Region is leading the way in patient safety

Left to right, Teresa Fenech, Dr Hilary Jones and Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and chairman of the North East Patient Safety Strategic Forum
Left to right, Teresa Fenech, Dr Hilary Jones and Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and chairman of the North East Patient Safety Strategic Forum
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TV health guru Dr Hilary Jones joined medics to celebrate the innovative work of the NHS in improving patient safety.

A regional award ceremony was held to commend the achievements of North-East doctors, nurses and managers who have improved the quality and safety of care for patients.

The ceremony, which took place at the Wynyard Rooms, showcased work delivered as part of NHS North East’s Safer Care North East Strategy, which was launched in 2008.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in Hartlepool and Stockton, scooped three of the 10 regional awards by winning the drug safety category for leading a regional project to ensure safer prescribing and administration of insulin and the reducing mortality category for reducing deaths in intensive care through improved communication, patient pathways and influential consultant leadership.

It also won the safe surgery category, the trust’s innovative new day case foot surgery service which means patients no longer need to undergo general anaesthetic or stay overnight in hospital but instead can be discharged home within one hour of surgery to recover in familiar surroundings, reducing the risk of blood clots and infection.

Other winners included NHS Tees, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, which all provide services for people in Hartlepool and east Durham.

Teresa Fenech, deputy chief nurse at NHS North East, said: “It is fantastic to have Dr Hilary Jones here with us to help shine the light on the significant achievements of North-East doctors, nurses and NHS managers, but also as we look towards the future and how we can raise safety standards even further to create positive experiences for both patients and staff.”