Looking back at a successful year

Health trust chief executive, Mike Proctor
Health trust chief executive, Mike Proctor

A review of the year was presented by Scarborough health trust’s chief executive Mike Proctor at Tuesday’s annual general meeting.

He began with clinical developments, stating that “significant progress” had been made in reducing the number of cases of MRSA and C difficile, despite a difficult strain of C diff having been present.

Key national targets were met in A&E, cancer, maternity and patient privacy and dignity.

Mr Proctor mentioned the launch of a nursing and midwifery strategy and a quality and improvement strategy, along with patient safety initiatives.

These included the idea of giving patients who were at risk of falling a pair of red socks to wear.

This has made it much easier and quicker for staff to identify which patients need assistance, if they are seen up and about on their own.

The trust has also invested in physiotherapy and occupational therapy at Bridlington Hospital, rolled out new technologies to help monitor patients’ condition and has participated in 33 clinical trials during the course of the year.

Other achievements include the success of the midwife-led unit at Scarborough, where 756 babies were delivered in the past year.

Mr Proctor said: “People are actually opting out of home births in this area because they want to come in and use our unit.”

The unit has also achieved stage 1 of the UNICEF baby friendly initiative.

Other clinical developments have included dedicated care of the elderly wards and new initiatives such as shared care and the dining companion scheme.

New local services are being provided at the Cath Lab and for eye patients who require injections of Lucentis.

An overhaul is also under way of how follow-up appointments are booked, which is aimed at reducing the number of cancelled appointments in the future.

Mr Proctor also ran through a number of major improvements in the hospital’s estate and environment during 2011/12.

These include the refurbishment of A&E and reception, a new mammography suite and ultrasound room, a new isolation room on the intensive care unit and a new surgical assessment unit.