A clever initiative at Tameside Hospital to improve patient care, speed up theatre waiting times and save money has been shortlisted for a national award.
By working together surgeons, doctors, nurses, managers and other healthcare professionals (pictured here) have been able to carry out almost 30 per cent more operations and reduce the number having to be outsourced to the private sector saving the hospital tens of thousands of pounds.
Chief Executive Karen James says the results speak for themselves. “In just 12 months we have significantly increased the number of patients we are able to see each month compared to the old system and reductions in theatre time delays have dropped dramatically. And importantly our patients tell us the new improved system meets with their approval. They have less time to wait and delays and cancellations are cut to a minimum.”
Other improvements include a patient call reminder service to reduce the number of patients who don’t turn up for their appointment or whose surgery has to be cancelled on the day for a clinical reason. A Patient Safety Champion role for named nurses has been introduced into each theatre to ensure patient safety processes are robustly followed.
Representatives from the team will present their results before a distinguished panel of judges in March, but will have to wait to learn if they have been successful, at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017, which will take place in May in London.