Knutsford patient advised to travel to Macclesfield?

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.”

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5.4pc of East Cheshire Trust diagnostic waits over six weeks

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

RCM: New report backs innovation for midwives

Originally posted by Rob Dabrowski

Innovation and Improvement in Maternity Services We should empower frontline staff to innovate and improve their services, according to a new study.  It says it is possible to deliver high-quality, safe and effective care when midwives are engaged and lead on innovation.

The study has been launched by the RCM and the Involvement and participation Association (IPA).It features examples of innovative practice from across England, including a pioneering apprenticeship programme for maternity support workers at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It also covers a programme aimed at empowering midwives to redesign work within the maternity unit at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, a scheme in NHS South Central region which harnessed the power of networks to drive change, and the role of team leaders in modernising and improving midwifery services at East Cheshire NHS Trust. 

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Resource Watch: PILLARS

Pillars is an online resource designed to help you to improve your ability to search for and use high quality, up-to date information for your NHS role, professional development and academic work.  

Pillars also offers ways to improve your IT and Study Skills, tapping into quality  materials from providers including the Open University.

Choose a subject of interest, then select from a list of topics and resources. Resources could be demos or tutorials, documents or web pages.  

Visit PILLARS at

Free Microsoft eBooks

At  MSDN Blogs  there is a large collection of free eBooks provided by Microsoft. If you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.

In addition another large collection has been recently added – these are suitable for developers and those interested in Cloud applications, SharePoint, and Dynamics.

For anyone concerned about their teenage son or daughter’s safety online there is this one which is also free to download.



Jones B, Knight S, Symmonds D: UK Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome Registry

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
Newcastle University

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

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.
  • How health and social care services will need to change to achieve success.
  • What leaders can and should do to enable and ensure substantial and sustainable improvement.

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.

More information on Finnamore’s competition

The benefit of apps in healthcare | Healthcare Network | Guardian Professional

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.