Oh, what a night!
At Our Best and Long Service Awards – pages 8-9
Sharing news about the Trust directly with staff and public members | Number 237 | July 2012
Wireless revolution Andy’s the night rider
1,000 mile motorbike ride in 24 hours for critical care unit
Awards night success
At Our Best and Long Service Awards night centrespread
Leadership in style
Engaging with staff by developing a leadership style for the whole Trust
Volunteer’s Macmillan award
CBRN unit installed...................5 Chairs!......................................6 Management changes ..............6 Bon voyage, Kirsty!.................11 Photography competition .......12 “Open all hours!”...................13
new service for major vascular surgery for the 750,000 population of north east Essex, east Suffolk and the Colne Valley began this month. It means that anyone from that area requiring the most complex vascular surgery, either as an emergency or elective (planned) procedure, will have their operation at a new centre that has been developed at Colchester General Hospital. The new arrangement was established by The Five Rivers Vascular Network, which consists of our Trust, Ipswich Hospital and the three local primary care trusts. We invested £1.5m in a specialist state-of-the-art theatre and have a 14-bed vascular inpatient unit to support this work. Staff from Ipswich Hospital, including its three consultant vascular surgeons, radiologists and anaesthetists, will come to Colchester to perform some of the surgery. Mr Chris Backhouse, consultant vascular surgeon at Colchester, said: “The new service is a very positive development for the population of east Suffolk, north east Essex and the Colne Valley because it will provide a gold standard level of care. “The vascular surgeons at 76-year-old grandfather was the first vascular patient to have surgery in the new theatre. Alan Myers (pictured right) returned home just three days after having an operation to repair a
Ipswich and Colchester have worked together as a single team to establish this new centre because we believe it will result in even better clinical outcomes for patients. We are driven by clinical excellence and giving patients the best possible treatment and care. “Clinical evidence shows that hospitals which perform
been led by the vascular specialist team from the hospitals. “We have worked closely for the past five years in sharing our emergency workload, and now we are making sure that by working together we are able to provide a clinically viable local service for our local population. The Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland
New specialist vascular service begins
greater numbers of complex vascular operations have better patient outcomes, including significantly lower mortality. Although both hospitals have good outcomes already, we want to achieve even better results for our patients.” Mr Backhouse stressed that most patients will not see a change as the majority of vascular patients are outpatients or day cases who will continue to receive care and treatment at their local hospital in Ipswich or Colchester. His Ipswich consultant vascular surgeon colleague, Mr Isam Osman, said: “One of the really positive things about this service change is that it has recommends that hospitals undertaking fewer than 100 elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repairs over three years should not continue to offer these procedures, as this is the level needed to develop and sustain clinician expertise to deliver better patient outcomes. “Working together, the new unit expects to undertake between 75 and 80 elective AAAs each year, which is well above the recommended threshold.” Complex elective vascular surgery involves procedures to the major arteries, including AAA repair, carotid endarterectomy and limb bypass surgery. told to expect after such a major operation. What I was...