Trust praised in hospital guide
The Dr Foster Hospital Guide published today has praised Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust for innovative practice for out of hours care. The report highlights the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington as an example of what can be achieved to provide safe care around the clock.
The new hospital is designed to give patients the best possible treatment by providing speedy access to consultant-led teams working extended days dedicated to acute care.
The major whole system change focuses on stroke care, cardiac care, respiratory care and emergency surgery. Northumbria has been rated as one of the best trusts for stroke care in the country in the Hospital Guide for the last two years.
Work is expected to start on the new hospital early next year and is part of a £200 million investment by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to improve healthcare for the 500,000 people in the largest area of any British acute trust.
The Trust performed strongly in other areas of the hospital guide. It states that the Trust provides a rapid access service for patients who require a hip or knee replacement. Fast-track surgery used at the Trust has halved recovery time and means that patients no longer need to spend a long time in hospital and can be discharged after three days.
The Trust also received top marks for operating on hip fracture patients within 48 hours and in some cases 36 hours. Wansbeck and North Tyneside General Hospitals were rated the top two hospitals nationally for access to surgery within two days by the National Hip Fracture Database Report.
Chief Executive Jim Mackey said:
“I am delighted that the Dr Foster Hospital Guide has recognised the benefits of the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital for our 500,000 patients spread across the largest rural area in the country.
“Speedy access to the right consultant gives patients a better chance of surviving and speedier recovery. This hospital will be the first of its kind in the country and all credit must go to our clinical teams who have worked hard on this project to bring it to fruition.
“I am also pleased that we have been recognised for the care we give to patients who have had a hip fracture or a knee replacement. We constantly strive to improve services for all our patients and thanks must go to our staff for their continuing commitment to improve healthcare for our patients.”