Delays minimised and care checklists will help East Lancs hospitals to reach target

Delays minimised and care checklists will help East Lancs hospitals to reach target

Delays minimised and care checklists will help East Lancs hospitals to reach target

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

HEALTH chiefs believe they can slash the number of deaths at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals by 150 this year.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) said dozens more lives will be saved by minimising delays and using detailed checklists which spell out exactly how some patients should be cared for.

So-called ‘care bundles’, for certain conditions such as heart failure and stroke, are still in the process of being rolled out across the NHS, but experts said they will dramatically reduce hospital death rates.

A major recruitment drive has also boosted staffing numbers at ELHT, with more than 250 nurses and healthcare assistants drafted in since last summer.

The trust has been in special measures since July, after NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh made wide-ranging criticisms of the way it had been run.

This came after concerns were raised over one of the trust’s mortality ratios - a statistical measure which suggested that more than 300 more patients had died in a year than was expected.

The trust will use the mortality ratios and crude death rate figures to measure the number of extra lives saved, with the aim of avoiding 150 deaths in 2014/15. Dr Ian Stanley, interim executive medical director, said: “This will be achieved by making sure that patients get the right care at the right time.

“This will involve a greater uptake of care bundles, re-design of care pathways and ensuring that we minimise delays in access to care and delivery of care.

“For example, four hours for emergency department patients, quicker access to stroke wards for stroke patients and administration of key drugs (especially antibiotics).

“It will also involve greater work with the community and primary care to ensure that patients who do not need to be admitted will be managed in the most appropriate environment.”

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2:33pm Tue 8 Apr 14

shytalk says...

So does this mean that by the time the medical staff have completed the checklists, then even more patients will be dead when they need to get advice from a manager because something isn't on a checklist? Nah they will just have to get the gerbils running faster on the treadmill, to improve their performance figures, more time producing KPI's on how long it takes to fill in a checklist, then spend more time on petty disciplinaries because they can't do it fast enough.
So does this mean that by the time the medical staff have completed the checklists, then even more patients will be dead when they need to get advice from a manager because something isn't on a checklist? Nah they will just have to get the gerbils running faster on the treadmill, to improve their performance figures, more time producing KPI's on how long it takes to fill in a checklist, then spend more time on petty disciplinaries because they can't do it fast enough. shytalk
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4:29pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mavrick says...

Whilst I agree with the sentiments expressed by shytalk, I would like to know who says a wait of up to 4 hours to see a doctor in A&E is acceptable? I noticed it is still very quiet on the departure of some senior staff, I wonder if they just moved to another trust and kept the same job? I have visited the chest clinic at the Royal Preston Hospital, I was seen on time with friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff, Why can't the RBH be like this? I have also attended the clinic at Burnley General today again I was seen on time by friendly and knowledgeable staff. The problems do seem to emanate around RBH, Despite having a big recruitment drive the hospital does not inspire confidence in people. maybe a public meeting with the board where questions and answers can be taken, I think this would help clear the air and help people understand the problems facing the trust as a whole and the RBH in particular. I and many others would love to see the RBH return to the staus it once had. We know it can't be 100% perfect but we can aim for it together.
Whilst I agree with the sentiments expressed by shytalk, I would like to know who says a wait of up to 4 hours to see a doctor in A&E is acceptable? I noticed it is still very quiet on the departure of some senior staff, I wonder if they just moved to another trust and kept the same job? I have visited the chest clinic at the Royal Preston Hospital, I was seen on time with friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff, Why can't the RBH be like this? I have also attended the clinic at Burnley General today again I was seen on time by friendly and knowledgeable staff. The problems do seem to emanate around RBH, Despite having a big recruitment drive the hospital does not inspire confidence in people. maybe a public meeting with the board where questions and answers can be taken, I think this would help clear the air and help people understand the problems facing the trust as a whole and the RBH in particular. I and many others would love to see the RBH return to the staus it once had. We know it can't be 100% perfect but we can aim for it together. mavrick
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