Agenda and minutes

Health Policy and Performance Board
Tuesday, 28th June, 2011 6.30 p.m.

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Contact: Lynn Derbyshire on 0151 471 7389 or e-mail 

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Review of impact of non-arterial centre designation on Warrington Hospital and the people it serves pdf icon PDF 17 KB

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The Board considered a report of the Strategic Director, Communities which highlighted the Cheshire and Merseyside Vascular Review of the impact of non-arterial centre designation on Warrington Hospital and the people it serves.


The Board was advised that the Cheshire and Merseyside Vascular Review project board had informed Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that, subject to consultation, they would not be recommending to commissioners the designation of Warrington Hospital as an arterial centre.


The Board was further advised that senior staff at the hospital had shared with Warrington Health Consortium their concerns about the impact of this decision on Warrington Hospital and the people it serves.


It was reported that as lead commissioner for Warrington and Halton Trust, Warrington Health Consortium had concluded that these issues would require thorough assessment before a final decision was made about the designation of arterial centres.  It was convening a team to assess the impact of the proposed changes, and would not make a decision until that assessment was complete.


Furthermore, the assessment would involve the risk to local services that non-designation might pose.  This would include consideration of the impact on interventional radiology, trauma, stroke and other services for the people of Warrington and Halton, St Helens and Knowsley. In addition, it was reported that the assessment would not be complete before 30th September 2011.


      Dr. Tom Dent, Project Director, Cheshire and Merseyside Vascular Review, a  representative of the Cheshire and Merseyside Vascular Review, Board, Mr Simon Banks, Operational Director, NHS Halton and St Helens and Jackie Robinson, NHS Knowsley  were  present at the meeting to outline the proposals.


Arising from the discussion the following points were noted:


·        2000 responses from the consultation had been received from staff and public;


·        The bid from Warrington Hosipital did not meet the standards specified in 3 areas as follows:

o       such as not having 6 vascular surgeons and 6 interventional radiologists;

o       that the Carotid Endarterectomy procedure is carried out 100 times per year and Warrington was substantially short of this; and

o       a wider geographical population was assumed for the application than Warrington currently met. In order to reach the required figure, catchment population would need to be sought from Knowsley, Crewe, Leigh and Irlam, and it was felt that people from these areas already attended other hospitals;


·        When the results of the review panel revealed that it could not recommend that Warrington could become an arterial centre a team was set up to carry out a risk assessment of the impacts that the proposed changes would have on Halton and Warrington.  This would be completed in the autumn;


·        Members asked why it was proposed that there be two arterial centres rather than three.  In response it was noted that if there were too many hospitals performing the procedure it would not be as effective as carrying it out in a more focussed centre where the expertise would be higher as it would be carried out more  ...  view the full minutes text for item 16.