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Linking up for first anniversary! - Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS ...

Linking up for first anniversary! - Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS ...

Linking up for first anniversary! - Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust TrustNews YOUR STAFF NEWSPAPER November 2008 From left to right, Dr Anthony Burrows, Gillian Lowe, Dianne Ashton, lead for medical secretaries Best in the country Two of our staff have been named as national winners in two prestigious competitions. Right Sam Smith with TV presenter Konnie Huq who presented the award Children’s ward nurse at Calderdale Royal Hospital Sam Smith has won Xcel Healthcare student of the Year 2008. She was nominated by her tutors at Huddersfield University for the way she overcame difficulties to succeed in her studies to qualify. She worked 70-hour weeks in four jobs supporting herself financially to achieve her goal of a university education. She collected a £500 first prize at a glittering ceremony in London’s Tower Hotel. Sam, aged 22, said: “I absolutely love my job working with the children and their families and seeing the end result after they have come to us poorly and go home well. “Nursing is not just a physical profession it is also about helping patients socially and holistically, thinking about every aspect of care. I am lucky that I know what I want to do and have qualified in that career.” She also said the team on the ward had been huge support throughout. “They have gone through a lot of change themselves yet they have always been here for me, which I appreciate so much.” MEDICAL secretary Gillian Lowe, from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary has been given a national accolade for her work. Gillian, who works for Dr Anthony Burrows, has been awarded Medical Secretary of the Year. She said: “I was amazed that I had been given the award, I really enjoy my work and it is really nice to be credited for it.” The nomination came from a patient, Gillian was then chosen by a panel of six members of the British Society of Medical Secretaries and Administrators. Dr Burrows said: “I thought that she fully deserved it as it is an acknowledgment of her ability.” Gillian went to London on November 21 to receive a trophy at the Society’s annual conference. Saj and Joanne More services closer to home In the New Year our Trust embarks on its biggest ever outreach programme bringing a wide range of hospital services direct to the new £13m Todmorden Health Centre. The two-storey centre is a stateof-the-art design. It is a landmark building in the town, both light and airy with spacious reception areas, consulting rooms with the interior decoration of pale wood, glass and chrome decoration throughout. Our services will be based on the second-floor and include ophthalmology, audiology, diagnostics including X-rays and blood tests gynaecology and obstetrics including ante-natal clinics, paediatric outpatients, medical outpatients and surgical outpatients. There is also a minor surgery suite and podiatry and physiotherapy services on the first floor. Calderdale Primary Care Trust and local GPs take up the rest of the building. Patients from the Upper Calder Valley will have the choice of accessing all these services instead of travelling to Calderdale Royal Hospital. All the hospital services offered at the new health centre will have direct IT links into the main clinical information computer system at CRH. This allows clinicians instant access to test results and clinical information during a patient consultation in Todmorden. Assistant director of service development Sajid Azeb, said: “For the first time people in the Upper Calder Valley can access a comprehensive range of hospital services close to their homes. We are delighted to be able to offer such a wide range of services in this new health centre and to have such close links to our patients in Todmorden and the surrounding areas.” n For further inform please contact Joanne Womack on 01422 222 480 Linking up for first anniversary! Seventy of the Trust’s link infection prevention and control practitioners attended a workshop celebrating their first anniversary across the Trust. They gathered at the Pennine Manor Hotel at Scapegoat Hill for a day to catch up on the achievements so far and new initiatives in the pipeline. Infection control nurse, Karen Tomlinson, said: “The link practitioners have been in post now for a year and In the pink! Staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital raised £408 on Dare to Wear it Pink Day with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. General office colleagues Catriona Kitson, left, Anna Slee and Barry Ackroyd organised a raffle and local shops, colleagues and supermarkets donated prizes. n Staff at Kirkdale House donned pink outfits and enjoyed homemade pink buns and bon bons to raise cash for the charity. And more than £120 was also raised by staff at Fieldhead who donated money for the privilege of wearing pink outfits for the day. have made an immense difference to infection prevention and control practices within the Trust. They should be really proud of their achievements’’. “They had the responsibility of challenging their colleagues on hand hygiene and now we have a situation where our compliance rates are nearly 100 per cent across the Trust. Figures Karen and Jennie – link organisers Inside n Infection Control news 2 n New computers 2 n Our man in Afghanistan 3 n Heraldic vision 4 like that prove their hard work has paid off and they deserve recognition for moving this Trust forward so much.” Infection control nurse Jennie Dunkerley said: “Our link practitioners have helped to launch a whole new era of infection prevention and control at this Trust and will work to continue to keep the momentum going.”

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