Leeds Hospital Alert minutes

LEEDS Hospital Alert.

Minutes Tuesday November 13

LGI proposed development: there is a video of the new hospital in the LTHT website. Several members attended the first of two drop-in sessions at the Carriageworks. Pertinent questions were asked with at least one puzzling result. J and P were told there would be no PFI money whilst M and J were told there would be PFI for the building but not for the running of the services in the building. M concerned about the plans for transference of children from the day ward when having blood transfusions or chemo. Concern also about the suggested use of a smart phone app for communication with and tracking of a patient. Also, the issue of lack of public transport to the site. We support J absolutely in his concerns and will help where and when we can.

Beckett Wing: Wards 30 & 31 care staff being run by a private company; medical services by the NHS. A similar set up to Brownberrie Ward at Wharfedale. S concerned that whilst M was in the ward there was insufficient caring attention for patients. A letter to the Chief Nurse would be appropriate.

NHS Computer Access: contact made with the CCG. See the attachment for details.
Agreed we should invite Phil Corrigan to join us one evening before she leaves.

Mental Health: S attended the patient consultation meeting. Changes are being made.

Older people – retain the Care Hoes team
Community Health teams – 24 per team
Memory Support team to be strengthened.
Older People’s Service to operate until 8pm, then the crisis team at Becklin.
Intensive Home Treatment – 80 staff
Community Health teams – 3 teams of 45 for working age patients.
Extensive training plans to be put in place
Monthly meetings with the CCG
Jargon busting sheet is now available.

New Children’s Unit at St Mary’s. Sylvia to meet with Rachel Reeves to express her concerns.

Home Care: still no meaningful response from Councillors though they have said that to take services back in house as they have done in Preston would cost too much. So how do they propose to improve Home Care. Current services are inadequate and failing. Councillor Charlewood will not accept our Home Care Report. Maybe need to contact Care Quality Commission?

Diabetes: now costing 10% of NHS Budget. Patients being blamed rather than there being education and help on how to avoid becoming diabetic.

J will be attending the Health Campaign Together Conference in Birmingham.

Next meetings: Thursday December 6; Tuesday January 15

LGI Consultation notes from Dr John Puntis

Please see this updated document:

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Despite paediatric colleagues being certain there would be fewer beds, at the consultation today I was told by two corporate people from Trust that bed numbers overall were increasing. There may be an issue about how many in patient and how many day case?

They have not yet finished the outline business case to take first to NHSE then the DH, but probably will have done so early next year.

I wonder how they will ensure NHS gets good value for money when they sell off land/buildings when there is little expertise in this area. Interestingly, Brotherton, Old Med School and Gilbert Scott are all in the Naylor inventory of “surplus assets”, although the trust has previously said they had an estates strategy pre-Naylor and have not modified it post Naylor.

Given all the emphasis on community care, should any surplus estate on LGI site be transferred to community?

Does council have any views/leverage here?

Hospitals of the future Consultation – take part now!

The drop in events are Friday 9th November 10.00 – 15.00 in the Carriage works (Electric Press, Millenium Square). and Monday 19th November 16.00 – 20.00

The outline proposals can be found at http://www.leedsth.nhs.uk/new-hospital and also:

At the AGM Linda Pollard said they were still making the outline business case. There is very little detail on funding apart from this statement:

“Meeting these costs will be challenging. Nationally in the NHS, there are many requests for capital funding to fund developments and improvements like these. But, at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, our recent strong financial performance and improvements mean we’re in a good position to discuss funding options with the Department of Health.”

This is clearly a cautious statement! Last time we actually got to discuss all the powerful argument for a Children’s Hospital it was knocked back by the DH as too expensive, particularly given the investment in cancer facilities that had just lead to the centralisation of this service in Leeds and opening of the Beckett Wing.

Clearly we would not want a PFI deal, and would want this publicly funded by government.

#NHS70

A Big Thank You to everyone who helped to make the White Rose celebration such a good event. The staff at the White Rose were wonderful and Sainsbury’ birthday cakes were excellent, much appreciated.

Please God the NHS will be there in another 10 years.

NB to go to the doctor 1939 when Beatrice had infantile paralysis it cost 8 shillings and sixpence. The ordinary wave was less than £3 per week.