Burton Hospitals among Best-Performing Trusts for Four-Hour Standard

Burton Hospitals among Best-Performing Trusts for Four-Hour Standard
17 March 2017

STAFF at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been praised for their hard work and commitment as the Trust’s Emergency Department (including its A&E and Minor Injuries Units) continues to perform well nationally against the NHS waiting time targets.

More than 96 per cent of patients attending A&E at Queen’s Hospital in Burton and the Minor Injuries Units at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in Lichfield and Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in Tamworth are currently being treated and discharged or admitted to a ward for further treatment within four hours. The national target for Trusts is 95 per cent.

On several days in the week commencing March 13, every patient who required urgent or emergency care from the Trust was treated within four hours, with 100 per cent performance against the target.

Dr Magnus Harrison, Executive Medical Director at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust’s performance against the four-hour target has been phenomenal in recent weeks and it’s only right that we praise our hard-working staff for their efforts.

“As an A&E consultant, I know how hard it can be to provide patients with the right care in a timely fashion under the most extreme circumstances. So to record a performance of 100 per cent of patients being seen and treated within four hours on consecutive days at this time of year is staggering.

“It has been a real team effort, from the staff working on the A&E and MIU shop floors to the ward staff and the staff working behind the scenes to keep the hospital running smoothly. We are absolutely committed to maintaining the high standards of quality care we have set ourselves and that our patients expect and deserve.”

Ahead of the traditionally busy winter period, the Trust launched a range of initiatives to help ease pressure on the Emergency Department. These included a new Surgical Assessment Unit, operating a streaming service in A&E to ensure patients are in the right place to receive their care at the right time, and opening a Paediatric Assessment Unit to effectively treat children who require urgent care. The Minor Injuries Units continue to deliver excellent and timely care in Lichfield and Tamworth.

The Trust has also been successful in recruiting a number of new consultants and middle-grade doctors to work in the Emergency Department at Queen’s, to ensure the hospital now has a fully established emergency medical workforce.

Helen Scott-South, Chief Executive, added: “We are absolutely clear that we have no plans to close our A&E and that Burton Hospitals is a fantastic place both to work and to receive the care that you need.

“I’m incredibly proud of the commitment all of our staff have shown to working through a hard winter to produce high-quality care. We are currently performing extremely well and it’s our tremendous staff that have got us to this position. There are lots of opportunities within our A&E for people to flourish and grow in their healthcare careers, so please come and join us on our journey to delivering outstanding care.”

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