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Right Arrow Hospital Trust wins third award for exceptional A&E performance - PR/43/0405
30 November 2004 at 15:58
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been awarded £100,000 extra capital to develop services across the hospital, as a result of consistently seeing 96 percent of patients in and out of A&E within four hours or less.

This is the third stage of a financial incentive scheme, and the third award of £100,000 we have received. Every hospital trust in England delivering faster care for patients in A&E is able to access up to £500,000 in stages between March 2004 and March 2005.

“We have been able to achieve this target by a combination of estimating expected patient numbers, improved admissions processes and investing in a 24-hour bed management system to monitor bed availability,” commented Jayne Norbury, modern matron for A&E. “In addition to these improvements to our systems we have employed emergency nursing practitioners for minor injuries who ‘see-and-treat’ patients from start to finish, set up dedicated assessment beds within the observation ward and worked closely with our partners in the PCTs and local ambulance trusts.”

Janette Brookes, Director of Specialist and Emergency Services added, “I would like to thank all our staff working in A&E for their hard work in meeting this target. It is a great achievement, which enables us to offer an effective and efficient service to the patients. Improved access to patient-centred emergency care cannot be delivered and sustained without the co-operation and dedication of all involved in emergency care. I am sure with the continued support of the staff we will be able to meet the next target in three months time.”

Notes to Editors

Details of the A&E scheme are as follows:

Operational Standard From To Amount awarded
Average 94% or better 1 March 2004 31 March 2004 £100,000
Average 95% or better 1 April 2004 30 June 2004 £100,000
Average 96% or better 1 July 2004 30 September 2004 £100,000
Average 97% or better 1 October 2004 31 December 2004 £100,000
Average 98% or better 1 January 2005 31 March 2005 £100,000

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714