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GP Bulletin - October 2017

Online accessibility tool opens our hospitals to all

Patients, visitors and staff using our buildings and services will soon be able to find out just how accessible our hospitals are thanks to a new online tool. The resource will be a great help to your patients, disabled people, friends and family, carers, and people who would simply like to know more about parking, walking distances and toilet facilities.

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EPR (Electronic Patient Record) is now live at BTHFT

We are delighted to report that it’s now a month since our go-live and we are starting to see benefits already for the care we can give to our patients and the information we can use. Not only has this been the largest deployment of an EPR system in Europe, it has also been one of the most successful.

The benefits of EPR are significant, for instance:

- Improved discharge summaries

- More consistent and clearer medication information

- Easier access to patient information for those working across the Trust, enabling improved response to telephone enquiries from primary care


In the short time it’s been live; EPR has changed our processes, the way we interact with the patient, the way we interact with each other, and even the amount of time we spend on our feet. Over the coming months, as staff become more familiar with the system, we expect to utilise its full feature set even further and ultimately provide an enhanced patient experience for the Bradford district.

BTHFT at the forefront of Facial Prosthetics & Anaplastology

Our Clinical Prosthetics department has developed a national reputation for excellence & innovation in field of Maxillofacial Prosthetics & Anaplastology, with an experienced team clocking nearly 90 years of combined service, patients referred to the Clinical Prosthetics Centre can be sure of receiving the highest quality care.

The Clinical Prosthetics Centre provides a Facial Prosthetic Rehabilitation service to patients referred from the Plastic Surgery, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Maxillofacial and Ophthalmic (eyes) departments and from GPs. The Clinical Prosthetics Centre also provides a clinical laboratory service to support Maxillofacial Surgery for the treatment of head & neck cancer, facial trauma and facial/jaw re-alignment.

The work of this specialty includes:

Plastic Surgery -

Prosthetic reconstruction using adhesive or implant retained ears, noses, eye/orbits

Prosthetic reconstruction of the nipple/areola complex

Prosthetic reconstruction following finger/hand surgery

Prosthetic reconstruction of post-surgical leg defects

ENT Surgery -

Prosthetic reconstruction using adhesive or Implant retained ears, noses, eye/orbits

Tracheo-stoma obturation

Ophthalmic Surgery -

Custom made ocular prostheses

Maxillo-facial & Oral Surgery -

Pre and post-surgical splinting and obturation

Implant retained dental appliances

Post-surgical prosthetic rehabilitation

Oro/dental appliances and splints

Facial trauma support appliances and splints

Pre-surgical osteotomy planning support and splints

Patients are referred through written referral to a member of the team from either a patient’s GP or surgical/medical specialty consultant. Referrals should be address to the Mr R D Hardcastle, or Ms D Bowers, The Clinical Prosthetics Centre, St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For further information, the team can be contacted on the details below –

Ken Leonard, Laboratory Services Manager

- Tel: 01274 365750 email: kenneth.leonard@bthft.nhs.uk

Mr Richard Hardcastle, Chief Anaplastologist

- Tel: 01274 365014 email:richard.hardcastle@bthft.nhs.uk

Ms Diane Bowers, Senior Anaplastologist

- Tel: 01274 365159 email:diane.bowers@bthft.nhs.uk

Project SEARCH scoops top award

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has taken a top prize at an awards ceremony in the city for its ground-breaking Project SEARCH. Bradford Project SEARCH helps Bradford students with learning disabilities find employment through work experience placements and classroom teaching.

The Trust has now scooped the award for Best Practice in Employment of Disabled People in new awards set up by Bradford and District Disabled People’s Forum, supported by Sovereign Healthcare and Easier Access.

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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 next session will take place on Thursday 26 October at the Sovereign Lecture Theatre. The topic presented will cover -

  • “Why Acute Oncology”, presented by Sally Simister, Lead Acute Oncology Nurse.

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.