TV doctor returns to Kirkcaldy for insight into hospital innovation

Archived news: published on Friday 03 Mar 2017 by NHS Fife

Dr Ahsan with Cab Sec

Dr Ahsan with Cab Sec

The star of the BBC’s One Show and investigative medical series ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’, has been in Kirkcaldy to visit the hospital where she completed part of her medical training.

Dr Saleyha Ahsan joined the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison MSP, for a tour of the Victoria Hospital and to learn more about the innovations and approaches to problem-solving taking place on-site.

Dr Ahsan who writes for the Guardian newspaper and has reported for Panorama and Channel 4, was stationed at the hospital for a number of months as part of her studies between 2001 and 2006. The former British Army Captain currently works as an Emergency Department doctor in Bangor Hospital, North Wales, but also spent time as a humanitarian doctor in various conflict zones.

During the tour, NHS Fife Chief Operating Officer, Professor Scott McLean, showcased the hospital’s landmark use of digital early-warning systems, the critically acclaimed work being done to screen for frailty when patients are admitted to hospital, and introduced the teams working in the Emergency Department and Acute Medical Emergency Admissions Unit, who have worked tirelessly over the winter months to deliver safe and high-quality care. Dr Ahsan was also taken to the Emergency Care Ambulatory Service, an innovative unit which rapidly diagnoses and treats patients without the need for hospital admission.

Following her visit, Dr Ahsan said: “A am really inspired and uplifted by my visit and it is so refreshing to see the problems our hospitals face being identified and tackled in a sensible and joined-up way. The patient and their safety is at the core of everything the hospital does and that is how it should be.”

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison MSP, added: “It was great to meet Dr Ahsan and hear about her time working at Victoria Hospital. She boasts a very impressive CV and it’s great to see how her career has developed since she was part of the team at Kirkcaldy.

“It was also fantastic to hear from the staff at Victoria Hospital about how they are working to improve care for patients across the hospital and continuing to be at the forefront of innovation, particularly around frailty and front door assessment.”

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