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GP Bulletin - February 2016

£2m investment in Bradford Royal Infirmary's Emergency Department

A £2m refurbishment of Bradford Royal Infirmary's Emergency Department (ED) is currently underway as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford.   Work started on the project in November and will be completed in four phases with a current finish date of this autumn.

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Series of new improvements to gastroenterology gathers pace

Another major investment in BTHFT's services revolves around gastroenterology being transformed to the tune of £2m. This will result in a larger endoscopy day case unit, as well as enhanced facilities for patients. Work started in November and will be completed in two phases.

Phase 1 will create a new endoscopy day case unit on level 2 (the former Duke of York offices) and is due for completion as soon as this spring. The next stage will see improvements made to our existing endoscopy waiting and recovery areas on level 3 and will hopefully be complete by the summer.

The gastroenterology expansion is part of the ongoing development of the service which saw a new, £2.5m decontamination unit open a year ago to support the endoscopy unit and theatres. The unit is situated on level 3, to the rear of Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Health Library and Information Services for health care staff

The Health Library & Information Services Library would like to invite GPs from the Bradford area to join the Library at no cost.   GPs, GP trainees and practice staff are entitled to use the resources and services provided by the Health Library & Information Service based on the BRI site for free.

The Health Library and Information Service at BTHFT is pleased to offer a comprehensive library service to GPs and primary care staff working in Bradford and Airedale. This gives you access to a wealth of information via various resources, including Athens, books, e-books, databases, information skills training, article and literature search request services with other resources also available.

Further information on the available services can be found here.

Bradford babies to have a better start with the launch of a new study

The new study has been launched by our Born in Bradford (BiB) project, set up 10 years ago to monitor the health of babies born across the Bradford district and follow them throughout their childhood.   Pregnant women living in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton are being invited to join a new study called Born in Bradford's Better Start (BiBBS).

Better Start Bradford will be running over 20 different projects for families and children in the designated areas of the city, and has been made possible thanks to a £49 million grant from The Big Lottery Fund. It aims to recruit the parents of the 1,430 babies born annually in these areas.

BiBBS will follow-up these babies and their parents to see how the Better Start Bradford projects affect children's health and development as they grow up. In particular, the effects of the projects on children's social and emotional development, their communication and language development, and on nutrition and obesity, will be looked at. The BiBBS study builds on the success of the BiB project, which has gathered researchers from the Bradford Institute for Health Research as well as the Universities of Bradford, York, Leeds and Leeds Beckett. The researchers have formed an Innovation Hub which will monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Better Start Bradford projects. All pregnant women, of all ages, speaking any language and living in the Better Start Bradford area will be invited to take part in this study.

BiB Director John Wright said, "Bradford can celebrate the fact that this is one of the UK's most exciting research programmes. Born in Bradford's Better Start will build on the success of Born in Bradford by providing 6,000 children born in the city over the next five years with the support and help they need to give them the very best start to achieve a happy and healthy life."

Trust Grand Round in February

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 Thursday 25th February.

The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round which are held monthly. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments. The following presentations will be provided -

  • ˜"The Future Is Bright, The Future Is Bradford Research by Professor John Wright

"Prostate Cancer: separating the facts from fiction by Rohit Chahal, Consultant Urologist

The Grand Round is held in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary on the last Tuesday of each month (with February being an exception). Meetings start at 12.45pm and last for an hour. Lunch is available from 12.15pm.