Annual sale exhibition at Westgate Medical Practice

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Westgate Medical Practice is opening its seventh art show on Friday (19 April) giving local artists an opportunity to display their work in the practice’s waiting areas and corridors.

The sales exhibition is part of Westgate’s ongoing support to its ‘twin’ health clinic in Malawi.

The annual art display, which remains popular with patients and staff, was originally suggested by Jacqueline Wilson, a member of the Patient Advisory Group. Around 20 local artists are participating in this year’s show which once again has been organised by local artist Joe McIntyre.

Westgate Medical Practice’s Malawian twinning charity will receive 25% of any sale made and around 100 paintings will be on display in this year’s show. Since the start of these sale exhibitions, a total of 124 paintings have been sold.

Westgate Practice Director Sam Riddell said, “The team at Westgate is once again delighted to provide another opportunity for showcasing local artistic talent, with the added benefit of supporting the work we are doing with our ‘twin’ health clinic in Zomba, Malawi.”

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The Corner project wins Youthlink National Youth Work Award

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Re-Formation, a youth-led community art project organised by The Corner, was awarded the Time to Shine Arts and Creativity Award at YouthLink Scotland’s National Youth Work Awards in Glasgow.

The project scooped the award for its inspirational approach to raising awareness of mental health issues and promoting creativity as a tool to engage and inspire others.

Few cities can say they’ve turned a whole street into an artistic masterpiece, but thanks to 11 youth projects and over 90 young people in Dundee, Reform Street was transformed over a weekend in September last year to celebrate the art and style of young Dundonians for Year of Young People.

Supported by local artists, young people chose a range of themes to be represented within their art installation including equality, diversity, feelings, respect and, of course, celebrating Dundee itself.  A key aspect of the project was to offer young people a voice, an opportunity to inspire, engage and empower others to positively contribute to their community and local environment.

Reform Street was then transformed with paint into a vibrant hub for the public thanks to the determination and hard work of young people and workers who supported this citywide initiative.

The project was co-designed and delivered by young people and co-ordinated by The Corner.  The range of organisations involved in the partnership include Dundee East Youth Team, Hot Chocolate Trust, Tayside Council on Alcohol, LGBT Youth Scotland, Rock Solid, Young Carers, Dundee International Women’s Centre, Our Community Space (Hilltown), Morgan Academy and Harris Academy.

The award was sponsored by Creative Scotland, and YouthLink commented, “Using an innovative blend of the arts and youth work practice, our finalists are all helping young people to develop life skills, whilst encouraging imagination.  Through creative youth work, more young people in Scotland are now getting involved in all forms of the arts.  It all goes to show the power of creativity as an effective way of learning.”

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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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Marking 10 years of the Tayside Custody Healthcare & Forensic Medical Service

11-04-19 Marking 10 years of the Tayside Custody Healthcare & Forensic Medical Service
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Staff at the Custody Healthcare & Forensic Medical Service in Tayside have marked 10 years of delivering services to the public.

The service, which is hosted by Angus Health and Social Care Partnership, opened in 2009 when new arrangements for providing healthcare for people in custody were put in place. This new approach allowed people in custody to have access to healthcare 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

NHS Tayside, in partnership with Police Scotland, Tayside Police Division and the University of Dundee, initially piloted the new way of working which was later rolled out to all NHS Boards across Scotland in 2014.

The nurse-led service provides healthcare for people in police custody in two police custody suites in Dundee and Perth. The nurses are also trained to deliver forensic services and to support clinicians with forensic examinations for children and adults when required.

The nursing staff undertake a wide range of duties, such as crisis intervention, addiction management and support, chronic disease management and minor injury treatment.

In the past year, there have been a number of new initiatives put in place in the service, including:

  • People in custody being offered dry blood spot testing for Blood Borne Viruses (BBV). BBV services then follow-up with patients who test positive.
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy now routinely given to people in police custody in Dundee, following assessment by the forensic and custody nurse. This will shortly be implemented in other areas across Tayside.
  • An extended service offered by Tayside Sexual Assault Referral Network (SARN) to support people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. The dedicated phone line – 0300 365 2001 – allows people to directly contact a Rape Crisis Helpline worker who will offer initial support and contact to the forensic and custody nurses in Tayside.

Head of Out-of-Hours, Prison Healthcare and Forensic and Custody Healthcare Services Jillian Galloway said, “We are pleased to mark our 10-year milestone. The dedication and commitment of all of our staff has helped us to develop the service and improve the care provided to our patients.

“We work in close partnership with other services within NHS Tayside, the local health and social care partnerships, Police Scotland and third sector agencies to develop our services and we will continue to work hard to ensure patients receive the care they need.”

Marc Lorente, Police Scotland, Tayside Police Division Custody Inspector for Tayside, said, “The nurses covering the custody areas are excellent at what they do and work well with custody staff, ensuring that those who unfortunately find themselves in custody, often with complex needs, are looked after as best we can.

“Working together we have also been one of the first areas in Scotland to implement nicotine patches and tests for Blood Borne Viruses to prevent the spread of infection and signpost those to receive the correct support.”

Future of mental health nursing conference 2019

future's balloon (2).pngA future of mental health nursing conference will take place on Monday, 13 May in Edinburgh. This year’s theme for the conference is Embracing Change and Transformation for the 21st century.

There will be five key speakers during the day, interactive workshops, a recruitment fair and much more. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Click here for information about the conference, cost and how to book your place.

Tayside Palliative Care Conference

NHS Tayside (cmyk).jpgThe Community Palliative Care: Wholly Holistic or More To Do? Conference will take place on Thursday, 29 August 2019 in the Apex Hotel, Dundee.

There is four umbrella communities we strive to deliver holistic palliative care. These are:

  • patient’s own homes
  • care homes
  • hospices
  • hospitals

The conference will explore the challenges faced by teams delivering holistic care across these communities.

There will be four speakers discussing their insight into how we can improve the experiences of patients as they experience care within and transition between these communities.

If you would like to book a place on this conference please email Irene Thompson on


Early bird rate of £100 if you book your place before Friday, 31 May.  £125 after this date.

Scottish Huntington’s Association CPD course

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The 14-week module is suitable for those who work in health, social care, advocacy and community organisations who currently or potentially will work with people with Huntington’s disease.

The module begins in September 2019 at the University of Stirling.

There is no minimum requirement to enrol on the course, which is the equivalent of a third/fourth year module in an undergraduate degree programme and is worth 20 credits at SCQF level 10.

For more information about the learning outcomes, application details and cost click here.