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Right Arrow Trust A&E services North West’s top-performing
24 February 2014 at 16:02
Patients in Sefton and West Lancashire are benefitting from the top-performing A&E departments in the North West.

Staff providing A&E services for adults and children at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust were also the seventh best-performing in England, according to Department of Health figures for October to December.

The figures show 97.7% of patients attending A&E were treated, discharged or admitted to a bed within four hours.

The Trust provides adult A&E services at Southport hospital, children’s services at Ormskirk hospital as well as urgent care at Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre and West Lancashire Health Centre in Ormskirk.

“This is a terrific achievement by staff who have ensured patients are seen, assessed and treated as soon as possible, receive diagnostic tests promptly, are then cared for and returned home,” said Chief Executive Jonathan Parry.

“All this has been achieved at a time when demand for urgent and long-term care has risen to unprecedented levels. I know patients and families will want to join me in thanking all our staff for this fantastic achievement on their behalf.

“It is important too to remember this is a collective achievement for the local NHS. We have been working for more than a year now with GPs, local authorities, the ambulance service and voluntary groups on a programme called Care Closer to Home to better meet patients’ needs,” said Jonathan.

“Extra funding in the autumn from the Department of Health helped us accelerate Care Closer to Home which is developing services and support systems that keep patients safe at home and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospitals.”

In November the Trust also opened a short-stay ward for frailer elderly patients where these patients’ specialist needs can be better met so they can return home from hospital more quickly.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.