Foundation Trust Members Newsletter August 2008
Welcome to the latest issue of our free members newsletter - the
magazine exclusively for members.
The newsletter gives you all the latest news from Airedale Hospital
along with updates about our plans to become a Foundation
Trust and news about our special member events.
In this issue we include an invitation to our hugely
successful and popular Open Evening (incorporating the
Annual General Meeting) on 9th September. We will also
bring you the latest news from our hospital, and ask for
your help to sign up even more members to get involved
in their local hospital.
We really hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any
ideas or feedback then please get in touch. We would like
to hear from you.
You can write (the address and contact details are on the
back page of the newsletter) or call us on 01535 292727 or
email our membership ofﬁce email: email@example.com
Thank you again for taking an interest in your local hospital.
Together we can make sure Airedale has a great future.
Open Evening / Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 9th September 2008 – 4pm to 6.30pm
Date for Restaurant, Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, BD20 6TD
your diary • Get behind the scenes of your local hospital.
• Take a tour of our theatres, pathology laboratory, x-ray department, physiotherapy and many more
• See our tele-medicine link to rural GP practices in action
• Find out about our new stroke service that is saving lives
• Try your hand with real surgical equipment
• Meet our expert staff
• Join us for a free supper
• Everyone of all ages welcome
Tours will run throughout the evening from 4pm to 6.30pm. Places on the tours are very popular and
are limited. Please phone us at the membership ofﬁce on 01535 292727 to sign up for a tour.
A free supper and designated parking will be available.
Hospital gets a Deep Clean
The Hospital has been involved in a major deep clean this year as part of a
UK- wide programme to keep hospitals clean and safe.
The 10 weeks of intensive cleaning saw each ward and patient bay in the
whole of the hospital deep cleaned by an expert company and is another step
in the hospital’s drive to prevent the spread of infection. The Hospital already
has a reputation for cleanliness and has an award winning in-house cleaning
team who use the latest technology - microﬁbre - to help reduce infection in their
daily task of keeping the wards clean.
New matron gets tough on bugs
In June we appointed a new matron to get tough on bugs and lead the ﬁght against infection.
Expert matron for Infection Prevention, Allison Charlesworth, manages a team of Infection Prevention nurse specialists. The
daily routine involves monitoring any patients admitted with infections to ensure it is not spread, and giving training sessions on
microbiology and infection prevention and control to staff, so they follow the strict hygiene regime and have the latest techniques
in preventing the spread of infection between patients and between wards. They also audit every ward to ensure staff are
complying with the hygiene regime and share initiatives where wards are particularly successful.
Whilst the team have lots of measures to prevent the spread of infection – the most important and effective way is through hand
For staff, visitors and patients washing hands with soap and water and using the alcohol gel available on all wards is the simplest
and easiest way of preventing spread of infection.
And the results so far….
At Airedale Hospital rates of infection are falling year on year, and this is due to the real focus on controlling infection and
promoting a zero tolerance approach to hand hygiene.
This is only one of the measures we are putting in place this year - we have also introduced:
• a new uniform policy where all staff have to be bare below the elbows • regular checks on hand hygiene
• a zero tolerance approach to the hand hygiene of our staff • strict monitoring of any cases of infection
Our Matron’s Advice– What you can do to keep safe and stop the spread of infection
At home entrance every time you enter and leave the ward – ‘Don’t
Wash your hands with soap and water: walk past – clean hands only take a minute!’
• before and after every meal • For visitors - If you are poorly with a stomach upset,
diarrhoea and vomiting or another infection then don’t pass
• before and after preparing food
it on - please don’t visit the hospital until you have been
• after using the toilet clear of the infection for 48 hours
• after changing your baby’s nappy • For patients - use the hand wipes we provide on every ward
In Hospital before and after mealtimes
• All patients, visitors and other members of the public • Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet
should use the alcohol hand gel available at every ward
Patients give Airedale the thumbs up good local hospital. The staff are courteous, caring and
94% of patients treated in Airedale Hospital told a national helpful.
survey that their care was ‘excellent’, ‘very good or ‘good’. • If I had been paying I could not have had any better
Airedale also topped the ratings with high scores for treatment – excellent. (a holidaymaker taken ill in
cleanliness, food choice and patients being treated with Keighley)
privacy and dignity during their stay. • Everything was ﬁrst class
Doctors, nurses and care and treatment rated the highest • I can honestly state that all the consultants, doctors and
with their questions entering the top 20% of the best nursing staff were fully dedicated to my operation and
performing trusts in 15 out of 18 areas. recovery. Cannot praise them highly enough, superb care
The survey also collected patient comments: given right down to the support teams.
• I would give this hospital 100% • Treated as a human despite my age
• A very good hospital and I feel privileged to have such a • It had an aura of comfort, safety and peace
of her brain and the clot busting drug to ensure she was able
to make the best recovery possible.
• Airedale treats around 300 patients every year with
Cut in waiting times gives gift of hearing strokes.
Victoria Mottram, 29 year old Colne patient was born with • 4-9% of all stroke patients will be suitable for the
profound hearing loss but now has been given a new lease of thrombolysis (clot busting drug)
hearing thanks to our audiology service.
• 600 lives a year in our region will be saved when all
The team were able to assess and ﬁt Victoria with her new hospitals adopt this.
super power hearing aid within 5 weeks. We have been
If thrombolysis can be given staff only have a vital 3 hour time
working hard to meet the new government target of starting
frame to get rid of the clot as after that time the brain damage
hospital treatment on patients within 18 weeks of referral
is done with 1 million neurons being lost every minute that
from their GP and this is a real success story.
the brain is without a blood supply.
Alan Walshaw, Audiology, Senior Audiologist at Airedale NHS
Airedale staff work closely with the ambulance teams who
alert the hospital to the arrival of a possible stroke patient.
“Victoria’s hearing only starts at between 100 and 120 The expert stroke consultant can then be called immediately to
decibels. If you think that 90 decibels is shouting level, 100 attend A and E to be ready for the patients arrival. The patient
decibels is a jackhammer right next to you and 120 decibels is then assessed in A and E and if suitable for thrombolysis
is the same as having a jumbo jet ﬂy overhead – it gives you will be taken immediately to x-ray for a CT scan of their brain.
an idea of the challenges she faces. The drug can then be given in A and E saving vital minutes.
These new super power digital hearing aids make a huge Mrs Benzie had suffered minor strokes before so her husband
difference to Victoria – she can now tell which side the sound immediately called for an ambulance wasting no time in
is coming from – she’s a remarkable patient.” getting her to hospital. She arrived at the hospital shortly
The wait for a hearing appointment has been cut drastically afterwards, was immediately assessed by a specialist team
- extra investment, ﬂexible appointments and the hard work of and stroke consultant, taken for a CT scan and given the clot
the Audiology staff now means new patients are waiting under busting drug – all within the space of 3 vital hours.
6 weeks for their ﬁrst appointment - a huge improvement from Mrs Benzie says:
this time last year where patients could wait up to 60 weeks.
“It has been amazing – the staff were super efﬁcient from the
minute I got to the A and E department. This treatment has
New specialist given me a quality of life I might never have had.”
stroke care is saving Dr Andrew Catto, Consultant in Stoke Medicine and
lives Commissioning Director for Acute Care at Airedale NHS
Airedale is now a leading Trust:
hospital in the Yorkshire Time is the real issue in this situation. It is vital for the public
region for a new life saving and their carers and families to recognise the symptoms of a
practice for stroke care and potential stroke regard it as a medical emergency and get to
in May our ﬁrst patient to hospital as soon as possible.”
receive the ground breaking
treatment was ready to go Foundation Trust Update
home. We previously informed you that we were planning to become
Janet Benzie from Long a Foundation Trust during 2008, however having taken
Preston made an excellent the application as far as we could, we decided to delay
recovery after suffering a life the application so we could assess our ﬁnancial position.
threatening stroke. She was We have therefore implemented a year of ‘ﬁt for purpose’
rushed from her home by measures during the current ﬁnancial year with the intention
ambulance, assessed by a of submitting our application for Foundation Trust status in
consultant in stroke medicine Spring 2009. We will as a result be aiming to hold our ﬁrst
in A and E and once agreed elections for our new Council of Members probably in Summer
that she was ideal for the 2009 in time for our achieving Foundation Trust status by the
thrombolysis treatment, was end of 2009.
given an immediate CT scan
What does membership mean for you?
One of the main features of Airedale becoming a Foundation
Trust is that people living in our catchment area can now become
public members and therefore become part of a membership
community involved in the future of the hospital.
Membership is free and means you can be involved and have
Membership also means you can:
• become actively involved and help shape our future plans
• be consulted on major plans
• vote for and elect Council Members to a new Membership
• stand for election as a public Council Member
• make sure your views and those of your community are
heard Useful Information
The Membership Council will be made up of public, staff and
partner representatives and will meet regularly, chaired by Have you moved house or changed your details?
the Trust Chairman, Colin Millar. It will make sure public and Then please let us know so we you can continue to receive
staff views are heard when decisions are made and will work the latest information. Please phone 0870 707 1573 or
on growing and developing the link between the membership email AIR@nhs-membership.co.uk with your changes.
community and the Trust.
We need your help Airedale NHS Trust switchboard 01535 652511
We currently have nearly 5,000 public members which is a
Membership ofﬁce 01535 292727
great start, but we need to get more local people involved
from all parts of the community. Do you know someone who Membership Ofﬁce Address:
would like to become a member too? Maybe a relative, friend Foundation Trust Membership Ofﬁce
or neighbour? Airedale NHS Trust
Please pass on the membership form enclosed with this Airedale General Hospital
newsletter and help us to sign up more members. They can
then send the form back Freepost and we will send them their Steeton
welcome pack, free newsletter and invitation to our special Keighley
members events. Or if they prefer they can register online at West Yorkshire
www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk or over the phone on Tel: 0870 BD20 6TD
707 1573. If you need more forms then please contact the
Membership ofﬁce. We will be happy to help. Website: www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk
Foundation Trust Member Events
‘Medicine for Members’ events will be held on the following
dates. Please refer to our website for conﬁrmation of each
topic area or call our membership ofﬁce on Tel: 01535 292
727 for further details.
Monday 13th October (am)
Thursday 16th October (pm)
Tuesday 2nd December (am)
Monday 8th December (pm)