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New £28M Information Centre opens

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Patients have all the information they need at their fingertips, thanks to a new hub at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

The Information Centre is part of the Trust’s new £28m wing and is housed close to the new retail concourse, which opened recently at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

It will house a variety of information leaflets from the likes of stop smoking to cancer, measles and heart conditions and a host of other medical and general conditions.

Voluntary Services Nurse Manager, Chris Heaton, is heading up the new centre which will be manned by our volunteers. She said: “Research tells us that patients consistently report wanting more, and better, information about their health, health care, and treatment options.

“It’s great to see the new service up and running as it provides people with the latest information on a range of medical conditions, public health  literature and signposts patients and visitors to the services that can give them the support they need.

“The Information Centre will also become a hub for awareness-raising events so that our hospital teams can get key healthcare messages out to the public and our patients.”

The volunteers, who have all been supported through a robust training package, won’t be able to give medical or health advice but can provide resources. They’ll also have the ability to print off information sheets on illnesses from the NHS Choices website.

Recently Lead Cancer Nurse Specialist, Amanda Procter marked World Cancer Day by providing specialist information while audiologist, Mohammed Suleman, from the Trust’s Ear, Nose and Throat outpatients department has also hosted a tinnitus awareness event.

Lifeline Bradford’s Community Services, which offers support to isolated and lonely older people, have also staffed an awareness stand providing information for patients, their carers and families.

The centre will be open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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£28M information centre for Bradford

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Patients have all the information they need at their fingertips, thanks to a new hub at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

The Information Centre is part of the Trust’s new £28m wing and is housed close to the new retail concourse, which opened recently at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

It will house a variety of information leaflets from the likes of stop smoking to cancer, measles and heart conditions and a host of other medical and general conditions.

Voluntary Services Nurse Manager, Chris Heaton, is heading up the new centre which will be manned by our volunteers. She said: “Research tells us that patients consistently report wanting more, and better, information about their health, health care, and treatment options.

“It’s great to see the new service up and running as it provides people with the latest information on a range of medical conditions, public health literature and signposts patients and visitors to the services that can give them the support they need.

“The Information Centre will also become a hub for awareness-raising events so that our hospital teams can get key healthcare messages out to the public and our patients.”

The volunteers, who have all been supported through a robust training package, won’t be able to give medical or health advice but can provide resources. They’ll also have the ability to print off information sheets on illnesses from the NHS Choices website.

Recently Lead Cancer Nurse Specialist, Amanda Procter marked World Cancer Day by providing specialist information while audiologist, Mohammed Suleman, from the Trust’s Ear, Nose and Throat outpatients department has also hosted a tinnitus awareness event.

Lifeline Bradford’s Community Services, which offers support to isolated and lonely older people, have also staffed an awareness stand providing information for patients, their carers and families.

The centre will be open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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New boss for Bradford Teaching Hospitals

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Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust named their new chairman earlier this week as Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE took over the reins at the city’s trust.

Lord Kamlesh Patel will succeed David Richardson, who steps down from his post on 30th June after serving three consecutive terms in office, which is the maximum allowed under the Foundation Trust’s constitution.

Lord Patel said his appointment comes at an ‘exciting but challenging time’ for the NHS.

He added: “I am very excited and honoured to be taking up the position of Chair at the Trust, Bradford is my home and I am committed to ensuring that Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust continues to improve and provides an excellent service for all the people of Bradford.”

Lord Patel is a social worker by background and moved into academia establishing the Centre for Ethnicity and Health at the University of Central Lancashire and specialising in research connected to the reduction of health inequalities.

Alongside this work he has held a number of public appointments including Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission, National Strategic Director with the Department of Health (Race Equality and Mental Health), a non-executive director of a number of public bodies in the areas of substance misuse, mental health and social work, including the Care Quality Commission.

He entered the House of Lords in 2006 as an independent peer and was later appointed as a Minister in the Governments Whips Office in the House of Lords.

Lord Patel Chaired the National Prison Drug Treatment Strategy Review Group which resulted in the publication of The Patel Report and subsequent policy changes in the delivery of prison drug treatment.

In addition to his duties as a member of the House of Lords, Lord Patel is currently Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of East London, Vice-President and Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and Institute of Healthcare Management, Professorial Fellow of the Institute of Mental health and patron of a number of charities based both in Bradford and nationally.

Bryan Millar, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kamlesh to the Foundation Trust, his wealth of experience and insight will help us to successfully meet future challenges for the benefit of Bradford.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank David for his enormous commitment over the years and the legacy he will be leaving behind as the outgoing chair."

David Richardson, who has been Chairman of the Trust for nine years and will stand down next month, said he was proud of him time in office.

He added: “My time at the Trust has been very rewarding. I have had the privilege of working with an outstanding group of people who work tremendously hard to ensure the people of Bradford receive high quality care and great clinical services.”

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Pioneering

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Bradford Teaching Hospitals is the first site in the UK to trial a powder called the ‘Hemospray’, which aims to stop ulcers from bleeding and help patients avoid open surgery and long hospital stays.

Dr Sulleman Moreea is UK’s chief investigator for the trials to treat bleeding peptic ulcers at Bradford Royal Infirmary

Dr Sulleman Moreea is UK’s chief investigator for the trials to treat bleeding peptic ulcers at Bradford Royal Infirmary

Dr Sulleman Moreea, who is the UK’s chief investigator for the HALT trial (as it is known) said: “Gastrointestinal bleeding remains one of the most important emergencies in gastroenterology.

Traditionally, the way doctors treat bleeding ulcers in the stomach and duodenum is to use an endscope – to inject adrenaline and to cauterise or stem the blood-flow through the use of medical clips.

“This technique can be technically demanding and difficult. If the bleeding can’t be controlled, the patient will have to be transferred to the operating theatre for major surgery which is usually always followed by a long stay in hospital to recuperate.

“Hemospray is a new powder that appears to act quickly when sprayed on to the ulcer to control the bleeding and can be easily inserted via endoscope. Although there is a learning curve for the use of the Hemospray, ultimately this is an easier technique compared to the current methods which we use.”

The HALT study is a multi-national, commercial study funded by US-based pharmaceutical company, Cook Medical, involving centres in Hong Kong, Canada, Holland and the United States.

It aims to recruit 80 patients worldwide, of which 40 have been recruited so far.

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The Bradford team, which includes specialist research nurse, Karl Ward, have screened eight people and recruited three patients since the study began in February. The hospital hopes to recruit 10 patients in total over the next five months.

Initial reports of Hemospray’s usefulness in stemming bleeding peptic ulcers in the USA have proved promising but were limited by the small number of patients, so  larger studies such as HALT will confirm its true worth in the management of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

Dr Moreea added. “If the Hemospray proves effective in this current study then further research will be carried out to directly compare the powder against the current techniques of adrenaline, cauterization and clips.

“If the Hemospray proves less successful than we think it will be, doctors will use the current endoscopic and surgical techniques to stem the bleeding.”

Currently, the Foundation Trust sees between two to three patients every month with peptic ulcers, while around three to four patients a year will end up in surgery if endoscopic options fail to stop their bleeding.
“Bradford patients will benefit from this new treatment if it proves effective as their bleeding will be easier to control and hopefully fewer patients will need to go to surgery for peptic ulcers,” added Mr Ward.

Nottingham University Hospitals will be the only other UK site to take part in the trial and the team there will be led by consultant gastroenterologist, Professor Krish Ragunath.

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