Statement from Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on Queen’s Hospital A&E services

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“The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will enable us to deliver care closer to home for many of our services and to reduce the reliance on traditional hospital-based care. This is an exciting period of change for healthcare in the region and as part of the STP leadership, we are working hard to deliver on those commitments.

It is only when we can achieve our goal of allowing more people to be treated out of hospital day-to-day, within their local community, that we can turn our attention to those services that deliver urgent care in a hospital setting, such as our local A&Es, to understand what people really need and how.

We recognise the vital part that our A&E in Burton plays in the wellbeing of the local community and, as commissioner and provider for the population of East Staffordshire and the surrounding areas, we are united in our commitment to the A&E at Queen’s Hospital and we have no plans to close it.

Our A&E staff work incredibly hard, often in very challenging circumstances, and deliver an outstanding performance in treating people quickly, efficiently and with compassion. In fact, the Queen’s A&E is currently one of the top performers against the national four hour standard, and we are attracting the cream of the medical profession to come and work in the unit.

We want local people to understand our commitment to the A&E services at Queen’s Hospital and for our staff to feel reassured in their continuing career development with us. This is a great time to work at Queen’s and we want to encourage more healthcare professionals, particularly nursing staff, to come and join the ranks of our high performing A&E.”

Tony Bruce, Accountable Officer, East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Helen Scott-South, Chief Executive, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

STP Transformational Goals

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Dr Bill Gowans, Medical Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP

“The vision for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is one of helping people to stay well, and to receive the majority of the care they need closer to home. This involves looking at how we can get the right services out into the community and help people live healthier lives. If we can get that right, then a trip to A&E should go back to being for accidents and emergencies only, rather than what it has slowly become, which is the default option for urgent care.

“We know that A&Es across the country are currently under significant pressure to deliver the 95% 4 hour target amid rising demand and the impact of an ageing population with complex health needs, as well as cuts to social care. We want to acknowledge and thank all of the staff who work hard within these departments, day in, day out, during a challenging time.

“The focus on A&Es is premature at this stage in the development of the STP and our priorities in the shorter term will be to concentrate on finding the right solution for our communities based on helping keep people well and out of hospital where we can. We will be doing this work in partnership with stakeholders, staff and the general public and welcome all input and feedback.”