The Trust’s all-new Same Day Emergency Care unit opened its doors at the beginning of September and has already had a positive impact on healthcare in the region.
The unit, which opened on Monday 5 September as part of the Emergency Village development at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, benefits both patients and the wider healthcare system by reducing waiting times and hospital admissions by enabling more people to receive treatment and be discharged home the same day.
The Trust has taken a ground-breaking approach to Same Day Emergency Care by being the first Hospital that has brought both Medical and Specialty teams together under one roof. This enables a collaborative multi-disciplinary focus to patient care and widens the range of conditions which might normally have ended up waiting long hours in an Emergency Department waiting room.
Since 5 September the SDEC team has treated more than 1200 patients with over 900 of these being able to return home the same day supporting the Trust’s busy Emergency Department and improving patient experience.
Some of the other benefits on healthcare in the region include improved pathways to key partners such as the North West Ambulance Service and NHS 111 who are able to take or refer patients directly into SDEC.
Helen Raybould, Directorate Manager of Emergency and Acute Medicine at the Trust advised that the impact had not just been on patients but staff too.
“We know that our staff go the extra mile to help patients especially when demand is high and our hospital is busy. The SDEC model of care has seen staff from different clinical teams come together to work differently in the interests of patient care and experience.
“All of the teams are working tirelessly to get patients back home as quickly and safely as possible”
Our slideshow below showcases our teams working together in the new SDEC unit