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Right Arrow Press Release - Trust Maintains Two Star Rating - PR/17/0405
22 July 2004 at 08:59
In the performance ratings issued today by the Government, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been awarded two stars (out of a possible three) for the fourth year running.

The star ratings, published by the Healthcare Commission, judge the performance of the Trust against set targets in four main areas; Key Targets, Clinical Focus, Patient Focus and Capacity and Capability.

For the fourth year in succession, the Trust achieved all its nine Key Targets on:
• All emergency admission via A&E within 12 hours
• All suspected cancer patients seen within 2 weeks
• No outpatients waiting longer than the standard for an appointment
• No patient waiting longer than the standard for an elective (inpatient and day case) admission
• Total time in A&E of 4 hours or less
• Outpatient and elective booking
• Hospital Cleanliness
• Financial Management
• Improving working lives

The Trust’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Parry, has praised staff and says the announcement today reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment shown by all Trust Staff.

He said, “Once again we have achieved the very positive result of two stars in the performance rating. The ratings show to the outside world that despite the immense pressure they are under and the increasingly stringent targets, our staff continue to work hard to improve the quality and safety of patient care.”

“The findings provide us with valuable feedback on our strengths and point out the areas of service that need to be improved, which we welcome. We take the ratings results very seriously, and will continue to use them to look at how we can improve our service so that the patient’s needs come first. One of the areas where we fell short of the standard we would want to achieve is with junior doctor’s hours. However, the rationalising of the services we offer to our patients which includes the movement of acute medical services to Southport will go a long way to solving this problem.”

In addition to achieving all nine Key Target areas the Trust performed extremely well in almost all other categories.

Particularly in the areas of:
• Thrombolysis – 30 minute door to needle time
• Child protection
• Breast cancer – one-month diagnosis to treatment
• Clinical governance
• The number of cancelled operations
• Day case booking.


Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk