Announcements

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...

Smoke free grounds across NHS Tayside News

20th April, 2015

Staff from the NHS Tayside Smoke Free Services team will be offering advice and support on its updated no smoking policy during daily walkabouts on NHS Tayside sites. The Scottish Government has set out the ambition for Scotland to be a place where almost nobody smokes. Within Tayside nearly 77% of people don’t smoke. NHS Tayside supports the government’s ambition and asks that people...

Transforming the health of mothers and babies through research News

16th April, 2015

The University of Dundee’s Mother and Infant Research Unit will next month celebrate how  research in midwifery and maternity care is improving the care of women and babies globally, with a particular focus on Scotland’s contribution. The 2015 Transforming Midwifery and Maternity Care Through Research conference takes place at Apex City Quay Hotel on Wednesday, 13th May. The prog...

Medicine and dentistry training programme for Saudi Arabia News

13th April, 2015

The Saudi Arabian Embassy Cultural Attache has signed a contract with the University of Dundee to train outstanding students from their country as medical doctors and dentists. The first formal agreement between the Saudi government and the University of Dundee will fund three annual intakes of medicine and dentistry students to a bespoke one-year foundation course. A total of eight students are...

Dundee students bring fresh insights to improving NHS outpatient care News

13th April, 2015

Five design students from the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design have been attending an exclusive two-day event in Edinburgh focusing on revolutionising the outpatient experience in NHS Scotland with the support of digital technology. This is the result of a pilot initiative between the college and the Digital Health Institute (DHI) to involve students...

Dundee medical student scoops £10,000 prize at SIE Student Summit News

30th March, 2015

University of Dundee student Christopher McCann has been awarded £10,000 to develop his business idea at this year’s Scottish Institute for Enterprise Student Summit in Edinburgh. Ten entrepreneurs shortlisted from hundreds of entries in SIE’s Fresh Ideas and New Ventures competitions were awarded prizes ranging from £500 up to £10,000. Christopher, who is currently...