A vital service improving the lives of Parkinson’s Disease sufferers has been shortlisted for a prestigious award – just nine months after opening its doors.
The Parkinson’s Advanced Symptoms Unit (PASU), based at Redcar Primary Care Hospital, is in the running for the ‘Managing Long-Term Conditions’ gong at the Patient Safety Awards 2016.
The unit – a collaboration between South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust – is the first of its kind in the UK.
It provides patients and their carers with reassuring and quick access to assessments by a range of specialists involved in the management of Parkinson’s Disease.
It also offers home visits for patients with complications arising from their Parkinson’s Disease, whether physical, such as impaired movement, or mental, such as dementia and psychosis.
Dr Neil Archibald, project lead for PASU, a collaboration between South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Tees Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have the hard work of the PASU team recognised in this way.
“Since opening in September last year, we have seen improvements in quality of life for our patients, as well as a reduction in emergency admissions to the hospital and reduced length of stay for patients.”
Commenting on their experiences of PASU, one patient said: “We came away from the clinic feeling much more positive and relieved to know that help was close to hand and that we were not alone.
“As a patient it is so reassuring to know that such a well organised and much needed facility is available.”
The Patient Safety Awards recognise healthcare organisations that are “constantly innovating” and overcoming challenges to put patients’ needs first.
Winners will be announced on 5 July at Manchester Central, the first day of the Patient Safety Congress.
More than 800 people from across the NHS will gather for a night of recognition, rewarding and networking.
Alistair McLellan, editor of the Health Service Journal and Jenni Middleton, editor of the Nursing Times, said: “This year, the awards really highlight those organisations who are not only doing their day jobs, but going above and beyond every day to deliver exceptional patient care and safety.”