‘Amaz­ing’ care at hos­pi­tal

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STAFF at Ain­tree Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal have been praised for im­prove­ments in quality of care de­spite grow­ing pres­sures on the NHS.

Neil Good­win, hos­pi­tal chair­man, speak­ing as the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s half-year re­view was pub­lished, said: “There have been some amaz­ing ef­forts made by our staff which have re­sulted in real quality im­prove­ments for pa­tients, giv­ing them im­proved ac­cess to the care they need.

“I was again struck by how many pa­tients have writ­ten to me to say how grate­ful they are to staff for their work de­spite the chal­lenges they face.

“I am very proud of how hard Ain­tree staff have been work­ing to put our pa­tients first.”

The re­port marks achieve­ments in­clud­ing:

A new heart clinic cut­ting hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for pa­tients us­ing the ser­vice by 25% while sav­ing ex­tra lives

Im­proved ac­cess for pa­tients, in­clud­ing for stroke ser­vices

Quality im­prove­ments in­clud­ing ex­tra train­ing for sur­gi­cal teams to im­prove pa­tient safety

Sav­ing over £600,000 in agency costs by mak­ing bet­ter use of the in-house ‘bank’ sys­tem

The hos­pi­tal’s vol­un­teer ser­vice, one of the largest in the NHS, win­ning an award for their work with end-of-life pa­tients and their fam­i­lies

Greater work­force sup­port, in­clud­ing win­ning awards for work with ap­pren­tices and giv­ing ad­di­tional help to newly-qual­i­fied nurses.

The re­port also high­lights the chal­lenges which the NHS con­tin­ues to face, in­clud­ing fi­nances and grow­ing de­mand, with the hos­pi­tal see­ing nearly 6,000 pa­tients more in its Emer­gency Depart­ment com­pared with the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

Neil added: “The NHS is now op­er­at­ing in the tight­est fi­nan­cial po­si­tion ever, while fac­ing record lev­els of pa­tient de­mand.

“That makes what our staff are achiev­ing day-in, day-out, even more re­mark­able.”

To read Ain­tree’s hal­fyearly re­port visit www. ain­tree­hos­pi­tal.nhs.uk.

An air am­bu­lance land­ing at Ain­tree; in­set, chair­man Neil Good­win

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