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GP Bulletin October 2015

New £28m wing enters next key construction phase

Work has started on the steel structure by fitting the 2,450 steel pieces - which would run to 6.4 miles if laid end-to-end and weigh an incredible 630 tonnes, that's the equivalent of more than 50 double decker buses. We are installing, on average, 12-15 steel columns and beams every day. And once the steel structure is in place, this will allow us to move on to finishing the exterior of the building, and ensuring that it is water tight, as quickly as the end of February 2016.

Work on the three-storey facility began in April and is due for completion next autumn. Programme manager Shane Embleton issued this upbeat bulletin: "It's exciting to see the progress we have made over the past couple of months. The installation of the steel frame heralds the start of an important new phase of our build which aims to provide state-of-the-art healthcare for our city. It's hoped the work on the structure, including the floors, will be complete by the end of December when workers will then turn their attention to the external walls."

The new hospital wing will contain 104 beds spread across two elderly and two children's wards. There will also be a new 16-bed critical care unit which will house individual patient bedrooms on level 1, along with a new retail concourse for visitors, patients and staff.

Our construction partners BAM say everything is on schedule to be completed in the last quarter of 2016 and they are confident that all the targets they set for job creation and local industry spending over the 18-month cycle of the project will be met.

Bradford surgeon picks up MBE at Buckingham Palace

Pioneering ENT consultant surgeon, Professor Chris Raine, travelled to Buckingham Palace this week to collect his MBE medal. Chris, who was behind the creation of our £2.8m Listening for Life Centre, as well as the founder of our Ear Trust charity, collected his recently-bestowed MBE medal from the Princess Royal on Tuesday.

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5,000th baby born at Bradford Royal Infirmary Birth Centre

The Birth Centre at Bradford Royal Infirmary has welcomed the delivery of its 5,000th baby. The £1.2 million centre took in its first mothers-to-be in November 2012 and was officially opened by Bradford-born presenter, Anita Rani, in January 2013. With its seven en suite rooms and two birthing pools, the unit offers women an alternative to home birth “ with the added assurance of having a consultant-led labour ward right next door.

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Welcoming BTHFT's new Non-Executive Director

We're pleased to announce that Selina Ulla has been appointed at BTHFT as a Non-Executive Director and brings with her a wealth of experience to the Board. Selina's passion for people and communities has led to her involvement in national, regional and local government; think tanks; charitable foundations and non-Government organisations working on policy formulation, transformation, service modernisation, regulation and governance.

She has over 25 years of experience of working with charities and the not-for-profit sector and has extensive senior management experience in the public sector “ working in health service management and public policy on high profile issues such as community cohesion, diversity, mental health and social inclusion, crime and disorder, and counter-terrorism.

Until June 2011, Selina was Assistant Director “ Safer and Stronger Communities at Bradford Council. Selina is an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a Non-Executive Director of a national health regulator, Yorkshire and Humber committee member of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Director of Manchester Central Library Development Trust, Director of the Muslim Women's Council and President of ICLS, an international organisation based in Rome which specialises in intercultural dialogue, participation and leadership. Selina has an extensive career in race relations and is an Advisory Board Member and Trustee of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust.

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 Trust Grand will take place on 27th October. The subject presented will be -

  • Can patients be the ˜smoke detectors' for the NHS? What patients tell us about safety within three Y&H NHS Trusts “ Caroline Reynolds, Research
  • Childhood Mortality in Bradford ˜why do children die in Bradford' “ Eduardo Moya, Paediatrics

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.


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.