BOSTON’S Pilgrim Hospital is currently undergoing a massive programme of transformation, in a bid to bring the facility up to standard and up to date.
A raft of measures have been put in place at the hospital in recent months, and millions of pounds of work is still set to be completed, in a project which has been called simply Transformation.
Several big projects are already well underway, including the new Intensive Care Unit and the installation of a new MRI scanner, but more is on the way for the hospital.
A new endoscopy suite has been planned at the site, which will allow staff to carry out screenings for bowel cancer for the first time in the history of the hospital. Patients currently have to travel to other hospitals run by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust for screening.
Three new nurses have been recruited as part of the setting up of the unit, which will bring the facilities up to the required standard for accreditation to carry out the screening procedure.
Other things which have been introduced as part of Transformation include a new initiative called Visual Hospital, which is used to visually display the status of each patient on a ward, so that staff have the information at their fingertips. It has been used effectively as a way to ensure people are discharged at the right time. In a trial on medical wards at Pilgrim, it resulted in a 26 per cent reduction in the length of stay for many patients.
Other measures which have been introduced include opening test facilities at weekends so results can be received more quickly, setting up a GP in A&E, so that patients who do not require hospital treatment can be seen by an appropriate person and providing patients with a plan of their care, covering every stage from admission to the day of discharge.
A spokesman for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Pilgrim, said: “The aim of the Transformation programme is to create excellent patient experiences by providing cost effective care and treatment to agreed best practice standards at the right time, in the right place, by the right person, seven days a week.”
It is estimated that these measures and others, which are being put into place across the trust, will help the trust to reach its cost-cutting targets of £20 million by next year.