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29 March 2017
An international delegation is in Grampian this week to study how acute medical care is delivered in the north east.
The 15-strong "think tank" from Norway, includes medics, researchers and academics. The group forms part of UNI Research Health Team which is part of a national data and knowledge centre to advise the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care about emergency primary healthcare.
The group chose to visit the north east to study examples of good practice and forge closer links with the area given the similar geographical and population profiles between Grampian and large parts of Norway.
In addition to being briefed on the latest developments in urgent and emergency care by staff from NHS Grampian's GMED service and the Emergency Department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, the delegation will also visit other locations including Peterhead Community Hospital and Aberdeen Health Village during their two-day visit.
Dr Jamie Hogg, who is clinical lead for modernisation with NHS Grampian, said the visit would also provide a chance to learn from the Norwegians.
"We are delighted that such a prestigious group has chosen to visit Grampian," he said. "NHS Grampian covers a large urban centre as well as an extensive rural population which brings about some unique challenges. In order to meet those challenges we've developed a number of innovative schemes and ways of working over the years which will hopefully be useful for the groups research.
"I would stress though that this isn't just about sharing our ideas and the examples of good practice on offer here. The group includes people with a wealth of experience and we are looking forward to tapping into that knowledge and seeing what we might be able to learn that can improve healthcare here too.
"Hopefully this visit will lead to stronger links in the future and we can develop an ongoing partnership. We've a rich history of healthcare provision in Grampian and over the last 5 years our patients have consistently rated the care they receive in our hospitals as amongst the best in the country.
"We can be rightly proud of that but we are determined to keep moving forwards. Taking on-board the experience available from elsewhere is just one of the ways we are doing that and the opportunity international links like these provide can only have a positive impact on healthcare in our area."
Dr Hogg also said he was pleased that following their visit to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, the group would have the opportunity to study t he progress that's been made towards delivering care in community settings during their visit to Peterhead Hospital and Aberdeen Health Village.
The UNI Health Team will also meet with staff from the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Highland during their visit to Grampian.