As the leaders of the NHS in Worcestershire it is our passion and aim to provide the very best of health and care to our patients and communities.
We have a shared vision on how your hospital services should be provided in the future but we want to know what you think.
We will be sharing our proposals with the public later this year and asking you to tell us if you agree with them or whether you think we should do things differently.
Our shared vision comes from the proposed clinical model of care which was published in January 2015. Under the proposed model of care around 95% of patients would continue to receive their care in the hospital where they receive it now. There will be no changes to outpatient appointments, diagnostics or acute medicine.
The model of care being proposed for Worcestershire separates much of the emergency and planned care undertaken in the county. This separation enables the Trust to utilise its workforce and equipment in the most cost-effective way and ensures emergency patients have access to all the experts and equipment. It will improve outcomes and enhance the patient experience. It will also lead to a reduction in the number of cancelled operations.
The model of care we are proposing moves:
- All hospital births from the Alexandra to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital
- Inpatient children’s services from the Alexandra to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital
- Emergency surgery from the Alexandra to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital
- Most planned orthopaedic surgery from Worcestershire Royal to the Alexandra Hospital
- Some planned gynaecology surgery from Worcestershire Royal to the Alexandra Hospital
- More planned surgery – eg breast surgery from Worcestershire Royal to the Alexandra Hospital
- More ambulatory care from Worcestershire Royal to the Alexandra Hospital
- More daycase and short stay surgery to Kidderminster Hospital
It retains an adult-only emergency department and introduces a new Urgent Care Centre for adults and children at the Alexandra Hospital. By doing this it concentrates the higher risk, emergency care at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and planned elective care at the Alexandra Hospital.
Further work is now being undertaken on the model to make sure it is clinically and financially sustainable. Once this work is complete we will put the model out into the community and ask you what you think about it.