'The Royal Bolton Hospital will get bigger and better - if the public back it', says boss

Jackie Bene

Jackie Bene

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

THE Royal Bolton’s boss says the hospital will become “bigger and better”

— provided residents back their borough in the Healthier Together review.

Dr Jackie Bene, chief executive of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, is urging people to support the Royal Bolton to become one of five specialist centres across Greater Manchester.

Dr Bene — who still carries out ward rounds every week — says the hospital is the best option as a specialist centre for people in Bolton, Bury and Wigan.

She added: “Our A&E department is already one of the busiest in the region.

If we became a specialist centre we would take in a lot more patients, but we believe we can do it.

“It will require more space in terms of our estate and we have big plans to the improve the size of it.

“Also, as one of the busiest A&E departments, the requirement for surgery assessment is greater than others.

“We are already a specialist centre for women and children's services.

“These are not being looked at in the scope of this consultation, but we have still got to consider that we treat lots of children and women in obstetrics who might require surgical intervention.

“We feel we need these emergency facilities on site.

“If we do not get that status, some people will be assessed here and then transferred to the nearest specialist centre.”

Health chiefs across Greater Manchester say resources are not currently being spent wisely.

The proposed changes, which will see either four or five “super hospitals”

created, could save up to 1,500 lives across Greater Manchester a year, according to health bosses.

Healthier Together plans to combine medical teams at all of Greater Manchester’s hospitals.

Currently people are more likely to die in the evenings and at weekends because hospitals do not have enough staff.

Healthier Together will mean hospitals share a larger pool of staff and patients are moved between specialist and general hospitals quickly.

Even if the Royal Bolton does not become a specialist centre, it will still have an A&E department, planned surgery and full acute medical care.

But if it gains the specialist status, it will carry out more general surgery — which means abdominal surgery.

As a specialist centre, there would always be a consultant on shift duty ready to assess patients with abdominal pain.

People have until September 30 to read the consultation document and fill out the forms either online or on paper.

To complete the consultation questionnaire, visit healthier togethergm.nhs.uk or call 0800 8886789.

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8:30pm Mon 28 Jul 14

steveG says...

Not sure either bigger or better is what we the public would like to see but competent would be good.
Not sure either bigger or better is what we the public would like to see but competent would be good. steveG
  • Score: 9

9:15pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Blackrod says...

Can go bigger and better but people misusing the emergancy department for minor ailments still needs addressing. I was in needing emergancy surgery and there's a guy sat there talking about an infected spot. Couldn't get a GP appt before night out, didn't think of a pharmacist. It was red and inflamed, a spot without puss,!!
Can go bigger and better but people misusing the emergancy department for minor ailments still needs addressing. I was in needing emergancy surgery and there's a guy sat there talking about an infected spot. Couldn't get a GP appt before night out, didn't think of a pharmacist. It was red and inflamed, a spot without puss,!! Blackrod
  • Score: 5

10:38pm Mon 28 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

What we all want to see is standards rising big style in hospitals.get the bad lazy nurses out that spend most of there time chatting instead of caring.doctors that shudnt be doctors out and surgeons that make botched operations.out out out.
What we all want to see is standards rising big style in hospitals.get the bad lazy nurses out that spend most of there time chatting instead of caring.doctors that shudnt be doctors out and surgeons that make botched operations.out out out. artistpaint
  • Score: 6

10:42pm Mon 28 Jul 14

artistpaint says...

Incompetance and uncaring in our hospitals needs to be looked at big time.
Incompetance and uncaring in our hospitals needs to be looked at big time. artistpaint
  • Score: 4

12:48am Tue 29 Jul 14

Richmint says...

Get rid of certain ENT surgeons (L*** *cough*) and you'll save quite a bit of money on subsequent admissions (as long as the GPs listen to the patients, sadly some don't (two older GPs at Mandalay Medical Centre *cough*).

Subsequent care - damage limitation *sigh* - at RBH was pretty reasonable, but as a widower 18 months later clearly *something* went wrong a few times...

A&E was fine - we were on first name terms with many of the Resus Team - and our care in numerous wards was great! What - WHO - got us to the point of needing this input in the first place??

It wasn't just one, nor was it just people at the hospital...
Get rid of certain ENT surgeons (L*** *cough*) and you'll save quite a bit of money on subsequent admissions (as long as the GPs listen to the patients, sadly some don't (two older GPs at Mandalay Medical Centre *cough*). Subsequent care - damage limitation *sigh* - at RBH was pretty reasonable, but as a widower 18 months later clearly *something* went wrong a few times... A&E was fine - we were on first name terms with many of the Resus Team - and our care in numerous wards was great! What - WHO - got us to the point of needing this input in the first place?? It wasn't just one, nor was it just people at the hospital... Richmint
  • Score: -1

7:52am Tue 29 Jul 14

Best an says...

There needs to be enough staff to cope because there isnt now! Ive been going to maternity a lot recently and their numbers especially in Triage are disgraceful and dangerous.
If you dont do anything else Dr Bene go round the wards and look at the rotas and work and dont tell them your coming. Then you will see first hand the dreadful shortage of staff for what they have to do
There needs to be enough staff to cope because there isnt now! Ive been going to maternity a lot recently and their numbers especially in Triage are disgraceful and dangerous. If you dont do anything else Dr Bene go round the wards and look at the rotas and work and dont tell them your coming. Then you will see first hand the dreadful shortage of staff for what they have to do Best an
  • Score: 0

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