5th Dec, 2016

SWFT chief to help out other trusts' A&E departments

Stratford Editorial 6th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A&E departments are set to follow in the footsteps of top-performing South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT).

Trust chief executive Glen Burley will oversee the running of the Midlands and East region’s A&E improvement plan, which will see him offer advice, direction and mentor staff to help them deliver a better service.

The trust, which runs hospitals in Warwick, Leamington, Stratford and Shipston, has been hailed as having an exemplary A&E department – which is based at Warwick Hospital – after continuously beating the national standard of treating 95 per cent of emergency patients within four hours.

A spokesman from NHS improvement told the Observer: “Glen brings enormous experience as the chief executive of SWFT which has a track record of innovative & successful A&E performance and recently as senior responsible officer for the Emergency Care Improvement programme.”

The heat was recently turned up at Warwick Hospital’s A&E as temperatures soared.

The emergency unit at the Lakin Road hospital saw more than 260 patients on Wednesday July 20  – nearly 100 more than on a ‘normal’ busy day.

The trust say they cannot officially confirm the rise in demand was due to the exceptionally hot weather – which saw the mercury top 30 degrees – but believe it could have played a part.

Compared to this time last year the hospital has seen a ten per cent surge in the number of patients coming through its doors.

A spokesman from the hospital told the Observer: “Some days have been particularly challenging and based on current trajectory we are on target to see more patients this week than last.

“Despite this increased pressure we have been identified as the sixth best performing A&E department in the country. This is testament to the hard work of our staff, not just in A&E but across the whole trust including our community services.

“All of our employees play an important part in facilitating our whole system approach which helps patients to flow through the healthcare system to receive the most appropriate care.”