Published in the Knutsford Guardian 17 August 2012
A patient at Knutsford’s Community Hospital claims people are being encouraged to travel to Macclesfield for appointments instead of using the town’s clinics because they can get seen quicker.
The future of the hospital on Bexton Road is up in the air after it was announced in February that a new medical centre could be built on the site.
But a Knutsford resident, who did not wish to be named, said he was told he would have to wait two months for an appointment at the audiology clinic in Knutsford when he phoned in July.
After stating he was able to drive, the receptionist then offered him an appointment at Macclesfield the week after.
“Some two months ago I attended our Knutsford Community Hospital where, after tests, I was provided with two hearing aids,” he said.
“I have recently been experiencing some problems which indicate the hearing aids need adjusting.
“I rang the audiology department at Macclesfield District General Hospital to request an appointment at Knutsford Community Hospital.
“The earliest appointment they could offer me was early September.
“Fortunately, as I can drive to Macclesfield, they were able to offer me the week after.”
As reported in the HSJ 10 August, 2012
PERFORMANCE: 5.4 per cent of patients awaiting diagnostic tests from the trust in June had been on its waiting list for more than six weeks, against a national target that fewer than 1 per cent of patients should wait that long.
Latest Department of Health data show there were 2,089 patients on East Cheshire’s diagnostics waiting list at the end of the month, of which 112 had been waiting past the six-week threshold.
The trust had the second-highest proportion of over-six-week waiters among NHS providers in the North West. The highest was for Liverpool Community Health Trust, at 17.9 per cent.
Source: Monthly Diagnostics Provider
Patients with diabetes who are at the end of life have a unique set of care needs relating to health and social care. However, end of life diabetes care has been recognised as an area lacking quality standards and guidance on best clinical practice and commissioning.
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Acknowledgements were made to Beverley Jones, Susan Knight, and Deborah Symmons (Macclesfield District General Hospital), in this publication.
UK Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome Registry
by Wan-Fai Ng
Musculoskeletal Research Group
Institute of Cellular Medicine
Introduction: Primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS) is a chronic multisystem disease affecting 0.3%–0.5% of the adult population.1, 2 Women are nine times more likely to be affected than men.1–4 The disease is characterized by oral and ocular dryness, fatigue, and musculoskeletal pain. PSS can affect other organ systems including the skin, nervous system, lungs, and kidneys.3, 4 Patients with pSS have a greater than 40-fold increased risk of developing B-cell mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma.4, 5 Patients with PSS have poor health-related quality of life and a significant proportion of PSS patients are unable to work due to their condition.2, 6–17 Both direct and indirect health care costs are higher in PSS than in the general population.17, 18 PSS is not, therefore a benign condition, but has a significant health and economic burden to patients and society.
Competition for young aspiring leaders – £5,000 bursary available
13 August 2012
Finnamore is running a competition to all aspiring clinical and managerial leaders aged 35 or under. They are inviting aspiring leaders to submit papers on the following topics:
- What success in health, well being and health services will look like in 20 years time.
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Closing date for receipt of papers is 30 September 2012. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in November and winners will be announced at the end of November. A bursary of £5,000 will be awarded to the best paper and presentation with an award of £2,500 to the runner up. Winners and shortlisted candidate will be offered mentoring and coaching support from management consultancy Finnamore who are running the competition.
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Mobile and tablet apps have enormous potential for training and professional development in healthcare, says Guy Smallman of the Guardian.
The health industry is responding to the increasing popularity and availability of technological innovations, such as tablets and smartphones.
Health and wellbeing applications are estimated to make up approximately 40% of new smartphone apps currently being developed. This is a huge market and only set to increase as the benefits become more apparent and smartphone and tablet technology become more widespread.
Health applications have the potential to be adapted and used by healthcare professionals and consumers, helping to revolutionise the sector and reflect the digital age we live in.
Read more via The benefit of apps in healthcare | Healthcare Network | Guardian Professional.