Announcements

Fellowship award for NHS Tayside palliative care specialist News

19th May, 2015

An NHS Tayside palliative care specialist has been honoured with a Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Dr Ann-Marie Todd has been awarded the Fellowship to research educational opportunities for carers and to review current practice within palliative medicine, both in community settings and hospitals. The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is the UK’s national memorial to Sir...

Oral scan research wins Arnold Huddart Medal News

19th May, 2015

A University of Dundee student’s research into new digital oral scans that could revolutionise treatment for cleft lip and palate patients has won her the prestigious Arnold Huddart Medal of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Elinor Chalmers, Speciality Registrar in Orthodontics and Masters student at the University of Dundee School of Dentistry, was awarded the Medal fo...

PAMIS to lead PMLD Awareness Week News

13th May, 2015

University of Dundee-based charity PAMIS will next week host their first Profound and Multiple Learning Disability (PMLD) Awareness Week. Events will take place across Scotland as part of the programme, which aims to raise awareness of both the difficulties that people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and their families face and also the ways they can be helped to be more active a...

Hippotherapy study looks to help children with cerebral palsy News

13th May, 2015

Can horse riding reduce the effects of spasticity in the limbs of children with cerebral palsy? A medical student at the University of Dundee has embarked on a research study with a local riding school to see whether patients can gain significant benefits from therapeutic horse riding, known as Hippotherapy. Student Janie Giraudon has been working with the Brae Riding School in Dundee to see if t...

Action on Stroke Month News

13th May, 2015

A stroke strikes every three and half minutes in the UK, so NHS Tayside is holding a series of awareness raising events to support the Stroke Association’s ‘Make May Purple’ campaign. Gail Smith, Lead Clinician, NHS Tayside Stroke Managed Clinical Network explained, “A stroke is a brain attack that happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. “Mos...

NHS Tayside focuses on health literacy News

27th April, 2015

A programme to address health literacy is set to be launched in NHS Tayside. NHS Tayside has been selected as the national health literacy demonstrator site by the Scottish Government. A total of £50,000 has been awarded to NHS Tayside to set up a programme to establish and evaluate best practice to meet the health literacy needs of people at transitions of care, particularly on discharge...

Kidney Sick Day Rules cards launched in Tayside News

23rd April, 2015

New information cards have been developed which aim to help reduce the incidences of acute kidney injury. Acute kidney injury (AKI) is damage to the kidneys that causes them to stop working properly. It can range from minor loss of kidney function to complete kidney failure. The kidneys provide a wide range of vital functions including removing wastes and water from blood, balancing chemicals in...

New clinicians to be seen on Tayside wards News

22nd April, 2015

Trainee and graduate healthcare professionals filling the new clinical position of Physician Associate will soon be a feature in local hospitals as NHS Tayside supports the development of the role. Physician Associates (PAs) are a new and rapidly growing group of graduate professionals who, whilst not doctors, have the skills and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment. Physician A...

Dundee Study to establish bowel cancer 'risk score' News

22nd April, 2015

Leading experts in bowel cancer screening at the University of Dundee are launching a research project to develop a new 'risk score’ for patients that could lead to more effective identification of those at risk from the disease. The researchers say a practical risk assessment for GPs could lead to quicker diagnosis, save thousands of people every year from undergoing unnecessary colonoscop...

'Rising tide' of drug prescriptions needs to addressed, says new study News

21st April, 2015

A ‘rising tide’ in the use of prescribed medications and potentially serious drug interactions raises significant concerns of adverse drug reactions that need to be addressed, according to a new study published by researchers at the University of Dundee. A fifteen-year study of prescribing data for all 310,000 adults resident in the Tayside region of Scotland showed that, between 1995...