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Issue 83 | 8th September 2016

Left to right: Dr Vidya Kumaraswamy consultant histopathologist with medical secretaries Mel Hibbin and Katherine Tighe

Pathology proud to offer a super quick service for breast cancer patients - helping many avoid unecessary treatment

CHFT has one of the fastest turnaround times in the country for a test which indicates the response to chemotherapy for breast cancer patients.     Oncotype DX is a clinically indicative test, approved by NICE, funded by NHS England, which allows the team to test patients to see if chemotherapy is the right option for them. 
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Dr Tim Jackson speaking at the seminar

CHFT's Dr Tim Jackson and colleagues respond to questions about end of life care at a seminar in Halifax

Members of the South Asian community met with healthcare representatives on 23rd August to talk about the issues raised by caring for people at the end of their lives. 
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Matron Jan Carter works with colleagues to triple the number of flu immunisers in Surgical

“It’s our professional responsibility to us, our families and even more importantly our patients to have the vaccination. So supporting the flu campaign is really just an extension of that”.     Jan has worked hard with her colleagues to boost the numbers from 1 immuniser per area (and in some cases - none) to a minimum of three per area. 
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Dan (right) pictured with physiotherapist Rachel Shutt (left) and specialist physiotherapist Kimberley Heald

Dan's gone bananas for World Physiotherapy Day....coming in on his day off and negotiating a fab quiz prize.

Physiotherapist Dan Moore is so passionate about the role physios play at CHFT he's turned World Physiotherapy Day into a three day event....even negiotating a prize of free gym membership as a quiz prize.     Dan told us "Many people associate physiotherapy with walking older people up and down corridors or giving massages. 
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The great switch-on for Hospital Out Of Hours (HOOP) at CRH next Wednesday 14 September

It's almost time...and at 5pm next Wednesday an electronic task management system will be available for ward staff to use during evenings, nights, 24/7 weekends & bank holidays.  read more

You can help your colleagues by contributing ideas for a new Wellbeing handbook

One of the greatest assets we have at CHFT is our colleagues. To make sure they have enough information to support their own health and wellbeing, as well as that of their patients, families and friends, we are creating a new wellbeing handbook - and we need ideas from colleagues about what they'd like including in it.  read more

Celebrating Success....shortlisting complete...we'll be able to share more next week

After much deliberation and cogitation by our fab team of shortlisters, we've now got a final list for the judging marketplace event for our Celebrating Success Awards 2016.        We'll be able to tell you more about those shortlisted next week as we're making sure everyone who entered knows about the status of their application.....  read more

EPR update

This week our CEO Owen gave an important update about EPR:        Dear colleague     I am writing to update you on the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) programme and our current planning and next steps.  read more

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CHFT Events

New MRI unit arrives at HRI this weekend - there will be some disruption along South Drive

On Saturday 10 September the new MRI Relocatable Unit will be delivered to site and it will be installed on Sunday 11 September.     Late on Saturday the unit will arrive on site and be parked in the cordoned off area on South Drive.     There will be no parking on South Drive itself next to the Cedarwood unit and Trust HQ during installation.  read more

Back by poular demand.....A Great Day Out (free for CHFT colleagues)

“The ‘Great Day Out!’ is back by popular demand due to a hugely successful pilot.     The next one takes place on Tuesday 25 October 9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m at the Westwood Centre, Golcar.     The first pilot day was so well evaluated by those that came, it's been agreed to make it a regular feature of CHFT life.  read more

AGM - Focus on the Future

We've gone all hi-tech for our AGM this year which is next Thursday, September 15, at Calderdale Royal Hospital.     All the latest digital equipment - supporting delivery of compassionate care - will be on view for members of the public. This includes the electonic patient record system and Nervecentre.  read more

Haway the lad n lassies.... CHFT at this weekend's Great North Run

Good luck to all colleagues taking part in this weekend's Great North Run (Sunday Sept 11).     In the North East they will be among thousands in the popular run for both professionals and charity runners.     Please send your photos and some information about the run and we'll do a full round-up next week.  read more

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