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.

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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.

Montrose mystery over marble bust

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A double mystery surrounds a marble bust which has been on display at Montrose Infirmary for many years.

Can you help identify the woman depicted in the sculpture or do you know who originally donated the bust?

The subject of the marble bust was thought to be Montrose philanthropist Susan Carnegie, who died in 1821, however, following an examination by experts, it was discovered that the identity of the young lady cannot be confirmed.

Gail Smith of Angus Health & Social Care Partnership said, “We arranged to have the bust examined and valued by Taylors Auction Rooms in Montrose and they have advised that they cannot confirm that the bust is of Susan Carnegie.

“The subject is a young woman but we don’t know her identity. The bust was made around 1890 by an Italian sculptor called Arce Pisane, probably in Florence.

“I have been trying to find out who originally donated the bust to the infirmary many years ago but nobody seems to have any record of it. We are now going to speak to local museums to see if they would like to display the bust as it is a beautiful piece of art and it would be lovely for the people of Angus to be able to enjoy it.”

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NHS Tayside celebrates International Nurses Day

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PRI nursing staff wearing historical NHS nursing uniforms to celebrate International Nurses Day 2018

Nursing staff across Tayside marked International Nurses Day with a series of celebration events.

International Nurses Day is celebrated every year around the world on 12 May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It recognises the incredible work nursing staff do caring for patients and their families.

Perth Royal Infirmary marked the celebration with an International Nurses Day stand in the main reception area last Friday. Staff and members of the public took the opportunity to speak to NHS Tayside nurses and view an interesting display of historical archives, equipment, and nursing and midwifery uniforms from over the years.

Local children in Perth also joined in the celebrations by taking part in a poster competition, with pupils from Viewlands Primary School and Oakbank Primary School tasked with drawing pictures of nurses.

Six prize winners were chosen in the poster competition by senior charge nurse Audrey Reilly and orthopaedic consultant Brian Singer. The colourful posters are now being displayed in the PRI reception area.

Head of nursing for medicine for the elderly Caitlin Charlton said, “We want to say a big thank you to the children for taking part in our poster competition to mark International Nurses Day. All of the entries were very creative and we struggled to choose winners as the standard was so impressive. It was great to see how the children see nursing in their community.

“International Nurses Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the hard work of all nursing teams across NHS Tayside and recognise the caring and compassionate work they carry out every day for patients.”

Nursing staff in Royal Victoria Hospital in Dundee also marked the celebration by highlighting their proudest nursing moment in a visual display.

Nurse Director Gillian Costello said, “International Nurses Day is an additional opportunity to say thank you to our dedicated teams of nurses. The unique contribution of each nurse is vital for the people we care for and to the quality of nursing services provided. I wish to convey my personal thanks to nurses across Tayside for their commitment and professionalism.”

Associate Nurse Director Jim Foulis added, “Nursing and midwifery are modern and dynamic professions. We have approximately 5,000 nurses working across Tayside fulfilling varied roles with vast skills sets. Our teams of nurses dedicate their careers to delivering outstanding patient care in Tayside.”

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Some of the nursing team from the Coronary Care Unit in Ninewells Hospital
PRI nursing staff wearing historical NHS nursing uniforms to celebrate International Nurses Day 2018