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Gaming donation to Tayside Children’s Hospital

Two PS4’s and games for the console have been donated to the Tayside Children’s Hospital from generous couple Mr and Mrs Leslie.

The kind couple recently married and instead of gifts, they asked their family and friends to make a donation to the hospital instead.

Play specialist Una Paton said, “Thank you very much for this generous donation. The children will love them!”

Mr and Mrs Leslie with staff from Tayside Children’s Hospital

Brechin family donates to Stracathro

The Stewart family donated a significant sum of money to Ward 2, Stroke Unit & Day Hospital at Stracathro Hospital in memory of their husband and father.

Margaret Stewart and her family asked that the donation be used to purchase a piece of patient moving and handling equipment in memory of Margaret’s late husband Ed, who sadly passed away in the ward earlier this year.

Margaret said, “I am delighted to see that the money which we donated has been used to purchase a Sara Stedy. This piece of patient mobility equipment is exactly what we had in mind.”

Senior charge nurse Jim Henderson thanked the family on behalf of Ward 2 and the Angus Health & Social Care Partnership. Jim said, “This equipment will be beneficial in terms of assisting patients to transfer and mobilise, whilst at the same time helping to promote their independence.

“It will be most appreciated by both patients and staff here at the ward. We are grateful to the Stewarts for their very kind and generous donation.”

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Margaret Stewart (seated) with her son, daughters and granddaughter and members of the nursing and medical staff from ward 2

Walk raises money for children’s hospital

A sponsored 5k walk has raised £620 for the Tayside Children’s Hospital.

Zoe Mckenzie organised a pyjamas and teddies sponsored walk at Camperdown Park to raise money for the Tayside Children’s Hospital.

Zoe said, “My five year old son Konnor-Craig has been a regular patient at the hospital since he had a brain tumour removed in November 2017 in Glasgow. He has been admitted 14 times since his operation. He also attends the paediatric oncology clinic every fourth Monday.

“I wanted to do something nice for the hospital to show how grateful we are for everything they do. I organised a fun sponsored walk for my friends and work colleagues from Tesco on South Road. We raised an amazing £620.

“With the money raised, I purchased computer games and toys for the ward and a smart TV for the adolescent room.”

Accepting the donation play specialist Una Paton said, “A huge thank you to Zoe, her friends and colleagues. Their generous donation is very much appreciated.”

Konnor-Craig and Zoe Mckenzie with staff from Tayside Children’s Hospital


Prostate Cancer Awareness sessions

SIDE Prostate Cancer Awareness sessions.jpgProstate Cancer UK is hosting events at Ninewells Hospital on Thursday, 8 August to raise awareness of the most common cancer in men in the UK. In the UK, about one in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives and it mainly affect men over 50 years old and the risk increases with age.

The cancer charity will have an information stand on the main concourse from 11am to 3pm. Members of the NHS Tayside medical physics team will join the volunteers from Prostate Cancer UK and will explain the science behind the diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Volunteer with Prostate Cancer UK Ann Graham, will be giving 15 minute awareness talks in seminar room C, Level 7 at the following times:

  • 15pm
  • 40pm
  • 1pm


Near Me Tayside offers video consultations

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NHS Tayside is now offering consultations in patients’ own homes through a new service called Near Me Tayside.

Near Me Tayside allows people to attend their outpatient appointments through video and telephone consultations.

Appointments can be delivered through an internet-connected computer or smart phone, without the need for specialist videoconferencing equipment. This means video consultations can be held in a patient’s own home, as well as at NHS facilities.

By offering an alternative to existing face-to-face appointments, Near Me Tayside can help make consultations more flexible by reducing the need for patients and staff to travel to and from hospital sites.

Near Me Tayside is the new name for Attend Anywhere Tayside, a video conference system previously used for appointments in some services across NHS Tayside.

The following video shows an example of a video consultation.

For more information visit the Near Me Tayside Staffnet page at Our Websites | Near Me Tayside

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Generous donation to ICU

Employees from Wood Group donated £2851.04 to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Ninewells.

The group of staff in Aberdeen and Hull recently completed a friendly running challenge. While encouraging each other to be more active, they took this opportunity to raise money for the ICU.

Ben Loffelman from Wood Group said, “A colleague of ours was recently treated in ICU at Ninewells following a serious accident. So when our running challenge came up, we thought it would be a great idea to raise money for the unit to show our appreciation for the amazing work done by the team. Wood Group kindly matched the money we raised, giving us an amazing amount to donate.”

Accepting the donation, consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine Shaun McLeod said, “Many thanks for this very generous donation to ICU. It is always rewarding to see former patients return to visit the unit. The donation will go into our patient comfort fund which helps improve the unit for patients and their relatives.”

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Ben Loffelman (third left) with friends, family and staff from ICU

Heartstart Discovery courses

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Heartstart Discovery is continuing to run free two-hour training sessions in emergency life support for members of the public in Tayside throughout August.

Being able to perform emergency life support (ELS), a set of actions needed to keep someone alive until professional help arrives, gives a casualty the best possible chance of survival.

Courses are free-of-charge and no medical knowledge is required in order to undertake one. It only takes two hours to learn the skills which may save a life and it is very likely that the person you help may be a family member or someone close to you.

The sessions cover:

  • caring for an unconscious person who is breathing
  • caring for an unconscious person who is not breathing and performing CPR
  • how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and how to deal with it
  • helping someone who is choking
  • helping someone who is bleeding badly
  • awareness of defibrillators

Places are available during August 2019:

  • Monday, 5 August            2-4pm         Montrose
  • Tuesday, 27 August          7-9pm        Carnoustie
  • Wednesday, 28 August    7-9pm         Dundee

Make it one of your aims to learn these life saving skills, or, ensure that your ELS skills are up to date.

Heartstart Discovery courses will continue throughout 2019. Training sessions can also be arranged on request for groups, organisations and clubs.

Heartstart Discovery co-ordinator Helen Brady said, “ELS skills really do save lives so please consider registering for a session today. A Heartstart session could prove to be one of the most important training sessions you have ever undertaken in your life, come along – you can make a difference. You CAN save a life.”

For further details and to register please contact Helen Brady on 01382 740400/ 07864513742, email or at