Many children receive no discharge plan after admission for severe asthma

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Children admitted to hospital with severe asthma attacks generally receive “very effective and efficient” treatment and care, but more attention must be given to asthma education and review at discharge to help prevent future attacks and readmission, says a national audit by the British Thoracic Society.

The society’s National Paediatric Asthma Audit, published on 29 November, reviewed data on more than 5500 children over the age of 1 admitted with severe asthma attacks to 153 UK hospitals in November 2015 and found that most aspects of discharge from hospital were less than optimal.

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Interruption to ICT services Wed/Thur, 16/17 November between 2200 and 1000

Please note, due to essential maintenance work on the trust’s IT systems, library computers will be unavailable at these times. See the message below for further details.

‘In order to progress the server 2003 replacement project, Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit IT Services will be carrying out essential maintenance work overnight on Wednesday 16th November from 22:00 until 10:00 on Thursday 17th November.

This will mean that between 10pm on Wednesday 16th November and 10am on Thursday 17th November, ALL of the trust’s IT systems will not be available and you will not have access to any IT systems during this time.  This will affect ALL clinical and administrative applications including Extramed Cris, Pathology, Radiology, PAS and shared drives.’

Please contact Lynda Cotterill, Library Services Manager, on 01625 663923 if you have any questions about library computers.

Library and Knowledge Service unstaffed for Bank Holiday

liblogo2015Please note that the Library and Knowledge Service will not be staffed over this Bank Holiday weekend. You are still welcome to use the books, computers, self-service machine and other resources Saturday to Monday, using your staff badge to swipe into the building out of hours, but there will be no members of staff available for enquiries.

We will be available once again from 8.30am on Tuesday 1st September. We hope you have a good Bank Holiday!

Welcome to new inductees – including international nurses

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We’d like to welcome 25 new people to East Cheshire who attended Corporate Induction yesterday, many of whom registered with the library. This included 5 new international nurses.

The Library and Knowledge Service is free and available to all of you to use: you can borrow books, use computers, ask for help with finding information for work, do e-learning, ask for training, or just come up and talk to us over a cup of coffee! If you haven’t already registered with us, you can do so any time you’re free!

GMC proposes single test for all doctors wishing to work in UK

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All doctors who wish to work in the United Kingdom will have to sit a standard test to determine whether they are fit to practise, the General Medical Council has announced.

The test, called the UK medical licensing assessment (UKMLA), would replace the current Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test taken by overseas medical graduates. However, UK trained graduates would also be expected to sit the test to gain a place on the medical register.

2015 Heatwave Plan for England

The 2015 Heatwave Plan for England has now taken effect, and the Met Office will be issuing Heatwave Alerts from 1 June to 15 September 2015.

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The Heatwave plan for England remains a central part of the Department of Health’s support to the NHS, social care and local authorities, providing guidance on how to prepare for and respond to a heatwave which can affect everybody’s health, but particularly the most vulnerable people in society.

Self-service soon to be available in the Library and Knowledge service!

Macclesfield’s Library and Knowledge Service has taken delivery of a new self-service machine. Once it is installed in about two weeks, library users will be able to use it to borrow, return and renew books, pay fines and check their accounts.

Why not contact the library for more information? Email ecn-tr.stafflibrary@nhs.net or phone 01625 661362, or drop in to see the machine for yourself!