Southport & Formby DGH Trust A&E services North West’s top-performing

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Trust A&E services North West’s top-performing

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.

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust Board members. For Tony Ellis

“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.

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