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GP Bulletin - March 2017

New 'co-sleeper' cots improve baby safety

Bradford Royal Infirmary has taken delivery of a new addition to its maternity wards.   The hospital, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has become one of the first in the country to introduce revolutionary, bedside ‘co-sleeper’ cots to its Women and Newborn Unit. The eco-friendly, state-of-the-art ‘Babybay’ cots are part of the Trust’s continued campaign around enhancing safety and care for its newborns.

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Bradford doctor appointed to international committee

We are delighted to congratulate our Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Sulleman Moreea, on an appointment that involves yet another “first” for Bradford. He has become an inaugural member of the International Committee of the British Society of Gastroenterologists (BSG) – sharing his homegrown Bradford expertise on the world stage.

This is an apt appointment for Sulleman. Over the past nine years this globe-trotting doctor has liked nothing better than to spend his downtime carrying out benevolent medical training in his native Mauritius and beloved St Lucia – all for the benefit of local doctors and their patients.

The international committee that Sulleman has joined was set up towards the end of last year. He will play an important role in strengthening its work in developing countries and bring his and the organisation’s collective expertise to those less fortunate than ourselves. Following a rigorous application and interview process Sulleman was told by BSG Chief Executive, Richard Garner, that he had been successful in securing a seat on the 16-member board.

The interview panel, which included the organisation’s President and Chairman, was no doubt impressed by Sulleman’s impressive track record. Since 2005 he has organised and led endoscopy training workshops in St Lucia and Mauritius; established four dedicated endoscopy units in his homeland; acted as special adviser to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, regarding the development of gastro-intestinal endoscopy on the island; and developed endoscopy units at St Lucia’s two main hospitals. In 2014, he was awarded the highest civilian honour by the Mauritian Government – the Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean medal – which is the equivalent to a Knighthood.

As a member of this new BSG Committee, he will join representatives from across the UK to decide the organisation’s direction of international travel in gastroenterology and hepatology over their initial three-year-tenure.

Sulleman explained: “I feel very privileged to have been chosen to serve on the committee. I see this appointment as a great honour for both myself and the Foundation Trust. To be able to help other consultants set up exciting international projects, and to promote the best practice in hepatology and gastroenterology in as many developing, less well-off countries as we can, is an exciting responsibility. This work is an area I am very passionate about because here in the UK, we have a lot to offer to other medics across the world. We are fortunate in Britain and sometimes we have to look at those less fortunate than ourselves and share our knowledge, wealth and experience with them so that patients in these countries can benefit from our expertise.”

New Hospital Wing accessible entrance now open

We are pleased to announce that the New Hospital Wing accessible entrance from the Smith Lane side of the site opened on March 21.   All access to the hospital from Smith Lane will be via this entrance through the retail concourse into the main hospital. New pedestrian routes have also been created with new lifts in operation.

A new paved area will lead pedestrians to the new accessible entrance and concourse. Some road re-surfacing is to be carried out which will complete the project. The car park behind Chestnut House (Trust Headquarters) will also be closed for 3 weeks to allow for the cobbled road to be re-laid.

Short stay ward is now operational

On the BRI site, our short stay ward opened on Wednesday 1 March. This makes Ward 6 our renal and short stay ward. The team welcomed our first short stay patients, and they are now concentrating on embedding processes to ensure our short stay ward operates to its full potential.   In parallel with this, the new Ward 25 opened to gastroenterology patients.

We are now progressing with the final part of phase 1 which will join our stroke and neurology teams together on the BRI site. Now that we have unlocked the complex jigsaw puzzle of ward reconfiguration, we are thinking about the next and future phases of the project. Reconfiguring our wards is enhancing patient flow through the hospital and continuing our ethos of “together, putting patients first”.

We look forward to sharing our plans with you in future publications of the GP Bulletin.

Research by BTHFT consultant takes international stage

Research is a vital part of our work across all wards and departments and we’d like to share with you one story of dedication in this field. Our own Virginia Beckett, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, was the leading author of a three-year research study which explored the incidence, risks, management and outcomes of cardiac arrest in pregnancy in the UK population.

It had a specific focus on the use of perimortem Caesarean section (PMCS). Virginia’s research took in all UK hospitals with maternity units and revealed that around one-in-four cardiac arrests in pregnancy is caused by anaesthesia. Crucially, it showed that rapid PMCS saved women’s lives.

Her findings have now been shared worldwide after they were published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Using the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS), researchers identified 66 women who had experienced a cardiac arrest in pregnancy among 2.3 million who gave birth between 2011 and 2014. The work of Virginia and her colleagues showed that maternal cardiac arrest in the UK is very rare (a 1 in 36,000 risk) and that maternal survival rates of 58% were possible with timely resuscitation and rapid PMCS.

Among the 66 women involved in the study, cardiac output was restored in 48, and 49 women had a PMCS. The results also show that time from collapse to PMCS was significantly shorter in women who survived. In all, 58 babies were delivered, 12 were stillborn.

Michael Masch, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BJOG, said: “Although about 60 per cent of women survived, and most received timely resuscitation and perimortem caesarean section, this study highlights the necessity for regular multi-disciplinary training in specific arrest management. Further research into the links between anaesthesia and cardiac arrest is also warranted."

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 next session will take place on Thursday 30 March at the Sovereign Lecture Theatre

The topics presented will cover -

  • SAFER Patient Bundle – Sarah Buckley and James Taylor
  • Waste Management “Clinical Waste – now and in the Future” – Craig Wilson

Meetings start at 12.45pm and last for an hour. Lunch is available from 12.15pm