The Herald reports that the Scottish Centre for Telehealth will merge with NHS24 in 2010.
The Scottish Ambulance Service is consulting health organisations, the public and others, on how to develop its services for the future. In particular, there is a specific focus on how to improve services in remote and rural areas.
The RCGP Rural Forum is submitting a response, with input from many remote and rural practitioners via the RCGP Remote & Rural Yahoo Group (see the banner on the right for details), including experiences of different types of transport for patient transfer. However, individual submissions are also welcome. The “Our Future” section of the SAS website has all the documents, and also web-based feedback forms.
‘Tis the season to be advertising conferences! Next up is BASICS Scotland, who’ve planned for a great conference on Saturday 12th September.
This year the event will take place at the Erskine Bridge Hotel (near Glasgow) and the programme asks the question “Can the Emergency Services Cope on Their Own?”. Speakers include Pauline Howie, Acting Chief Executive of the Scottish Ambulance Service, and Johnny Morrison, a Military Surgical Registrar who will give an account of his time in Afghanistan.
Information on how to register is available from the BASICS Scotland Website.
News just out – OfCom have begun a consultation to develop plans for a new “111” number to be used where non-emergency health advice is required, in England. The main aim seems to reduce pressure from 999 calls, and consequently reduce the number of inappropriate A&E attendances.
The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee provides clinical advice to the ambulance services across the UK. They’ve done a lot of work on evidence based prehospital care, and the site links to their comprehensive prehospital care guidelines page.
The Committee is based in East Midlands, but soon they will be based (administratively) in the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care in Edinburgh.
The Rural Forum are pleased to confirm that the Clinical Skills Unit will be in attendance at the RCGP Annual Conference, in Glasgow on November 5th-7th. The unit comes in the form of an articulated lorry, containing a clinical environment where resuscitation and surgical procedures can be practised.
It carries an impressive range of simulation models, which can be controlled by a team concealed within a separate room, allowing adult and paediatric resuscitation scenarios to be played with maximum realism. Models are available for CV and arterial line insertion. Procedures such as cannulation, chest drain insertion and intubation are possible too.
The Unit, funded by NES (NHS Education Scotland) has already embarked on a tour of Scotland, with further dates and venues planned for the next few months, details of which are available from the website. The Unit is a 2-year pilot project funded by NES – if you want to take a look, and think about booking a visit for your area, watch out for it at the conference.
Glasgow, May 7 2009
“The inaugural Transfer and Retrieval Conference takes place in Glasgow University on May 7th 2009. With an array of experts in patient retrieval from medical, military and aviation backgrounds, attendance is essential for all involved in this rapidly expanding speciality.
With sessions dealing with safe systems, training and equipment, the conference is of relevence to those undertaking adult, paediatric and neonatal retrievals including doctors, nurses, paramedics and managers.
As well as a dozen oral presentations, the conference will feature poster presentations and demonstrations from specialist retrieval equipment manufacturers.”
In October 2008, Dr Christine Bradshaw was awarded an RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry for her efforts in treating 3 crewmen on a large ship. She was working on the Island of Hoy at the time. This video explains her input, and why the rescue was particularly tricky.