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First arrival at Frimley Park's new birth centre

Celebrating a new arrival Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

A new midwife-led birth unit at Frimley Park Hospital has welcomed its first arrival this week – a baby boy called Ethan. Weighing in at five pounds and three ounces, Ethan Thomas Aldridge was the first baby born in the new Mulberry Birth Centre – part of the newly refurbished labour ward at the Surrey hospital. He is the first baby for mum and dad Sarah and Daniel Aldridge

The couple moved to the area recently and chose Frimley Park to have their first baby because it had been recommended by friends. The maternity services were also praised as part of the recent Care Quality Commission report which awarded the hospital with the first ‘Outstanding’ rating in the country.

The new unit Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

The Mulberry Birth Centre offers a choice for women with low-risk pregnancies. The new suite has four fully fitted rooms, each with an en suite bathroom. There is also a birthing pool and a second pool room in another part of the ward can be used if the unit is busy. The rooms are designed to encourage active birthing, with slings and exercise balls to assist labour. The completion of the Mulberry Birth Centre marks the end of a 19 month project to upgrade the entire labour ward.

The Mulberry Birth Centre is located in what used to be the Special Care Baby Unit. A new neonatal unit, kitted out with equipment raised by the community through a fundraising appeal, was formally opened by HRH the Countess of Wessex across the corridor.

Gynaecologist suspended after hospital review.

Women patients claim surgical 'mistakes' made at a leading hospital have left them in pain - and have ruined their lives. A gynaecologist who operated on patients at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey has been suspended since an investigation . She was stopped from carrying out operations in 2011. The hospital serves more than four hundred thousand people across north-east Hampshire, west Surrey and Berkshire - offering outpatient services from places like Fleet, Aldershot and Farnham. Juliette Fletcher has this report.


"New era of patient care" promised in Surrey and Berkshire

New role for Frimley Park Hospital Credit: ITV news

Two troubled hospitals in Berkshire will be officially taken over today by Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.

The hospital which was last week rated as outstanding will provide services for patients at Wexham Park in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

Today marks the launch of England's newest NHS foundation trust running hospital services for nearly a million people across four counties. Frimley Health promises to be "a new era for patient care"

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust will provide a wide range of services to patients in Hampshire, Surrey, east Berkshire and south Buckinghamshire. Final approval for the new organisation was confirmed by Monitor, the foundation trust regulator, last week which brings together Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot and Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley.

Chief Executive Andrew Morris said: "Today marks a new beginning. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a major difference to the way we deliver healthcare to our communities in the future. We have put in place new management structure and along with strong clinical leadership, we will be focusing on enhancing the quality of care for our patients, ensuring we deliver against targets, working more efficiently and improving things for staff - I believe that happy staff equals great patient care"

Last week, Frimley Park Hospital was the first in England to be awarded an 'outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission.

Frimley Park Hospital rated as outstanding

One of our hospitals has become the first in the country to be awarded an 'outstanding' rating from inspectors.

Frimley Park was awarded the accolade for its Accident and Emergency unit, surgery and critical care Departments and end of life support.

The hospital serves more than 400,000 people across north-east Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, although its catchment for some services - such as treatment for heart attacks - is much wider.

So what's behind Frimley Park's success and can other hospitals in our region learn from it? Divya Kohli has been finding out.

Inspectors find Frimley Park to be "outstanding"

Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey Credit: Frimley Park NHS TRust

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the first in the country to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ overall by England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

The report follows thorough inspections of all areas of the Trust by teams of inspectors from the Care Quality Commission in July and August including doctors, nurses, pharmacist, patients and public representatives, senior NHS and CQC managers.

Services were assessed under five key domains. They rated Frimley Park as ‘outstanding’ for being caring, responsive and well-led and ‘good’ for being safe and effective, resulting in an overall rating of ‘outstanding’.

Chief Executive of Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust Andrew Morris said: “This is fantastic news for our staff and the communities we serve. In my view, the outstanding rating is a massive endorsement of the hard work and dedication of our excellent staff who every day are committed to providing the best possible service to patients in their care.

The report highlighted a number of areas of outstanding practice including:

• A&E, which had been redesigned taking patient views into account to create an environment where exceptional patient care was provided, including specific dementia friendly areas.

• The four hour target in A&E was consistently met.

• Joint working between elderly care doctors and A&E which had led to improved patient experience.

• There was a high standard of care provided for patients at the end of their life.

• The ophthalmology service which had received a ‘Clinical Service of the Year’ award from the Macular Society

The CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: "One of the most striking things about this trust is the way that teams work together across the hospital and with other providers, to make sure that people get the best treatment and care.”

Frimley Park Hospital praised as "outstanding"

Praise for hospital trust Credit: ITV news

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Outstanding following a Care Quality Commission inspection. The trust - which runs Frimley Park Hospital is the first in England to be rated Outstanding following a new-style CQC inspection in July and August. Inspectors praised accident and emergency, medical care, surgery, critical care and end of life care. Maternity and family planning, children's care and outpatient services were rated as Good. CQC rated the trust overall as Outstanding for being caring, responsive and well-led, and rated it as Good for being safe and effective.

CQC found that the trust had a strong safety culture, learning from events was encouraged, and inspectors were told about multiple examples where services had been improved as a result. Wards were well staffed, the hospital was clean, and that staff observed good hygiene practices. Staff were seen to treat patients with dignity and respect, and inspectors were told by patients and relatives throughout their visit about how staff had 'gone the extra mile' to support them.

CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: "When we inspected Frimley Park Hospital, we found the vast majority of care to be outstanding. One of the most striking things about this trust is the way that teams work together across the hospital, and with other providers, to make sure that people get the best possible treatment and care. This is something that other trusts could learn from"


Vision saving mobile unit unveiled by Health Secretary

Jeremy Hunt has opened a new mobile service that will bring vision saving treatments to NHS patients Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has opened a new service that will bring vision saving treatment to NHS patients in three counties.

The mobile service will assess, diagnose and treat patients with age related macular degeneration (AMD) the most common cause of sight loss in the over 50's in the UK.

It is thought to be the only mobile unit in the country offering one stop diagnosis and treatment for AMD.

Up to 50 patients a day will be assessed and treated in a single visit by the team who work at the main hospital site.

The unit will be stationed in different locations in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

Countess opens new neonatal unit at hospital in Surrey

HRH The Countess of Wessex has been back to Frimley Park Hospital for the first time since she had her second child there, to officially open a new neonatal care unit.

The Countess gave birth to her son James, Viscount Severn at the Surrey hospital in 2007, and her daughter Lady Louise in 2003.

The Countess with two-week-old Nathan Hanson and his mother Louise from Camberley Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

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The new neonatal unit was finished in December. It is estimated that around 550 babies will spend sometime on the unit each year.

The Countess of Wessex was last at the hospital in 2007 Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

New centre provides services for cardiovascular disease

Frimley Park Hosptial has announced the launch of Surrey Heart, Stroke and Vascular Centre, providing services for patients in three counties.

The new centre brings together a number of excellent hospital services related to cardiovascular disease into one department.

Conditions such as coronary heart disease, vascular disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease are treated at the centre, with the aim to co-ordinate better care for all of them as well as reduce the number of patients visiting.

The hospital already provides a 24/7 heart attack service for Surrey and parts of Hampshire and Berkshire.

It also provides round the clock services for emergency stroke and vascular surgery for large parts of the three counties too.

Some of the new Surrey Heart, Stroke and Vascular Centre team Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

Surrey hospital tops ratings guide

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been named the best in the south of England, according to the Dr Foster Hospital Guide.

The hospital, which serves more than 400,000 in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey, was runner-up in the best hospital category in the previous year.

This is fantastic news and it demonstrates once again our staff’s commitment to being the best for our patients. Today’s news, coming after previous years’ successes, shows we have been performing consistently well over a long period.

I believe that a lot of our success has come from our commitment to enabling more of our senior doctors to provide services for longer, including in the evening and at weekends. But we know we can do even better and we must remain self critical if we are to stay among the very best."

– Andrew Morris, chief executive, Frimley Park Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Foster bases most of its findings in its annual hospital guide on mortality data, which it considers to be a reflection of safety and quality of service.

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