“A year of massive achievement” was celebrated during the Trust’s Annual Members’ Meeting.
Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein outlined the huge strides made by the hospital during 2015 to the 40 people who attended the meeting in The Hub on Wednesday, 20 July.
One of the biggest milestones was the lifting of Special Measures by the Care Quality Commission, which also praised staff for their care and compassion, along with meeting its budgetary commitments and the 18 weeks referral to treatment target. This year saw the Trust complete major projects such as the opening of the new Breast Unit, state-of-the-art operating theatre along with the Midwife Led Birth Unit.
But Mrs Hosein also told the meeting that the hospital was continuing to achieve despite seeing rocketing levels of patients.
Last year the QEH saw:
– 59,902 patients arrive at the A&E Department compared 56,779 in 2014/15,
– 38,055 inpatients were treated compared with 36,451 in 2014/15
– 280,721 outpatients were seen compared with 265,508 in 2014/15
– The hospital carried out 33,820 day case procedures compared with 31,777 in 2014/15
– 2,479 babies were born at the hospital compared with 2,446 in 2014/15
Mrs Hosein said: “This year has been a year of massive achievement and challenges.
“The hospital’s challenges are increasing day-on-day. But what I have to say is that this reflects strongly on our staff and I would like to say a big thank you to them as we are doing all of this on the same staffing levels.
“We have set ourselves ambition and expectation to aim for excellence in all we do.
“We are preparing this hospital for the future so people will say ‘There’s a District General Hospital which is excellent in everything they do’.”
During the meeting Director of Nursing Catherine Morgan highlighted some of the Trust’s performance achievements which included providing more choice to end of life patients.
While Medical Director Bev Watson added that Frailty Pathway was a high priority for the organisation and improvements have been made to this service.
David Stonehouse, Director of Finance, told the meeting that the Trust had reduced its deficit and that the Department of Health was showing confidence in the hospital by investing £11.8 million for building projects.
Constitutional changes were approved to reduce the number of Governors from 17 to 16 following a presentation by Lead Governor Esme Corner OBE.
In closing the meeting Trust Chair Edward Libbey said: “It has been an interesting year, a year of challenges and progress but also one we can look back on with some pleasure.
“We have a very loyal staff along with a very loyal patient base. It is our ambition that this hospital gives back to our patients the best possible treatment and experience.”
Pictured are: Chair Edward Libbey and Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein with executive directors Bev Watson, Catherine Morgan and David Stonehouse.