Views sought on Child Healthy Weight Strategy

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Staff, volunteers and the public are being encouraged to share their views to help develop a Child Healthy Weight Plan for Tayside.

The Tayside Regional Improvement Collaborative (TRIC), which is a partnership between NHS Tayside, and Dundee City, Angus and Perth & Kinross Councils, is running a consultation with the aim of helping more children and young people have a health weight.

Dietetic consultant in public health Joyce Thompson said, “Feedback from our communities is important to us and we would encourage members of the public to take part in the consultation and share their views. Together we can make sure that our children and young people have the best start in life.

“A Child Healthy Weight Plan is not a short-term plan, but a long-term commitment. We want to engage with people and focus on several key areas that will lead to a healthier environment to encourage and support children and families to make healthier choices for improved quality of life.

“Obesity is complex and it is posing an unprecedented challenge not just to those working to address this at a public health level, or at a health and social care partnership level, but to each and every one of us as individuals. We owe it to our children and families to give this strategy our full support.”

For more information and to complete the questionnaire on child healthy weight please visit  The consultation runs until 30 September 2019.

Community engagement and information events will be also be taking place across Tayside where people can learn more about child healthy weight and how they can make a difference.

Please visit for details or for more information contact


Get fit at the Solheim Cup!

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Golf fans at this week’s Solheim Cup can improve their health and wellbeing while following the action at Gleneagles.

Almost 100,000 people are anticipated to attend the Europe v USA contest and research has estimated that spectators may walk five to six miles during one round at Gleneagles, burning more than 1000 calories and taking more than 11,500 steps.

The Golf and Health Project features leading studies undertaken by University of Edinburgh in partnership with The World Golf Foundation and The R&A. Led by the European Tour Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Murray, the research analysed the health of wellbeing associated with golf, both from a playing and spectating perspective.

Playing regularly was associated with improved physical health, wellbeing and length of life.  Based on the average steps taken by spectators in Scotland, and an attendance of 100,000, spectators at the Solheim Cup could collectively walk the equivalent of 20 times around the 25,000-mile circumference of the Earth.

The research also showed that spectators also enjoy the benefits of fresh air, time with friends and family, and green space and connection with nature.

Further study showed that when spectators hear about the health benefits of walking from their favourite golfers, it can inspire them to be more active after the event, potentially providing a health legacy. Indeed 40% of spectators reported being more active three months after receiving health promoting messages at a European Tour event.

This could be extremely important as physical inactivity is responsible for more than 3m deaths worldwide – and a lack of activity kills six Scots every day. In recent events, more than 82% attendees met or exceeded their recommended physical activity while spectating; with 60% of those interested in becoming more physically active post-event.

Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, said, “I warmly welcome this research from the Golf and Health Project which emphasises the health benefits of attending the 2019 Solheim Cup at iconic Gleneagles. The findings prove that spectating at a golf event is an active pursuit.

“While the primary factor for fans will be seeing up close the best of USA and Europe battle it out for the greatest prize in women’s golf, the supplementary benefits are almost as compelling. The more spectators explore the beautiful golf course, the greater the impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.

“With a wealth of measures in place to make the Solheim Cup as accessible as possible, these benefits can be widely enjoyed. It’s a win-win situation and one we are keen to highlight because we want to create a memorable experience for everyone who attends.”

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Digital transfer of patient images

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A new standard process is in place in NHS Tayside for the transfer of patient images with organisations out with NHS Scotland.

The Scottish National PACS system enables the exchange of radiology images between NHS Scotland Boards.

Image Exchange Portal (IEP) allows staff to request and receive images from other organisations and NHS Boards outside NHS Scotland.  IEP has been approved by national information governance teams.

In order to send images to organisations or individuals not participating in IEP, such as patients or solicitors, they will be required to register with IEP and an email address should be provided.  There is no charge for registering with IEP.

Before the introduction of IEP, images were sent using CDs or DVDs. This was a time consuming and unreliable process. By using IEP, images can be transferred immediately and can be available within hours rather than days.

To ensure the processes can be properly audited, requests to send or receive images from outside organisations should be made using the forms available on Staffnet.

If no clinician from the remote site has been named, the remote PACS team will not be able to notify the remote clinician that the images have arrived, so it is helpful if, when making a request for an IEP transfer, the requester provides a name for the intended recipient of the transferred data.  Some sites do not accept imaging unless an intended recipient is named.

Image transfer using IEP happens by the recipient opening an email link. It is essential that the person requesting the image transfer provides an appropriate email address to which the images are being transferred. The IEP link is only valid for 14 days so images must be sent to an email account which is regularly monitored.

Forms to request transfers are available through Staffnet under Our Websites | Clinical Radiology

Queries regarding IEP sending or requesting can be addressed to

What we did in NHS Tayside last week

Have you ever wondered how many patients we see and treat in NHS Tayside? Here’s a snapshot of some of our activity over the past week.

Many more patients are treated every day by our GP and community colleagues and we provide many other services in our hospitals such as x-rays, scans and other tests.

Each missed appointment costs NHS Tayside £151. Please contact your outpatient department if you are unable to attend an appointment so that we can rearrange it for a suitable time and give the appointment to someone else.

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Improving cancer waiting times for NHS Tayside patients

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NHS Tayside is achieving the national waiting times targets for treating cancer patients in an improving picture for performance across the Board.

Most recent figures show that the national 95% target had been exceeded for June and July with 96.6% of cancer patients receiving treatment within 62 days of their referral and 98% of patients being treated within 31 days of their cancer diagnosis.

This improvement in cancer treatment waits has seen Tayside performance move to the best performing mainland Board over the summer.

NHS Tayside also continues to be the best performing mainland Board against the 95% four-hour waiting time target for Emergency Department treatment. NHS Tayside achieved 96.9% of patients being assessed, seen and treated in July compared to the NHS Scotland position of 91.2%.

Patients are also benefiting from the introduction of new services delivering tests and treatment in a different way which means they can be seen quicker.

One example of this is a new one-stop service for Tayside at Perth Royal Infirmary. The service, which opened in June, was redesigned by clinicians as they recognised waiting times were too long and wanted patients to be seen quicker. 150 patients a week are being seen through the one-stop clinic and the new service means there will be around 3000 extra outpatient appointments every year, further reducing waiting times.

Chief Executive Grant Archibald said, “Improving waiting times for the people of Tayside is a Board priority and our clinical teams have been leading the redesign of patient pathways with a focus on ensuring patients can be seen more quickly.

“I am very pleased to see that our plans are now starting to deliver for the people of Tayside. Our frontline staff are working really hard to keep improving services and we will be supporting them to make sure we can keep making a difference to patients and their families across Tayside.”

So Long, Farewell

Sheila McGarley

The learning disability health team said goodbye to senior charge nurse Sheila McGarley after 36 years service.

Sheila’s career began in Strathmartine Hospital. She then moved to community nursing in Perth & Kinross before heading up the nursing team at Birch Avenue Day Centre.

She was there until the day hospital moved to Murray Royal Hospital and was renamed Learning Disability Intensive Support Service. Sheila will be sorely missed by her colleagues and patients alike.

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Morna Forbes

MAIN So Long, Farewell - Morna Forbes (2)Colleagues gathered to bid farewell to staff nurse and midwife Morna Forbes who has retired after 36 years with NHS Tayside.

Morna initially worked at Bridge of Earn Hospital before moving to Perth Royal Infirmary where she spent the remainder of her career working in the early pregnancy scanning service and the gynaecology ward.

A retiral party was held at PRI to say goodbye to Morna with Chief Executive Grant Archibald stopping by to thank her for her service and wish her well in her retirement.

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