New staff and patient endoscopy sites

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The new Tayside Endoscopy website is now live on Staffnet.

The site will help staff to understand the purpose of Tayside Endoscopy Service along with preparation guidance, patient information booklets, the referral process and relevant protocols.

Click here to view the page or follow the path Staffnet Home | Our Websites | Endoscopy Service.

The patient website has also been updated with new information and can be accessed at | Our Services | Endoscopy or by clicking here

The Endoscopy service provides endoscopic procedures for people across Tayside and North East Fife at Ninewells Hospital, Perth Royal Infirmary and Stracathro Hospital (cystoscopy only).

The service performs a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures such as gastroscopy, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, radio frequency ablation, ERCP, bronchoscopy/endoscopic bronchial ultrasound, thoracoscopy, urology, PEG, endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic mucosal resection.

These are carried out by endoscopists, bronchoscopists and urologists and can be medical doctors, surgeons, associate physicians or specialised nurses. They are all part of the Tayside Endoscopy Team.

Click here for information on the endoscopy teams

Click here to view the Gastroenterology Referral Process

NHS Tayside shines at National Six Essential Actions ‘Big Brag’ event

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NHS Tayside’s team at the ‘Big Brag’ event

A multi professional team from NHS Tayside attended the Scottish Government’s National 6 Essential Actions ‘Big Brag’ event in Edinburgh to showcase improvements in how patients access health and social care services in a timely way.

The 6 Essential Actions have been set out as part of a programme to improve unscheduled care across Scotland. The ‘Big Brag’ event, which was attended by over 300 health and social care delegates, gave staff the opportunity to share the impact of the programme so far.

A team from Tayside manned three tables at the event, presenting their local improvement work, exchanging ideas and knowledge with other delegates and championing their local passion for improvement.

The three Tayside tables covered Driving Daily Dynamic Discharge (DDD) in PRI Medicine, Ward 19 in Ninewells Hospital and the Integrated Discharge Hub in Dundee.

Senior charge nurse Billy Gibson, Medicine for the Elderly consultant Dr Dirk Habicht, improvement advisor Stuart McAllan and service improvement lead Paul Arbuckle also presented a masterclass on NHS Tayside’s approaches to designing and implementing systematic improvement processes.


Oral Health Improvement Team supports Smile Month

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Donna Kirk’s son Struan sharing his smile for National Smile Month

NHS Tayside is encouraging families to share photos of their children’s smiles and toothbrushes as part of National Smile Month (14 May – 14 June).

National Smile month, which is run by oral health charity the Oral Health Foundation, aims to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health by raising awareness of important health issues.

NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Improvement Team hopes the annual awareness month will encourage families across Tayside to register babies and young children with their local dentist.

To raise awareness, the team are inviting people to share photos of their children’s grins on their NHS Tayside Oral Health Improvement Team Facebook page throughout the month. You can visit the page at

NHS Tayside Principal Coordinator (National Dental Strategies) Donna Kirk said, “Health visitors provide oral health messages to children along with a toothbrush, toothpaste and free flow cup at around four-months-old and parents are advised to register their children at the dentist.

“Taking your child to the dental practice as early as possible helps them to get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice and it will give parents access to information, advice and support to look after their child’s teeth.

“At the dental practice, you will be given advice and support from the dental team, who will show you how you can help your child keep healthy teeth and stop them suffering tooth decay in the future.

“There are many parents with dental anxiety. Taking their children to a check up and prevention appointment helps them to see their children enjoy toothbrushing and a chat.”

The children of some of the NHS Tayside’s Oral Health Improvement Team members show off their smiles for National Smile Month

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