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Wallets promote healthy pregnancy

Mums-to-be in Bradford are being given vital tips and information to have at their fingertips to help support them right through their pregnancy. MAMA Wellbeing Wallets will be given to pregnant mums when they first come to hospital or a community setting to meet their midwife. The Maternity Unit at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been given 6,000 of the wallets by Our Angels – a support group based in Harrogate which helps families who have lost a baby. The wallets were developed by the MAMA Academy – a charity that supports mums and midwives to help babies arrive safely and reduce stillbirths.

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Neonatal team hits heights in research trial

A dedicated Bradford neonatal team has been presented with a certificate of excellence for its role in a major research trial. The neonatal unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has now recruited an amazing 205 babies to the ELFIN study which could have a major impact on infant health. This makes the Trust the top recruiter in the country for the study - what’s more BRI was the very first hospital to recruit to ELFIN!

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Trust supports Organ Donation Week

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is proudly supporting Organ Donation Week and an appeal for residents to talk about organ donation. Over the last year, 121 people in Bradford have received lifesaving or life changing transplants. However hundreds of transplants are being missed around the country every year because families aren’t aware of their relative’s wishes. During the week (w/c 4 September), NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation are encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their relatives and friends.

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Special Olympics glory for Project Search graduates

Two local lads who are students on Bradford’s Project Search have achieved a triple medal success at the Special Olympics. Neil Hartley, 19, from Eccleshill and Aidan Knights, 20, from Keighley are celebrating after winning a silver and two bronze medals at the UK’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. They are both part of the Project Search scheme, based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to help Bradford students with learning disabilities find employment through work experience placements and classroom teaching.

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New gym manager Carla's going for gold

Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust’s new gym manager is going for gold! Carla Burkitt has just started work at the fitness centre at Bradford Royal Infirmary, which features a gym, health studio and access to personal training services. And the 27-year-old is certainly qualified to take on the role, as she’s the current England women’s karate team captain.

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Carly on run for renal unit

A Keighley woman is pounding the pavements in training for a marathon to raise money for the local hospital renal unit that has treated her mum. Carly Barrett, whose mum is kidney transplant patient Carole Davidson, is running the York Marathon in October to raise money for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s renal unit.

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Patients move in to our new Intensive Care Unit

The first patients have moved into our new state-of-the-art intensive care unit (ICU) and are now comfortably settled in and being cared for. A lot of hard work that has gone into this project - from the initial planning all the way through to the transfer of patients on 31 July and 1 August.

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Shirley bows out after 57 years' service

Elvis Presley, The Shadows and Roy Orbison were topping the music charts, Mary Quant and Twiggy were fashion icons and the NHS was in its infancy when Shirley Hannan began her career in the ‘Swinging Sixties.’ Now, 57 years later, colleagues have said farewell to Shirley who has retired as one of the longest-serving members of staff at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A special presentation was made to the 72-year-old on her final day as assistant general manager for non-clinical support services, based at St Luke’s Hospital.

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Warning over fraudulent text messages

We have been made aware of bogus text messages being sent to patients telling them that if they do not turn up for a specified appointment, they will be charged £150. This is a widespread problem affecting the NHS and it is possible some of our patients may receive such a message. If you are in any doubt about the authenticity of a message, please call our Central Patient Booking Service on 01274 274274.

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Fire safety at Bradford Teaching Hospitals

In light of recent events in respect of the Grenfell Tower disaster, we took advice in June from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) experts. They advised at that time that there were no NHS facilities in West Yorkshire which required intervention and inspection by the local Fire and Rescue Service.

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