New rating puts A&E among best in region

THE Royal Bolton Hospital is leading the way for performance in Accident and Emergency for the region — despite seeing an annual increase of nearly 20 per cent in patients.

Acting chief executive of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Jackie Bene, a consultant and former medical director at the Royal Bolton, said the hospital was among the best performers in the region for A&E after the watchdog, Monitor, an independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, passed the department on three-quarterly performance indicators.

The period between October and December A&E at the Royal Bolton Hospital received a 96 per cent rating.

Hospital bosses expect the final quarter will also be passed.

Dr Bene said: “Everybody has made considerable effort across the organisation and in the community, including with people who don’t really need to come to hospital and discharging people early.

“A real heroic effort has been made by everybody.”

Trust chairman David Wakefield said the hospital had seen a nine per cent increase in people attending A&E in October last year, compared to figures for October, 2011.

Mr Wakefield added: “I don’t know what is going on in the country but they are turning up at A&E in their droves. It’s probably an increase of 20 per cent year on year. It’s a very busy unit.”

Cllr Andy Morgan, a member of Bolton Council's health, overview and scrutiny committee, said the success of the A&E department needed to be applauded.

He added: “It’s a real achievement for A&E, especially with the pressures they have been under.

“The work the staff are doing in A&E is just amazing and with the pressures of workload and on managers to keep financial control. Staff need to be commended for that.”

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10:05am Mon 21 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

well done - but does Mr Wakefield not realise that Walk In Centre closure has been partly to blame for 9% increase in patient numbers?
well done - but does Mr Wakefield not realise that Walk In Centre closure has been partly to blame for 9% increase in patient numbers? oftbewildered2

10:20am Mon 21 Jan 13

macauley says...

is it april fools day today.
is it april fools day today. macauley

12:59pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Puffin-Billy says...

How odd ! -the Healthier Together review says the NHS isn't fit for purpose!

Today's BN tells us that All GP practices in Bolton belong to the Bolton CCG, and that the board is made up of GPs, a nurse, a hospital doctor, managers and lay representatives who represent the wider community.

What we are not being told, is that when David Wakefield, (who is working for Monitor, who in turn are working for private health companies) has done his job, the CCGs and that so-called "wider community" will actually represent the private health companies, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies.

We will be privatised. End of !
How odd ! -the Healthier Together review says the NHS isn't fit for purpose! Today's BN tells us that All GP practices in Bolton belong to the Bolton CCG, and that the board is made up of GPs, a nurse, a hospital doctor, managers and lay representatives who represent the wider community. What we are not being told, is that when David Wakefield, (who is working for Monitor, who in turn are working for private health companies) has done his job, the CCGs and that so-called "wider community" will actually represent the private health companies, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. We will be privatised. End of ! Puffin-Billy

2:22pm Mon 21 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

If the RBH has such a high rating why are they thinking of shutting it down?Further more the laying off of 500 staff,will that increase the efficiency of RBH.Just one more comment,this ACTING executive DR JELLY BENE,does she get a bloated pension after her acting performance is concluded?
If the RBH has such a high rating why are they thinking of shutting it down?Further more the laying off of 500 staff,will that increase the efficiency of RBH.Just one more comment,this ACTING executive DR JELLY BENE,does she get a bloated pension after her acting performance is concluded? boltonnut

3:36pm Mon 21 Jan 13

duffbikes says...

How odd that after a real slating RBH somehow mange an award or glowing tribute, also how odd that Monitor award top marks to A&E after appointing Mr Wakefield as troubleshooter.
How odd that after a real slating RBH somehow mange an award or glowing tribute, also how odd that Monitor award top marks to A&E after appointing Mr Wakefield as troubleshooter. duffbikes

8:48pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Puffin-Billy says...

Anything to do with discouraging protests during the royal visit?
Anything to do with discouraging protests during the royal visit? Puffin-Billy

8:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Puffin-Billy says...

Bolton News 19th Jan2013:
"NHS Greater Manchester is leading the Healthier Together review, which aims to improve healthcare from the current system, which it says is
“not fit for purpose”.

Health minister, Dr Dan Poulter,13th Nov 2012:
"...the RCN's use of the word "crisis" is scaremongering and does not reflect reality.

NHS performance is strong, with waiting times and infection rates at record low levels."

Lies or stupidity?
Bolton News 19th Jan2013: "NHS Greater Manchester is leading the Healthier Together review, which aims to improve healthcare from the current system, which it says is “not fit for purpose”. Health minister, Dr Dan Poulter,13th Nov 2012: "...the RCN's use of the word "crisis" is scaremongering and does not reflect reality. NHS performance is strong, with waiting times and infection rates at record low levels." Lies or stupidity? Puffin-Billy

11:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

macauley says...

Puffin-Billy wrote:
Bolton News 19th Jan2013: "NHS Greater Manchester is leading the Healthier Together review, which aims to improve healthcare from the current system, which it says is “not fit for purpose”. Health minister, Dr Dan Poulter,13th Nov 2012: "...the RCN's use of the word "crisis" is scaremongering and does not reflect reality. NHS performance is strong, with waiting times and infection rates at record low levels." Lies or stupidity?
both.
[quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: Bolton News 19th Jan2013: "NHS Greater Manchester is leading the Healthier Together review, which aims to improve healthcare from the current system, which it says is “not fit for purpose”. Health minister, Dr Dan Poulter,13th Nov 2012: "...the RCN's use of the word "crisis" is scaremongering and does not reflect reality. NHS performance is strong, with waiting times and infection rates at record low levels." Lies or stupidity?[/p][/quote]both. macauley

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