Aim for Gwent health services to be ‘best in Wales’

HEALTH bosses in Gwent are aiming to improve performance across a range of issues – including lengths of stay in hospital, and day surgery – to ‘best in Wales’ status and beyond.

Such improvements would help Aneurin Bevan Health Board to reduce the number of beds it needs in its hospitals, while cutting the amount of time patients need to be in hospital for routine and emergency treatments.

It could also help rebalance bed occupancy rates, enabling hospitals to cope in busy times.

Figures suggest the biggest opportunity for cutting lengths of hospital stays involves emergency cases where patients stay more than 60 days.

The average stay for such patients, who are mainly elderly, is 15 days more in Gwent than the ‘best in Wales’ rate which equates to around 100 beds.

A report on the issue, part of the health board’s integrated medium term plan, stresses links with councils and the voluntary and charitable sectors are vital to strengthening the care available for elderly patients to enable them to leave hospital earlier.

The average length of stay in a community hospital bed in Gwent is 38.6 days, and the aim is to reduce this to 24.6 days by the end of 2016/17.

Reducing referral rates to specialists to ‘best in Wales’ levels in 11 major specialties would cut the number of referrals by around 40,000 a year, according to the report, which could in turn reduce the demand for treatment and by consequence, waiting lists and waiting times.

The challenge will be to create alternatives to referral into hospitals, reducing outpatient appointments.

The use of technology to run ‘virtual’ clinics, is being explored, and increased access to advice-only services will be necessary too, to minimise the need for outpatient consultations that may ultimately be found to have been avoidable.

The latter however, will require the development of new referral pathways, different to those for an outpatient consultation.

There are also plans to improve rates of day surgery.

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2:44pm Tue 18 Mar 14

-trigg- says...

"Best health service in Wales" Talk about setting the bar low...
"Best health service in Wales" Talk about setting the bar low... -trigg-
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2:58pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

-trigg- wrote:
"Best health service in Wales" Talk about setting the bar low...
Yes, hardly an aspiration is it.
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: "Best health service in Wales" Talk about setting the bar low...[/p][/quote]Yes, hardly an aspiration is it. Llanmartinangel
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3:03pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gingertom says...

Orthopaedics got one of the longest waiting lists in wales in newport and cardiff yet they got their own theatre in st woolos and llandough and therefore do not have to fight for theatre time. Orthopaedics patients in newport are usually booted out after a day and many are only in there on day surgery so go figure how they will improve this speciality.

We are being fed nonsense all the time and have done for years regarding the royal gwent it is about time we had some invesitgative journalism that paints the true picture, instead of this constant regugitating of press releases given out by the ABLHB to andy rutherford.
Orthopaedics got one of the longest waiting lists in wales in newport and cardiff yet they got their own theatre in st woolos and llandough and therefore do not have to fight for theatre time. Orthopaedics patients in newport are usually booted out after a day and many are only in there on day surgery so go figure how they will improve this speciality. We are being fed nonsense all the time and have done for years regarding the royal gwent it is about time we had some invesitgative journalism that paints the true picture, instead of this constant regugitating of press releases given out by the ABLHB to andy rutherford. gingertom
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5:41pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

gingertom wrote:
Orthopaedics got one of the longest waiting lists in wales in newport and cardiff yet they got their own theatre in st woolos and llandough and therefore do not have to fight for theatre time. Orthopaedics patients in newport are usually booted out after a day and many are only in there on day surgery so go figure how they will improve this speciality.

We are being fed nonsense all the time and have done for years regarding the royal gwent it is about time we had some invesitgative journalism that paints the true picture, instead of this constant regugitating of press releases given out by the ABLHB to andy rutherford.
So true. My mother just had to pay again for her spinal injection to be done privately because of the pain that she was in had rendered her immobile and the NHS wait was never-ending. It's a disgrace.
[quote][p][bold]gingertom[/bold] wrote: Orthopaedics got one of the longest waiting lists in wales in newport and cardiff yet they got their own theatre in st woolos and llandough and therefore do not have to fight for theatre time. Orthopaedics patients in newport are usually booted out after a day and many are only in there on day surgery so go figure how they will improve this speciality. We are being fed nonsense all the time and have done for years regarding the royal gwent it is about time we had some invesitgative journalism that paints the true picture, instead of this constant regugitating of press releases given out by the ABLHB to andy rutherford.[/p][/quote]So true. My mother just had to pay again for her spinal injection to be done privately because of the pain that she was in had rendered her immobile and the NHS wait was never-ending. It's a disgrace. Llanmartinangel
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11:03pm Tue 18 Mar 14

gingertom says...

Orthopaedic consultants have no interest in bringing the nhs list down they are earning a fortune by forcing people to go private who don't want to be left with permanent nerve damage and pain by the long delays. Certain orthopaedic consultants have for the last decade made millions out of Welsh nhs patients. Shame on them, the NHS hospitals, nhs hierarchy, private hospitals and WAG AM's who know the names of these people and yet do nothing to stop them.
Orthopaedic consultants have no interest in bringing the nhs list down they are earning a fortune by forcing people to go private who don't want to be left with permanent nerve damage and pain by the long delays. Certain orthopaedic consultants have for the last decade made millions out of Welsh nhs patients. Shame on them, the NHS hospitals, nhs hierarchy, private hospitals and WAG AM's who know the names of these people and yet do nothing to stop them. gingertom
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