Coordinates: Leighton Hospital is a hospital located in the town of Crewe in the county of Cheshire, England. Together with Victoria Infirmary, Northwich, it forms part of the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Level of care
The hospital is rated as for quality of service Good, with 90% of patients being treated within 18 weeks of referral and Average for cleanliness and comfort[according to whom?].
Top 40 hospital
In May 2014, the Trust was named as one of the best in the country for the third year in a row.
The CHKS 40Top Hospitals award is based on the evaluation of 22 key performance indicators and covers important areas such as safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.
In 2012, the Trust also received the ‘Most Improved Trust in the Country’ award from CHKS, recognising the progress that the staff and services have made in recent years.
Reducing mortality rates
In recent years Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had been classed as having "higher than expected" mortality rates, and work has been taking place over the past few years to identify and address the causes of this.
On July 30, 2014, the Health and Social Care Information Centre published its latest mortality data, with the Trust now back in the “as expected” range for the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI).
This improved position is the result of the extensive work that has been undertaken by clinical teams at the Trust. It is expected that this figure will be reduced further in the next release of the data in October 2014 when a the correction of a data recording issue will take effect.
Alongside SHMI, the Trust also uses another national model of mortality measurement - the Risk Adjusted Mortality Index (RAMI). MCHFT’s RAMI has been better than peer for a number of months now and has improved consistently over the past three years.
The latest RAMI figures, covering the 12 months to July 2014, also suggest that the Trust is performing better than the national average.
New Theatres and Critical Care Facilities
Spring 2014 saw the first patients treated in the new Theatre suite at Leighton Hospital. Part of the £22.8million project which also saw the creation of a new Critical Care unit, the new Theatres offer opportunities to further develop existing ways of working in a way that will maximise the benefits of new theatre designs such as barn theatres and integrated theatres.
The modern, purpose-built unit housing Critical Care is also providing a huge number of benefits to both staff and patients and will continue to do so for many years to come.
The new facilities are state-of-the-art and have been dubbed as some of the best in the country, and it is a real privilege that we have been given the support necessary to bring such high quality services here.
Women having babies at the Trust are provided with some of the safest care in the country, according to an external assessment by the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts which awarded the Trust with Level 3 status after scoring 48 out of 50 against indicators which included the care of women in labour, screening of their mental health, whether they are supported to breastfeed, staffing levels, and the number of incidents and complaints.
The Maternity Unit at Leighton Hospital has undergone significant refurbishment works over the past few years, including a fully reconfigured Labour Ward and the introduction of a new Midwifery-Led Unit designed to improve the overall birth experience for low-risk pregnancies.
Further adding to the recent achievements of the Maternity service, the Trust has been awarded the Baby Friendly Stage 2 accreditation from UNICEF. Baby Friendly focuses on staff knowledge and skills to support families with their infant feeding choices. The work undertaken by the Trust’s Infant Feeding Team has led to improved health outcomes for mothers and their babies, with the highest breast feeding rates and lowest smoking rates during pregnancy in eight years.
Alongside the experts who have praised the care provided by the Maternity Unit, the Trust’s services have also been rated highly by the patients who use them. A national CQC patient survey rated the Trust as better than most others for the labour and birth elements of the pregnancy journey, scoring a total of 9.1 out of 10 (just 0.3 points of the highest score nationally).
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