a staggering 115 per cent, with 2,532 middle-aged women undergoing treatment in 2014-15 compared to 1,179, between 2004-5. Surgery was required by over half of the patients to relieve their symptoms.

He told UK media, including The Independent and Daily Express: "We have known for a long time that the condition seems to predominantly affect females of a middling age, with speculation that high heels and other such tightly fitting and unnatural footwear ” despite looking fabulous, I'm sure ” may play a role. "Increasing awareness of Morton's neuroma can only be a good thing, not least because numbness in the foot could be a sign of other, potentially life-altering conditions, such as diabetes." Andrew's research also explored how well various treatments for the condition work, including using insoles and steroid injections, and went on to trigger media interest across the world including in America and India.

An invitation to the Trust 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 subject for the Grand Round on 28th July will be “

- Isla Dowds (Patient & Public Involvement Facilitator) - `Patient Surveys “ What's the Point?'

- Dr Sarah Holmes (Consultant in Palliative Medicine) - 'DNACPR - Resuscitation Matters'

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.