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Hospital trusts make millions from car parking charges

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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust made more than £3million pounds in the year 2014 to 2015 from car parking charges according to new figures released today. It's one of seven hospital trusts in the country who made over three million.

Meanwhile, the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust made £424,000 in visitor pay and display income in 2014/15 plus £549,000 from staff parking.

York NHS Trust told by inspectors it must improve

Scarborough Hospital visited by inspectors

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has told York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that it must make improvements following inspections by the Care Quality Commission.

The trust was told its services were caring and effective and rated as 'good'. But that it required improvement when it came to whether its services were safe, responsive and well-led.

A team of inspectors, including specialist advisors, visited York, Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals during March and May this year. It found the hospitals were visibly clean, and that staff were caring and compassionate, and treated people with dignity and respect.

It also found the culture within the trust was, in the main, positive and open, but that the trust was unable to 'consistently provide safe staffing levels' and found there were shortages of nursing staff on medical and some surgical wards; consultant cover within A & E; and community inpatient staff. Patients were often waiting too long for treatment.

In response, the trust's Chief Executive, Patrick Crowley, said that at the time of the inspection it was only two and a half years into its five year integration programme following the merger of York and Scarborough Trusts, and it was 'rewarding' to see the progress it had made on the East Coast, with no areas rated as inadequate and many more ‘Good’ ratings than ‘Requires Improvement'.

Every single one of our staff should be proud of the CQC’s comments regarding their compassion and dedication, treating patients with dignity and respect, and of the open and honest manner in which staff approached the inspection.

As an overall assessment, a single rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ for the whole organisation clearly cannot reflect the range of our services or the complexity of our organisation, nor can it give a detailed insight into the quality of the services we provide. We are a hair’s breadth away from an overall ‘Good’ rating, with three Quarters of the scores as such.

There are no areas of major concern and no areas at all are rated as inadequate. This is a major success and everyone involved should be congratulated.

– Chief Executive, Patrick Crowley


Police seek driver after Sheffield collision

Police would like to speak to the driver of a car who is believed to have taken a pedestrian to hospital following a collision in Sheffield.

At around 9.20pm on Sunday 16 August, a black Ford Focus was travelling along London Road when it was in collision with a pedestrian at the junction with Abbeydale Road.

The driver of the Focus stopped at the scene, picked up the pedestrian, a 20-year-old man, and placed him in the car.

The man, who suffered serious injuries to his hands and neck, was then dropped off outside the Hallamshire Hospital and the vehicle is reported to have left the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident number 1163 of August 16 2015.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals pilot new patient safety scheme

Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been named as one of 10 centres nationwide which will pilot unique projects aimed at putting patients at the heart of patient safety.

The Bradford PRASE (Patient Reporting and Action for a Safe Environment) scheme, which has been announced as part of the Health Foundation’s £4m improvement programme, intends to advance the wellbeing of patients by using hospital volunteers to record real-time patient feedback about how safe their care is.

Dr Robin Jeffrey the project leader Credit: Bradford Teaching Hospitals

“PRASE focuses on a crucial patient safety innovation: involving patients in identifying gaps in hospital safety.

“After all, patients are in a unique position to give instant and detailed insight into the quality and safety of the care they receive and the ward environment during these face-to-face interviews with our hospital volunteers.

“Crucially this feedback will provide our hospitals with the opportunity to continually learn from the patient’s perspective and make real improvements to care and the environment.

The questionnaires will collect the patient’s insight on important factors such as staff communication, equipment availability, organisation and care planning – subjects known to be implicated when adverse events occur.

“Patients will also be able to provide concrete examples of any concerns they have had about their safety, or the safety of others, while on the ward.

“They may also be in a position to feedback on other issues that could pre-empt adverse patient safety incidents and advance local safety improvement initiatives.”

– Dr Robin Jeffrey

PRASE data has already been collected by research nurses as part of an earlier research project. In this latest project, the hospital team will harness volunteers to promote the wider implementation of PRASE which will be rolled out across the Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke’s Hospital and the district’s community hospitals.

It will also be trialled at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Staff from the Bradford Institute for Health Research which is based at Bradford Royal Infirmary will evaluate the project.

Grantham hospital donation to help fight cancer

Staff at Grantham & District Hospital with new equipment

A group of volunteers has raised over £1300 to help doctors in Grantham spot the signs of skin cancer.

The money is being donated by Grantham League of Friends to the dermatology department at Grantham & District Hospital in a bid to further improve patient care. The department has bought two new dermatoscopes, which can help determine whether a skin lesion is cancerous.

Dr Julia Schofield, Consultant Dermatologist at Grantham, said:

"the new dermatoscopes have transformed the running of the clinics. There is much less disruption, quicker and clearer diagnosis, which has helped to further improve patient experience".


West Yorkshire hospital staff on strike

Leeds General Infirmary staff go on strike today

Blood-testing staff at three West Yorkshire hospitals will strike for 48 hours this week over patient safety.

Hospital pathologists, who test blood samples and monitor blood transfusions, will stage a walk-out at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, and Leeds and Bradford Infirmaries on Thursday and Friday.

It comes after a strike on July 16 over proposed changes to working patterns by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The country’s largest union, Unite, said the Trust's plans put staff and patient safety at risk and could mean significant pay cuts of up to £20,000 a year for workers.

Talks have been held to try to settle the dispute, which affects 140 staff, but union members say no progress has yet been made.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “We had offered to reconsider this week’s industrial action if the trust withdrew the threat to impose these shifts on our members, has refused.

“We have a duty to fight such proposals and to bring this issue to the attention of the public," he added.

The strike will begin at 8.30am on Thursday and continue on Friday."

Woman taken to hospital six times over drink drive limit

Police officer breathalysing driver Credit: PA

A woman's been taken to hospital after being found six times over the drink drive limit in York this afternoon.

The 43 year old from the York area was taken to the city's district hospital after being breathalysed on Main Avenue. The car was parked up and she was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink. Her condition isn't known.

Two bailed over Poppy's death

The two people arrested in connection with the death of four year old Poppy Widdison have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The 34-year-old woman and the 36-year-old man were both arrested by police on Sunday after Poppy was admitted to Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby with serious injuries. She was later transferred to Sheffield Childrens Hospital where she died.

Police say the cause of her death still remains unexplained but they have revealed that the little girl did suffer a cardiac arrests but that she did not die of a heart attack.

The investigation into the death of four year old Poppy Widdison is still very much on going and a number of enquiries are still being made. This is currently a criminal investigation which is very much on going and the two people, who were arrested have been bailed in connection with criminal matters. Our investigations are continuing, and at this time we are not looking to make any further arrests in connection with the death of Poppy Widdison

– Detective Chief Inspector Umberto Cuozzo, Humberside Police
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