Royal Bolton could become super hospital in huge NHS shake-up

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton could become super hospital in huge NHS shake-up Royal Bolton could become super hospital in huge NHS shake-up

THE Royal Bolton Hospital is bidding to become one of five specialist super centres in a huge shake-up of NHS services across Greater Manchester.

The public will be asked to decide which hospitals they want to become specialist centres as part of the Healthier Together review, which is due to go to consultation this summer.

Health chiefs — who say the restructure could save up to 1,000 lives every five years — have already earmarked Salford, Oldham and Central Manchester as specialist centres.

The Royal Bolton has been shortlisted alongside Wigan, Stockport and Wythenshawe to become one of two other specialist hospitals in the region.

North Manchester, Fairfield in Bury and Tameside could be classed as "local hospitals" under the proposals — also a possibility for Bolton if it is not chosen as a specialist centre.

All hospitals across Greater Manchester will operate as part of a “single service” where two local hospitals will share services with a specialist hospital.

Access to GP practices and local authority services will also need to improve to provide more care in the community and in people’s homes.

Healthier Together medical director and A&E consultant Dr Chris Brookes says the changes will improve the quality of healthcare for patients.

Dr Brookes said: “This whole proposal is about improving the quality and safety of healthcare for patients.

“The blueprint for the proposals is around the concept of a single shared service where the specialist hospitals work with the local hospitals.

“Currently hospitals are working in isolation from each other. They are not sharing services or staff — each place is trying to do everything.”

Health commissioners — including the NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) — voted unanimously to accept the proposals, which will be reviewed by NHS England before they go before the public.

Healthier Together says the Royal Bolton’s A&E department and maternity services are not under threat.

The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust will have to meet a set of criteria if it is to win the status.

The public will be encouraged to decide where they want the specialist centres to be based and must consider these factors:

  • Access to the hospital, such as public transport
  • Current patient experiences of that hospital
  • The financial position of the hospital

The capacity and workforce of the hospital Dr Jackie Bene, chief executive of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We feel that in Bolton we have a strong case to be a ‘super hospital’.

“We have many highly regarded services, including the second busiest A&E in Greater Manchester and our maternity and children’s services and our performance over the past year has been very good.

“It is right and proper that local people should be consulted on the proposals and I’d urge them to let their views be known.”

Dr Wirin Bhatiani, Bolton CCG, added: “Our hospital services currently have highly variable quality and safety standards and this has led to variable outcomes and experiences for our patients. There is a real issue of a limited workforce spread thinly across all hospital sites.”

Patients will be able to give their view on the plans during a series of public events set to take place over the summer.

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1:45pm Thu 5 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

Hundreds of more cars with no where to park then,

Great thinking EH! - idiotic without a care in the world for any patient or relatives.
Hundreds of more cars with no where to park then, Great thinking EH! - idiotic without a care in the world for any patient or relatives. MrUpton
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4:57pm Thu 5 Jun 14

duggie67 says...

It wont be chosen, if Salford, Manchester and Oldham are likely to be picked then the obvious choice would be Wigan as it spreads the area covered!
Bolton has potential and has some land available for development for more parking. It could also do with the investments to improve the facilities.
It wont be chosen, if Salford, Manchester and Oldham are likely to be picked then the obvious choice would be Wigan as it spreads the area covered! Bolton has potential and has some land available for development for more parking. It could also do with the investments to improve the facilities. duggie67
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5:21pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Hulton Park says...

It is unthinkable that Bolton, as the largest centre after Manchester, should not be chosen.

RBH already effectively operates as the hospital of choice for areas that are supposedly Salford (walkden and Little Hulton) and "Wigan" (most of the Leigh area), as well as fringe areas of Bolton that ended up in other authorities, like Belmont and Bradley Fold. Together, they add about 130,000 on top of the borough's population.

Wigan RAI is out on a limb in terms of Greater Manchester, and even for much of the Wigan borough.

At the same time, to have all major GM hospitals within a 6-mile radius of Manchester city centre makes no sense in terms of where the actual population is.

Wigan and Bolton boroughs have a joint population greater than that of the City of Manchester. We deserve a first-rank facility HERE. We certainly pay for it.
It is unthinkable that Bolton, as the largest centre after Manchester, should not be chosen. RBH already effectively operates as the hospital of choice for areas that are supposedly Salford (walkden and Little Hulton) and "Wigan" (most of the Leigh area), as well as fringe areas of Bolton that ended up in other authorities, like Belmont and Bradley Fold. Together, they add about 130,000 on top of the borough's population. Wigan RAI is out on a limb in terms of Greater Manchester, and even for much of the Wigan borough. At the same time, to have all major GM hospitals within a 6-mile radius of Manchester city centre makes no sense in terms of where the actual population is. Wigan and Bolton boroughs have a joint population greater than that of the City of Manchester. We deserve a first-rank facility HERE. We certainly pay for it. Hulton Park
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