Steps to Health Dundee

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A health walk project funded by NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund, Paths for All, the Forestry Commission and Leisure & Culture Dundee is providing short health walks from hospital and community venues for adults with long term health conditions, and their family, friends and carers.

The aims of the Steps to Health project are:

  • To increase the number of adults participating in walking, particularly those with a long term health condition
  • To increase the number of walks available
  • To increase the number of volunteer walk leaders
  • To increase public awareness about the health benefits of walking

Steps to Health walks are short and can be anything from as little as 10 minutes, up to an hour at a pace that suits the participant.

Each walk includes time for refreshments and for participants to chat and get to know each other. Participants are welcome to bring a family member, friend or carer along if they prefer.

You can promote the Steps to Health walking project by:

  • Discussing the benefits of walking and the effects it can have on improving health with out patients
  • If appropriate ‘prescribe’ walking as part of their planned treatment and discuss how often and for how long you think would be suitable for the individual. This gives them a better idea of how much they should be trying to do, and gives us a better idea of matching them up with a walk that is most suitable for them
  • Provide out patients with participant information and a walk reminder card with details of the days and times of Steps to Health walks and encourage them to join a walk

If you think more walking could benefit your out patients and would like to more information or promotional materials, please contact the Steps to Health Co-ordinator at

New Chief Executive visits Stracathro

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Chief Executive Malcolm Wright visited Stracathro last week and was given a tour of facilities by Head of Nursing Vicky Hampson.

Mr Wright met with staff from the day care unit, surgery and radiology.

Following the visit, Mr Wright said, “It was a great visit and I was very impressed by the facilities at Stracathro and by the improvement work that staff are doing.”

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PRI café receives healthyliving award

Stephen Craig collects the healthyliving award plus from Scotland’s National Chef Gary Maclean on behalf of the Royal Voluntary Service teams at cafés including Perth Royal Infirmary

The Royal Voluntary Service Café at Perth Royal Infirmary has been recognised at the national healthyliving awards (HLA) event for its efforts to support healthy eating.

The café received the higher level award, the HLA plus, for demonstrating a greater commitment to healthier eating including having held the standard healthyliving award for the last two years.

The healthyliving award is free and open to most food-serving outlets in Scotland – but specifically places where people go to buy food regularly, such as hospital canteens, cafés, sandwich shops, workplace restaurants, further education refectories, and restaurants.

The healthyliving award is supported by NHS Tayside, the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland and is a key driver for a healthier Scotland by helping people to make small changes to their diet. It forms an integral part of the route map to prevent overweight and obesity, and is part of a drive to reduce inequalities.

Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

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NHS Tayside is supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month during April by urging members of the public to be aware of symptoms and seek advice from their GP.

Bowel cancer is Scotland’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops.

Early diagnosis really does save lives which is why NHS Tayside is supporting Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer to raise awareness of bowel cancer symptoms. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.

For more information visit or

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Use of Taxis Protocol


NHS Tayside has developed a protocol to ensure appropriate, effective and economical use of taxis throughout NHS Tayside.

The protocol should be referred to by all NHS staff who require to request or authorise transport, whether for patients and staff, or in the event of a need to move specimens, records and equipment.

Any member of staff submitting requests for, booking, or authorising taxi journeys should familiarise themselves with the protocol which can be found on Staffnet here or by following the pathway below:

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Co-design project between V&A Dundee and Roxburghe House


In recent months, V&A Dundee has worked with more than 20 people who receive care or work at Macmillan Day Care at Roxburghe House to guide them through an interior design process.

The programme promoted and supported creativity and highlighted design as a method of improving social, physical and mental wellbeing.

Click here to read all about the inspiring co-design project between V&A Dundee and patients and staff at Roxburghe House.

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‘A Bit of THAT Singing’ with Dundee MS Society and Friends

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Members of Dundee MS society and friends shared their singing talents at a musicality event in Dundee

The afternoon event, held at the Wighton Centre, Central Library in the Wellgate Centre, was the culmination of a Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) musicality programme.

Singing coach Alice Marra worked with the participants during the eight session musicality programme, which is designed to explore creativity and build peer support through group singing in a fun and enjoyable way.

Alice said, “This group has really grown together in confidence and it has been great to see. We have worked hard on complex harmonies and arrangements and got to know each other through music, whilst having great fun.

“They have been a lovely group of people to work with and have really enjoyed this opportunity.”

THAT development officer Karine Neill said, “It has been brilliant, we have managed to recruit people who have never been involved with the MS group or any of our programmes before and they have made new friends and gained so much confidence through the singing. Our work is to provide new opportunities for people with a variety of conditions so they can improve their wellbeing through creative measures.”

THAT promotes the therapeutic value of arts-based programmes to enhance quality of life, to promote social inclusion and to empower the individual to make an important contribution to their health and wellbeing.

For more information about the programme contact Karine Neill on 01382 835509.