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New £3m research centre moves another step forward

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A new Yorkshire centre which will improve the health and wellbeing of children, the elderly – and the safety of patients in hospitals and clinics, has taken another step forward with the submission of building plans for approval.

The Wolfson Centre for Applied Healthcare Research, to be established at Bradford Royal Infirmary, brings together researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Bradford with clinicians from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It has been made possible thanks to a £1m award from national charity the Wolfson Foundation.

The Wolfson Foundation is a charity awarding grants to support and promote excellence in the fields of science, medicine, the Arts and humanities, education and health and disability.

Now plans for the centre have been submitted to Bradford Council's area planning panel, seeking formal approval to turn the ground-breaking research centre idea into a reality.

By combining the expertise of health researchers with clinicians who have daily contact with patients, the centre will ensure that its findings are put rapidly into practice – resulting in better health and social care for those who need it most, right here in Yorkshire.

Professor John Wright, Director of the Bradford Institute for Health Research at the Foundation Trust, said: "Our planning application is an important next step in this ground-breaking partnership between the Universities of Leeds and Bradford and the NHS in Bradford.

"We are looking forward to working with our partners to develop the new national Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research. This project is so exciting because it will improve the health and wellbeing of people in our communities by speeding up the translation of research into real benefits for patients."

Professor Paul Stewart, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds added: "The award for funds to develop this centre is pivotal for the University of Leeds as we seek to extend our outreach and partnership with colleagues in Bradford. Our research will focus on at risk populations, extremes of age, and delivery of high quality and safe care will be fundamental steps in improving health outcomes for both patients in Bradford and the West Yorkshire region."

Professor Gail Mountain, Professor of Applied Dementia Research and Head of Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford, said: "The Centre for Applied Dementia studies is passionate about improving the improving the lives of older people including those with dementia.  The Wolfson centre is a great opportunity for us to engage in a forward thinking research agenda with clinical and research colleagues  It will provide exciting new pathways for our early career researchers and facilitate new partnerships, locally, nationally and internationally. We are really pleased to be part of this joint initiative."

A decision on the final planning approach is expected to be made by the council within the next few weeks, with work on the centre due to start in March 2018.



Three key health priorities for the county

Healthy Childhood: a child's health is the foundation for their lifelong mental and physical well-being, yet a recent UNICEF report showed the UK is lagging behind our European neighbours on this important measure. The centre will examine how to reduce inequalities in the health and development of young people, and seek out the early-years interventions which are most effective.

·Healthy Ageing: as our life expectancy has increased, so has the number of elderly people living with long-term medical conditions, limiting their quality of life and placing a growing burden on health and care services. The Wolfson Centre will develop new models of care for frail elderly patients, those with dementia and those facing debilitating musculoskeletal conditions. It will also work to improve systems of care for the terminally ill.
·High Quality and Safe Care: health data shows huge variations in the standard of care received by patients in hospitals and clinics; a recent survey showed there are almost 12,000 preventable adult deaths a year in England alone. Research in the centre will develop new methods of care that are safe, patient-centred and harness the potential of new technologies.



Great Wall challenge will boost dementia fund

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It’s so huge it’s visible from space and has been named as one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World.’

Now, two intrepid members of staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will see the mighty Great Wall of China first hand when they attempt to walk sections of it – and all in the name of charity.

Consultant Physician, Care of the Elderly, Eliz Brierley and Lead Nurse for Dementia, Danni Woods are now headed for an adventure of a lifetime which will see them trekking around 35 km (22 miles) along stretches of the famous structure, in order to raise money for the Trust’s Forget-Me-Not charity which supports patients with dementia.

The momentous challenge will take place in the run up to National Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 14th-20th May.

The terrain and the altitude will certainly be taxing with sections such as Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Mutianyu and Juyongguan described as “tough” and “challenging.”

And as well as various steep ascents and descents, there will be hundreds of steps to conquer as the walkers aim to master dozens of watchtowers during their five-day trek!

Eliz said: “People may well be asking why we are doing this but it will be a terrific experience and at the end of the day we will be helping our patients with dementia so that’s our motivation. When Danni asked if I fancied taking on the challenge, I thought ‘why not?’ We are both fully funded so everything donated goes to the Forget-Me-Not fund.”

Danni added: “This is a fantastic charity and a really worthy cause, and with the money we raise, we will be able to provide materials and equipment which can make such a difference to patients.”

Some of the resources already benefiting patients include brightly-coloured crockery which can help with visual impairment, and revolutionary ‘My Life’ digital reminiscence units, which can help with anxiety. Eliz and Danni hope the money they raise can help to provide more of these helpful aids.

Between them they have now raised almost £5,000, smashing their original target of £3,000 thanks to generous sponsorship from colleagues, family and friends as well as a number of fund-raising local events including a beetle drive and supper, ceilidh, wine tasting, race night and treasure hunt.

“The ‘My Life’ units are invaluable because they can really help patients with cognitive impairment,” explained Eliz.

“By simply touching the screen, the software stimulates people with dementia to start lively discussions, debates, and telling of anecdotes of long-forgotten tales. Personal media items can also be uploaded, allowing families, carers and people with dementia to view images from the past or other relevant images. This ensures everyone can have a meaningful and personal experience.”

Danni, who is being funded by ‘MY Dementia Improvement Network Life’, added: “So far we have 20 units but we would like to provide more. These units plus the other equipment we are able to buy all help to create environments which support our patients who are experiencing dementia-related difficulties.

“Our priority is to maintain a person’s independence as far as possible and make people feel relaxed while at the same time, providing a stimulating environment which provokes conversation and engagement.”

To prepare for the momentous trek, both Danni and Eliz have been in training, which has included regular walks, swimming and visits to the gym!

“I think the variations in temperature and the terrain will really stretch us and there will be cultural challenges too,” said Eliz.

Delivering the gift of Christmas: Local gift-giver brightens up the BRI

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Children at Bradford Royal Infirmary could have been forgiven if they thought Santa was in disguise this year after local optician, Sajid Bashir, dropped by with some special surprises for young patients.

Although he was not wearing the classic red suit and hat combo, the generous gift-giver pulled up outside the hospital with a sleigh-load of gifts for kids of all ages.

From cuddly toys to board games and even a miniature JCB digger, the toys were handed over to play specialist, Alison Kay, on the children’s ward on Wednesday 21st December.

Explaining why he wanted to carry out the project this year, Sajid said it was an important time for so many communities.

He said: “It is the Islamic holy month of Rabi-Ul-Awwal, which marks the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and is a joyous occasion for Muslims in the UK and worldwide.

“It also coincides with the Christmas period which is also a joyous occasion for many. It’s basically a period of double celebration.

“I wanted to think of the less fortunate in a time we will spend time with our families but for poorly children in hospitals it can be a lonely period.

“After speaking to my friend Nazim Ali, we decided to undertake this heartfelt gesture to put a smile on the children’s faces.”

Sajid was joined by Nazim on the day as well as his two-year-old daughter, Shifa Fatima.

As a child, Nazim suffered from tuberculosis and was treated at the BRI himself.

He added that he takes part in a yearly toy donation to the hospital, after seeing firsthand how lonely it can be away from your family at a time of celebration.

He said: “Over the last four years, I have distributed Eid Gifts to poorly children at BRI’s Childrens Ward 17 having spent time there as a child.

“I commend Sajid for thinking of these innocent children and making their festive season that much more enjoyable. The essence of Islam is to give back and benefit wider society."

Eid gift distribution: Taking toys to the ward

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GIVING PROJECT: The generous team visited the BRI last week to deliver gifts, Pictured: front, Maryam Khan; Left-Right; Wajid Khan; Hayley Collis; Alison Kay; Nazim Ali; Safah Khan; and Monib Khan

GIVING PROJECT: The generous team visited the BRI last week to deliver gifts, Pictured: front, Maryam Khan; Left-Right; Wajid Khan; Hayley Collis; Alison Kay; Nazim Ali; Safah Khan; and Monib Khan

A Bradford man, who was treated in hospital as a child for Tuberculosis, has completed his latest gift distribution at the Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Nazim Ali was accompanied by staff and children from W-Childcare to deliver gifts over Eid to the children’s ward for the fourth year running.

A dedicated charity supporter, the local humanitarian has raised tens-of-thousands of pounds for a plethora of causes over the years, coinciding with regular ‘drop-offs’ of presents for BRI’s youngest patients.

MISSION COMPLETE: Nazim is pictured with Monib Khan and Safah Khan with their ‘Bradford Hospitals Certificates of Appreciation’

MISSION COMPLETE: Nazim is pictured with Monib Khan and Safah Khan with their ‘Bradford Hospitals Certificates of Appreciation’

With plans to continue carrying out the project for the foreseeable future, Nazim explained what motivated him to continue with the selfless work.

“As a child I was treated in hospital and I know all too well how, at times, you feel lonely and miss being at home with your family and playing with your friends,” he said.

“I am thankful that, with the amazing care of the BRI Childrens Ward, I made a full recovery and this annual Eid Gifts Initiative is a means for me to give something back and appreciate what I have that much more.

“This is the very reason every Eid I organise the Eid gifts initiative and W-Childcare will endeavour to repeat this initiative for many years to come.”

Over 40 gifts were distributed by the team in total, ranging from large teddy bears, children's DVDs, play sets, sports equipment (cricket sets), and baby toys.

Wajid Khan, director at W-Childcare, was also in attendance during the latest visit.

He said: “Our children were ever- so-keen from previous visits and jumped at the chance to present the Eid Gifts to their peers.

“To this end, four-year-old Maryam Khan accompanied us in purchasing and selecting the toys. I am ever so proud of their kind and thoughtful natures which is part of the process of their personal and social development , so that they become upstanding citizens in the future.”

Presents for the poorly: Charitable childcare spread Eid cheer

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GIFT GIVING: The team delivered Eid gifts to children at the BRI last week, pictured: (back row, l-r) Nurses Emma Walker and Joanna Jacomb; W-Childcare Director, Nazim Ali; W-Childcare Manager, Michaela Yildiz (front row, l-r) Amina Qureshi, Zainab Qureshi

GIFT GIVING: The team delivered Eid gifts to children at the BRI last week, pictured: (back row, l-r) Nurses Emma Walker and Joanna Jacomb; W-Childcare Director, Nazim Ali; W-Childcare Manager, Michaela Yildiz (front row, l-r) Amina Qureshi, Zainab Qureshi

A team of generous gift givers from Bradford have distributed some extra special Eid presents this month as they aimed to ensure all children could join in with the Islamic festivities.

For the third consecutive year, the Girlington-based W-Childcare team handed out almost 30 gifts to poorly children at Bradford Royal Infirmary, just in time for the Islamic holiday of Eid ul-Fitr.

From soft toys to children's DVDs, play sets and sports equipment, an abundance of goods was taken down to Ward 17 last week by the volunteers where they were warmly received by staff.

With the service users at W-Childcare being predominantly Muslim, the club took the decision to spread their holiday celebrations by including children of all faiths and none.

W-Childcare Director, Nazim Ali, who has helped head the project for the past three years, said it was always a proud moment when he handed over the toys.

“With Eid being a special occasion in which families spend quality time together and children receive gifts; the children at W-Childcare have recognised that this is not the case for some children including those who are in hospital,” he said.

“The children were very keen to make their contribution and show they are thinking of their peers who are poorly with a touching message of ‘they are not alone’.

Nazim, who spent time in hospital as a child suffering with tuberculosis, adds that he knows how it feels to be isolated and is always determined to ensure children ‘know they are thought about’.

“This was a gesture of kindness and to show that members of the wider community do care and think about them,” he added.

“The Eid gifts were for all children in the ward irrespective of faith.”

India is ‘lucky’ to have her

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GENEROSITY: Lucky Kaur has been working with the Haematology Society of Maharashtra for over two decades

GENEROSITY: Lucky Kaur has been working with the Haematology Society of Maharashtra for over two decades

BRI liaison officer lays foundation stone at overseas health centre

As construction work on the latest wing at the Bradford Royal Infirmary continues to progress smoothly, one hospital employee has been focused on developments at a different health centre – some 4,500 miles away.

Lucky Kaur, who works at the BRI as a liaison officer, has spent the last 20 years of her life helping to fundraise for a holistic haemophiliac centre for children in Pune, India.

Earlier this month, she was invited to the Maharashtra city to lay the foundation stone of the building, alongside stakeholders of the future centre.

Speaking of the ‘privilege’, Lucky said: “I have been working hard to raise money for the centre in India for a long time and have donated a lot of funds myself.

“The whole idea is to build a holistic approach haemophilia centre where children can be treated free of charge.

“The BRI are building another wing here in my home city, so I thought, why not see what I can do to help over there too? Why not give to charity?”

She added: “They gave me the honour to lay the foundation stone. I feel privileged and honoured to be in this position.”

Lucky’s affiliation with the Indian city began in the 1990’s after the Haematology Society of Maharashtra was twinned with the Bradford Haemophilia Centre at a meeting of the World Federation of Haemophilia in 1996.

The 63-year-old has been working hard to keep up the links, which the now-retired BRI consultant haematologist, Liakat Parapia, helped establish.

Between them, the duo have taken thousands of pounds worth of spare equipment and medication to haemophilia awareness camps and clinics in Pune over the past two decades.

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE: Lucky was invited to lay the foundation stone at the holistic haemophiliac centre in Pune

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE: Lucky was invited to lay the foundation stone at the holistic haemophiliac centre in Pune

Rather than discarding equipment from Bradford, it is reused in the Indian state to the benefit of numerous patients every year.

Lucky added: “Something that would go to waste here is valued so much over there. The BRI have been fantastic over the years in donating equipment and it has had a huge impact in India.

“It’s the same with anything over there. A pound goes a lot further and you can see how much we take for granted here. Children smile when they see water. It is a big thing for them.”

Lucky, who is the mother of TV presenter, Anita Rani, says it is only through the generosity of her friends, family and strangers that she has been able to complete the pioneering work she has accomplished.

“I believe it’s every citizen’s responsibility to contribute something to those in need, whether it’s through volunteering or raising funds. The people of Bradford have been really supportive of this project,” she added.

“Being a Sikh, we are told to share 10% of our wages with charity and you should always start with yourself. My family and friends have been very supportive.”

Even though a lot of time has passed since her first contact with the Haematology Society of Maharashtra, Lucky is determined to continue working on the project.

“I’m 63 now,” she said. “I feel this is my destiny. This is my purpose in life.

“We have all been put on this earth for some purpose and this is mine. The community helps, my friends help and together we have been able to do some amazing things.”

If you would like to make a donation to the Haemophiliac Centre call 01274 274809.

Celebration! Bradford patients commemorate year of ground-breaking studies

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SUCCESS: Clinicians leadings trials to improve eye-sight of patients

SUCCESS: Clinicians leadings trials to improve eye-sight of patients

Bradford patients who are helping test ground-breaking new drugs – some of which could help prevent blindness – got together with doctors and nurses to celebrate another year of success.

More than 50 patients and their carers heard how their participation in research trials is benefiting others as they joined together with the city’s leading eye research clinicians at a festive party at the Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Listening for Life Centre on Friday 4th December.

Professor Faruque Ghanchi, consultant ophthalmologist and head of the Bradford Ophthalmology Research Network (BORN), said: “We owe a sincere debt of gratitude to everyone who participates in our studies and the research team organised this Christmas party to celebrate another fantastic year of pioneering research in partnership with our patients.

“The involvement of patients, as our partners in our research work, is something that we are immensely proud of. We strive to provide them with better health outcomes as their wellbeing is our number one priority.

“Events like this also give us the opportunity to share the latest information and results about our trials with patients and their families.”

Professor Ghanchi added that Bradford patients have been instrumental in the team’s success and that the unit were planning to start a new eye research patient group in the New Year to further develop work of the BORN.

The patients, aged 50 to 90-years-old, took part in 10 studies this year aimed at tackling sight-threatening conditions such as wet AMD (age-related macular degeneration), geographic atrophy, central retinal vein occlusion, branch retinal vein occlusion and posterior uveitis.

Lead eye research nurse, Nicci Hawes, said: “Today’s event celebrates our success in having taken part in our highest number of studies ever and to thank all our patients as we couldn’t have done it without them.”

The eye research team is led by Professor Ghanchi and his consultant colleague, Miss Helen Devonport, and includes Dr Zeid Madanat, Sister Nicci Hawes, Sister Sarah Moss, associate practitioner Hayley Higgins, optometrist Dr Charlotte Hazel, and clinical photographers Anthony Dook and Paul Creasey.

Ensuring everyone has a ‘Happy Eid’

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GIFTS: NADA’s chairman Amjad Aslam, General Secretary, Nazim Ali, and executive committee member, Mohammed Aslam, handed the presents over to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s senior play specialist, Alison Kay

GIFTS: NADA’s chairman Amjad Aslam, General Secretary, Nazim Ali, and executive committee member, Mohammed Aslam, handed the presents over to Bradford Royal Infirmary’s senior play specialist, Alison Kay

Toy distribution at Bradford Royal Infirmary

As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid last week, one group of volunteers from Bradford headed down to their local hospital to ensure every child had a holiday to remember.

Three members of the Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA), which runs the city’s Jamia Masjid Naqshbandia Aslamia, visited the children’s ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary on Wednesday 23rd September.

HANDOVER: It is the third year in a row that NADA has completed their Eid toy distribution

HANDOVER: It is the third year in a row that NADA has completed their Eid toy distribution

Armed with gifts for children of all ages, the group handed over their Eid presents to senior play specialist at the BRI, Alison Kay, as they spread the holiday spirit to the hospital’s wards.

It is the third year running that NADA has carried out their distribution to coincide with the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Amjad Aslam, Chairman of NADA, was joined by general secretary, Nazim Ali, and executive committee member, Mohammed Aslam, for the project and said it was a ‘rewarding’ initiative that continues to grow every year.

“For us, Eid is a time of sharing what you have with humanity,” he said. “Speaking personally, my brothers and sisters have spent a lot of time in hospital growing up with bone marrow transplants so I know what it can be like spending time on a ward all day.

“To be able to put a smile on a child’s face by giving them a gift on Eid means the world to me. It is the message of every religion to help others and it is an honour to be able to do this every year.”

Mr Aslam added that donations had already been made to the group to help fund the purchase of more presents for next year’s Eid celebrations.

Nazim, who also spent time in hospital as a child for treatment of tuberculosis, added: “This initiative was a sincere and humble gesture on our part to make our little difference.

“We are Muslims and our faith makes it incumbent upon us to engage in the wider society so that we can all live side by side in a virtuous and harmonious society.”

Gifts are distributed to children of all faiths on the ward during Eid with the message of ‘Eid Mubarak’ from NADA.

Alison Kay added: “For children who have to spend time in hospital during any holiday, whether that is Eid, Christmas or Diwali, it can be hard for them.

“We tell the children that these gifts have been donated because of Eid and you can see the huge difference it makes.”

Selection boxes for ALL

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Generous duo hand out hundreds of chocolates at Christmas

A pair of undercover Santas brought a sweet surprise to young people at two Bradford hospitals last week as they delivered more than two-hundred selection boxes to some of the city’s patients.

Sarah Royal and Qais Ahfaq had been collecting the chocolate treats for more than a month and finally got to distribute their early Christmas presents on Friday at the Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Hospital.

In total, 264 selection boxes were donated to the appeal, with a further £320 in cash handed over to charities - Martin House Children’s Hospice and the Association of Young People with ME (AYME).

DONATIONS: Sarah Royal and Qais Ashfaq collected more than 200 selection boxes for patients at Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Hospital

DONATIONS: Sarah Royal and Qais Ashfaq collected more than 200 selection boxes for patients at Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Hospital

Sarah, from Idle, Bradford, took part in a similar project last year alongside colleagues from work and decided to repeat the initiative this year with the help of her friend, Qais.

“After the success of last year’s collection, I wanted to do something similar and this time we received even more boxes than we could have hoped for,” she explained.

“When we got to hand over the chocolates, we needed a trolley to carry them all up to the ward there was that many. It was fantastic.

“By doing an appeal like this it is very rewarding and we hope that we have been able to help people who are spending their Christmas day in hospital.”

A huge haul of selection boxes were dropped off at Ward 17 at the BRI where children are cared for.

Alison Kay, one of the hospital’s play specialists, spoke of how important a project like this can prove to be for patients.

“For patients who are spending time here over Christmas, to receive a gift from somebody outside of hospital means a great deal to them,” she said.

“When they see these selection boxes it will help spread the joy of Christmas through the whole ward and bring a smile to so many faces.”

Sarah and Qais also added their thanks to all the people who had donated to the appeal over the past month.

“We just want to say a massive than you to everyone who donated a selection box or cash during the appeal,” Sarah added.

“Every penny counts and we could not have done it without your help.”

Selecting children first

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PRESENTS: Qais Ashfaq joined Sarah’s appeal this year and hopes to build on the success of last year’s initiative

PRESENTS: Qais Ashfaq joined Sarah’s appeal this year and hopes to build on the success of last year’s initiative

Scrumptious gifts to be delivered at Christmas

A pair of generous fundraisers are aiming to bring a smile to the faces of children in local hospitals by giving them a sweet treat this Christmas.

Sarah Royal, from Idle, Bradford, and Qais Ashfaq, from Leeds, are currently collecting selection boxes for the children’s ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Following a similar campaign held at the end of 2013 by Sarah and her friends, the 25-year-old decided to take on the challenge once again this year in the hope of spreading the gift-giving spirit.

GIVING: Sarah Royal will be continuing the appeal for a second year as she aims to bring selection boxes to children in hospital this Christmas

GIVING: Sarah Royal will be continuing the appeal for a second year as she aims to bring selection boxes to children in hospital this Christmas

Asking for donations of a selection box, or cash to purchase the products, before the 19th December ‘delivery day’, the collection continues to gain momentum in the build up to the holidays.

And this year, Sarah is joined in the appeal by her friend, and Commonwealth Silver medallist, Qais Ashfaq.

“I saw Sarah was doing the campaign again this year and I was really interested in helping in whatever way I could,” Qais said about the project.

“In our first week, we had around £150 donated to the appeal which will all be put towards selection boxes for children in the Bradford Royal Infirmary.”

Qais added that the initial response has been much better than he could have anticipated but urged people to continue giving.

“When I put it on my Twitter feed that Sarah and I were doing this, we got a great response with people immediately saying they wanted to donate and get involved,” he added.

“Our initial target was just to bring the gifts to one hospital but hopefully if the donations keep coming in we could even provide the selection boxes to more hospitals.

“Last year, Sarah and her friends also donated whatever extra funds they had left after buying the boxes to charity so every penny is put towards a good cause.”

If you would like to donate a selection box, or just a couple of pounds for the purchase of one, please contact either Sarah Royal on, or Qais Ashfaq via

Mother died in ‘astronomical’ pain

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TRAGIC: Azram Begum died two days after a routine gall bladder operation at the Bradford Royal Infirmary

TRAGIC: Azram Begum died two days after a routine gall bladder operation at the Bradford Royal Infirmary .

54-year-old Azrum Begum was told to “stop being a baby” by annoyed BRI nurses after she cried in pain

An inquest heard last week how a mother-of-three went to Bradford Royal Infirmary for a routine gall bladder surgery but passed away 'after surgeons had left holes in her stomach'.

Azrum Begum, 54, from Bradford, died in 'astronomical pain' after the operation turned into a disaster, which lead to multiple organ failure after a series of errors in the operation.

Damage had been caused by a pen-like instrument used during gall bladder surgery, which led to her death two days after the procedure.

The hearing heard how Mrs Begum, was chided by nurses who told her to 'stop being a baby and grow up'.

They added that the staff on the ward, annoyed by Mrs Begum's cries of pain, refused to give her more medication and switched off her bedside bell to reach medical staff.

The nurses later annoyed by cries of pain had refused to give Mrs Begum medication.

Mrs Begum’s grieving son Mohammed Faraz told the inquest that his mother had been left in 'astronomical pain'.

He explained that because of his mother’s rheumatoid arthritis she had a high pain threshold but she was behaving like a child after the operation.

bri_2Mrs Begum's eldest son, Mohammed Ayaz, said: “It was like the nurses were calling my mum a wimp.

“One nurse even said to her, “Come on now, I've had this operation and it wasn't so bad.””

It was not until the morning after the operation that nurses alerted staff and an urgent CT scan was ordered.

Communication break-downs meant Mrs Begum's surgical team were not informed the mother was being kept in hospital because of pain, and so she did not get a post-operative review after surgery.

Meanwhile, Mrs Begum's urgent scan was delayed by hours after a porter couldn't find her after she was moved to another ward.

Coroner Dominic Bell said there had been a catalogue of deficiencies in care given to Mrs Begum in her last hours.

Surgeons repaired the holes in her stomach, which the coroner concluded were most likely caused by surgical instruments in her previous operation.

Bradford Teaching Hospital Trust's interim director Dr Robin Jeffrey expressed deep regrets for the way Mrs Begum was treated at Bradford Royal Infirmary. He said the Trust had learnt a number of lessons and made changes since Mrs Begum's death - such as better checks on patients recovering from surgery.

Changes included supervising trainees, more observations and better checks on patients recovering from surgery.

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Recording a narrative verdict, Dr Bell said there had been a number of deficiencies in care but added he was satisfied with investigations since carried out by the NHS Trust.

Mrs Begum’s family have said that they satisfied that the deficiencies in care were identified during the inquest and that they have been appropriately addressed with remedial action.


Bradford Dr gets highest award of Mauritius

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A doctor from Bradford Royal Infirmary has been praised for his work in helping to improve medical care in his home country of Mauritius as he received the nation’s highest civilian honour

PROUD: Dr Sulleman Moreea was presented with the Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean award last month for his work in Mauritius

PROUD: Dr Sulleman Moreea was presented with the Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean award last month for his work in Mauritius

Dr Sulleman Moreea was presented with the Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean Medal by the President of Mauritius, Mr Kailash Purryag, at a formal ceremony on Thursday 19th June.

The award is the equivalent of a British knighthood and commends the work Dr  Moreea has undertaken since 2008 – helping to introduce, train and improve endoscopies across the country’s five hospitals.

Working closely with Mauritius’ Ministry of Health and Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, the Bradford practitioner has done much of the work at his own expense, and time, including travel, equipment, and training.

Speaking upon his return to the UK, Dr Moreea thanked his friends, family and colleagues for helping him achieve the award, adding that there was still more work to be done.

“I felt exceedingly proud when I received the medal from the President of Mauritius and was just bursting with emotion,” he said.

“I think this medal signals the start of a new episode, and every morning now I wake up thinking ‘how am I going to justify this medal’ but in fact I have a plan. “We are in the middle of it right now and have achieved a lot but there is still a lot more to come and as things progress in the UK, I need to transfer this know-how to Mauritius.”

Following the formal presentation, Dr Moreea and his family held their own celebratory event, but not before an invite to a tea party at the State House where the president and prime minister spoke to all nominees and their relatives.

This was described by Dr Moreea as an ‘extremely memorable occasion’ and one he will never forget.

“After we had finished with all the formalities we then had a huge garden party for family, friends and colleagues. Even the vice-prime minister of country came and we had a great time.”

Since starting work in Mauritius, the country’s five hospitals have seen their operating standards improve significantly with endoscopies now able to be performed in units which previously didn’t even exist. In one hospital, in the south of the country, Dr Moreea not only paid for an architect to design a room which could cater for endoscopy facilities but also paid for the equipment.

Since operations began in 2012, more than 600 have been performed.


Boost for Bradford Royal Infirmary

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Midwives and doctors at Bradford Royal Infirmary will have their jobs enhanced following investment worth £346,000 in new technology.

The money will be used to buy hi-tech devices, among them tablets and computer software, to support doctors and midwives within the maternity department which handles 6,000 births a year.

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Bradford Royal Infirmary

Head of Midwifery, Julie Walker, said: “This investment is fantastic news as it will help us to transform the way we care for our patients both in the community and when they come to our hospital.

“The money will be spent on our ‘paperless midwife’ project which is enabling community staff to access and record women’s medical histories on handheld devices in a move away from handwritten notes.

“It will also mean that, at the touch of a button, women will have secure access to view their own medical notes wherever they are in the country – so it is a win-win situation which will improve the patient experience and has real benefits for everyone.”

Starting last month, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first hospitals in the country to introduce a paperless maternity service. It means thousands of  paper notes will be replaced with online records that can be viewed securely over the internet.

The Foundation Trust’s money, which has been secured from the NHS England’s Nursing Technology Fund, will go towards the purchase of 70 hand-held tablets for community midwives, 21 computers on wheels which allow ward-based midwives and doctors to record care electronically at the woman’s bedside, and six electronic screens which will display live data allowing doctors to access patient details in a secure area within each ward.

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Director of Informatics, Cindy Fedell said: “Healthcare is changing rapidly and this kind of new, modern technology is part of the innovative and new ways of working that we are embracing in our drive to put patients first.

“Seventy per cent of pregnant women that we surveyed wanted to have direct, online access to their medical records and this project will deliver this service.

“For our staff who work on the go and now have instant, electronic access to a patient’s   medical history, it will ensure that they won’t need to make as many trips back to the office to collect and drop off paperwork.

“It will also help clinical staff on our wards deliver a quicker, more efficient service, while at the same time freeing everyone up to spend more time with the women, babies and families within their care.”

‘Wake-up call’ for Bradford hospital

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A liver machine, unveiled last week at Bradford Royal Infirmary, has been described as a ‘wake-up call’, allowing patients at Bradford Teaching Hospitals the ability to avoid invasive and potentially painful liver biopsies.

The new £85,000 Fibroscan liver machine will use the latest technology to examine patients’ organs without the need to undergo surgery of any sort.

The machine works by placing a probe on the patient’s skin which provides immediate, non-invasive information on the state and condition of the liver.

By using this method, patients can get a quicker diagnosis and avoid having to undergo an invasive liver biopsy, which has been the standard way of assessing liver tissue up to now.

Consultant hepatologist, Dr Sulleman Moreea, a committee member of the liver section of the British Society of Gastroenterologists, estimates that 20 per cent of Bradford patients should no longer need a biopsy.

He welcomed the equipment for its quick and pain free technology and hopes that the machines will allow for the elimination of liver biopsies altogether within five to ten years.

EXAMINATION: Dr Sulleman Moreea with specialist nurse Karl Ward and patient Joyce Varley who suffers from an auto-immune disease which attacks the body's bile ducts

EXAMINATION: Dr Sulleman Moreea with specialist nurse Karl Ward and patient Joyce Varley who suffers from an auto-immune disease which attacks the body's bile ducts

He said: “Fibroscan represents the latest in cutting edge technology and is good news for our liver patients and for those people who we suspect might have liver disease.

“Up to now we have used liver biopsies to determine the nature and extent of liver disease.

“A biopsy is time consuming as patients have to spend the day in hospital having blood tests, and it needs to be carried out by an expert radiologist after the skin is injected with local anesthetic, carrying a risk of discomfort and a smaller risk of internal bleeding.

“However, the Fibroscan is a completely painless and non-invasive procedure which can be completed in 15 minutes in our outpatient department.”

There are currently three Fibroscan machines in operation in West Yorkshire in total yet Bradford has become the first in the region to use it to measure fat content in the liver.

“Diagnosing liver disease and damage as early as possible is paramount in giving patients the best chances of recovery,” added Dr Moreea. “Patients can instantly see pictures of the liver and the figures generated by the machine. This can be the incentive they need to change their lifestyles to improve their liver health.

“While all other causes of death are falling, the number of people dying from liver disease is rising.”

Liver disease is the fifth biggest cause of death in England and Wales after heart disease, cancer, stroke and respiratory disease.