Worcester News Article – 23rd January

During our Public Board meeting on 13th January we were joined by health service leaders in a discussion about the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire Consultation.  Members of the public were able to ask questions about the plans put forward in the consultation and share their concerns particularly about transport.  Under the plans being put to public consultation all three main hospitals, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and the Worcestershire Royal Hospital will remain open but will work differently in future. The main difference would be the separation of planned and emergency care and the centralisation of where children stay in hospital and where women have their babies in hospital.  The consultation will run until midnight on Thursday 30th March 2017.  For more information and to take part please visit www.worcsfuturehospitals.co.uk.  For a paper copy of the consultation contact futurehospitals@worcestershire.nhs.uk or call 07710 075 062.

We are currently doing some work on Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) which was identified as a business priority at our Annual Conference.  Based on the feedback we have received this work will have four main aims:

1)     Enable parent feedback to influence the re-design of the neurodevelopmental diagnosis pathway

2)    Gather feedback about the quality of service for children and young people with ASCs.

3)    Improve levels of awareness of ASCs

4)    Gain feedback from adults with ASCs

A task and finish group have put together questions to be sent to GPs, Worcestershire Health and Care Trust and Worcestershire Acute Trust about the understanding of ASCs.

With regard to the recent deaths in A&E at Worcester Royal Hospital that were reported in the media we have been assured by the Acute Trust it is carrying out investigations and we will also be seeking assurance from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) about whether the circumstances in A&E were a contributory factor to the deaths.

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