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Bikers Ride out for charity

Bikers from Dundee, Fife, Perth and further afield came together for their Easter ride out and visited the patients of Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) armed with Easter eggs.

One of the riders, Mark Lusty, is a former patient of the Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation (CBIR). Mark also handed over a donation of £805 from the group.

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The bikers donating eggs and money to senior charge nurse Kathleen Tough

Patients and relatives waited patiently to see over 160 bikers come through the entrance of RVH and were not disappointed by the magnificent sight.

Senior charge nurse Kathleen Tough said, “We are really grateful and want to thank all of the bikers for their visit and their donation to CBIR. The money will go towards buying equipment for patients to assist in their recovery and make their stay in CBIR more comfortable.”

NHS Tayside cuts down on plastic waste

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Compostable cutlery is being introduced at all NHS Tayside catering outlets to reduce the use of plastic and make a positive contribution to the environment.

Once the current plastic stock is used, all takeaway cutlery available at NHS Tayside retail outlets will be made of a compostable material and customers who are dining in will be provided with metal cutlery.

The new compostable cutlery is biodegradable, made from recyclable materials, and is more robust than plastic and can be reused.

Retail catering manager David Bayne said, “We have carried out extensive engagement to get views on how to shape the service for the future and one of the things customers asked for is more environmentally friendly alternatives.

“As a catering service we want to make greener choices so we have made the decision to stop buying single use plastic cutlery and replace it with compostable resin cutlery.

“Plastic cutlery ends up at the landfill after a single use, is toxic to animals and is often not biodegradable. Introducing compostable cutlery and using more metal cutlery is good for the environment but it will also result in financial savings in our catering budget.”

The decision to stop using plastic cutlery means NHS Tayside’s catering outlets are in line with the European Commission plans to ban single use cutlery by 2021 with the aim of reducing marine pollution.

At the newly-opened salad bar at Take 5 on level 5 in Ninewells Hospital, customers can bring in their own plastic containers or ask to have the salad served on a dinner plate if they are sitting in. These new changes are introduced in line with the agenda to cut waste.

NHS Tayside introduced new sustainable ‘keep cups’ in April as another initiative to cut waste and more than 200 cups have been sold so far. The ECO-to-go reusable cups are made from 80% rice husk, the brown outer shell of the rice grain, and 20% plant resin. Naturally insulating, with the look and feel of plastic, the cup can be reused hundreds of times and is dishwasher safe. At end of its life, the cup will break down in industrial compost in 90 days.

Tayside volunteer honoured by Lord Provost

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Sally (right) with Lord Provost of Dundee, Ian Borthwick and RVS chief executive Catherine Johnstone CBE

A Ninewells volunteer was recognised for over 50 years volunteering service with Royal Voluntary Service (RVS).

Sally Pearson has been volunteering at the oncology day clinics in Ninewells Hospital for around 10 years and previously worked with RVS Home from Hospital service in Dundee for four years.

A Queen’s Medal is presented to a RVS volunteer after 15 years service followed by a clasp every 12 years thereafter.  The first clasp is given at 27 years, second at 39 years and third clasp at 51 years.

Sally was presented with her third clasp at a celebration event in City Chambers which was hosted by Lord Provost of Dundee, Ian Borthwick.

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l-r RVS service manager Jan Bell, senior charge nurse in oncology Alison Inglis, RVS volunteer oncology clinics Phyll Patterson, Sally Paterson, RVS chief executive Catherine Johnstone CBE, RVS volunteer oncology clinics Brian Dunbar and NHS Tayside clinical governance and risk management team lead

Corridor closure Level 6 Ninewells

Staff should be aware that the corridor between the current paediatric theatre (Ward 30) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Ward 40) at Ninewells will be temporarily closed to allow essential building work to take place.  There will be no access through this corridor from Monday 22 July until Sunday 6 October and temporary diversion signs are in place.

This is in addition to information circulated recently about the closure of the Tayside Children’s Hospital entrance and the small car park directly outside on Monday 22 July to allow advanced enabling work to take place as part of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Children’s Theatre Suite projects.

NICU has temporarily moved to Ward 31 and there is an alternative access for Ward 30 (see image below).  Please follow the new direction signs on display to guide you during this period.

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Meetings have been held with individal wards, departments and services that are directly affected by this closure, including the crash team.

We have been working closely with our fire safety officers to ensure that fire strategies, where appropriate, have been amended to take account of the temporary corridor closure to allow safe evacuation in the event of a fire.

Any member of staff who has concerns about how this corridor closure might affect them should speak to their line manager in the first instance.

Medical and Dental Staffing on Staffnet

medical staffingThe new Working With Us Staffnet site has a section which focuses on medical and dental staffing.

The medical staffing team is based on Level 8 at Ninewells Hospital and covers the following areas of work:

  • terms and conditions for all medical and dental staff
  • new deal for junior doctors
  • career grade study leave
  • eJob planning for career grade doctors

Any queries regarding the above can be addressed by contacting the medical staffing team direct.