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Don't bring bugs into hospital, urges Trust

Chocolates, magazines, grapes… whatever you bring into hospital, make sure it’s not norovirus. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is asking people to help them protect patients and staff from infection by avoiding coming into hospital if you are suffering with vomiting or diarrhoea. The Trust, which runs Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke’s Hospital and Westwood Park and Westbourne Green community hospitals, is asking anyone planning to visit any of their hospitals to stay at home if they or their family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or ‘flu-like’ symptoms in the previous four days.

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Project SEARCH scoops top award

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has walked away with 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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Bake Off star Sandy to judge hospital competition

Great British Bake Off star Sandy Docherty is set to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ own NHS charity (Bradford Hospitals Charity) by taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Sandy, a runner-up in the 2015 series of Bake Off, will lend a hand on a cake stall at Bradford Royal Infirmary this Friday before judging the Trust’s own Bake Off competition. Bradford-based Sandy was thrilled to be asked to get involved in helping to raise funds for two such good causes.

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Trust inspires doctors of the future

A Bradford student is set to embark on a career as a doctor after being inspired by her local hospital. Eighteen-year-old Anna Mehrem has won a place at Leeds Medical School – an achievement she puts down to the skills, knowledge and support received by attending specialist courses at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI.) The hospital, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is leading the way in trying to create opportunities for people through projects such as the ‘Introduction to Medicine Widening Participation’ summer school and associated courses.

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Electronic patient records go live at BTHFT

EPR (electronic patient records) is being introduced at Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke’s Hospital and our community hospitals next week. It may take staff a little time to get used to the new system so, if you have any appointments at our hospitals in the next few weeks, please read on…

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New macula centre set to open

A new state-of-the-art centre, offering the very latest in imaging technology will be officially opened in Bradford on Wednesday, 20 September. The Bradford Macula Centre, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is based on Trinity Road, Bradford, near to St. Luke’s Hospital. It features the most sophisticated scanning equipment capable of detecting a number of eye conditions and is playing a leading role in eye health in the city.

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Experts to raise cancer awareness

Specialists at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are raising awareness of a little-known cancer which is on the increase both in the UK and worldwide. Unlike other cancers, there is worryingly low awareness of the signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer among the general public. That’s why the head and neck cancer medical team at the Trust are supporting European Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, from 18-22 September, by running an information display and answering people’s questions at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI).

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Wallets promote healthy pregnancy

Mums-to-be in Bradford are being given vital tips and information to have at their fingertips to help support them right through their pregnancy. MAMA Wellbeing Wallets will be given to pregnant mums when they first come to hospital or a community setting to meet their midwife. The Maternity Unit at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been given 6,000 of the wallets by Our Angels – a support group based in Harrogate which helps families who have lost a baby. The wallets were developed by the MAMA Academy – a charity that supports mums and midwives to help babies arrive safely and reduce stillbirths.

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Neonatal team hits heights in research trial

A dedicated Bradford neonatal team has been presented with a certificate of excellence for its role in a major research trial. The neonatal unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has now recruited an amazing 205 babies to the ELFIN study which could have a major impact on infant health. This makes the Trust the top recruiter in the country for the study - what’s more BRI was the very first hospital to recruit to ELFIN!

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Trust supports Organ Donation Week

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is proudly supporting Organ Donation Week and an appeal for residents to talk about organ donation. Over the last year, 121 people in Bradford have received lifesaving or life changing transplants. However hundreds of transplants are being missed around the country every year because families aren’t aware of their relative’s wishes. During the week (w/c 4 September), NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation are encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their relatives and friends.

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