Hospital services

Big changes are planned for key hospital wards on Merseyside

Big changes are planned in the way hospital services are organized on Merseyside.

The changes could mean a decision to create a hub for specialist, planned and elective surgery at the Royal Liverpool Hospital site with emergency or acute surgery to be carried out at Aintree Hospital.

The decision, which will affect patients in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley, will affect five key areas: general surgery, breast surgery, nephrology (kidney) medicine, vascular surgery and neurology.

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Speaking at a meeting of Knowsley Council’s Adult Health and Social Care Review Committee this evening January 25, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Medical Director Dr Tristan Cope said this The decision aimed to improve the quality of care and treatment for patients and to avoid duplication between services.

Dr Cope said: “A lot of it is about improving the quality of clinical services, improving outcomes and improving the patient experience, but also improving our ability to recruit from the workforce. labor force, to maintain that labor force.”

He said the plans came about following the merger of Royal Liverpool Hospital and Aintree Hospital in 2019 and came after several other key services had been or were in the process of being merged.

Dr. Cope said; “This is to make the Aintree site a more acute site with more emergency cases and the Royal Liverpool site dealing with more complex planned cancer surgery with its location close to the Clatterbridge specialist center for care against cancer, so these services integrate well.”

Outpatient and on-call services will still, for the most part, be provided at both sites under the proposals.

Dr Cope said: “For all of these services, the reconfigurations we are proposing concern inpatient beds and specialist activity but maintaining access in terms of ambulatory and diagnostic services at both sites”

Councilors at Knowsley, alongside those at Liverpool Council and Sefton Council, are being asked to consider whether the changes represent ‘substantial variations’ to the service.

If each of the boards agrees, this means that a process involving consultation with the boards’ oversight committees as well as broader consultation will take place before the planned implementation date, which must coincide with the opening of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital. , which is to take place in September.

If all boards agree that the changes are “substantial variations”, this would mean a more complex consultation process. The Sefton Council meeting is due to take place on January 31 and Liverpool met yesterday to discuss the proposals.

Knowsley councilors voted on each of the five planned changes and agreed that all represented substantial variations.

If Sefton agrees, the councils will then convene a joint review committee to be kept abreast of the plans, which will also be subject to public consultation before moving forward.

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