Best of Health for Bolton: Support Royal Bolton's bid to become a 'super hospital'

The Bolton News: Best of Health for Bolton: Support Royal Bolton's big to become a 'super hospital' Best of Health for Bolton: Support Royal Bolton's big to become a 'super hospital'

“GET behind the Royal Bolton to make us super!”

The boss of the hospital is calling on people to support its bid to become one of five specialist centres in Greater Manchester as part of the Healthier Together plans.

And today The Bolton News is launching the Best of Health for Bolton campaign to urge people to rally behind the Royal Bolton in its fight to become a “super-hospital”.

The changes are part one of the biggest shake-up of NHS Services Greater Manchester has ever seen.

Bosses at the Royal Bolton are proposing to invest heavily in maternity, children and obstetrics services as well as the A&E department.

The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust — which runs the hospital and community services — now has to convince the public of why the Royal Bolton is the best for the job.

David Wakefield, chairman of the NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There has been a quiet revolution going on behind the scenes at our trust for some time. It is time it became a noisy revolution.

“I believe this trust has a tremendous future and we should be a super-hospital.”

The public will be encouraged to decide where they want the specialist centres to be based and will be asked to consider the following factors:

- Access to the hospital, such as public transport

- Current patient experiences of that hospital

- The financial position of the hospital

- The capacity and performance of that hospital

Mr Wakefield said he believes Bolton fulfils all of the criteria and patients only need to look at the hospital’s “dramatically improved” performance in the past year to be convinced.

Dr Jackie Bene’s leadership through the turbulence of 2012 to 2013 is also a unique selling point, according to the chairman.

Mr Wakefield said: “Our performance is as good, if not better, than our neighbours. The A&E performance is the shining example where we have completely turned things round.

“There’s no doubt this trust has had turbulent times. We were put into breach with Monitor because of our finances and the failed A&E targets.

“We managed to break even last year and are looking to be in surplus this year. We have now been approved by Monitor as a sustainable trust.

“Our A&E performance has dramatically improved to the point where we are the second best in the North West and in the top 10 in the country.

“That is astounding when you look at what the we have come back from. Our harm free indicators have also come down, such as falls and pressure ulcers. The rate of C Difficile infection has improved by 50 per cent. It’s astonishing.

“If I were looking to some of our neighbours, they are not able to match the performance of this trust in the past year.”

He also says the Royal Bolton’s chief executive is key in making the hospital the best choice.

Mr Wakefield added: “We also have another unique selling point — we have a practising consultant as our chief executive. Dr Jackie Bene has years of experience and what she brings to the board is a real passion for patients.

“The hospital and community services have dramatically improved because of her dedication and leadership. She has the ability to get all of the clinicians behind her, which is exactly what a specialist centre would need.”

Maternity and children’s services already cover a large part of Greater Manchester — delivering more than 6,000 babies a year from across Bolton, Bury and Salford.

Mr Wakefield says the Royal Bolton has the capacity to take on mums and babies from Wigan to become an even bigger centre for women, children and obstetrics.

The Bolton trust is also proposing to extend the A&E department if it is granted super status.

He added: “We have ambitious plans for the trust and I am confident we have a good stake in the Healthier Together plans.

“I would urge the people in Bolton to make their voice heard during this consultation — they must make their feelings known.”

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9:25am Mon 9 Jun 14

Phil from Smithills says...

With the extra patients, what about extra parking, its horrendous as it is now.
With the extra patients, what about extra parking, its horrendous as it is now. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 9

9:34am Mon 9 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Though I am behind the hospital getting 'super' status, I have reservations.

The hospital is easy enough to get to by road and has extensive grounds to develop with the land around the hospital. However, public transport to the hospital is completely different.

To visit friends who are ill there, by public transport I would have to get at least two buses and that could take hours getting too and from the hospital. The other alternative would be a taxi, but that could be very expensive.

Having said that it's easier to get to the Royal Bolton Hospital than elsewhere.

I don't think I agree with the policy of 'super' hospitals if that means other areas miss out. Surely hospitals would be better if they were in each town and city dealing with that particular town and cities problems.

When I watch American TV shows where the hospital is in what seems the centre of the city and in an office block type structure I kind of marvel at them. That is not to say I'd like the American system of paying insurance that only the rich can afford - I don't.

However, I was appalled that Bolton Royal Infirmary was demolished and feel that a hospital in the centre of Town is where a hospital should be, not at the southern most tip which is difficult for people in the North of the Town to get to.

Some of the bus routes need to be reconfigured so that people only need to hop on one bus to get to the hospital.

If it is going to have 'super' status then I think it will need a metrolink close to it for visitors who don't live in Bolton. In short I think Bolton's transport infrastructure to the hospital is well below what it should be.
Though I am behind the hospital getting 'super' status, I have reservations. The hospital is easy enough to get to by road and has extensive grounds to develop with the land around the hospital. However, public transport to the hospital is completely different. To visit friends who are ill there, by public transport I would have to get at least two buses and that could take hours getting too and from the hospital. The other alternative would be a taxi, but that could be very expensive. Having said that it's easier to get to the Royal Bolton Hospital than elsewhere. I don't think I agree with the policy of 'super' hospitals if that means other areas miss out. Surely hospitals would be better if they were in each town and city dealing with that particular town and cities problems. When I watch American TV shows where the hospital is in what seems the centre of the city and in an office block type structure I kind of marvel at them. That is not to say I'd like the American system of paying insurance that only the rich can afford - I don't. However, I was appalled that Bolton Royal Infirmary was demolished and feel that a hospital in the centre of Town is where a hospital should be, not at the southern most tip which is difficult for people in the North of the Town to get to. Some of the bus routes need to be reconfigured so that people only need to hop on one bus to get to the hospital. If it is going to have 'super' status then I think it will need a metrolink close to it for visitors who don't live in Bolton. In short I think Bolton's transport infrastructure to the hospital is well below what it should be. Ernagy2
  • Score: 15

11:59am Mon 9 Jun 14

Logica says...

The project to create 'super hospitals' is flawed. Contrary to the claims being made there is no clinical evidence that this will save more lives. Also, there will be a massive financial impact - if Bolton became a 'super hospital' it would need to treat more patients so the physical infrastructure of the hospital would need to expand - who will pay for this - not the hospital as they only have £0.4m of cash in the bank.

Imagine of Bolton is not chosen as a 'super hospital' - because of the services the hospital would lose in time (perhaps 2 / 3 years) A&E would have to close. So have an accident in Harwoon and the ambulance will need to transport you 20+ miles to the nearest A&E department. From day 1 if a member of your family requires acute surgery you will need to travel to Salford or Central Manchester to visit them.

Local hospitals delivering local services to local people.
The project to create 'super hospitals' is flawed. Contrary to the claims being made there is no clinical evidence that this will save more lives. Also, there will be a massive financial impact - if Bolton became a 'super hospital' it would need to treat more patients so the physical infrastructure of the hospital would need to expand - who will pay for this - not the hospital as they only have £0.4m of cash in the bank. Imagine of Bolton is not chosen as a 'super hospital' - because of the services the hospital would lose in time (perhaps 2 / 3 years) A&E would have to close. So have an accident in Harwoon and the ambulance will need to transport you 20+ miles to the nearest A&E department. From day 1 if a member of your family requires acute surgery you will need to travel to Salford or Central Manchester to visit them. Local hospitals delivering local services to local people. Logica
  • Score: 14

1:08pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Logica wrote:
The project to create 'super hospitals' is flawed. Contrary to the claims being made there is no clinical evidence that this will save more lives. Also, there will be a massive financial impact - if Bolton became a 'super hospital' it would need to treat more patients so the physical infrastructure of the hospital would need to expand - who will pay for this - not the hospital as they only have £0.4m of cash in the bank.

Imagine of Bolton is not chosen as a 'super hospital' - because of the services the hospital would lose in time (perhaps 2 / 3 years) A&E would have to close. So have an accident in Harwoon and the ambulance will need to transport you 20+ miles to the nearest A&E department. From day 1 if a member of your family requires acute surgery you will need to travel to Salford or Central Manchester to visit them.

Local hospitals delivering local services to local people.
I agree with Local hospitals delivering local services. Though I'd rather have hospitals in centres of towns equi distant from all places in the borough, which the Royal bolton isn't.

However, we have to run the service under the rules as they are, not as we would like them to be.
[quote][p][bold]Logica[/bold] wrote: The project to create 'super hospitals' is flawed. Contrary to the claims being made there is no clinical evidence that this will save more lives. Also, there will be a massive financial impact - if Bolton became a 'super hospital' it would need to treat more patients so the physical infrastructure of the hospital would need to expand - who will pay for this - not the hospital as they only have £0.4m of cash in the bank. Imagine of Bolton is not chosen as a 'super hospital' - because of the services the hospital would lose in time (perhaps 2 / 3 years) A&E would have to close. So have an accident in Harwoon and the ambulance will need to transport you 20+ miles to the nearest A&E department. From day 1 if a member of your family requires acute surgery you will need to travel to Salford or Central Manchester to visit them. Local hospitals delivering local services to local people.[/p][/quote]I agree with Local hospitals delivering local services. Though I'd rather have hospitals in centres of towns equi distant from all places in the borough, which the Royal bolton isn't. However, we have to run the service under the rules as they are, not as we would like them to be. Ernagy2
  • Score: 4

3:31pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Phil from Smithills says...

There is a very good 501 bus service for people in the Smithills/Halliwell area, I use it often., but extra parking will be needed if any proposals go ahead.
There is a very good 501 bus service for people in the Smithills/Halliwell area, I use it often., but extra parking will be needed if any proposals go ahead. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 2

4:35pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Hulton Park says...

Three of the hospitals guaranteed "super" status are within 6 miles of the centre of Manchester, as is one of the others: Stockport. Wythenshawe is also a Manchester hospital.

The ONLY super hospital currently guaranteed for the WHOLE of the western side of "Greater Manchester" is Salford - yet Bolton and Wigan alone have a joint population well in excess of that of the City of Manchester.

That the Royal Bolton Hospital should not be automatically be accorded super status suggests Bolton should begin moves to withdraw from all Greater Manchester arrangements, and to seek a broader context for these sorts of decisions, where necessary.

That would certainly make the whale dance to our tune for a change.
Three of the hospitals guaranteed "super" status are within 6 miles of the centre of Manchester, as is one of the others: Stockport. Wythenshawe is also a Manchester hospital. The ONLY super hospital currently guaranteed for the WHOLE of the western side of "Greater Manchester" is Salford - yet Bolton and Wigan alone have a joint population well in excess of that of the City of Manchester. That the Royal Bolton Hospital should not be automatically be accorded super status suggests Bolton should begin moves to withdraw from all Greater Manchester arrangements, and to seek a broader context for these sorts of decisions, where necessary. That would certainly make the whale dance to our tune for a change. Hulton Park
  • Score: 6

5:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Phil from Smithills wrote:
There is a very good 501 bus service for people in the Smithills/Halliwell area, I use it often., but extra parking will be needed if any proposals go ahead.
Great for Smithills / Halliwell residents, but what about the rest of the borough? Extra parking is essential as well as more bus services there. If Wigan / Eccles / Swinton residents are to come to the Royal Bolton then a metrolink / bus connection will be needed.
[quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: There is a very good 501 bus service for people in the Smithills/Halliwell area, I use it often., but extra parking will be needed if any proposals go ahead.[/p][/quote]Great for Smithills / Halliwell residents, but what about the rest of the borough? Extra parking is essential as well as more bus services there. If Wigan / Eccles / Swinton residents are to come to the Royal Bolton then a metrolink / bus connection will be needed. Ernagy2
  • Score: 2

8:18pm Mon 9 Jun 14

sallyupsteps says...

Ernagy2 wrote:
Though I am behind the hospital getting 'super' status, I have reservations.

The hospital is easy enough to get to by road and has extensive grounds to develop with the land around the hospital. However, public transport to the hospital is completely different.

To visit friends who are ill there, by public transport I would have to get at least two buses and that could take hours getting too and from the hospital. The other alternative would be a taxi, but that could be very expensive.

Having said that it's easier to get to the Royal Bolton Hospital than elsewhere.

I don't think I agree with the policy of 'super' hospitals if that means other areas miss out. Surely hospitals would be better if they were in each town and city dealing with that particular town and cities problems.

When I watch American TV shows where the hospital is in what seems the centre of the city and in an office block type structure I kind of marvel at them. That is not to say I'd like the American system of paying insurance that only the rich can afford - I don't.

However, I was appalled that Bolton Royal Infirmary was demolished and feel that a hospital in the centre of Town is where a hospital should be, not at the southern most tip which is difficult for people in the North of the Town to get to.

Some of the bus routes need to be reconfigured so that people only need to hop on one bus to get to the hospital.

If it is going to have 'super' status then I think it will need a metrolink close to it for visitors who don't live in Bolton. In short I think Bolton's transport infrastructure to the hospital is well below what it should be.
Sheffield have a hospital in the city centre. We could have one on the soon to be defunct bus station.
[quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Though I am behind the hospital getting 'super' status, I have reservations. The hospital is easy enough to get to by road and has extensive grounds to develop with the land around the hospital. However, public transport to the hospital is completely different. To visit friends who are ill there, by public transport I would have to get at least two buses and that could take hours getting too and from the hospital. The other alternative would be a taxi, but that could be very expensive. Having said that it's easier to get to the Royal Bolton Hospital than elsewhere. I don't think I agree with the policy of 'super' hospitals if that means other areas miss out. Surely hospitals would be better if they were in each town and city dealing with that particular town and cities problems. When I watch American TV shows where the hospital is in what seems the centre of the city and in an office block type structure I kind of marvel at them. That is not to say I'd like the American system of paying insurance that only the rich can afford - I don't. However, I was appalled that Bolton Royal Infirmary was demolished and feel that a hospital in the centre of Town is where a hospital should be, not at the southern most tip which is difficult for people in the North of the Town to get to. Some of the bus routes need to be reconfigured so that people only need to hop on one bus to get to the hospital. If it is going to have 'super' status then I think it will need a metrolink close to it for visitors who don't live in Bolton. In short I think Bolton's transport infrastructure to the hospital is well below what it should be.[/p][/quote]Sheffield have a hospital in the city centre. We could have one on the soon to be defunct bus station. sallyupsteps
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

sallyupsteps wrote:
Ernagy2 wrote:
Though I am behind the hospital getting 'super' status, I have reservations.

The hospital is easy enough to get to by road and has extensive grounds to develop with the land around the hospital. However, public transport to the hospital is completely different.

To visit friends who are ill there, by public transport I would have to get at least two buses and that could take hours getting too and from the hospital. The other alternative would be a taxi, but that could be very expensive.

Having said that it's easier to get to the Royal Bolton Hospital than elsewhere.

I don't think I agree with the policy of 'super' hospitals if that means other areas miss out. Surely hospitals would be better if they were in each town and city dealing with that particular town and cities problems.

When I watch American TV shows where the hospital is in what seems the centre of the city and in an office block type structure I kind of marvel at them. That is not to say I'd like the American system of paying insurance that only the rich can afford - I don't.

However, I was appalled that Bolton Royal Infirmary was demolished and feel that a hospital in the centre of Town is where a hospital should be, not at the southern most tip which is difficult for people in the North of the Town to get to.

Some of the bus routes need to be reconfigured so that people only need to hop on one bus to get to the hospital.

If it is going to have 'super' status then I think it will need a metrolink close to it for visitors who don't live in Bolton. In short I think Bolton's transport infrastructure to the hospital is well below what it should be.
Sheffield have a hospital in the city centre. We could have one on the soon to be defunct bus station.
Sadly I don't think there's any chance of that as so much money has been invested into the Royal Bolton Hospital and the place has got such vast land to work with. It could even do a deal with Great Lever Golf club.
[quote][p][bold]sallyupsteps[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Though I am behind the hospital getting 'super' status, I have reservations. The hospital is easy enough to get to by road and has extensive grounds to develop with the land around the hospital. However, public transport to the hospital is completely different. To visit friends who are ill there, by public transport I would have to get at least two buses and that could take hours getting too and from the hospital. The other alternative would be a taxi, but that could be very expensive. Having said that it's easier to get to the Royal Bolton Hospital than elsewhere. I don't think I agree with the policy of 'super' hospitals if that means other areas miss out. Surely hospitals would be better if they were in each town and city dealing with that particular town and cities problems. When I watch American TV shows where the hospital is in what seems the centre of the city and in an office block type structure I kind of marvel at them. That is not to say I'd like the American system of paying insurance that only the rich can afford - I don't. However, I was appalled that Bolton Royal Infirmary was demolished and feel that a hospital in the centre of Town is where a hospital should be, not at the southern most tip which is difficult for people in the North of the Town to get to. Some of the bus routes need to be reconfigured so that people only need to hop on one bus to get to the hospital. If it is going to have 'super' status then I think it will need a metrolink close to it for visitors who don't live in Bolton. In short I think Bolton's transport infrastructure to the hospital is well below what it should be.[/p][/quote]Sheffield have a hospital in the city centre. We could have one on the soon to be defunct bus station.[/p][/quote]Sadly I don't think there's any chance of that as so much money has been invested into the Royal Bolton Hospital and the place has got such vast land to work with. It could even do a deal with Great Lever Golf club. Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

10:10pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Joanna11 says...

From Save Bolton NHS website
There will be no winners in Bolton v Wigan “super-hospital” fight.

NHS bosses want us to spend the next few months fighting to decide which of Bolton or Wigan hospitals (and Stockport or Wythenshawe hospitals) should be downgraded and which kept for medical and surgical emergencies.

If we let them set this agenda, then we will be accepting
a) that Bury, North Manchester, and Tameside hospitals will be downgraded alongside Rochdale and Trafford which have already lost their A+E.
b) that one of Bolton or Wigan, and one of Stockport or Wythenshawe hospitals will also be downgraded.

The so called “super-hospitals
at Central Manchester, Salford and Oldham (called such because they retain a full range of facilities) will not be winners. Because their wards will be over-full to overcrowded as people from other areas flood to fill their beds. When they merge services, beds will be “lost”.

This “choice” is driven by the billions of pounds of cuts to our NHS. Choosing to fight each other accepts these cuts and allows us to choose where to cut not whether to cut. Already we have cut too much. Another ward was closed recently at Bolton and resulting in even worse bed pressures. Operations are being postponed as emergencies come in. This will get worse.

In 1948, after the destruction of the Second World War, we could afford a general hospital in every town and city. We do not believe that England cannot afford it now. £120 billion a year is lost in tax evasion, avoidance and uncollected tax. We could double our spending on the NHS just by collecting this.

We cannot be allowed to join one side in a fight to decide which of our hospitals to downgrade. Its like deciding which of our arms to have cut off. My right arm might be stronger than my left, but I can do a lot more with both. We can have both Bolton and Wigan.

We are speaking out to say, join us in our campaign to stop all our hospitals being downgraded.

Karen Reissmann, secretary, Save Bolton health services.
Katrina Lawrie, secretary, Save Wigan health services.
From Save Bolton NHS website There will be no winners in Bolton v Wigan “super-hospital” fight. NHS bosses want us to spend the next few months fighting to decide which of Bolton or Wigan hospitals (and Stockport or Wythenshawe hospitals) should be downgraded and which kept for medical and surgical emergencies. If we let them set this agenda, then we will be accepting a) that Bury, North Manchester, and Tameside hospitals will be downgraded alongside Rochdale and Trafford which have already lost their A+E. b) that one of Bolton or Wigan, and one of Stockport or Wythenshawe hospitals will also be downgraded. The so called “super-hospitals at Central Manchester, Salford and Oldham (called such because they retain a full range of facilities) will not be winners. Because their wards will be over-full to overcrowded as people from other areas flood to fill their beds. When they merge services, beds will be “lost”. This “choice” is driven by the billions of pounds of cuts to our NHS. Choosing to fight each other accepts these cuts and allows us to choose where to cut not whether to cut. Already we have cut too much. Another ward was closed recently at Bolton and resulting in even worse bed pressures. Operations are being postponed as emergencies come in. This will get worse. In 1948, after the destruction of the Second World War, we could afford a general hospital in every town and city. We do not believe that England cannot afford it now. £120 billion a year is lost in tax evasion, avoidance and uncollected tax. We could double our spending on the NHS just by collecting this. We cannot be allowed to join one side in a fight to decide which of our hospitals to downgrade. Its like deciding which of our arms to have cut off. My right arm might be stronger than my left, but I can do a lot more with both. We can have both Bolton and Wigan. We are speaking out to say, join us in our campaign to stop all our hospitals being downgraded. Karen Reissmann, secretary, Save Bolton health services. Katrina Lawrie, secretary, Save Wigan health services. Joanna11
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