Happy Birthday #wesTENsussex
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust celebrated its 10th birthday on 1 April, with hundreds of staff and volunteers invited to enjoy birthday cake and reflect on a decade of achievements.
The trust, which runs St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, Worthing Hospital and Southlands in Shoreham, was formed on 1 April 2009 when the Royal West Sussex and Worthing & Southlands NHS trusts merged.
Within four years, Western Sussex Hospitals won Foundation Trust status and in April 2016 it became the first multi-site hospital trust to be rated “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission.
Chief executive Dame Marianne Griffiths said: “I am extraordinarily proud of Western Sussex Hospitals and everyone who works and volunteers for the trust.
“Their exemplary care, kindness and compassion are experienced by thousands of people every day and their achievements over the past ten years have been absolutely phenomenal.”
The trust has seen demand for its services rise dramatically since 2009. This year, 605,000 outpatient appointments took place – up nearly 40% in 10 years.
Similarly, the number of inpatients and day cases staff see each year has risen by 23% to 138,000 in 2018/19, while 143,000 people attended the trust’s A&Es – on average, 400 a day!
At the same time, patient care has steadily improved. Hospital-acquired cases of the ‘super-bug’ MRSA are now a thing of the past and instances of the C.difficile bacteria have fallen from more than 250 a year to just 30 now.
The trust is also among the safest 20% of hospitals on mortality rates and was the eighth best in the country in February for A&E waiting times. And more than 97% of patients say they would recommend its care to their friends and family.
Dame Marianne said: “I have so much pride in the organisation and our people – no matter what challenges we face and no matter what we ask, they never fail to deliver.
“Our staff really care about our patients, but they care about each other as well. That’s what people experience here – it’s what our staff survey tells us and what the CQC found: just an amazingly friendly place to be.”