Throughout April, the demand for our urgent care services has remained high and this week has been no exception. This is a trend that has been seen across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire and across the country more generally. Of course this is little comfort to those of our patients who have had to spend longer in our Emergency Department than we would like, or to the wards and departments who have been feeling the impact of the pressure for some weeks. I appreciate the additional pressure this creates for many of you and I want to thank you for continuing to prioritise the safety of our patients.
It is within this context that our series of ‘Spring sprints’ has been continuing. The sprints are a central part of our urgent care improvement programme and have the potential to make a real and significant difference. The energy, enthusiasm and positivity I have seen from taking part in some of the sprints has been hugely encouraging. Thank you to all those from specialties and professions across the hospital for participating and of course to Frances Wiseman, Dr Mark Roland and many others, for the drive and enthusiasm they bring to leadership of the project.
This week I was contacted by Samantha Cowpe, Lymphoma Care Co-ordinator to share an excellent example of our teams working together to deliver patient centred care. A request was received from colleagues in Southampton to organise a PET-CT scan for a young patient with Downs Syndrome and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Samantha described how all the teams involved came together at short notice to make this happen with some staff changing their schedules and offering to work overtime to facilitate the request. I know that our teams and departments will have many similar examples of going the extra mile for our patients and we should be proud of each and every time it happens. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the care of this particular patient and went above and beyond in every way.
It has now been confirmed that we were the top Trust in the UK during 2018/19 for complexity weighted recruitment to research studies for large acute Trusts. This is a fantastic accolade and the result of ongoing hard work from both our research and innovation team and research leads across the Trust to involve our patients in ground-breaking research studies. In particular, this success has been due to the Vision–D study (gathering vital signs through technology) which has doubled our recruitment over the last year. This is great news for PHT, but fundamentally this is fantastic news for our patients, allowing them to access new treatments and technologies when they are available. Congratulations to all involved.
We have had some superb events taking place across the Trust this week. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending our second Medication Safety Day in the Lecture Theatre. There was a wide range of information available on a range of current medication safety issues. I was delighted to see such a great turnout for such an important topic. And today we celebrated International Day of the Midwife. On visiting the department I was impressed by the enthusiasm with which our midwives threw themselves into the celebrations, reminding us of the fantastic care they provide to the women who use our services.
And finally I was thrilled that our incoming Chief Nurse, Liz Rix was able to join us today to take part in the selection process for our Deputy Chief Nurse role before she formally starts with the Trust on Monday 10 June. A programme of dates and opportunities for staff to meet with Liz once she starts will be circulated shortly. Liz will also be joining us as one of the keynote speakers for our Patient Safety conference on 17 May so please do take the opportunity to book your place to hear her speak on the subject of ‘All you need is love’.
As ever, thank you for all that you do, every day.
Have a great bank holiday weekend.