Med­i­cal cen­tre gets thumbs up

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

BOLLING­TON Med­i­cal Cen­tre has scooped two ma­jor awards for its ser­vices.

The cen­tre won the ‘Best Com­mu­nity Re­search Con­tri­bu­tion’ cat­e­gory at the Greater Manch­ester Clin­i­cal Re­search Awards 2015, while Sis­ter Ann Burgess, also based at the Water­house site, picked up the Re­search Nurse of the Year award.

The awards were in recog­ni­tion of the prac­tice’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in a drugs trial, an in­no­va­tive screen­ing pro­gramme and a whole per­son care ap­proach for pa­tients with mul­ti­ple con­di­tions.

They also tested the use of a spe­cial blood pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing ma­chine to screen 300 pa­tients for atrial fib­ril­la­tion, an ir­reg­u­lar heart rhythm that is a lead­ing cause of stroke and has been dubbed a silent killer be­cause symp­toms are so hard to de­tect.

As a re­sult, a num­ber of pa­tients were found to have the con­di­tion and have been given pre­ven­ta­tive treat­ment in­clud­ing the use of clot-bust­ing drugs.

The award also recog­nised the team’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in a study led by the Univer­sity of Bris­tol to test the ef­fec­tive­ness of whole per­son care.

The study saw pa­tients with three or more long-term con­di­tions hav­ing their med­i­ca­tion re­viewed by a phar­ma­cist, be­ing given longer-thannor­mal GP ap­point­ments and as­sess­ing the im­pact their con­di­tions have on their men­tal health.

Ann, from Mac­cles­field, was recog­nised for her de­vel­op­ment of skills in sam­ple pro­cess­ing and her use of new tech­nol­ogy to record re­sults on mo­bile de­vices and on­line data­bases.

Prac­tice part­ner Dr Pete Wil­son said: “A big thanks to the Greater Manch­ester Re­search Net­work and Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health Re­search for their sup­port and for last night’s awards. Ann and the team fully de­serve the recog­ni­tion for their ded­i­ca­tion and the learn­ing we have all had to do in or­der to de­liver ex­cel­lent qual­ity re­search in pri­mary care.

“This is recog­ni­tion that more clin­i­cal re­search is be­com­ing more ap­pro­pri­ately placed in pri­mary care set­tings as that is where the ma­jor­ity of chronic dis­ease man­age­ment now hap­pens.

“We hope this will en­cour­age other GP prac­tices to get in­volved.”

Dr Wil­son was also short­listed for the in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the year award for per­suad­ing GP part­ners of the im­por­tance of clin­i­cal re­search and for get­ting other East­ern Cheshire prac­tices to sup­port tri­als.

Dr Paul Bowen, chair of NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG said: “Ev­ery­one at the CCG is ab­so­lutely de­lighted for Bolling­ton Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

“Staff have shown that par­tic­i­pa­tion in clin­i­cal re­search can bring real pa­tient ben­e­fits and equip staff with new skills.

“Well done Bolling­ton!”

●● Staff at Bolling­ton Med­i­cal Cen­tre col­lect their award

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