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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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Breast screening unit to host awareness event

We think we know what the signs of breast cancer are, until it comes to checking our own breasts - then we're not so sure. Is that a lump I can feel? Should I be worried about the dimpled skin there? What exactly am I feeling for? What are the signs? Those were exactly the concerns that led to the creation of the ‘Know Your Lemons campaign, which began in 2003 and has now reached more than 7.3 million people on Facebook alone.

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Neonatal Unit to mark Prematurity Day in style

World Prematurity Day (Friday, November 17) will be marked in colourful style by staff at Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Neonatal Unit (NNU). The unit, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will celebrate the day with all things purple - the official colour of the day, which raises awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. Staff will dress in purple, there will be purple bunting and balloons and even purple treats to eat as well as a raffle and tombola.

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Trust among top procurement performers

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named by the Health Secretary as among the best NHS performers for negotiating prices for healthcare supplies which offer the best value for money. The Trust has saved over £2 million in the last two years by improving the way it buys goods and services – known as procurement.

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Self Care Week bigger and better than ever

This year’s Self Care Week (13-19 Nov) is bigger and better than ever – with a huge range of events happening across the Bradford district. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting an event at Bradford Royal Infirmary on Monday, from 10am to 2pm, in the Ambulatory Care Unit. People can come along and pick up information and advice about self-care from Public Health’s stop smoking team, Champions Show the Way and Carers’ Resource.

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Shared Memories event aims to bring comfort to families affected by loss

A poignant memorial service to bring comfort to families affected by the loss of a baby or child is being organised by Bradford hospital staff. The ‘Shared Memories Service’ has been arranged with the aim of helping bereaved parents overcome their grief and will take place at the Listening for Life Centre, Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on Saturday, 2 December at 11am.

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