THE FUTURE of Bridlington Hospital looks bright, according to Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust chief executive Mike Proctor.
Speaking at the trust’s annual general meeting held at Bridlington Hospital, Mr Proctor said although “robust cost improvement programmes” meant another challenging year, developing Bridlington as a “quality care centre” would be a priority.
Mr Proctor also said the trust must “make integration a reality” in its merger with York Foundation Trust, which he said would in turn improve the level of services available to patients in Bridlington.
At the meeting, it was announced the trust achieved its targets on reducing infection rates – two cases of MRSA were reported in 2010-11 against a target of two, while C.Difficile cases fell from 77 in 09-10 to 46 in 2010-11, twenty less than the target of 66.
Mr Proctor indentified “patient experience” as a priority for the next year, pledging to reduce patients being moved from site to site and having appointments rescheduled.
Improved stroke care, continued effort to control infection and reduced mortality rates were also made a priority.
“I am of the mind that one cannot be expected to be trusted by the public, unless we answer people’s questions openly and honestly – and that is what we must do going forward,” said Mr Proctor.
“We have a great facility at Bridlington and the first thing I said when I came into the job was that we must make use of what we have here. I see some fantastic things happening and I want the public to see them as well.”
Finance director Bernard Chalk delivered the trust’s accounts for 2010-11, announcing that a targeted surplus of £1.874 million had been produced during the year, which was needed to pay back capital loans.
The accounts show the trust broke even and managed within its capital resource limit, however, it did not manage to hit the 95% target set to pay creditors within 30 days.
While Mr Chalk confirmed that local creditors took priority when invoices were received, the trust only managed to pay 68% of non-NHS creditors and 42% of NHS creditors within the 30 day target.
Concluding the AGM, trust chairman Sir Michael Carlisle said that despite problems faced in the past, both Bridlington and Scarborough Hospitals were “definitely moving on”.
He pointed to the planned reopening of both Bridlington’s operating theatres, and the Thornton Ward, as proof that the trust is moving in the right direction.