HI-Net Members’ Bulletin – February 2018

Welcome to the Febraury 2018 edition of the HI-Net Members’ Bulletin!

We hope you find this bulletin useful, and like always we welcome your feedback, requests and comments. Just contact the HI-Net Team on hinet@nhs.net. Also, if you are the author of an area on HI-Net and have any content to update, please get in touch.

Thank you for your time!

Kind regards
Hollie Knox

Latest News

2018 Campaign Calendar now live

The 2018 Campaign calendar is now live across HI-Net. Please note this is version 1 of the Health Campaigns Calendar and it will be periodically updated over the next month or two – many events are currently provisional. If anyone would like the official image or PDF of the Calendar please email to request. 

New warning about choking risks for small children
Parents and those who look after small children are being warned to be more aware of the potentially fatal risks small fruit like grapes and cherry tomatoes can pose.

Dr Jamie Cooper, an Emergency Department Consultant in Aberdeen, said there had been numerous incidents of children under 5 choking on these foods, both in Grampian and across the UK, sometimes with fatal consequences.

NHS Grampian Public Health has now produced an awareness raising video aimed at highlighting the dangers and the simple steps that can be followed to dramatically reduce the risk of choking.

He said: “There is widespread awareness of the choking hazard of small toys, but it is less well known that food causes more than half of the fatal choking incidents in children under 5.

“Small, round food, like grapes and cherry tomatoes for example, have a smooth surface that can form a tight seal of the throat which is difficult to dislodge – even with proper first aid.

“Younger children have narrower throats and airways and their teeth aren’t completely formed yet which means they have a reduced ability to chew properly. “Couple that with a tendency to be easily distracted while eating, and it can be a lethal combination. “It’s not just young children that need to be careful – older people, or those with impaired chewing, are also at risk.”

Dr Cooper said that grapes are the third most common cause of food-related fatal choking episodes, after hotdogs and sweets. He continued: “The video is aimed at increasing awareness of the dangers of whole grapes and other similar small fruits as a choking hazard.

“The risks can be drastically cut by taking a few seconds to quarter them. That is something we really need parents or people who look after young children at any time to be aware of. It’s a tiny change but one that really could save a child’s life.”

Dr Cooper urged parents to ensure young children are always supervised when eating. “Tragically there have been a number of incidents in the past where children have died as a result of choking on these types of foods so it is vital that young children aren’t left unsupervised when eating,” he said. “If a child does begin to choke, every moment counts so act fast and dial 999 immediately. If the care giver is aware of first aid manoeuvres they also should be attempted urgently.”

Christopher Littlejohn, Deputy Director of Public Health, said “The loss of a child is a tragedy beyond words and the hope must be that this video can help prevent this. The video describes cutting up small, round food such as grapes and cherry tomatoes, into quarters before serving to a child under five. This simple measure can help keep young children safe and well. I encourage everyone with young children to take the time to watch the video, and ask that they share this as widely as possible with others through their social networks.”

The specially produced video from NHS Grampian Public Health is available to view at: https://youtu.be/pEVlHq9gZf8

Join the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge

The Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge returns for its third year in March

Registrations are now open for the Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge, running from 1st-31st March.

You could be in with the chance of winning fantastic prizes!

Workplaces across Scotland compete to clock up the most walking, cycling, public transport and car-sharing journeys. Simply register your team and log your journeys online or through the Challenge app, helping your organisation to climb the leader board.

It’s FREE to take part and there are over £2,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

Joining in is easy! Follow the link below to register:


Welcome to the NHS Grampian Endowment Fund Website
NHS Grampian Endowment Fund is the charity which safeguards donations made by patients, families and users of health services. Visit the new website for the NHS Grampian Endowment Fund at https://www.nhsgcharities.com/

The Endowment Fund has strict criteria to make sure that donations are only used to enhance the services that NHS Grampian provides. Everything the Endowment Fund supports must be for the benefit of patients. Our patients are at the heart of everything we do.

The NHS Grampian Endowment Fund exists because of the generosity of patients, their families and friends. The Endowment Fund enhances the services provided by NHS Grampian in line with donors’ wishes.

The mission of the Endowment Fund is to Work in partnership with NHS Grampian, other charities and the Third Sector to achieve the greatest impact and promote first class healthcare by delivering:

Improvement of the physical and mental health of the Grampian Health Board’s population and our staff;
Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness;
Provision of services and facilities in connection to the above; and
Research into any matters relating to the causation, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness, or any other matters relating to the health services, as the Trustees see fit.

Events Calendar

Digital Health and Beyond – Monday, 5 February 2018

Digital Health and Beyond Event will be held on Monday the 5th of February at Mitchell Library, Glasgow from 1.30 – 3.30pm.

RGU School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Seminar Programme- February 2018

RGU School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Seminar Programme is hosting a seminar on Malawi Work with RGU lecturers Donald Todd and Jane Geddes. This will take place on Monday the 12th of February from 4-pm at Robert Gordons University in H230, Health and Social Case Building.

For 2018 we need your events! Events include; information sessions, drop-ins, conferences, training courses and workshops.

To submit your health improvement event please contact the HI-Net team on hinet@nhs.net

healthpoint Campaign

The healthpoint hold monthly campaigns inclusive of activity weeks for the staff and public to take a practical approach to health with help from specialist services. These campaigns are all done in line with both local and national campaigns. Please see the healthpoint campaigns below.

February 2018

Healthy Heart Month

www.nhsghpcat.org        www.bhf.org.uk

Recommended Leaflets:

  • Good heart food
  • Your guide to the Eat well Plate
  • British heart foundation publications

Other Health Campaigns

February 2018

HI-Net Content Update

If you would like to include your news and/or events in future bulletins please get in touch by contacting the HI-Net team on hinet@nhs.net.

We hope you enjoyed this edition of the HI-Net Members’ Bulletin! The next edition will be circulated in March 2018.

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Submit News

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Submit Events

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Submit Campaign

Do you have a campaign related to health improvement you would like to share? Submit your campaign to HI-Net on hinet@nhs.net