Patient and Public Reference Group

At the recent Patient and Public Reference Group Meeting in Manchester, Dr Chris Brookes – Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Salford Royal and Executive Medical Director for Greater Manchester Major Trauma service – opened the workshop by telling everyone about the benefits from changes to the stroke and trauma services, during the past year.

  • The new stroke service saves 2 lives a month now that patients are able to access the same high-quality service throughout Greater Manchester
  • The new trauma service saves 24 lives per annum on average.

He continued by saying that agreed quality standards need to be met at least 95% of the time. He also listed the benefits, not only for patients, but also for the clinical services:

  • Quality of care for all
  • Access to quality of care the same
  • Affordability and value for money – makes best use of the money we have
  • Workforce development – staff will want to come to Manchester
  • Deliverability and sustainability improved – a complex issue
  • Research, innovation and education
  • Social value

Other examples given:

  • Orthopaedic services have a huge variation in outcomes. The same operation may cost from £750 to £5500 with the same outcome.
  • Where there are dedicated units for elective surgery, operations are guaranteed to take place, except in extremely rare circumstances.
  • Breast surgery- 25 radiologists in GM, with 1/3 to retire during next 3 years. The Nightingale Unit in S Manchester is the best recruiting cancer service in the country because it has been changed and is now a ‘one-stop-shop’ – patients are seen and tests provided at one visit.
  • Vascular – when changed will provide a critical mass – largest in the country, therefore, attractive to newly trained doctors.

In summing up, Dr Brookes assured the group that talks will continue with Transport for Greater Manchester, as everyone is aware that having to travel further will be difficult for some patients and their relatives.

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