The service delivered by staff in the Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments across the Trust is officially some of the best in the country.
Figures recently released by NHS England show A&E units managed by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in Dewsbury, Pontefract and Wakefield have been seeing and treating 95% of patients within four hours for nine consecutive quarters stretching back to March 2012 – the best amongst all 58 non-foundation Trusts in England.
Trust Chief Executive, Stephen Eames, has written to scores of staff responsible for delivering the service thanking them for the “big difference” they’ve made to the standards of emergency care.
A raft of measures introduced in recent months including more senior doctors, the support of colleagues in Primary Care, and the introduction of seven day working in key areas has helped consistently improve the ranking of the service which treats close on 4,500 patients per week across the Trust.
Dr Sarah Robertshaw, lead emergency medicine consultant at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "The Trust’s consistent success is the result of a genuine team effort and a will to provide nothing but the very best possible care for our patients.”
The performance of the Trust, which has the fifth busiest A&E unit in the country, has gone further on numerous occasions and exceeded the national standard of seeing, assessing and either discharging or admitting over 95% of patients within four hours.
Neil Clark, Director of Operations, Emergency and Elective Services, said: “The Trust has made radical improvements across major areas of our health care system to achieve these great results. One example is providing GPs with direct access to speciality consultant advice to direct patients to the right service before they even arrive at the hospital. The Trust continues to further improve the patient journey from admission to discharge to enable bed availability for next emergency admission.”