November 2009 - Matron's blog

New theatre 4 for Spire Bristol Hospital

Wednesday 3rd November

I’m delighted to report that our brand new £2 million operating theatre has opened here at Spire Bristol Hospital.

The theatre will be a centre of excellence for major brain, heart, spinal and abdominal surgery and boasts a range of state-of-the-art features such as video assisted laparoscopic stack systems, anesthetic machines to ventilate patients during surgery, and the latest invasive heart and blood pressure monitoring equipment.

This exciting development forms part of our new £10.5 million hospital extension, which opens shortly, and is, I believe, an important step forward in the improvement of healthcare facilities in Bristol and the South West as a whole.

It amounts to the creation of a new flagship hospital for the region and will cement and enhance our position as a national centre of excellence for cardiac, brain and spinal surgery, as well as improving the general environment for patients and staff.

Swine Flu hasn't gone away

Wednesday 3rd November

During the summer you’d have been forgiven for thinking it was only a matter of time before we all succumbed to the dreaded swine flu, or H1N1 to give it its proper title. The news media was full of it and every day brought terrifying statistics about how many new cases had been recorded.

Then, as if by magic, it all went away and the media went back to talking about X Factor and MPs’ expenses. Except it didn’t go away. All that happened was the amount of recorded cases slowed and, as a result, the media’s interest waned.

Now, with winter almost upon us, cases of H1N1 will increase with a vengeance as more people spend time indoors with the heating on and with poor ventilation – the perfect breeding ground for the disease.

Thankfully, for most of us, catching swine flu will lead to fairly mild symptoms ranging from aching limbs to a sore throat and headaches. However, for some of the population – young children, pregnant women and those with pre-existing respiratory difficulties – swine flu can have devastating and sometimes fatal consequences.

Interestingly those traditionally at most risk from seasonal flu, older people, do not seem to suffer as badly from H1N1. There are various theories for this, one of them being that they might have some sort of immunity from the last big influenza outbreaks of the 1950s and ‘60s.

If you think you might have swine flu please don’t go to your GP, just contact your local surgery by ‘phone and they will talk you through the next steps, which usually involves a telephone consultation.

Here at Spire Bristol we’re educating staff about what they can do to stop the spread of swine flu, plus we’re offering them the normal flu jabs and advising vulnerable staff, including those who are pregnant or have asthma, to go to their GPs to get the H1N1 vaccine.

For more information about swine flu go to www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu

 

New theatre 4 for Spire Bristol Hospital

Wednesday 3rd November

I’m delighted to report that our brand new £2 million operating theatre has opened here at Spire Bristol Hospital.

The theatre will be a centre of excellence for major brain, heart, spinal and abdominal surgery and boasts a range of state-of-the-art features such as video assisted laparoscopic stack systems, anesthetic machines to ventilate patients during surgery, and the latest invasive heart and blood pressure monitoring equipment.

This exciting development forms part of our new £10.5 million hospital extension, which opens shortly, and is, I believe, an important step forward in the improvement of healthcare facilities in Bristol and the South West as a whole.

It amounts to the creation of a new flagship hospital for the region and will cement and enhance our position as a national centre of excellence for cardiac, brain and spinal surgery, as well as improving the general environment for patients and staff.

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Louise Daniel:
Matron at Spire Bristol Hospital

Louise Daniel, Spire Bristol Hospital's Matron, has been working at the hospital for over 20 years.

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