Savernake Hospital benefits from GWH’s patient care programme
From this week Savernake Hospital is to take part in a programme to improve patient care that has proved a success at Great Western Hospital Foundation Trust - increasing the time nurses can spend with patients. GWH has managed the county’s community hospitals and care services since June last year.
The Productive Ward Programme was introduced by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and since 2009 it’s been in action in twenty-one wards at GWH. Some wards, such as the children’s unit, have doubled the amount of time nurses are able to spend with patients.
At Savernake the project is starting on Ailesbury ward which will be twinned with Aldbourne ward at the GWH so that staff can share ways of making efficiencies and so improving contact time.
The coalition government’s reorganisation of the NHS has left a question mark over the future ownership of Savernake Hospital. While its use may not change dramatically, someone has to be responsible for its Public Finance Initiative (PFI) contract and make the considerable annual payments when the primary care trust (NHS Wiltshire) disappears in April 2013.
Another hint about its future ownership came with an exclusive report in the Health Service Journal that a new body was to be announced soon to take over all PCT buildings and land. This body would be a company wholly owned by the Department of Health, but with regional subsidiaries.
This report – which was not denied by the Department of Health – also said “Some community health assets are to be transferred to foundation trusts that took over services from PCTs last year.” Whether this would include a community hospital that’s contractually attached to a PFI is unclear.
Savernake Hospital is the only community hospital in Wiltshire with PFI funding. Watch this space.