Author: The Bangor Aye

Ysbyty Gwynedd electronic ‘Early Warning System’ helps save lives

An electronic ‘early warning system’ at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor is alerting nurses and doctors to sudden changes in patients’ conditions and helping save lives. The system records the patients’ vital signs such as heart and respiratory rates and blood pressure, which are automatically captured and the early warning scores (EWS) are displayed on a large plasma screen at the nurses’ station. If the patient’s “score” rises it prompts medical staff to intervene; the system will also page rapid response teams when a case becomes serious. The new system has seen an 80% drop in cardiac arrests and a...

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Bangor mental health students upcycle cushions to help dementia patients

Mental health students at Bangor a University have been putting their new knowledge about dementia care into practice, they have designed and upcycled old cushions into sensory cushions, that might bring comfort to distressed and anxious patients in local hospitals. Dr Marjorie Ghisoni, Lecturer Mental Health Nursing at Bangor University, said: “People who suffer from dementia will usually experience a gradual decline in brain functioning so that it can become difficult for them to express how they feel. Using sensory stimulation is a recognised way to help people with dementia relax. “Research suggests that sensory cushions help people to...

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Bryn Terfel postpones Pontio concert on medical advice

Sir Bryn Terfel has postponed a long awaited concert at Pontio in Bangor on medical advice to protect his voice. The concert which was due to take place next February, would have been his first appearance at the theatre, with all 480 tickets selling out within an hour. The concert will now take place on 20 April 2018. An official announcement from Pontio theatre read: “We regret to inform you of an unavoidable change to the date of the concert. On medical advice, and to protect his voice, Sir Bryn Terfel is having to take an enforced period of...

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North Wales Police make ‘Op Rattle’ drugs arrests in Bangor

North Wales Police’s success in removing harmful drugs on our streets continued on Tuesday when police in Bangor executed a Misuse of Drugs Act search warrant in Mount Street and recovered a quantity of what they believe to be class A controlled drugs and a significant amount of cash. Two men, a 47 year old from Bangor and 20 year old from Merseyside were arrested for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and money laundering. Sergeant Doug Hughes at Bangor Police station said “Despite it being so close to the festive season our commitment in keeping our...

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Ysbyty Gwynedd Emergency Doctor implements a unique morale boosting idea for staff

Dr Nikki Sommers, an Emergency Department Doctor at Ysbyty Gwynedd, has implemented a morale boosting idea called ‘GREATix’ to support her fantastic colleagues. Greatix is a computer based system that allows the reporting of ‘positive and supportive behaviour’ while Datix is an existing ‘patient safety software’ that allows the reporting of an incident, hazard or ‘near miss’ within hospitals. Dr Sommers explained: “In a nutshell Greatix is the opposite of Datix, it’s about rewarding positive behaviour. “You can nominate anyone for a Greatix in any department, it’s very easy to do via a computer, you then receive a Greatix in...

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