“I recognise that the people of Redditch and the surrounding areas have deep concerns about their healthcare services, and they care passionately about the delivery of these services. This section of my website will be a reference point for all of my activities and information regarding this issue.”
There are now 37 more hospital doctors and 84 more nurses at the Acute Trust than in 2010.
Within one month of being elected, Rachel met with the then Health Minister, Philip Dunne, the Chair & Clinical Lead of the Redditch & Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, the Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Michelle McKay, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt.
In her maiden speech, Rachel hammered home her commitment to support the Alex. Rachel also used her first opportunity to ask a question in the House of Commons to press the Health & Social Care Secretary on staff recruitment at the Alex.
Rachel has also continuously lobbied the Government on the £29million capital investment promised to the Acute Trust. This significant amount of money will see the Worcestershire Royal Hospital getting upgraded maternity wards, theatres and children’s services, while the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch will get extra money to pay for improvements to the elective care centre, endoscopy, children’s outpatients and an upgrade in theatres.
Thanks to Rachel’s lobbying efforts, the first tranche of the £29million has been made available to the Acute Trust. This £3million will allow the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to construct a link bridge between the main Worcestershire Royal and the second floor of the Aconbury East building. Rachel continues to put pressure on the Acute Trust to submit their final business case for the remaining £29million to the Department for Health and Social Care as soon as possible.
Rachel has also launched a parliamentary petition to push forward the implementation of the GP-led Urgent Care Centre that was promised to us in Redditch as part of the consultation into Acute services in Worcestershire which concluded last year. There has already been an incredible amount of support from residents who all backing Rachel’s petition.
1. A hospital or foundation trust that is high-performing in the relevant areas can partner with the under-performing trust. This partner will help the hospital and its health services to improve.
2. An action plan is written by the trust in discussion with the regulator and local commissioners. It contains details of what improvements are needed and the progress that has been made. Trusts regularly update it with details of the progress they’ve made.
3. An improvement director is appointed to monitor the trust’s progress as it works to achieve the specific steps set out in the action plan.
We are building on and strengthening our improvement plan. Everyone across the organisation is focused on making the changes in quality for our patients. In particular, we are working with staff to help us address the issues the Care Quality Commission has raised, and making quality improvement part of daily business for all our staff.
We are determined to move forward with pace and focus so we can consistently deliver high quality standards for patients across all our services for example we have:
Many minor complaints such as coughs and colds can be treated by staying at home, getting plenty of rest and making sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
Your local pharmacist can give expert, confidential advice or medicines for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, tummy troubles and much more.
Call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast, free medical advice when it’s not an emergency. This can include arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment.
GPs can help you with many health problems and complaints and can provide a wide range of family health services. Contact your GP for an appointment before attending A&E. If you are not registered with a GP visit www.nhs.uk to find a surgery in your area.
Minor Injury Units (MIUs) offer fast, convenient and expert care for minor conditions including cuts, grazes, sprains and burns. Waiting times here are around 20 minutes on average.
There are five MIUs across Worcestershire: