Runners help our hospital

Published in The Buxton Advertiser on Sunday 3 June 2012 11:00

STAFF from Macclesfield District General Hospital have raised £1,440 by taking part in the BUPA Manchester 10k run.

The funds raised, by the team of seven runners, will be used by the hospital’s Maternity Department to purchase sonicaids, which are used to monitor a baby’ heartbeat during pregnancy.

Samina Taj, Marketing and Communications Officer at East Cheshire NHS Trust, said: “A big thank-you to all our fantastic participants, volunteers and supporters.”

It isn’t too late to sponsor the team go to or call Samina on 01625 661184.

What’s New in NHS Evidence

HDAS redesign – see what’s new

The redesigned NHS Evidence Healthcare Databases search is now live. The redesigned site is the result of feedback from ongoing engagement with HDAS users and addresses a number of priorities identified. This feedback will also continue to inform future developments of HDAS.

Faster, more reliable performance

Issues were identified that were causing failures in HDAS and slowing down performance.  The new HDAS will deliver a faster, more reliable service.

Clearer design and style

Research suggested unnecessary changes to HDAS should be avoided and build on the familiarity users have developed with it. The current design means many users were unaware of some of the functionality available to them so the new design builds on the existing layout and makes it easier to use including;

  • Extra navigation options to make it easier to move around the system
  • The need for scrolling within a screen is minimised
  • A clear separation of the map to thesaurus and browse thesaurus options to minimise confusion
  • Search history can be collapsed or expanded to allow users to choose the most suitable display of search results
  • ‘User Help’ will be relevant to the tasks and functions being used.
  • Guides to the coverage and search features of the different databases are available when users are selecting the database they want to use.
  • Details of all the fields available for searching in a database are just one click away from the search screen.
  • Any issues with database availability are flagged on the database selection screen

Context sensitive help and advice

Improved thesaurus layout and functions

The thesaurus screen has been redesigned it now features;

  • Clearer display of thesaurus hierarchies and selection options
  • Better navigation and interaction between thesaurus and search screens

Changing databases made easier

It is now quicker for users to change databases; there are more flexible options for running previous searches on the new database.

Applying limits

  • A link has been added to the search history display to help users apply limits to a search they have already performed
  • Scrolling is no longer necessary to view limits options

Search preview feature

The site now provides a running count of the number of results a search will retrieve as users adjust their search terms, fields and limits. This will help users to avoid errors and tailor their search to match their needs.

If you need any assistance in using the new layout, please contact us on:
01625 66 1362 – Carole or Steve will be please to help.

Health and Social Care news

Here is a brief extract of some of the news available from the Health and Social Care Newsletter courtesy of

NHS 111 online trials begin 
Department of Health considers new digital channels to implement NHS 111 service

Cancer care shift could save 1,000 lives
Hospital specialists, GPs and scientists have come together under the name of London Cancer

NHS trust to challenge largest ever £325k data breach fine
ICO slams NHS with a £325,000 after hard drives were sold online containing data on tens of thousands of people

NPfIT supplier admits ‘error’ over NHS income
Computer Sciences Corporation admitted to ‘intentional’ errors, in which its income from the NHS was exaggerated

‘NHS silver surfers desperate to use telehealth’ 
Electronic solutions recommended for older patients to ease burden of long-term conditions on health service

The deal’s done, but what’s in our hand? 
The NHS has endured a gruelling 18 months of hiatus and distraction, right at the point when we most need certainty and clarity. While reforms lack staff support, no one can afford them to fail, says Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation.