February 28th, 2017
have all the information they need at their fingertips, thanks to a new hub at
Bradford Teaching Hospitals.
The Information Centre is part of the Trust’s new £28m wing and is housed close to the new retail concourse, which opened recently at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
It will house a host of information leaflets on subjects including smoking cessation, cancer prevention, heart conditions and health awareness.
Chris Heaton, Voluntary Services Nurse Manager, is heading up the new centre which will be manned by our volunteers.
Better health information
She said: “Research tells us that patients consistently report wanting more and better information about their health, healthcare, and treatment options.
“It’s great to see the new service up and running as it provides people with the latest information on a range of medical conditions and public health literature, and also signposts patients and visitors to the services that can give them the support they need.
“The Information Centre will also become a hub for awareness-raising events so that our hospital teams can get key healthcare messages out to the public and our patients.”
The volunteers, who have all been supported with robust training, won’t be able to give medical or health advice but can provide resources. They’ll also have the ability to print off information sheets on illnesses from the NHS Choices website.
Amanda Procter, Lead Cancer Nurse Specialist, marked World Cancer Day by providing specialist information, while audiologist, Mohammed Suleman, from the Trust’s Ear, Nose and Throat outpatients department has also hosted a tinnitus awareness event.
Lifeline Bradford’s Community Services, which offers support to isolated and lonely older people, have also staffed an awareness stand providing information for patients, carers and their families.
The centre is open from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.