‘Amazing’ care at hospital
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