Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust up for national award as it cuts patient stays

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REDUCING the average length of stay for patients in Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham has seen the trust that runs the site earn an award nomination.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been short-listed in the Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards.

Its work to reduce the average length of stay by more than six per cent has resulted in an annual saving of more than £3m.

The average length of stay at QA was cut from 7.2 to 6.7 days.

Mike Quinn, managing director for medicine at PHT, said: ‘This provided an opportunity for clinicians to review the discharge processes and identify elements contributing to a slow-down.

‘By focusing on these barriers and their causes, modifications were introduced that resulted in improved planning, a reduction in overall length of stay, and an increase in patient satisfaction.

‘Staff have also commented that the changes have resulted in more informed communications between departments which contributed to the overall improvement in patient flow.’

The HSJ awards will be held on September 23 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London.