The start of a new year provides an opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months here at PHT, some of the challenges we have faced, and the number of achievements we’ve made
The outputs from the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) were published last week (Annual Report) and ranks PHT as one of the top 10 performing Trusts in the country
As you may recall from last week’s message, we recently launched a programme of activities across PHT and Portsmouth and SE Hampshire (PSEH), to prepare us for the peak winter period which lies ahead
On Wednesday we launched a 10-day programme of activity to ensure that we are in the best possible position as we approach the peak winter period
There has been a significant amount of effort from teams across our hospital, and from the health and care providers within Portsmouth and SE Hampshire, to develop plans which will help to alleviate the high levels of bed occupancy we have been experiencing of late
There are too many occasions where patients who arrive by ambulance experience delays in entering our Emergency Department (ED) at its busiest times
We continue to work with service leads across PHT, and with our partner organisations, to drive improvements in flow across the site and reduce delays for patients attending our Emergency Department (ED)
Despite the range of improvements made across urgent care, we’ve experienced periods of significant pressure across the site this week and I’m only too aware of the impact this has on our patients whose experience is affected, and on those individuals and teams involved in their care
On Thursday of last week, Melloney Poole, our Chair, and Nicole Cornelius, Director of Workforce and OD and I, were delighted to have the opportunity to say thank you to a small group of individuals who between them have dedicated an incredible 329 years of service to the Trust
Our fourth Leadership Summit was held just over a week ago and focused on the importance of inclusive leadership. I’m delighted that over 150 leaders from across the Trust engaged in the event, taking time out to connect with colleagues across a range of disciplines and departments, sharing personal stories and experiences
As we prepare for the upcoming winter period, we know that it’s one of the busiest times of the year for the NHS and so it’s important that we all take time to consider our own health and wellbeing, so as to be in the best possible shape to care for those who need us most.
Our preparations for the upcoming flu season are well underway and our Trust-wide vaccination programme is gathering momentum. I encourage everyone to get the flu jab to help ensure that you, our patients and their families, are protected
This week has been a particularly challenging one for those teams working across the urgent care pathway, as we have encountered more delays than we would like, when discharging some of our patients into the community for their on-going care
This week our Trust Board approved the strategic outline case for the £58m capital investment we were allocated to develop new emergency care facilities on the QA site.