14 February 2013 – Award winning care for women
Airedale Hospital’s gynaecology assessment and treatment unit has won a top accolade.
The hospital team won the sustained improvement award, at the Lean Healthcare Academy Annual Conference and Awards event on 7 February, for their work to establish a dedicated area where women can be cared for by specialist staff and have easier and quicker access to scans and treatment.
The bespoke area, which is quiet and confidential, was created after staff expressed concerns about women who were at risk of miscarrying being cared for on a general surgical ward. The unit, which is open five days a week, has reduced the need for women to either stay overnight or go home and come back the next day for their scan, giving them immediate information about their problem. Treatment can be carried out in the same area and there is also a clinical nurse specialist on the unit to offer expert care and advice.
Sue Speak, head of service improvement at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is fantastic news for the whole team and a great accolade for all their hard work, however the staff’s real motivation was knowing that they were doing the right thing for their patients by making sure we provide the best care possible for women, which has been recognised by the judging panel.”