Troubled Royal Bolton Hospital A&E department is now one of best in country

The Bolton News: A&E at the Royal Bolton Hospital A&E at the Royal Bolton Hospital

THE Royal Bolton Hospital’s A&E department is among the best performing in the country, according to health bosses.

Bolton came fifth out of all A&E departments in the UK with 98.2 per cent of patients being seen within the four-hour waiting target.

The result was achieved the week between Monday, January 13, and Sunday, January 19, when 1,959 patients attended A&E.

Bosses at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust — which runs the hospital — say the figures are a credit to the department.

David Wakefield, chairman of the trust, told board members: “I am pleased to announce our A&E performance was fifth best in the UK last week. Who would have believed that a year ago?”

The number of people attending the casualty department during the week was lower than the national average of 2,170.

Dr Wirin Bhatiani, chairman of NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a great achievement for the trust and is a testament to the continuing hard work of hospital staff.

“NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group has worked closely with the trust to improve urgent care and commission additional services to alleviate pressure on A&E, as well as other hospital facilities.

“The CCG is currently running a public education campaign to remind people not to attend A&E with minor illnesses and injuries.

“Unnecessary visits to A&E add to the strain on hard working staff and reduce the resources available to treat those who need specialist emergency care.

“Our A&E should only be used for serious and life threatening conditions — let’s keep it for those who really need it.”

Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on Bolton’s health scrutiny committee, said: “I think it’s an excellent result and a credit to people working hard in community care helping to drive down the number of hospital admissions.”

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8:10pm Mon 3 Feb 14

bigandy67 says...

It's about time the RBH got a pat on the back, some decent feedback.
It's about time the RBH got a pat on the back, some decent feedback. bigandy67
  • Score: 32

1:26pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

About time the staff bucked their ideas up. Just goes to show the inept behaviour of staff and managers that cost lives and resulted in poor treatment was not required. I am not one for bureaucracy, but it shows some of these public institutions need monitoring and a good kick up the backside.

Poor treatment and cleaning results in deaths. Lets hope they dont get lazy and slip back.
About time the staff bucked their ideas up. Just goes to show the inept behaviour of staff and managers that cost lives and resulted in poor treatment was not required. I am not one for bureaucracy, but it shows some of these public institutions need monitoring and a good kick up the backside. Poor treatment and cleaning results in deaths. Lets hope they dont get lazy and slip back. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: -36

2:06pm Tue 4 Feb 14

getajob123 says...

what we need is consistancy

not worst in the uk................ then best in the uk.......... then worst again ( comins soon )

this kind of inconsistant management is why it is like playing russian roulette when you use a hospital
what we need is consistancy not worst in the uk................ then best in the uk.......... then worst again ( comins soon ) this kind of inconsistant management is why it is like playing russian roulette when you use a hospital getajob123
  • Score: -1

10:39pm Tue 4 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

HANG in there,things could change.
HANG in there,things could change. boltonnut
  • Score: -3

1:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

ac/dc666 says...

I am not happy with the way a nurse on A&E spoke to my son aged 28 who has muscular dystrophy last week.He attended A&E on his own, due to infection in his pacemaker,the nurse said `you shouldn`t need a pacemaker at your age,you obviously don`t look after yourself` she did not ask about his muscular dystrophy or consider that was the reason,my son was deeply offended by her attitude,he was sent home on antibiotics WITHOUT BEING URGENTLY REFERRED TO WYTHENSHAWE HOSPITAL WHERE THE PACEMAKER WAS FITTED.I had to drive him to Wythenshawe A&E and he is having surgery today.My son will be putting a complaint in,for negligent treatment.
I am not happy with the way a nurse on A&E spoke to my son aged 28 who has muscular dystrophy last week.He attended A&E on his own, due to infection in his pacemaker,the nurse said `you shouldn`t need a pacemaker at your age,you obviously don`t look after yourself` she did not ask about his muscular dystrophy or consider that was the reason,my son was deeply offended by her attitude,he was sent home on antibiotics WITHOUT BEING URGENTLY REFERRED TO WYTHENSHAWE HOSPITAL WHERE THE PACEMAKER WAS FITTED.I had to drive him to Wythenshawe A&E and he is having surgery today.My son will be putting a complaint in,for negligent treatment. ac/dc666
  • Score: -25

2:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Why does no one at the BN ever ask WHY

Bolton NHS is "troubled"?

It is troubled because the very people in charge of ti are working for those who want to see it eventually privatised.

It is troubled because the government is following the advice of consultancy firm McKinsey, Clinicians, GPs and others, who have a vested financial interest in the failure of NHS Bolton, and every other NHS hospital in the country.

It is troubled because the nurses, doctors and consultants who DO care about the NHS are being deliberately starved of resources with the aim of privatising the NHS.

Until you get those facts into your heads, we will continue to have meaningless statements such as that by Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on Bolton’s health scrutiny committee.

According to him............ “.................
..it’s an excellent result and a credit to people working hard in community care helping to drive down the number of hospital admissions.”

What he doesn't and cannot admit to is the fact that hospital admissions are being diverted into the pockets of private health companies such as SSP who operate in the Bolton area, masquerading under the NHS logo.

DON'T KNOCK THE NHS -

KNOCK THE PEOPLE WHO ARE KILLING IT - "THE ENEMY WITHIN"
ie Cllr Andy Morgan and his government.


................Here is an article by a GP who DOES care about the NHS.


“It’s been an amazing privilege working as a family doctor. I am trusted with the long-term care and health of sometimes four generations, and I have tried to help with their most intimate and complex problems, sometimes shared only with me. It’s the best job in medicine, and the NHS was the best place to practice.

So why am I retiring early? Because for several years I’ve fought the dismantling of the founding principles of Bevan’s NHS and on 1 April I lost. That was the day the main provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into effect. On Wednesday night, a last-gasp attempt in the House of Lords to annul the part pushing competitive tendering sadly failed.

The democratic and legal basis of the English NHS and the secretary of state’s duty to provide comprehensive health services have now gone, and the framework that allows for wholesale privatisation of the planning, organisation, supply, finance and distribution of our health care is now in place. Since 1948, we GPs have been our patient’s advocate, championing the care we judge is needed clinically.

Everyone necessary for that care co-operated for the good of the patient – they didn’t compete for the benefit of shareholders. Sadly, patients are now right to be suspicious of motives concerning decisions made about them, which until recently, almost uniquely in the world, have been purely in their best clinical interest. Most politicians understand little about general practice, have no idea about the importance of continuity of care and blame GPs for a rise in hospital work, even though this is a direct result of their policies.

I believe patient choice is an illusion as I am restricted in terms of where I can refer and what treatments I can use. GPs are now expected to collude with rationing, are sent incomprehensible financial spreadsheets telling us our “activity levels” are too high and in some areas are prevented from speaking out about this, despite the government’s weasel words about duty of candour after Mid Staffs. Practices are already being solicited by private companies touting for business, often connected to members of my own profession. But the lie that GPs are now in control of the money will soon be exposed. Most services are to go out to tender, which will paralyse decision-making.

Now your doctor, the hospital, your specialist or the employing company has a financial incentive built into the clinical decision-making – even whether or not you are seen at all. Your referral may be to a related company, with both profiting from your care – so was that operation, procedure or investigation really in your best clinical interest? Or you may be told a service is now no longer available. The jargon used is that “we are not commissioned for that”. But you can pay. The elephant in the consulting room is the ethical implication of private medicine. In my 30 years as an NHS GP, some of the most disastrously treated patients are those who elected for private care. Decisions were made about them for the wrong reasons, namely profit. Patients are rarely aware of this.

The politicians who drive this unnecessary revolution claim the NHS is not being privatised because it is still free at the point of use. This is duplicitous as the two are not connected. They are ignorant or dismissive of the founding principles of the NHS which include it being universal and comprehensive – both of which have gone. The NHS logo appears on all sorts of private company buildings and notepaper which is one reason patients haven’t noticed the change yet. Just leaving “free at the point of use” under an NHS kitemark doesn’t constitute a national health service. It’s now one small step to insurance companies picking up the bill (but obviously profiting from it) rather than the state. An Americanised system run by many US companies. The end of a “60-year-old mistake”, as Jeremy Hunt once co-authored.

I am proud to have been an NHS GP. I believe the way a society delivers its healthcare defines the values and nature of that society. In the US, healthcare is not primarily about looking after the nation’s health but a huge multi-company, money-making machine which makes some people extremely rich but neglects millions of its citizens. We are being dragged into that machine and I want no part in it.

The politicians responsible for this must live with their consciences, as it is the greatest failure of democracy in my lifetime.”
Why does no one at the BN ever ask WHY Bolton NHS is "troubled"? It is troubled because the very people in charge of ti are working for those who want to see it eventually privatised. It is troubled because the government is following the advice of consultancy firm McKinsey, Clinicians, GPs and others, who have a vested financial interest in the failure of NHS Bolton, and every other NHS hospital in the country. It is troubled because the nurses, doctors and consultants who DO care about the NHS are being deliberately starved of resources with the aim of privatising the NHS. Until you get those facts into your heads, we will continue to have meaningless statements such as that by Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on Bolton’s health scrutiny committee. According to him............ “................. ..it’s an excellent result and a credit to people working hard in community care helping to drive down the number of hospital admissions.” What he doesn't and cannot admit to is the fact that hospital admissions are being diverted into the pockets of private health companies such as SSP who operate in the Bolton area, masquerading under the NHS logo. DON'T KNOCK THE NHS - KNOCK THE PEOPLE WHO ARE KILLING IT - "THE ENEMY WITHIN" ie Cllr Andy Morgan and his government. ................Here is an article by a GP who DOES care about the NHS. “It’s been an amazing privilege working as a family doctor. I am trusted with the long-term care and health of sometimes four generations, and I have tried to help with their most intimate and complex problems, sometimes shared only with me. It’s the best job in medicine, and the NHS was the best place to practice. So why am I retiring early? Because for several years I’ve fought the dismantling of the founding principles of Bevan’s NHS and on 1 April I lost. That was the day the main provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 came into effect. On Wednesday night, a last-gasp attempt in the House of Lords to annul the part pushing competitive tendering sadly failed. The democratic and legal basis of the English NHS and the secretary of state’s duty to provide comprehensive health services have now gone, and the framework that allows for wholesale privatisation of the planning, organisation, supply, finance and distribution of our health care is now in place. Since 1948, we GPs have been our patient’s advocate, championing the care we judge is needed clinically. Everyone necessary for that care co-operated for the good of the patient – they didn’t compete for the benefit of shareholders. Sadly, patients are now right to be suspicious of motives concerning decisions made about them, which until recently, almost uniquely in the world, have been purely in their best clinical interest. Most politicians understand little about general practice, have no idea about the importance of continuity of care and blame GPs for a rise in hospital work, even though this is a direct result of their policies. I believe patient choice is an illusion as I am restricted in terms of where I can refer and what treatments I can use. GPs are now expected to collude with rationing, are sent incomprehensible financial spreadsheets telling us our “activity levels” are too high and in some areas are prevented from speaking out about this, despite the government’s weasel words about duty of candour after Mid Staffs. Practices are already being solicited by private companies touting for business, often connected to members of my own profession. But the lie that GPs are now in control of the money will soon be exposed. Most services are to go out to tender, which will paralyse decision-making. Now your doctor, the hospital, your specialist or the employing company has a financial incentive built into the clinical decision-making – even whether or not you are seen at all. Your referral may be to a related company, with both profiting from your care – so was that operation, procedure or investigation really in your best clinical interest? Or you may be told a service is now no longer available. The jargon used is that “we are not commissioned for that”. But you can pay. The elephant in the consulting room is the ethical implication of private medicine. In my 30 years as an NHS GP, some of the most disastrously treated patients are those who elected for private care. Decisions were made about them for the wrong reasons, namely profit. Patients are rarely aware of this. The politicians who drive this unnecessary revolution claim the NHS is not being privatised because it is still free at the point of use. This is duplicitous as the two are not connected. They are ignorant or dismissive of the founding principles of the NHS which include it being universal and comprehensive – both of which have gone. The NHS logo appears on all sorts of private company buildings and notepaper which is one reason patients haven’t noticed the change yet. Just leaving “free at the point of use” under an NHS kitemark doesn’t constitute a national health service. It’s now one small step to insurance companies picking up the bill (but obviously profiting from it) rather than the state. An Americanised system run by many US companies. The end of a “60-year-old mistake”, as Jeremy Hunt once co-authored. I am proud to have been an NHS GP. I believe the way a society delivers its healthcare defines the values and nature of that society. In the US, healthcare is not primarily about looking after the nation’s health but a huge multi-company, money-making machine which makes some people extremely rich but neglects millions of its citizens. We are being dragged into that machine and I want no part in it. The politicians responsible for this must live with their consciences, as it is the greatest failure of democracy in my lifetime.” Puffin-Billy
  • Score: 2

9:04pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Darrennz says...

I'm still thinking about that OAP who went in there and basically bled to death when his drip came detached.
I'm still thinking about that OAP who went in there and basically bled to death when his drip came detached. Darrennz
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Last time I had to go there due to terrible back pain, I was the only person speaking English and advised of a six hour wait. I dosed up on painkillers and booked an appointment with my GP, which took 2 weeks.

After 2 weeks when I got to see my GP I was told "get a lot of rest". I was lucky it wasn't serious but I dread to think considering some stories you read about.

I hope it improves for all our sake.
Last time I had to go there due to terrible back pain, I was the only person speaking English and advised of a six hour wait. I dosed up on painkillers and booked an appointment with my GP, which took 2 weeks. After 2 weeks when I got to see my GP I was told "get a lot of rest". I was lucky it wasn't serious but I dread to think considering some stories you read about. I hope it improves for all our sake. Jim271
  • Score: 0

8:42pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Danny2468 says...

If your back pain was so terrible why weren't you happy to wait, unless of course it wasn't really that bad in the first place, when looking at the root cause of a n e problems I think the government really needs to look at educating people like yourself, people so incapable of looking after themselves that they clog up waiting rooms at a n e depts across the country with pathetic problems and then complain that they where asked to wait 6 hours while the hospital dealt with genuinely poorly or dying people
If your back pain was so terrible why weren't you happy to wait, unless of course it wasn't really that bad in the first place, when looking at the root cause of a n e problems I think the government really needs to look at educating people like yourself, people so incapable of looking after themselves that they clog up waiting rooms at a n e depts across the country with pathetic problems and then complain that they where asked to wait 6 hours while the hospital dealt with genuinely poorly or dying people Danny2468
  • Score: 0

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