“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