My November diary

It’s been an action-packed month this November. We held our first Welcome Event for new-starts this month. We chose the new East Lothian Community Hospital as our venue, using the new Community Hall.  It’s fantastic to see the hospital signed off and fully functional.  Thanks to John Gibson and Barbara Renton for organising a very successful event and thanks to the ELCH Project Team and all the staff at ELCH for getting everything at the hospital up and running so smoothly.

It is the awards season and I have been out and about at various events, including The Queens Nursing Institute of Scotland and East Lothian Council’s Star Awards in which we did very well – see my post about Celebrating Success.

It’s been really busy getting ready for winter. The IJB signed off our winter plan at its October meeting and we can see pressures building up in our A&E departments. I would welcome any help you can give me in persuading people to use other more appropriate services like NHS24 and NHSInform if they can. The message from our A&Es is ‘use our services wisely’. Please help us get the message out there if you can. Find out more about our Winter Plan.

We had a really useful management engagement event at the end of November, at which we caught up with what a range of teams were achieving through partnership and integrated working and innovative approaches. A full write up will follow soon.

I was at the Heath and Social Care Scotland Conference at which Jeanne Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health was a keynote speaker, and attended the Lothian IJB Chief Officers’ Group, and, of course, there was the regular meeting with the IJB Strategic Planning Group.

Like lots of you, I expect, I am looking forward to the festive season but would like to express my real appreciation to those of you who will be leaving your friends and families over the festive period to look after our frail and vulnerable patients and clients.

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