Healthier Together decision - single service model for hospital care

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Healthier Together decision - single service model for hospital care
15 July 2015

Clinical leaders across Greater Manchester as part of Healthier Together have decided unanimously that Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport will be the fourth hospital in Greater Manchester to provide emergency medicine and specialist abdominal surgery as part of a single service network in addition to services based at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Salford Royal and The Royal Oldham Hospital under proposals to drive up quality and standards.

Last month commissioners decided that there should be four single services introduced in Greater Manchester. Today the ‘Committees in Common’ (CiC), comprising of GPs from each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Greater Manchester, reviewed a range of evidence including: the feedback from the public consultation held last year and data relating to: travel and access, quality and safety, transition (how easy it will be to achieve the change) and affordability and value for money, and decided that the fourth hospital would be Stepping Hill.

The following hospitals will work in partnership to provide shared single services:

  • Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital and Trafford General Hospital
  • Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, and Rochdale Infirmary
  • Salford Royal Hospital, Royal Bolton Hospital and Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan
  • Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport and Tameside General Hospital

Dr Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive, said

"I am delighted that it has been recognised that within the single footprint covered by the Trust, we are providing a single service.  This is now a fantastic opportunity to move the Trust forward and link with our transformation ambitions which we are currently developing with the support of many of our own staff and with the full involvement of our local CCGs.  Over the coming months we will bring an increasing focus on how we can develop these plans so that the Trust is clinically and financially sustainable for the future, all of which links back to the Trust Transformation Map which so many staff helped create last year."

Dr Anton Sinniah, Medical Director for The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

"The Trust welcomes the proposals set out under the Healthier Together programme to raise the standards and quality of care across all hospitals in Greater Manchester and to ensure patients get the right specialist treatment they need at the right time at the right place by coordinating our systems of care and the expertise of doctors and nurses.

"The recent decision by the Committees in Common around a single service model means that our site at The Royal Oldham Hospital will provide emergency medicine and specialist abdominal surgery for patients with life threatening conditions in a network of linked hospitals across Greater Manchester. The Trust is well placed for this as our staff have already been delivering such services across our four hospital sites for a number of years to a population of over 800,000 with significant improvements in outcomes. It is for this reason we know that such models of care are beneficial to the local population and support the planned changes.

"Our recent investments on the Royal Oldham Hospital site in a new £1.3m hybrid theatre, refurbished wards, newly expanded and improved A&E department and a new 500 space car park will all support Oldham as a designated specialist site. We are also in the process of recruiting to a number of clinical and nursing posts.

"No A&E will close under the Healthier Together proposals and we are clear that our staff at our other sites at North Manchester General, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and Rochdale Infirmary and our community services will continue to play a major role in providing services for our communities."