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Makeover for birthplace of Bradford babies

One of Bradford’s most well-known hospital buildings – the Women’s and Newborn Unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary, is getting a much-needed £1.8 million makeover. The five-storey building on Smith Lane is being transformed to improve facilities for patients, thanks to the investment by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The unit, where over 200,000 babies have been born since it was built more than half a century ago, is in need of a revamp to improve patient comfort, make it more energy efficient and give it an attractive new look.

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Hospital services running normally despite snow

All services and clinics at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital are operating as normal despite the heavy snow. Patients and visitors are urged to check www.bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk for further alerts. A&E will be busy due to the bad weather conditions - please think carefully before attending so that our staff are free to deal with those patients who really need our help. For non-emergencies please contact your local pharmacist or GP or get advice from NHS 111 or www.nhs.uk.

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Mobile breast screening unit now in Dewsbury

More than 8,000 women from across Dewsbury and Birstall are being invited to take up their breast screening appointments. The Pennine Breast Screening Service mobile unit is now parked at Dewsbury District Hospital’s Healds Road entrance where it will remain until next July. During that time it’s hoped as many women as possible will take the opportunity to attend their appointments.

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Use your NHS wisely this Christmas

People throughout Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are being asked not to go to hospital accident and emergency units unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition. A&E departments and emergency services are particularly busy over the Christmas and New Year period and are not the best place to receive treatment quickly, unless you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening condition. Those attending A&E will be triaged and cared for in order of severity, so if you do attend for something that isn’t an emergency, you could be in for a prolonged wait wait.

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Trust celebrates Brilliant Bradford staff at annual awards night

The commitment, innovation and dedication of hospital staff has been celebrated at a special Brilliant Bradford awards ceremony. Dozens of awards have been presented to staff of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who have demonstrated excellence in their field of work as well as to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, putting patients at the heart of all they do. The awards ceremony, held at Bradford City Football Club and sponsored by Sovereign Health Care, applauded individuals and teams in a number of categories.

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Trust honours selfless volunteers

Bradford Hospitals’ selfless and kind-hearted volunteers have been honoured for their unstinting devotion and service. More than 70 volunteers from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were celebrated at a special ceremony held at Bradford City Football Club. The Trust has a dedicated army of almost 500 volunteers, each of them donating on average four hours per week, which adds up to an amazing 104,000 hours of time over the past year.

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Respiratory team hits research jackpot

The respiratory research team at Bradford Teaching Hospitals has hit the jackpot after recruiting global and European-first patients in two pioneering medical trials. Thanks to a renowned international reputation in respiratory medicine, pharmaceutical giant GSK has chosen the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) to be the first unit worldwide to test its new vaccine for COPD patients. The multi-centre trial aims to assess whether the vaccine offers protection against a bacteria which commonly causes a worsening in the condition of patients with COPD.

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Duo's patchwork quilts will help protect premature babies

Premature babies and their parents at Bradford Royal Infirmary are taking advantage of some fabulous patchwork quilts which have been generously made with love in every stitch. Medical secretary, Kathryn Wilkinson, and her friend, Brenda Stimpson started making the blankets to keep the babies warm after seeing the idea on social media nine months ago. Kathryn, from Thackley, who has worked at Bradford Royal Infirmary for 43 years, is a keen knitter and quilter in her spare time.

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Bradford teams up with Sport England to get city's children moving

More children in Bradford will get moving as part of an innovative £100 million Sport England-scheme to tackle the problem of physical inactivity. Projects across the north of the city will receive a share of National Lottery funding over four years to transform physical activity levels in 5 to 14-year-olds. Born in Bradford, a research project hosted at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, led the successful bid on behalf of Active Bradford, a partnership of local providers, to become one of Sport England’s 12 Local Delivery Pilots.

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Hospital staff hit right note for global campaign

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff have found a fun way to promote a campaign with a serious message. They have come up with an entertaining method to support global campaign #EndPJparalysis, which aims to get patients out of their pyjamas and up and out of bed. The local ‘Stop Gowning Around’ concept has been captured in a short film, which shows staff performing a catchy song, ‘Taking Your Gown off’ to the tune of the popular Buck’s Fizz hit, ‘Making Your Mind Up.’

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