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– when patients arrive at the Emergency Department or need emergency admission to hospital
- Emergency surgery – when patients are admitted as an emergency and need an immediate operation
- Planned care (including surgery and outpatients)– when patients are referred to hospital by their GP for a test, scan, treatment or operation
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 three main areas of care.