Ninewells Level 5 stalls

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May 2019

24      Michele Alsorz
7      Bluebelle Accessories
28      Forever Living (The Aloe Vera Company)
29      Alison McMahon
30      Bonanza Gifts
31      Sian Secrets (Susan Dakers)

June 2019

3        Body Shop
4        Andrew Morrison (garden ornaments)
5        Gemrock
6        2 Hearts (jewellery and handbags)
G.M.B. (in the dining room)
7        Party Lite
10      Gift Shop (Ninewells)
11      Allure by Emma
12      Infection Control
13      Sylvia Connelly (handbags) T/A (in the dining room)
14      Jess in the Box
17      Andrew Morrison (garden ornaments)
18      Gift Shop (Ninewells)
19      Osborne Books
20      Park Lane (previously Stella + Dot)
21      Michele Alsortz


Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Prostate Cancer UK is holding a series of information stands across Tayside in May, June and July to raise awareness about the disease.

The first of nine information events takes place outside the Level 5 dining room at Ninewells on Thursday 23 May from 10am to 2pm.  See full list of events below.

Site Location Date Time
Ninewells Outside Level 5 Dining Room 23 May 10am-2pm
Whitehills Reception 12 June 10am-2pm
Arbroath Infirmary Outpatients 18 June 10am-2pm
Stracathro Canteen 19 June 11am-1.30pm
PRI Health Shop 24 June 10am-2pm
Murray Royal The Hub 25 June 11am-1.30pm
Kingsway Care Centre Reception 28 June 10.30am-12.30pm
Dundee Dental Hospital Reception and canteen 1 July 10.30am-12.30pm
RVH Waiting Area 2 July 10.30am-1pm

In the UK, about one in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives and it is the most common cancer among men in the UK. Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50 and the risk increases with age. The average age for men to be diagnosed is between 65 and 69 years.

Find out more about possible signs and symptoms and what to do about them by visiting one of the information stands or contacting Prostate Cancer UK’s specialist nurses at 0800 074 8383. For more information please visit

Living Realistically: Incorporating Realistic Medicine into Health and Care

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Some of the speakers at the morning session: Gregor Smith, Shobhan Thakore, Patient and Public Forum for Medicines representative Fran Benison, lead clinical pharmacist Arlene Coulson, ENT surgeon Rod Mountain, specialty trainee and Scottish Leadership Fellow Kate Arrow, Breast Buddies co-ordinator Hannah Dalgety and medical student Sophie Corbett

A conference to explore the challenges and opportunities of Realistic Medicine was held in Dundee.

Clinical and care staff, academics, patient representatives and members of the public from across Tayside and beyond attended the event at the University of Dundee last week.

NHS Tayside Chief Executive Grant Archibald and Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Realistic Medicine Lead Dr Shobhan Thakore welcomed attendees to the conference.

A number of speakers, including Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Scottish Government Gregor Smith, medical professionals and public and patient representatives, then gave short presentations about the Realistic Medicine agenda and the different perspectives and work ongoing in Tayside.

The afternoon session included four short workshops looking at the themes of shared decision making in prescribing, managing the risk of complaint when practicing realistic medicine, effective engagement with patients, carers and the public, and supporting individuals as the end of life draws near.

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Chief Executive Grant Archibald
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The speakers at the Prescribing Workshop
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Prescribing Workshop
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Effective Citizen Engagement Workshop
Senior lecturer in human geography at Dundee University Ed Hall and ENT Surgeon Rodney Mountain hosted the Effective Citizen Engagement workshop


Cervical screening module

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Edinburgh Napier University is running a cervical screening module in September.

The module is primarily intended for nurses who are already working in an area which offers cervical screening.  It will be of particular interest to nurses starting a career in practice nursing, those specialising in family planning/sexual health work, gynaecology nurses and treatment room nurses.

Click here for more information

So Long, Farewell

Pam Porter

Heathcare assistant Pam Porter retired from Stracathro Hospital after 24 years service.

Over the years Pam worked in many areas including medical and surgical wards but laterally in the theatre suite.

Pam was joined by her colleagues for a celebratory tea party to wish her a long and happy retirement.

Pam (seated second left) with some of her colleagues


Anne Findlay

Hospital chaplain Reverend Anne Findlay retired after 30 years service.

Anne spent the last 15 years working as the chaplain at Perth Royal Infirmary and Cornhill Macmillan Centre. Before that she worked at Ninewells Hospital and Roxburghe House.

Colleagues gathered to wish her well in her retirement at Perth Royal Infirmary and in the Wellbeing Centre in Dundee.

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Anne (seated centre) with colleagues at the Wellbeing Centre


New Working With Us Staffnet page


The HR and OD Directorate has launched a new Working With Us section on Staffnet.

The new pages will provide clearer access to information on all aspects of employment within NHS Tayside for employees and managers.

You will find the Working With Us page in the links on the left hand side of Staffnet.

There is now a search facility in the Working With Us section which will allow you to search the pages to find what you are looking for more quickly.  A Frequently Asked Questions/Hot Topics section has also been added and will be will be updated regularly.

Over the coming weeks an overview of what is in each section will be shared in LowDown. In the next issue of the LowDown, we will explore the ‘Your NHS Employment Journey’.