Faster Flow, Safer Care - Breaking the Cycle Week Day 7

Tuesday 21 April 2015

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So I'm visiting Kingston Hospital on Day 7 of Breaking the Cycle and there are some really enthusiastic staff.

Earlier today I saw a senior review in the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) and on one of the Care of the Elderly wards.

I have also heard about the changes the Phlebotomy Team have made, which is enabling consultants to make earlier decisions about patient care and treatment.

During the day I met representatives from commissioning, community and social care - everyone agreed that patients should be at the heart of everything we do which is positive.

Moving forward, it's important to think about sustaining the changes and maintaining the momentum.

One way a number of hospitals have done this is by the use of a patient flow bundle aimed predominantly at inpatient wards. Have a look at the link below; it describes the SAFER patient flow bundle. If every ward could follow this the majority of the time I think patient flow would improve which would reduce delays for our patients.

I look forward to coming back to the Trust and the wider health and social care system in the near future to see how things progress and help where we (ECIST) can.


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