Trust chief happy with progress at East Lancashire hospitals

Blackburn Citizen: Royal Blackburn Hospital Royal Blackburn Hospital

HOSPITAL boss Jim Birrell said the NHS has recognised that improvements are being made at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hosptials.

The interim chief exectuive of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust [ELHT] said the NHS Trust Development Authority, which has been overseeing changes, is happy with the trust’s progress.

ELHT was placed in special measures last summer after inspectors made wide-ranging criticisms of the way it had been run over several years.

The executive team has since been ‘strengthened’ by the appointment of Mr Birrell as interim chief exectuive, as well as a new nursing director, chairman and medical director, the trust said.

An additional 104 nurses and nursing support staff have been recruited, with 22 additional doctors, while several other initiatives have helped improve care.

Mr Birrell said: “It is very encouraging to see that progress is being identified and that the improvements that are being made at the Trust are being acknowledged by Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

“We have very committed staff, a number of high-class award winning services and although there are still many challenges ahead, I can assure you that more improvements will be made and that the trust can continue to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the East Lancashire community.”

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10:15pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Old Alzheimer says...

It matters not a **** if the Trust Chief is happy, or not !

The happiness, or otherwise, of the patients he is 'catering for' is of much more importance !!!!!!!
It matters not a **** if the Trust Chief is happy, or not ! The happiness, or otherwise, of the patients he is 'catering for' is of much more importance !!!!!!! Old Alzheimer
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10:18pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Old Alzheimer says...

My first post referred to dam but was spelled correctly and was ****.
Ah well.
My first post referred to dam but was spelled correctly and was ****. Ah well. Old Alzheimer
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11:57am Mon 24 Feb 14

mavrick says...

If the interim chief exec is happy then I am glad he is only interim. Do these improvements cover the case of the poor old pensioner from stacksteads, who was in agony for several hours before a doctor could be found to insert a catheter? He was kept waiting for a total of six hours for further blood tests. He went home instead, he complained about the attitude of a nurse when he asked how long he would be waiting for the tests. I noticed the same old phrase was used as a half hearted apology. The fact is the hospital is still failing and will while there is a cross transfer to Burnley. That might explain why they don,t want to admit in publc they are going to run the failing Royal Blackburn down and build a super Hospital on the Burnley General site. so hief exec everything is a long way from right.
If the interim chief exec is happy then I am glad he is only interim. Do these improvements cover the case of the poor old pensioner from stacksteads, who was in agony for several hours before a doctor could be found to insert a catheter? He was kept waiting for a total of six hours for further blood tests. He went home instead, he complained about the attitude of a nurse when he asked how long he would be waiting for the tests. I noticed the same old phrase was used as a half hearted apology. The fact is the hospital is still failing and will while there is a cross transfer to Burnley. That might explain why they don,t want to admit in publc they are going to run the failing Royal Blackburn down and build a super Hospital on the Burnley General site. so hief exec everything is a long way from right. mavrick
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