South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for the excellence in accident and emergency care award, part of the CHKS annual Top Hospitals programme awards 2015.
The trust’s A&E departments at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton treat more than 127,000 patients a year.
James Cook is a designated regional major trauma centre, ensuring patients with serious and life-threatening injuries are treated quickly in a specialist hospital where expert staff are available round the clock.
The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate the success of healthcare providers across the UK and are awarded to healthcare organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.
Six trusts were shortlisted following an analysis of 28 measures including patient survey results and survival rates.
A&E directorate manager Julie Suckling said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted in the top six.
“We have an excellent, innovative team who work together to constantly meet the everyday challenges of this complex department.
“This recognition demonstrates the quality of services that we deliver day in and day out and is a credit to the team for all their hard work and support.”
Over the last three years, the number of injured people treated by the major trauma centre at James Cook has increased by over 50%.
Julie added: “Whether it’s an injury to head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, face, spine, bones, soft tissues, whether adult or child, all our specialties are here on one site. In the last two years we have demonstrated marked improvements in the management of major trauma cases, which means that more patients are surviving after sustaining severe injuries.”
The six shortlisted trusts have been invited to submit a detailed entry using a questionnaire which will be considered by a panel of expert judges. The judges will visit three shortlisted trusts and then decide on a winner.
Jason Harries, managing director, CHKS said: “South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust should take pride in having been shortlisted on the basis of our analysis of A&E outcomes and we look forward to the next stage in the process which will see us announcing a winner on the 19 May at our awards ceremony in London.”