Posted by Emma Ward | 18 Nov 2016
The cold weather has set in and Christmas is upon us. We’re all extremely lucky to have roofs over our heads and fully stocked cupboards but there are many people in the local area who aren’t as fortunate. For this reason, we’ve decided to set up a food bank collection again this festive season. Last year we managed to collect 71.5kg of food and supplies, this year we’re aiming for 100kg and we’re hoping you’ll all help us reach this target.
If you’d like to donate, please rummage through your cupboards and bring anything you may have spare to the EMERGE office. Alternatively, Lisa is happy to collect for the RRG/QMRI, there will be a box in the consultants office in the ED, or we’ll even come to you and collect your items.
Here are some examples of items you can donate;
**Please ensure all edible items are in date**
Longlife milk (UHT) or tinned evaporated milk
Sugar, tea & instant coffee
Hot chocolate, Horlicks – drinks not dependent on milk
Breakfast cereals – All kinds
Dried foods – pasta, rice, noodles, red lentils, mashed potato, peas, carrots
Tinned foods – tomatoes, sardines, fish, beans, curries, meatballs, sausages, fruit, potatoes, rice/sponge pudding, custard
Pickles, chutneys, pasta sauce
Long life cakes and biscuits
Soups – dried & tinned
Marmite, peanut butter, jam, marmalade
Dried crackers, cheese sticks
Crisps, sweets & chocolates (of course!)
Baby food – in all form and for all ages
Gluten-free, dairy-free items are also very much appreciated
Non-food items – shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, tissues, Christmas crackers, sanitary items
Every little helps, so please ask your friends, family and neighbours to donate!
The deadline for donations is 5pm on Friday 9th December.
Many thanks for your support,
10 Aug 2017 | Miranda Odam
Nelson Mandela once said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” So what does that mean to us in the Emergency Department? How can we make a difference? There are two factors that I think are really important: purpose and mindset. As clinicians, our purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients. We all know that this can be harder than it sounds, and that looking after ourselves is also important. Getting the right balance is extremely rewarding, and often requires a degree of support as well as “stretch”. It also requires understanding the effects our decisions, our care, and our treatments have on our patients. How do we really know if something has worked? Could we do this any better? This is where we need the right mindset. The mindset of learners. The GROWTH mindset. Teams with the growth mindset embrace challenges, learn from feedback, persist in the face of setbacks, learn from failure and are inspired by successes, are persistent and want to keep learning. These teams GROW, and individuals develop within them. Teams like this ask the right questions to fulfil their purpose, to improve their understanding and further their knowledge to make a bigger difference to the lives of others and themselves. EMERGE help us in the ED to do this. They help drive our curiosity, stimulate our thinking, stretch our perspectives, and contribute to our growth mindset. There is a Maori saying: “Learning brings greater knowledge, Knowledge brings greater understanding, Understanding brings greater wisdom, Wisdom brings greater wellbeing.” Learning is good for us all.Read more
8 Aug 2017 | Miranda Odam
When: Tuesday 15th August 2017 Time: 2pm - 8pm (drop in or stay) Where: Lecture Theatre B, Chancellors Building RIE TEDxNHS is a an event for those who work in the NHS live streamed in all four nations of the UK. The ebvent is independently organised and under license from TED. EMERGE (Emergency Medicine Resarch group of Edinburgh) are hosting on behalf of NHS Lothian and we would love you to join us to be inspired by a huge variey of speakers from a blind autistic savant and musical prodigy to a European Space Agency research doctor by way of a clinical entrepreneur and renaissance surgeon. Please contact Emma.Ward@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or call 0131 242 3863 to reserve your seat Looking forward to seeing you there!!Read more