It's been described as one of the country's worst hospitals but a new children's Accident and Emergency department has now opened at Medway Maritime Hospital. The new unit is part of a major renovation programme, costing more than thirteen million pounds. It aims to improve services at the hospital, which has been dogged by problems and is in special measures. Tom Savvides talks to patient Mia Wilson and her mother Marina Wilson. Dr Ashike Choudhury and chief operating officer Morag Jackson also feature in this report.
Moves are underway to relieve pressure on struggling Accident and Emergency Departments. In Brighton, the council has linked up with the NHS to identify patients who can be treated at home instead of at the hospital's emergency unit. The Better Care Plan will target patients who need long-term support to prevent them ending up in A&E. We talk to Geraldine Hoban from Brighton and Hove NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Anne Hagan from Adult Social Care.
As A&E departments continue to struggle in the face of unprecedented demands, a senior consultant has condemned the crisis in a stark open letter to the Prime Minister. Robert Galloway, a consultant at the Royal Sussex County Hospital accident and emergency department, said A&E's are buckling under the strain, as patients are left waiting in corridors. It comes in the week that every NHS Trust in Kent AND Sussex failed to meet Government targets for A&E waiting times. Sarah Saunders spoke to Brighton MPs Simon Kirby (Con) and Caroline Lucas (Green), GP Julian Spinks and pharmacist Eric Norgbey.
Art students from Holmesdale Technology College at Snodland in Kent have designed and painted a special mural depicting an undersea world to brighten up the children’s waiting area of the Accident and Emergency Department of Maidstone Hospital.
Pupils at a school in Snodland in Kent have redecorated Maidstone Hospital's A and E department.
Students studying GCSE art visited the hospital site to take photographs and make careful plans and drawings before returning to school to work on their designs.
Holmesdale’s Head of Art, Mrs Fenella Ross-Elmer, said: “This was a valuable opportunity to extend our students’ skills in a professional situation."
"It gives us the chance to enrich the lives of children waiting in the emergency area, to add a splash of colour and to create a visionary space for those waiting.”