Being green – East Cheshire Trust has begun work with the Salford-based company ENER-G to substantially reduce its energy costs. Both Congleton War Memorial and Macclesfield District General hospitals will take part in this scheme which they hope will achieve major energy efficiency improvements. Some of the proposed changes involve the replacement of some 3,250 light fittings with high efficiency LED lighting, together with boiler efficiency improvements.
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Children’s services teams in Cheshire East Council and East Cheshire NHS Trust have generated innovative ideas for improving performance using a specially developed social media website.
Entitled ‘Patient and Family Echo’, the scheme’s priorities included making sure families received consistent advice, cutting needless visits that duplicated services and improving communications.
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PERFORMANCE: East Cheshire is back on track after failing to hit A&E waiting time targets in the last quarter of the financial year.
Published in HSJ Local 13 March 2013
Three trusts to the south of Manchester are to work more closely together.
East Cheshire Trust, the University Hospital of South Manchester and Stockport Foundation Trust are to collaborate to ensure ‘clinical and financial sustainability’ while remaining separate organisations.
A report to the board of the East Cheshire Trust suggests this may give them more influence over commissioners in the area, who are seeking to establish clinical standards, and will better enable them to meet challenges.
Published in HSJ Local
East Cheshire Trust spent £4.3m on agency staff in the first eight months of this financial year – and if it continues this trend will have spent considerably more this year than last. The trust has already made the decision to invest in increased staffing on wards to provider better patient care and improve quality and continuity of care, the board heard.
Its increased spending is against of other North West trusts managing to reduce their agency spend. More than half East Cheshire’s temporary staff are nurses and spend on agency staff is considerably larger than spend on bank staff.
Published in the Knutsford Guardian 17 August 2012
A patient at Knutsford’s Community Hospital claims people are being encouraged to travel to Macclesfield for appointments instead of using the town’s clinics because they can get seen quicker.
The future of the hospital on Bexton Road is up in the air after it was announced in February that a new medical centre could be built on the site.
But a Knutsford resident, who did not wish to be named, said he was told he would have to wait two months for an appointment at the audiology clinic in Knutsford when he phoned in July.
After stating he was able to drive, the receptionist then offered him an appointment at Macclesfield the week after.
“Some two months ago I attended our Knutsford Community Hospital where, after tests, I was provided with two hearing aids,” he said.
“I have recently been experiencing some problems which indicate the hearing aids need adjusting.
“I rang the audiology department at Macclesfield District General Hospital to request an appointment at Knutsford Community Hospital.
“The earliest appointment they could offer me was early September.
“Fortunately, as I can drive to Macclesfield, they were able to offer me the week after.”
As reported in the HSJ 10 August, 2012
PERFORMANCE: 5.4 per cent of patients awaiting diagnostic tests from the trust in June had been on its waiting list for more than six weeks, against a national target that fewer than 1 per cent of patients should wait that long.
Latest Department of Health data show there were 2,089 patients on East Cheshire’s diagnostics waiting list at the end of the month, of which 112 had been waiting past the six-week threshold.
The trust had the second-highest proportion of over-six-week waiters among NHS providers in the North West. The highest was for Liverpool Community Health Trust, at 17.9 per cent.
Source: Monthly Diagnostics Provider