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
This article, “Ventilator associated pneumonia” by John D Hunter, Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care, was published in BMJ (Online), June 2012, vol./is. 344/7859, 1756-1833 (02 Jun 2012)
Institution: (Hunter) Department of Anaesthetics and Critical Care, Macclesfield District General Hospital, Macclesfield SK10 3BL, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Ventilator associated pneumonia is the most common healthcare associated infection in intensive care
The condition is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, length of stay, and costs
Lack of a “gold standard” definition leads to both under-diagnosis and overdiagnosis
A high clinical suspicion of pneumonia in a ventilated patient should prompt the immediate administration of an appropriate broad spectrum antibiotic(s)
Implement evidence based interventions that reduce the incidence of pneumonia in all patients receiving mechanical ventilation
East Cheshire NHS Trust’s A&E Department can now collate and send clinical patient information to GPs electronically for all patients that attend the department.
via East Cheshire A&E introduces electronic clinical information system for GPs | HSJ Local | Health Service Journal.
BMJ 29 JUNE, 2012
STRUCTURE: The regional director of NHS North of England has warned of risks connected to the “long-term requirements” of the trust’s local population, in relation to its bid for foundation status.
Commissioners NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral recently confirmed that they had decided to support an independent bid by East Cheshire to become a foundation trust.
via NHS North of England raises questions over East Cheshire FT bid | HSJ| Health Service Journal.
East Cheshire NHS Trust rolls out HR Vision with 6pm
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East Cheshire’s NHS Trust has entrusted IT company 6pm to rollout its HR Vision Business Process Management solution.
Developed by 6pm, HR Vision is based on the world-beating xCP BPM platform by EMC, and has more than 20 processes already developed for human resources including recruitment, appraisal and changes in contractual circumstances, allowing HR teams and service managers to track their cases online. The solution complements applications already used in human resources by managing the business process more effectively.
“Not only will the initial processes enable us to organise our workload much more efficiently, we will have the ability in-house to add more processes to further streamline the operation and provide a more cost efficient HR service to our customers,” Cheshire HR Services managing director Sally Campbell said. “We expect to see the return on investment in the first 12 months.”