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Right Arrow Trust scores 'Good' mark in review into services for children in hospital
06 September 2006 at 09:53
In a report issued last week, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been scored as ‘good’ for services for children in hospital. The in depth survey by the Healthcare Commission of Children’s health services, provides an essential summary of progress.

Janette Brookes, Director of Specialist and Emergency Services said, “This is excellent news for the Trust and for the children who use our services.”

Each hospital has been awarded an overall score for the review, which is broken down into scores for services in six areas: emergency care (for example, care received in the accident and emergency department), day case services, outpatients, inpatients, emergency surgery (including anaesthetics) and elective (planned) surgery (including anaesthetics). The Trusts are then given an overall mark of either excellent, good, fair or weak.

Commenting further, Janette said, “One area where we scored an ‘excellent’ mark was in the Emergency Care Environment, which includes the provision of children’s Accident & Emergency Services. We want to continue improving the services we offer to children and one area where we are looking to do so in the near future is with Ophthalmology and ENT. At the moment these are based at Southport General Infirmary, but early next year we are looking to move off the Infirmary site, and the children will be seen in the dedicated children’s outpatients department at either Southport or Ormskirk, depending on where they live. Similarly, the day case surgery for Ophthalmology and ENT will be carried out on the children’s ward at Ormskirk rather than in a mixed environment as at the moment.”

Notes to Editors

Of the 157 hospitals across England that were reviewed, 4% were given a score of 'excellent', and 21% or 33 organisations were given a score of 'good'. These organisations are making good progress on ensuring that children have access to child-friendly environments, that services are provided in a range of locations close to patients’ homes, and that services are appropriately covered by staff specifically trained to care for children. Seventy per cent of organisations were given a score of 'fair' and 5% were given a score of 'weak'.
Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

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