Bosses speak about hospital improvements

Bridlington Hospital
Bridlington Hospital

East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors have heard from health bosses about how improvements have been made at Bridlington Hospital.

A meeting of the council’s health, care and wellbeing overview and scrutiny sub-committee was given a presentation by Mike Proctor, deputy chief executive of the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

He told councillors about the range of improvements made at Bridlington and Scarborough Hospitals since the trust acquired them in July 2012.

Although recruitment is still a major challenge at the sites, particularly in specialist areas, Mr Proctor said fantastic progress had been made in the context of the potential situation had the acquisition by the York Trust not happened.

At Bridlington, this has included specialist eye treatment clinics, the introduction of varicose vein surgery, the Trust’s Winter Plan seeing large numbers of planned surgical case transfers from York and Scarborough and the creation of the Elective Orthopaedic Centre among many other developments.

The committee was also given an update by the East Riding Safeguarding Adults Board which, during the 2014/15 financial year, had recorded a number of achievements, including:

-Delivering safeguarding training to more than 1,500 people from various organisations, including 200 student nurses at Hull University

-Making 350 visits to the 146 independent sector care homes in the East Riding

-Hosting strategic and operational conferences for senior managers and frontline safeguarding workers

The councillors also heard a report by the Care Quality Commission and recommended that it develops a tool for determining appropriate minimum staffing levels for the care and nursing homes it inspects.

The committee meeting was held at York Hospital and was preceded by councillors visiting various parts of the site to talk to staff and observe conditions for patients.

Committee chair Councillor Barbara Hall said: “It was an interesting visit and meeting gave us good insight into health and care services across the Vale of York and East Riding areas.”