cycle2work scheme now open

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Staff can now sign up to the cycle2work scheme until 16 July 2018.

Join cycle2work and you can:

  • Get regular exercise to keep fit and healthy
  • Save money on bus, train and fuel costs
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Get fit and healthy cycling to work

Cycling is an easy and low impact activity which can significantly improve individual fitness. As well as improving physical health, cycling has a positive effect on emotional health, improving levels of wellbeing, self confidence and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness and difficulties with sleep.

By joining cycle2work you can save on the cost of a bike and accessories to enable you to:

  • Improve your health and fitness levels
  • Improve your circulation
  • Minimise stress levels
  • Save money previously spent in the gym

There is a wide range of bikes available from a number of retailers.  Select a new bike and accessories up to the value of £1000 and save 32%.

Click here for more information or call 01908 303498

Clinical Research Centre open day


As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells is hosting an open day on International Clinical Trials Day on Monday 21 May.

The open day will provide an opportunity for the public, patients, staff and students to come along and see how the CRC is striving for better treatments and improved healthcare for patients in Tayside, Scotland and beyond.

Click here to find out more

National digital health event in Dundee

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The annual Digital Health and Social Care Learning Network Day, organised by The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, NHS24 and the Scottish Government Technology Enabled Care (TEC) team, will be held on 24 May in the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building.

Click here to book your place – attendance is free

Come along and find out more about digitally enabled health and care services in Scotland.  The event provides a fantastic opportunity for event suppliers and sector organisations to meet and build relationships with the diverse group of attendees. To find out about the competitive exhibition packages available please visit the conference website.

Margaret Whoriskey, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation at Scottish Government, will open the day, setting out TEC strategic priorities and delivery plan areas.

By popular demand there will be five-minute snapshot presentations from Learning Network members and the programme will also feature a range of workshops on topics of interest to those working on digitally enabled health and care services.  The final programme will be available on the booking website shortly. Please register now so you don’t miss the chance to attend.

250 delegates attended the 2017 Learning Network Day from health, local authorities, social and independent care, housing, the voluntary sector, research, policy, technology and academia.

Click here to view the 2017 snapshots – sign in with username and password welcome1234 then click on Videos.

There is also a range of different sponsorship opportunities. If you wish further information on this please contact Victoria Wyness at SHSC Events

Adverse Childhood Experiences animation

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NHS Health Scotland has launched a new animation to raise awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACEs.

ACEs are stressful events that occur in childhood and can a have lifelong impact on health and behaviour, such as:

  • domestic violence
  • parental abandonment through separation or divorce
  • a parent with a mental health condition
  • being the victim of abuse (physical, sexual and/or emotional)
  • being the victim of neglect (physical and emotional)
  • a member of the household being in prison
  • growing up in a household in which there are adults experiencing alcohol and drug use problems

Compared to people with no ACEs, those with four or more are more likely to have conditions such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes, or to drink, smoke or take drugs. We also know that people living in the most deprived areas have a higher risk of ACEs, so preventing them should be seen in the wider context of tackling societal inequalities.

Click here for more information

Generous locals pull together to replace missing iPad

Tayside Children’s Hospital was overwhelmed with four generous donations after posting a Facebook appeal to find a missing iPad.

Ward 29 noticed an iPad Air in a purple case had gone missing from the high dependency unit and asked anyone who had visited the ward to check any bags or holdalls in case it had been accidentally picked up.

The iPad had been donated to the ward and was particularly popular with the children in high dependency as they often spend longer spells in their beds. The iPad had a nice selection of games on it and provided a much needed distraction to the children.

Within hours of the appeal being posted, a number of people had offered to help by donating second hand iPads or fundraising to purchase new devices for the ward.

Gill Milne and Blair Giacchetto from ECF Welding and Fabrication donated a brand new iPad to senior charge nurse Catherine Borland and patients Lois McCarroll, Lennox Mangan and Ann-Margaret Whyte.

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l-r (back) Catherine Borland, Ann-Margaret Whyte, Gill Milne and Blair Giacchetto (front) Lennox Mangan and Lois McCarroll

Catherine also accepted a second hand iPad from Menzieshill resident Arthur Hayburn. Arthur had recently bought a new iPad and wanted to pass on his other one to the ward to help make it a bit easier for the children during their hospital stay.

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Arthur Hayburn with Catherine Borland
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Kirstie Lawson and Russel Ziton

Kirstie Lawson, who is a child nursing student at University of Dundee, also donated a second hand iPad.

Kirstie has experienced firsthand how important these devices can be and so popped in to the ward to hand over the iPad to staff nurse Russel Ziton.

Dundee woman Audrey Glen began a fundraising campaign on Facebook, taking donations from others who were keen to help.  She raised enough to purchase a brand new iPad which she gave to senior charge nurse Samantha Russell and FY2 Dr Jack Kildare.

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Dr Jack Kildare, Audrey Glen and Samantha Russell


Catherine Borland said, “On behalf of Tayside Children’s Hospital I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has offered to help replace our missing iPad.

We are over the moon with these donations and are so touched by the generosity of local people. These iPads will be very much appreciated by the children in our wards.”

Annual sale exhibition at Westgate Medical Practice

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Local artists participate in sale exhibition at Westgate Medical Practice.

Westgate Medical Practice is once again giving local artists an opportunity to display their work in the practice’s waiting areas and corridors.

This is the sixth ‘gallery‘ the practice has housed. The annual sale exhibition is part of Westgate’s ongoing support to its ‘twin’ health clinic in Malawi.

The idea which has proved popular with patients and staff was originally suggested by Mrs Jacqueline Wilson, a member of the Patient Advisory Group. About 20 local artists are participating in this year’s exhibition which once again has been organised by local artist, Mr Joe McIntyre.

As previously Westgate Medical Practice’s Malawian twinning charity will receive 25% of any sale made.

Mr Sam Riddell, Practice Director at Westgate Practice said, “The team at Westgate is 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.”

So far a total of 103 paintings have been sold, and £2000 has been donated to the clinic in Malawi.

It Takes a Village exhibition

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As part of Good Death Week the Ninewells Palliative Care Team is hosting an exhibition in the hospital which explores the idea that as people’s health deteriorates, care and support comes in many guises.

Staff and visitors had the opportunity to check out the exhibition yesterday outside the dining room on level 5.  There will also be another chance to view it beside the Gannochy Lecture Theatre in the Medical School tomorrow and Friday.

Good Death Week (14-20 May) promotes the positives of living in a society where people can be open about talking about loss and grief.

The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC) brings together health and social care professionals from many sectors to improve people’s experiences of declining health, death, dying and bereavement.

Good Life Good Death Good Grief is an alliance established by the SPPC to raise public awareness of these issues.