Special measures for Boston Pilgrim Hospital until next year
A MAJOR new service has been launched at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital on the same day it was revealed the hospital will be in 'special measures' until spring 2014.
Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) will provide urgent same day treatment for patients so they do not have to be admitted to hospital if there is no requirement.
Patients with certain symptoms who arrive via A&E or are sent by their GP are fast tracked for assessment and appropriate tests by the acute medical team, enabling them to be treated quickly and sent home.
Some of the cases covered by AEC include mild asthma, falls, suspected blood clots, chest pains and skin infections.
SYSTEM PROFESSIONAL LUXE OIL uses a reconstructive Transform Technology that benefits hair inside and out, while protecting it from damage:
Terms: Whilst stocks last.
Contact: 01522 303163
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
The new six-bed AEC unit at Pilgrim Hospital has been created through a £250,000 investment by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
In preliminary trials of AEC in Boston, more than two thirds of patients were able to go home on the same day.
Trust chief executive Jane Lewington said: "People will be treated there and then.
"It is part of a national project and the team here have been keen to get this service up-and-running.
"We did a pilot for two weeks which reduced admissions by 76 per cent."
The launch of the service came on the same day that ULHT called a media briefing to update on progress following the outcome of the Keogh review which found the hospital was failing to meet national standards of care and welfare of patients.
It was confirmed that 100 key milestones have so far been completed but that the hospital was set to remain in special measures until an inspection in spring 2014.
Ms Lewington said: "We have 261 milestones that came out of the 57 recommendations from the Keogh review. "We have been improving but we need to improve faster, that is the challenge to delivering this plan. We have so far competed 100 milestones and we are on track with all urgent milestones.
"We are focusing on making sure we have made significant progress by spring 2014.
"Mortality rates have shown a significant downward trend. This is a strong indication of improvement but we want to see it improve more.
"We are introducing a friends and family test that will ask if people would recommend us to their friends and family.
"We are also looking at the level of medical staff. Last week we had 80 qualified nurses start across the trust."
Ms Lewington said the trust had plans to replicate Keogh and hold patient forums.