New Leeds Hospital
Several members of Leeds Hospital Alert attended the drop-in sessions to see the plans for the new hospital on the LGI site. These are our concerns: –
The cost —- there is still a huge gap between the money promised/secured and the amount needed.
Wonder if there is sufficient expertise available to ensure that LTHT doesn’t suffer the same costs/penalties of PFI.
Will there be sufficient safeguards to ensure that obtaining money from private sources doesn’t mean further privatisation within the Trust? Far too much NHS money is going into private hands instead of patient and staff care.
The size of the buildings and the site itself presents problems for many patients especially those arriving by public transport or have problems walking or are simply not well. Are you negotiating with the transport authority or considering the use of a hopper bus?
There can be serious problems too for wheelchair users especially when they are not allowed to bring their carer with them in the ambulance. Will there be an efficient porter service with wheelchairs at the point of access.
Can we assume that everywhere will have wheelchair and disabled access plus help for those hard of hearing?
Assume you will negotiate with and accept advice from the Department of Disabled Studies at the University
Members with nursing experience question the use of a day ward for children needing blood transfusions or chemo. There can be 7 or 8 at any one time on the ward. To be told they could be transferred to another ward isn’t considered to be satisfactory. Certainly not the best treatment of young people.
We were assured that there would be no reduction in beds but this fails to take into account a rising population, referrals from another hospital and whether these have been taken into account in modelling bed numbers. Rising demand must necessitate more beds not just maintaining the current number.
Bringing together all maternity services on to one site creates a very large unit. Is this best practice? We would recommend a public consultation a.s.a.p.
Very concerned about the proposed use of apps. Have you considered just how many people will not have an app? Not everyone has an i-phone or indeed a computer. Has any assessment been undertaken to discover just how many mistakes already happen with the computer services at LTHT? How many patients are blamed for faults in the system?
We can certainly give you some examples. What would you do in circumstances such as 02 closing down completely for 36 (?) hours? How would you contact all the patients who use that provider? What fall back procedures will you have in place?
Substantial buildings are to be put up for sale. Is there sufficient expertise in the Trust to organise these sales so that a fair price is paid with water tight safeguards? In the past this has been questionable.
What happens next if you don’t succeed in raising sufficient funding?
Will just part of the plan be implemented?