We are now well underway with Phase Two of the Path to Excellence programme which is the final part of the clinical transformation of local hospital services and is just one small part of how we transform ALL care locally.
Phase Two of Path to Excellence is looking at two broad areas of hospital-based care: how we look after people in an emergency and or who have an urgent healthcare need and how we look after people who need planned care.
The areas involved are:
- Emergency care and acute medicine – This is the care provided when patients arrive at our Emergency Departments, need emergency admission to hospital or have an urgent healthcare need.
- Emergency surgery and planned operations – This is the care provided for patients who are admitted as an emergency and then require urgent surgery, or who have been referred by their GP for a planned operation.
- Planned care and outpatients – This is the care provided in hospital after patients have been referred by their GP for a test, scan, treatment or operation.
- Clinical support services (radiology, therapies and pharmacy) – These are services such as therapy services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy) as well as clinical pharmacy and radiology services (scans and x-rays).
Clinical service review design teams led by doctors, nurses and therapy staff and NHS managers across South Tyneside and Sunderland, have been working together to discuss the challenges being faced and thousands of frontline staff, patients and members of the public have also been involved in giving their views so far.
We continue to work with staff, patients with experiences and local organisations to generate ideas and help shape solutions, as well as looking at ways to improve the four main areas of care.