Guided rides with The Social Cycle Project in Perth

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Perth residents are invited to get on their bikes thanks to a new cycling initiative that is being delivered by The Social Cycle Project.

A series of guided rides will be taking place in Perth over the next three months and all are welcome to attend. You can find out more and book your place on the Bike Station – Perth’s facebook page

The Social Cycle initiative is a partnership with Perth & Kinross Council, Perth College UHI, Perth Royal Infirmary and Zero Waste Perth and aims to get as many people as possible to take up cycling.

To help employees and students who do not have access to a bike the project is offering free bike loans. So if you don’t have a bike, you can borrow a recycled bike for a month or longer.

It’s a great way to ‘try before you buy’ and learn more about what sort of bike suits you. Bike accessories such as child seats are also available.

In addition the project is providing community Dr Bike sessions and guided rides to help people discover or rediscover the joy of cycling!

For more information on the Social Cycle Project visit

Quit smoking and get active!

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Senior health promotion officer Ashleigh Henderson and Ian Hutton, wellbeing manager for Live Active Perth at the event at PRI

Events were held today at PRI and Arbroath Infirmary to help people quit smoking by using physical activity to help cravings.

Staff, patients and visitors were invited to take part in a short instructor-led health walk, and information stands were full of inspiration and guidance to assist smokers on their journey for change.  A similar event also took place last week at Ninewells Hospital.

With the beginning of a New Year, it is the ideal time to make a positive change. The ‘Fight Cravings with Physical Activity’ events were held to raise awareness of how quitting smoking and taking up physical activity can have many positive benefits, as well as how these changes can be included within your already busy day.

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Ashleigh Henderson with PRI Health Desk adviser Moira Band
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Navigator Programme launches at Ninewells

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Tayside patients affected by violent and chaotic lifestyles are being offered compassionate help and support when presenting at A&E following the expansion of a ground-breaking project.

Chief Executive Grant Archibald welcomed Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf to the Emergency Department to officially launch the Navigators programme, which encourages patients involved in violence to make the positive changes needed to improve their lives.

Mr Yousaf met Navigators Corrie Tadden-Paterson, Marc Nelson and Lead Navigator Tam Begbie as well as medical and nursing staff. Also attending the launch event were representatives from Medics Against Violence, Violence Reduction Unit and Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership.

Navigator staff connect vulnerable patients with support services that can help address their needs including addiction, mental health problems and all forms of violence, including domestic abuse.

Working with the A&E teams, the Navigators also support clinical staff to defuse challenging situations, enabling the best care for patients.

Grant Archibald said, “The Navigators are already proving to be a very valuable addition to our high-performing Emergency Department team at Ninewells.

“Reaching out to some of our most vulnerable patients, the Navigators are in a unique position of being able to offer support when people are at a crisis point by linking them, and importantly their families, with services in their own communities.

“Being treated at the Emergency Department is often just one step in a patient’s journey and it is by hospital and community services working together like this that we can make the biggest difference to patients and their families.”

The service, run by the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and Medics Against Violence, has helped almost 2,000 people to date in other areas of Scotland since its inception in 2015.

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Mr Yousaf with Grant Archibald, Navigators and members of the Emergency Department team

The Justice Secretary was invited to take part in a short tour of A&E Department before officially launching the Navigator’s programme.

Mr Yousaf said, “While there is less crime and fewer victims than a decade ago, there remains a small number of people who experience a disproportionate level of repeat incidents of violence. We are determined to do more to support these individuals and the Navigator service has a vital part to play in reducing the impact of violence.

“Navigators do a remarkable job, helping to support people often living in difficult circumstances, to receive support that can truly be life changing. Their interventions in emergency departments have a massive impact on the individual and also benefit their families and the wider community.

“The bespoke and personal approach taken by Scotland’s Navigators ensures that some of the most vulnerable patients within emergency departments can get access to the help and support that is right for them. I am delighted to see this service extended to Ninewells where our Navigators can make a real difference.”

Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit Niven Rennie added, “We already know Navigator plays an important part in helping people break free from the cycle of violence by supporting patients and NHS staff and then acting as a bridge to life changing services.

“We are delighted that Navigator has now been established in six Emergency Departments across the country and are excited about the expansion into Dundee.

“With the backing of NHS Tayside we look forward to supporting patients, their families and their communities to live lives free from violence and the effects of violence.”

Non-executive member of NHS Tayside Board Trudy McLeay with Mr Yousaf

Cervical screening clinics for staff


Tayside Colposcopy Unit is holding a series of cervical screening clinics for staff and awareness stands as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (20-24 January).

Cervical screening (smear test) is the best way to prevent cervical cancer developing but around one in four women living in Tayside are overdue for their smear test.  Women who have never had a smear or are long overdue for their smears are at at increased risk of cervical precancer and cervical cancer compared to women who have regular smear tests.

To increase awareness of the benefits of cervical smear tests and encourage more women to attend screening, Tayside Colposcopy Unit has organised a week-long event called CERVICA 2020.

A series of smear clinics has been set up at Ninewells and PRI for NHS Tayside staff who are overdue for their smear or have fallen behind with screening.  Call 01382632305 or x32305 to make an appointment.

Clinics will take place on:
Monday 20 January – 8-9am – Area 3, Ninewells
Tuesday 21 January – 8-9am – Area 3, Ninewells
Wednesday 22 January – 2-4.30pm – Gynae Outpatients, PRI
Thursday 23 January – 5-6pm – Area 3, Ninewells
Friday 24 January – 8-9am – Area 3, Ninewells

There will be stalls at Ninewells concourse throughout the week and at Perth Royal Infirmary main entrance on Wednesday for staff and visitors to get information and ask any questions they may have about cervical screening.  The team will also be at Tesco Riverside in Dundee on Monday from 2.30-7.30pm to chat to shoppers.

The stall at Ninewells will feature a selfie photo booth for people to take photos with a variety of props and spread the message of cervical cancer prevention and cervical screening via social media. Staff are welcome to come alone, with a team member or even the whole team. The best individual photograph and the best team photograph will receive a prize which will be given at the Grand Round on 20 February when the team will be delivering a talk on primary HPV screening.

Please support CERVICA 2020 and spend 20 minutes in 2020 to have a smear, to spread the message about smears, to save lives!

For further info on cervical screening please visit


Forfar and Kirriemuir patients offered a final ‘catch up’ flu vaccination clinic

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People in Forfar and Kirriemuir who have not yet been vaccinated against flu have another chance to protect themselves at a catch up session at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre.

People who are over the age of 65, adults of all ages with long-term chronic health conditions, such as heart, lung, or kidney diseases, and also their carers are invited to attend the session on Saturday 18 January from 8am to noon.

This clinic will be the last opportunity for any eligible patients who couldn’t attend the previous sessions to drop in and get vaccinated.

Consultant in Public Health Medicine Dr Daniel Chandler said, “We arranged a large number of clinic dates to ensure that all patients who wished to receive their vaccination were able to do so.  We hope that any eligible patients in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas who have not yet been vaccinated will be able to attend this additional final session to protect themselves against flu this winter.”

SHIL drop-in sessions

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Do you have an idea to improve patient care? Have you invented something which makes your job easier?

If so, Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) wants to hear from you!

SHIL works in partnership with the NHS to develop and commercialise new inventions and innovations from all NHS staff.

A series of regular pop-up stands are being held in Ninewells and the next one is on Thursday 23 January from 9am-noon outside the Level 5 dining room.

If you are an NHS employee and have an idea you would like to discuss or if you simply want to find out more about SHIL then please come along and speak to head of innovation Dr Robert Rea.

Grand Rounds on chronic pain management

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Professor Lesley Colvin will be speaking at the Grand Rounds at Ninewells on 23 January on ‘Challenges of Chronic Pain Management’.

Professor Colvin is chair of pain medicine at University of Dundee and honorary consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine at NHS Tayside. Her talk will take place in the Gannochy Lecture Theatre on Thursday 23 January from 1-2pm.

Chronic pain affects at least 18% of the Scottish population and has a major impact on quality of life. Early and accurate assessment and diagnosis is key in initiating effective management and reducing long term impact.

The current evidence base will be reviewed during Professor Colvin’s talk, with a focus on the use of opioids and gabapentinoids in pain management, and what alternative strategies are available. NHS Tayside guidelines for both pharmacological and nonpharmacological management will also be discussed.

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NHS Tayside top performer in UK


Tayside’s doctors, nurses and other clinical and support staff have been working together to ensure that health and social care services are coping well this winter.

Demands on healthcare over the busy winter period are always high and NHS Tayside has been working closely with Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnerships and other partners to ensure services keep up with the increased demands in services.

One of the areas which is an important indicator of pressure across health services is A&E performance and NHS Tayside and its partners are continuing to work really hard to make sure people attending Emergency Departments are seen as quickly as possible.

All of this hard work has seen the NHS Tayside Emergency Departments consistently exceeding the 95% four-hour target and NHS Tayside as the best performing board in the UK. The latest weekly figure shows that 96.3% of patients were seen within four hours.

The whole NHS Tayside team from Emergency Medicine, the Acute Medical Unit and downstream wards have worked very hard over the recent winter period to provide the care our patients deserve.

This has been further strengthened by the plans which community teams have delivered to prevent people having to be admitted into hospital.

The winter months also results in an increase in the demand on our Out-of-Hours Services in Tayside. Over the past few weeks and including the festive period public holidays, it has been, as expected, an extremely busy time for the service who saw over 4,000 patients. Despite this increase, the teams were able to provide high-quality care to those who contacted the Out of Hours Service and this was due to the hard work and commitment of staff within the service.

NHS Tayside Chief Executive Grant Archibald said, “I am extremely proud that NHS Tayside consistently achieves the four-hour target. This is as a result of the dedicated staff within the Emergency Departments in Perth Royal Infirmary and Ninewells, the wider multi-disciplinary teams right across the organisation and also our colleagues in the Health and Social Care Partnerships, councils and Scottish Ambulance Service.

“NHS Tayside has always performed well against national unscheduled care performance standards and we are all committed to maintaining and striving to improve this performance.

“This year’s Winter Plan details a whole system response to the additional demand. By investing in services and beds, improving access to care and changing the ways in which patients are assessed, admitted and discharged, we are maintaining services and responding to any challenges quickly.

“This means our patients are being seen quickly by the right person in the right place.”

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Non-executive Board member Trudy McLeay visited ED and AMU at Perth Royal Infirmary to thank staff for their hard work

Support a young person to make the transition from care to independent living

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Could you offer a home to a young care leaver?

Carolina House Trust’s Supported Lodgings service is a stepping stone for young people who do not yet have the skills to live independently. Care leavers between the ages of 16 and 25 benefit from a family based placement and are supported to develop social, practical and other life skills.

If you are over 21 and have a spare room, we are keen to hear from you. We welcome applications from families, couples or single people from diverse backgrounds and you don’t need to own your own home to apply. Your personal qualities are as important to us as your age, experience or qualifications.  Supporting young people is rewarding but you will need time, patience and commitment.

Supported lodgings carers receive a benefits package including:

  • A weekly fee
  • 24-hour high quality, professional support helpline
  • Allocation of your own supervising social worker
  • An ongoing comprehensive training programme
  • 2 weeks’ holiday allowance per year
  • Regular local support groups

Supported lodgings carers can continue in employment and do not need to be at home full-time.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a supported lodgings carers, please email or call 01382 561279.

Alternatively, you can visit their website