Hos­pi­tal ‘ready for win­ter’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

What­ever the weather, Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal will be able to cope this win­ter – health of­fi­cials told Peter­bor­ough city coun­cil­lors.

“With win­ter com­ing an ad­di­tional 42 acute beds will be made avail­able by De­cem­ber, and up to 25 ex­tra ca­pac­ity win­ter beds if re­quired,” said Neil Doverty, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at the trust which runs the hos­pi­tal.

“We were caught on the hop this March/April by the Beast from the East be­cause we weren’t ex­pect­ing such a surge in bed re­quire­ments so late in the spring. But this win­ter we’ve looked hard at our in­ter­nal man­age­ment and plan­ning to get things ready for the dis­charge of pa­tients on time, so there are no such fail­ures again.”

New trust CEO Caro­line Walker told the Health Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee: “Last year we sim­ply weren’t work­ing ef­fec­tively as a part­ner­ship – that has now changed.”

Cllr David Over said he knew of peo­ple be­ing dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal with just a sin­gle in­con­ti­nence pad, be­fore be­ing left on their own for up to six weeks .

Cllr An­sar Ali asked: “How with hardly any ex­tra money will the trust not make the same mis­takes made last win­ter?” Mr Doverty said: “We have re­ceived £1.3 mil­lion of gov­ern­ment money, which is not as much as we would’ve liked, but I can as­sure coun­cil­lors in no way will our ser­vices suf­fer.”

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