Improving hospital services
Improving hospital services across north east London
Barking and Dagenham CCG is working with other NHS organisations to improve hospital services for local people. This follows proposals developed by local clinicians to improve urgent and emergency care, maternity care, children's services and planned care. A public consultation on this, called Health for north east London: delivering high-quality hospital services for the people of north east London was held from November 2009 to March 2010.
In 2011 the Secretary of State for Health gave his support for the proposals resulting from the consultation to go ahead. This followed advice from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel which conducted an extensive review to consider whether the proposals were in the best interests of the local community.
The changes will save lives, significantly improve the health of thousands of patients, and result in a healthier population. Specifically, they will:
- Improve the quality and safety of hospital care for adults and children needing urgent and specialist, and for expectant mothers and their babies. The proposals will help to ensure that senior, experienced clinicians are available to treat the most seriously ill patients and women giving birth every hour of the day, every day of the week.
- Improve access, continuity and quality of care for minor injuries and illnesses through offering a consistent and enhanced 24/7 urgent care model.
- Improve access to dedicated children's services - patients will have better access to paediatric specialists.
- Improve outcomes for emergency surgery - surgical teams performing higher volumes of specific treatments have better patient outcomes.
- Increase maternity capacity and improve choice for pregnant women.
- Improve outcomes and patient satisfaction through separating planned surgery from emergency surgery. This will help to reduce cancellation of operations and reduce the rate of hospital acquired infections.
- Improve the treatment for people with long-term conditions, at the same time making services more accessible by moving them into, or closer to, people’s homes.
- Ensure hospitals are in a better position to cope with the expected rise in demand from a growing population and the financial pressures.
- Provide the right services, in the right place, at the right time.
These changes will only take place once improvements across our local hospitals have been demonstrated.
All documentation relating to Health for North East London is on the Health for North East London website, including:
- Consultation document
- Decision making business case
- Secretary of State’s decision
- IRP report
- JCPT report
- Summary of decisions
Page last updated 26 May 2016