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Praise for hospitals for weekend care

The Argus: Praise for hospitals for weekend care Praise for hospitals for weekend care

Hospitals have won national acclaim for their efforts in providing better and safer care at weekends.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of only 12 in the country to be highly commended by the influential healthcare information company Dr Foster.

The award came after the trust had a significant drop in the number of patients needing to be readmitted to hospital within 28 days of discharge, having initially been admitted at a weekend.

The improvement suggests good decision-making by staff and good co-operation between clinical teams, even at the weekends when the range of services available is more limited than during the working week.


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It also means that patients are less likely to suffer the upset and distress of an additional hospital visit.

Dr Foster chief executive Tim Baker said: “It is so important for communities to have a great service, not just Monday to Friday but at the weekend as well.”

Trust chief executive Marianne Griffiths said: “It is essential for our patients that we reduce the chances of them being readmitted into hospital.

“We are working closely with our partners to do just that – we are going in the right direction but we are not there yet.

“There are still times where it is difficult for us to provide the services at the weekend that we would like to, but we will focus on that relentlessly to get it right for our patients.”

Marianne Griffiths, chief executive of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are only one of 12 Trusts to receive this award, and it is very good news.”

She added: “It is essential for our patients that we reduce the chances of them being readmitted to hospital.”

The trust runs Worthing Hospital and St Richard's Hospital in Chichester.

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10:28am Sat 19 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

I see there is admission at the end of the article that Southlands is getting quietly closed down as its not mentioned that its a hospital the trust runs.All inpatients have now stopped at southlands,and outpatient depts. are getting moved out.For example the sexual health clinic is now closed you have to now go to brighton and Worthing.I suppose by just stopping services in a area does save money and it must also be noted this trust is quietly privatising services hoping residents don't find out to its too late.A perfectly good hospital at Shoreham will soon be gone probably to make way for more housing increasing the population while public services are cut.
I see there is admission at the end of the article that Southlands is getting quietly closed down as its not mentioned that its a hospital the trust runs.All inpatients have now stopped at southlands,and outpatient depts. are getting moved out.For example the sexual health clinic is now closed you have to now go to brighton and Worthing.I suppose by just stopping services in a area does save money and it must also be noted this trust is quietly privatising services hoping residents don't find out to its too late.A perfectly good hospital at Shoreham will soon be gone probably to make way for more housing increasing the population while public services are cut. clubrob6
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8:09pm Sat 19 Apr 14

angrymonkey says...

having been in Worthing at a weekend I would not said this was true as no scans could be done till a week day had 2 or 3 doctors on so not get round to seeing wife till late afternoon for few mins on the ward only one trained nurse that could give pain killers on the ward trying to look after nearly 20 people .like other comment cut backs are giving such poor service as waste money on over seas rubbish and people moving here for the easy hand outs.
having been in Worthing at a weekend I would not said this was true as no scans could be done till a week day had 2 or 3 doctors on so not get round to seeing wife till late afternoon for few mins on the ward only one trained nurse that could give pain killers on the ward trying to look after nearly 20 people .like other comment cut backs are giving such poor service as waste money on over seas rubbish and people moving here for the easy hand outs. angrymonkey
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9:15am Sun 20 Apr 14

Morpheus says...

Everybody else provides a weekend service, why does the NHS think that it is doing something special.
Everybody else provides a weekend service, why does the NHS think that it is doing something special. Morpheus
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