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Right Arrow Reconfiguration of services at Southport and Ormskirk District General Hospitals
30 August 2005 at 16:25
Last month saw the final phases of the Shields Report on reconfiguration of services at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust coming to an end. They were the transfer on Monday 25 th July of the Adult Accident & Emergency Department to Southport and opening of a Minor Injuries Unit at Ormskirk, and the transfer at the same time of acute inpatient General Medical Services from Ormskirk to Southport.

In the last three years, in excess of £40 million has been spent on new buildings and refurbishments at both Ormskirk and Southport & FormbyDistrictGeneralHospitals to provide the residents of Southport & Formby and West Lancashire with first class health care facilities.

This started with a new rehabilitation therapy unit and essential services laboratory at Ormskirk in 2002. Then last September saw the opening of the new wing at Ormskirk incorporating:

* all children’s services including a dedicated Accident & Emergency Department, 28-bedded ward and outpatient clinics
* the women’s and maternity services including gynaecology clinics, pregnancy assessment units and ante- and postnatal clinics; a delivery suite and postnatal ward and neonatal ward
* and a treatment centre where patients can have tests, investigations, and procedures ranging from x-rays and blood tests to scans and endoscopies all in one day on the same visit.

This year, the maxillo-facial, orthodontic and community dental services have been brought together in newly refurbished facilities at Ormskirk. Over the coming months the emphasis at Ormskirk will be put on improvements to planned services with more day case surgery. It is also planned to work towards shorter lengths of stay with admissions on the day of the operation rather than the night before as pre-operation assessment clinics are introduced.

At Southport & FormbyDistrictGeneralHospital this year two new surgical wards have been built and a number of other facilities have been refurbished. These include a completely new Critical Care Unit, comprising a four-bedded high dependency unit, an eight-bedded intensive care unit and a six-bedded coronary care unit. All the units are equipped with new, state-of-the-art equipment for delivering oxygen, etc, and are spacious and patient and visitor friendly. Five wards have been refurbished and upgraded ready for the move of services.

The accident and emergency department at Southport has been extended and this has enabled minor injuries to be separated from more critically ill patients. The outpatient area at Southport has been enlarged and improved; there is a new, dedicated fracture clinic; genito urinary medicine has moved to larger refurbished clinic; the radiology department has been refurbished and extended to include two new digital x-ray machines and a new MRI scanner; and the pharmacy has been extended and a new dispensary built. At the end of this month the new Medical/Oncology Day Unit, which is being refurbished with the aid of the £35,000 donated by the Southport Lions, will open. All this work has produced facilities of a very high standard for local residents.

In addition a new medical records library has been built at Southport, which has brought together four separate libraries from both hospitals. An additional 81 car parking spaces are being built at Southport to help with the current problems.

Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive of the Trust said, “It has been a long time since the publication of the Shields Report in 1999, but the final pieces of the jigsaw are being put in to place at last. We know there has been concern among the local residents of both Southport & Formby and West Lancashire about the changes that have taken place and we do understand them, but we hope people will come to realise that they now have a hospital Trust that can offer the best care in the best place.”

The new Minor Injuries Unit at Ormskirk & DistrictGeneralHospital will treat:

* Minor Cuts and Wounds including stitching, gluing and other wound closures
* Muscle and Joint Injuries such as sprains and strains
* Simple Fractures including x-rays where required
* Removal of Foreign Bodies from Eyes
* Bites and Stings
* Minor Burns and Scalds

If patients are not sure where to go or would like to discuss their symptoms further, they can either call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or call the Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre on 01695 554260 or contact their own General Practitioner. In an emergency they should go to the Accident & Emergency Department at Southport & FormbyDistrictGeneralHospital. In serious or life threatening emergencies they should call the Ambulance Services by dialling 999.

The Children’s Accident & Emergency Department at Ormskirk & DistrictGeneralHospital is not affected by these changes and remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The final details of what services are provided at which hospital is given below, but essentially the moves mean that Ormskirk & District General Hospital will remain the centre for child care with accident & emergency, outpatient and inpatient services; and it will become the centre for elective orthopaedic surgery, and for day case and intermediate urology and general surgery; and it will also remain the centre for maternity services. Southport & FormbyDistrictGeneralHospital will become the centre for adult accident & emergency and critical care; for acute medical servicesand for trauma for adults and for major surgery. The Spinal Injuries Unit will also remain at Southport.

Ormskirk & District General Hospital

Southport & Formby District General Hospital

Nurse-led Minor Injuries Unit

Adult Accident & Emergency Services

Maternity Services including Antenatal Ward, Postnatal Ward and Neonatal Unit

Critical care services: Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit and High Dependency Unit

Emergency and Elective Gynaecology

Regional Spinal Injuries Unit

Paediatric Medicine

Trauma for adults

Paediatric Accident & Emergency Services

Acute Medicine Wards

Paediatric Trauma Services

Emergency and Major Elective Surgery

Paediatric Surgery

Emergency Endoscopy and Colonoscopy

Elective Orthopaedics for Adults and Children

Outpatients for most specialties

Rehabilitation Ward and Services

Medical Rehabilitation Ward

Day Case and Intermediate Surgery

Genito Urinary Medicine

Day Case for ENT

Diagnostic Services

Day Case for Pain Management

Maxill-ofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Community Dental Services

Southport General Infirmary

Breast Care Services

Outpatient and Day Case for Ophthalmology and ENT

Endoscopy Services

Outpatients for most specialties

Genito Urinary Medicine

Diagnostic Services

There will be a few more moves of wards within each hospital over the next few weeks, but these will not affect the services that are provided. The patients affected by these moves will be notified at the appropriate time.

Jonathan Parry added, “I would also like to thank those patients who have been affected by these moves for their patience and understanding during this time. Finally, I would like to thank all staff who have worked very hard in the run up to these changes.”

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and OrmskirkHospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714