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Oldham NHS services scoop two awards
Monday 16th October 2017 @ 15:37 by Lee Wild
News Oldham Town

Two NHS services from Oldham have scooped top awards at the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust CARES Awards.

The first award went to pharmacy technicians who have been working with district nursing teams to review patient medication. Over the last 12 months the technicians have worked closely with patients on how to safely administer their medication and have conducted regular reviews to ensure that they are on the correct treatment.

Sue Scott, Pharmacy Technician, said: “The district nurses had seen the waste of medication and self-medicating that patients could do so these new posts were brought in to help. 

“The technicians have been very effective and have so far managed to save up to 60 hours of district nursing time, reduced GP visits and saved more than £10,000 in medication costs.”

The Community Mental Health team also picked up an award for their hard work. The teams new health support workers have focussed on improving the physical health of people suffering with a severe mental illness.

During physical health checks, the team have identified patients with high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure, supporting them to make healthy lifestyle changes to improve both their health and wellbeing.

Sarah Coogan-Hill, Clinical Lead and Health Support Team Manager, said: “We are trying to reduce the gap between physical and mental health. 

“We recognised that patients were finding it difficult to access physical healthcare at times and what we do is support that and bridge the gap.”