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University of Glasgow – adult neurosurgerty and oral maxifacial surgery.

A suite of four new theatres, which will revolutionise the future of adult neurosurgery and oral maxillofacial surgery in Glasgow, have been given the green light after the successful commissioning and validation of the mechanical and electrical systems.
 
This follows the completion of further technical work by the University of Glasgow, who commissioned the theatres as part of the University’s world-leading imaging clinical research ICE building.  The £7 million theatres within the Imaging Centre for Excellence will now undergo final clinical commissioning and equipment fit out.
 
Surgical procedures on adult patients in these state-of-the-art theatres are planned to begin in November with the four new theatres being complemented by two existing theatres in the neurosciences building.

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A new intake of 56 paediatric nurses has joined the team at the Royal Hospital for Children.

The new recruits have recently graduated and at a special induction day joined another 450 newly qualified nurses due to start work in acute hospitals.  This brings the total number of new nursing recruits across Greater Glasgow and Clyde to 506.

Dr Margaret McGuire, NHSGGC’s Nurse Director said: “We are delighted to welcome these 56 new paediatric nurses to our staff at the RHC.

“As a Board, it is always a great privilege for us to be able to support the development of newly qualified nurses. We are perfectly placed to give them a wide range of opportunities to put their talents to use in delivering high standards of care for our patients and communities.

“I firmly believe that by recruiting such a high number of graduate nurses, and continuing their learning and development, we are building on an already highly skilled workforce and ultimately ensuring high quality care for our patients.

“Having just qualified they have all spent a number of weeks going through our rigorous induction programme and are now join their colleagues on the job.

“I wish them all well and hope that working with us is both fulfilling and rewarding.”

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Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, is backing the Scottish Powerchair Football Association and Clyde Powerchair Football Club in their call to give more people across Scotland the chance to play powerchair football. Jackie met with representatives of the SPFA who were visiting the Scottish Parliament to promote the growing sport.

Powerchair football is a growing sport in Scotland with teams competing in the Scottish Powerchair Football Association Leagues. Players can either compete by having special bumpers attached to their own wheelchairs or, for more serious competition, they can use specially modified sports powerchairs that are faster and more responsive.

Currently, Scotland has six powerchair football clubs with nineteams, all of which are giving disabled people the chance to take part in exciting competition as well as helping to reduce isolation, improve mental wellbeing and build the self-confidence of players. Played by 4-a-side teams on a pitch roughly the size of a basketball court, the sport is open to powered wheelchair users and is currently the only team sport open to disabled athletes who use a powered chair.

Scotland has its own national league with two divisions and two Cup competitions. In addition, a national powerchair football team, formed from players across the country will be hosting a tri-nations tournament against Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at the sportscotland National Centre in Inverclyde.

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The local Health Board has seen a dramatic rise in the number of expectant mums successfully giving up smoking, with the help of an incentive scheme.

In July 2018, NHSGGC introduced a financial incentives scheme as part of its Quit Your Way (QYW) pregnancy service. In its first year, it has helped 117 women to remain smoke-free for 12 weeks, a rise of 72% on the year before.  It is estimated that each year in the UK smoking in pregnancy causes up to 5,000 miscarriages, 300 perinatal deaths and around 2,200 premature births. Because of this, the Board has made it a priority to help pregnant women to stop smoking.

NHSGGC Director of Public Health Dr Linda de Caestecker said: “We are delighted to see early success with the incentives programme. Stopping smoking during pregnancy is one of the best things to do for the health of the mother and her baby.”

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Jackie Baillie MSP has said that the SNP government’s mishandling of our health service has meant patients are left waiting in the dark, as new figures show that cancer waiting times have not been met, again in the last quarter.

Official figures show that just 82.4% of patients across Scotland started treatment within the 62 day standard between April 1st and June 30th 2019. In Greater Glasgow and Clyde, just 76.6% of patients started treatment within the target time – making them the second worst health board for cancer waiting times in Scotland.

The waiting time target is supposed to ensure that 95% of patients start treatment following their first urgent referral with a suspicion of cancer.

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have just recruited a record breaking 450 newly qualified nurse graduates from Scottish and English universities.
 
The vast majority of the newly qualified graduates are joining the Board from West of Scotland based universities with the remainder coming from other Scottish universities and England.
 
The new recruits will provide nursing support across Greater Glasgow and Clyde including Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, The Vale of Leven Hospital and Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

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Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria.

Commenting on this hugely successful recruitment drive Nurse Director Dr Margaret McGuire said it was “incredibly encouraging that NHSGGC continues to be seen by graduates as a desirable employer where they can grow their careers”.
 
The 450 new recruits will join the board’s existing 12,300 qualified nurses to deliver patient centred care to more than a million people both in hospitals and in the community.

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Jackie Baillie MSP has said that the SNP government’s mishandling of our health service has meant patients are left waiting in the dark, as new figures show that cancer waiting times have not been met, again in the last quarter.

Baillie 8Official figures show that just 82.4% of patients across Scotland started treatment within the 62 day standard between April 1st and June 30th 2019. In Greater Glasgow and Clyde, just 76.6% of patients started treatment within the target time – making them the second worst health board for cancer waiting times in Scotland.

The waiting time target is supposed to ensure that 95% of patients start treatment following their first urgent referral with a suspicion of cancer.

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A specialist neonatal team at the Royal Hospital for Children has been recognised for the exceptional care of new-born premature babies.

Members of the Get Set team at the RHC, led by Dr Anne Marie Heuchan, won the ‘Improving quality of perinatal care’ category in the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) awards in Newcastle.

The Get Set team was set up with the aim of improving the temperatures and care of babies in the delivery suite immediately after pre-term birth.

“In 2016, just over 30% of the very pre-term babies admitted to neonatal intensive care had temperature of below 36.5 degrees on arrival. While this was in keeping with the national average, we put in a number of measure to improve care immediately following birth,” said Dr Heuchan.

“Myself and a colleague Dr O’Shea, brought together a group of neonatal, medical, nursing and midwifery staff who were passionate about improving neonatal care. We established a multi-disciplinary Get Set team, to look at Saturatioin, EcG and Temperature during stabilisation.

“The team introduced a variety of additional measures, allowing the most  preterm babies to be stabilised whilst still connected to the umbilical cord, kept warm and also  cuddled by mum before moving to the Neonatal intensive care unit.

“I was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the team and we were all pleased to have been recognised in this way.”

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Local MSP, Jackie Baillie, has revealed that patients in Greater Glasgow and Clyde spent 67,852 days delayed in hospital unnecessarily in 2018/19. 

The cost of delayed discharge in health boards across Scotland in 2018/19 is estimated to be around £130 million, with patients over 75 years old worst affected.  In Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the estimated cost for 2018/19 was £16,827,296 – with an average bed day cost of £248.

Reasons given for delays include patients awaiting completion of care arrangements.

Funding, transport, patient and family reasons were also cited in the ISD Scotland report as contributing factors in delays.

BILL HEANEY

 

 

 

 

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