Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Pride Awards 2017

BUSINESSES across the area are being invited to help support and celebrate the vital work of NHS staff in hospitals and in the community.

The Pride Awards, now in their ninth year, celebrate the excellence and professionalism of health employees who work at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

The awards are also an opportunity for staff to recognise the achievements of one another and for patients to highlight staff who have given outstanding care.

The Trust is keen to hear from businesses and organisations across Southport, Formby, West Lancashire and the North West who would be interested in giving financial support to this year’s Pride Awards.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available for each of the award categories. Iain McInnes, interim Chief Executive, said: “The Pride Awards are a fantastic opportunity for our community to help celebrate their NHS heroes.

“We are grateful to our existing sponsors for their continuing support but I know there will be many others who want to show their appreciation to staff by supporting this event.”

Companies or organisations interested in sponsorship should contact Joanne Chorley at the Trust on 01704 704714 or email

The Pride Awards will be held at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre in June. Nominations for the Patient Award will open later in February.

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust mark Holocaust Memorial Day

HOLOCAUST Memorial Day has been marked in a poignant ceremony at Southport Hospital thanks to the trust’s branch of Unison members.

Branch officers for the public service workers union recently returned from a Unison North West educational visit to the former Nazi death camps in Poland.

When they came back they were eager to get Southport hospital involved in a memorial for the victims of the Holocaust

They spoke about their experiences to Trust staff, patients and visitors, offering tea lights to place in the hospital prayer room.

Holocaust Memorial Day coincides with the liberation of the Auschwitz by the Red Army in 1945.

Today there are fewer than 10 survivors of the camp still alive.

John Flannery, Staff Side lead for the Trust, said: “As well as remembering those who died we’re acting as living witnesses to the Holocaust as it begins to pass from living memory.”

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is the charity that promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day. It has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK event and over 5,590 local activities taking place on or around 27 January each year.

Changes to visiting times at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is changing visiting times to ensure patients can enjoy their lunch without distractions.

Visiting times at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals will now run from 1pm to 8.30pm. This does not include maternity and neonatal wards which have their own visiting times. Visitors who come in to assist patients with meals are still welcome from midday, they are just asked to identify themselves to a member of staff on arrival.

Carol Fowler, Acting Deputy Director of Nursing, said: “We extended our visiting times last year as we recognised the importance of visitors in aiding patients’ recovery.

“Nutritious meals also play a large part in recovery and we’ve noticed some patients becoming distracted at lunchtime and their food was cold by the time they came to eat it, or they weren’t eating at all. We hope by adjusting the visiting start time slightly, our patients will see the benefit.”

If friends and family find these visiting times are not convenient, they can speak to the nurse in charge of the ward who will be able to help.

Hospital told to make further improvements to A&E by watchdog

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital requires considerable improvements to make both sites safer, more effective, responsive and an improvement in leadership – according to a care watchdog report.

Inspectors from the Care and Qualities Commission visited the Trust in April of this year to see how much improvement had been made since its previous report in May 2015.

Some postives could be taken from the report, which was released on Tuesday (November 15), as the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Unit at Southport hospital improved two levels from Inadequate to Good with some aspects of outstanding practice.

Inspectors also noted improvements the maternity service had made at Ormskirk hospital, rating it Requires Improvement. It was previously rated Inadequate.

Yet overall improvements still need to be made to raise the hospital’s rating further. Perhaps most damningly the CQC has rated  the accident and emergency department and the surgical services at Southport and Formby District General Hospital as Inadequate.

Inspectors found that the hospital did not give sufficient priority to safety in urgent care.

Patients needing urgent care were waiting too long to be seen and assessed, with some patients remaining in the department under the supervision of ambulance staff for periods of up to 11 hours.

In surgery at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, staff did not always assess, monitor or manage risks to people who use the services and opportunities to prevent or minimise harm were missed.

Medically deteriorating patients were not always identified promptly and there could be a delay before medical assessment was undertaken.

The recruitment of suitable medical staff was challenging with vacancies for junior doctors and consultants.

Recruitment and retention of nursing and midwifery had been a longstanding issue.

However, the inspectors found there had been a notable improvement in both the maternity services and the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre which had both received Inadequate ratings at the last inspection. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: “Two years ago we identified a number of problems at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

“I am disappointed that overall the progress has been limited and that we have found a deterioration in the safety and quality of some of the trust’s services, particularly in the emergency department at Southport and Formby Hospital.

“I note with concern the delays in patients being assessed in the accident and emergency department, and the risks to safety in surgery which must be addressed.

“Since our inspection earlier this year the trust has taken steps to improve – and we are monitoring that on a monthly basis.

“On the other hand, there have been significant improvements in all aspects of patient care and treatment at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Unit that we had previously rated as inadequate for safety. It is now rated as Good with some aspects of outstanding practice.

“We have also found improvements within the maternity service although there is room for further progress.

“Until recently, the trust was led by an interim executive team, which limited the ability to demonstrate a clear strategy for the future.

“It is important now that the new executive team focusses on the areas where we have identified continuing shortfalls.”

Rob Gillies, executive medical director, said: “The inspection they said the Trust possessed ‘committed, compassionate, and passionate staff who are willing to go above and beyond to do their best for patients’.

“We are delighted to see this confirmed.”

Responding to the rating of A&E and surgical services at Southport, Mr Gillies said significant progress had been made on the issues the inspectors raised seven months ago.

“A&E is now a very different department. We have benefited from external support and put in resources of our own, including an extra £600,000 for nurses staffing.

“This has contributed to a major improvement with the department regularly the best performer in Cheshire and Merseyside and consistently among the top performers in the country,” he said.

Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals lift restrictions on visiting hours

Friends and family will be able to spend much longer with patients at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals from 18th December 2015.

Wards will open for visiting at midday and stay open until 8.30pm, seven days a week.

The decision by Simon Featherstone, Director of Nursing and Quality, follows a successful trial at Southport hospital earlier this year.

“The support and company of friends and family is an important part of any patient’s recovery but traditional visiting times don’t always fit round people’s working lives and personal commitments,” said Simon.

“We also know some visitors want to play a more active role in the care of the patient they’re visiting, such as helping at mealtimes and providing a familiar voice in unfamiliar surroundings, so I hope this more flexible approach will help them.”

He added: “To make this work, we also need visitors to help us too. We ask that there should be only two visitors per bed and, from time to time, we may ask visitors to leave the bedside during personal care for patients or consultant ward rounds.”