Operating Services, Critical Care and Anaesthesia Care Group
The care group treats 50,000 patients per year through their elective or emergency care pathway. Services covered include pre-operative assessment, anaesthesia, operating services and a general critical care department rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. A business case for the development of 4 new operating theatres and building work has commenced on the Royal Hallamshire Hospital site. When completed this will provide facilities to allow for the full refurbishment of our operating theatres on A floor.
Operating Services and Anaesthesia
There are 41 operating theatres across the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals sites including a dedicated day surgery facility. Tertiary services are providing for numerous surgical specialties including Neurosurgery, Urology, Vascular and Cardiothoracics. The theatre complex provides a 24/7 service for patients requiring elective, trauma or emergency surgery. Our Anaesthetic team also provide support to the Major Trauma Centre and several anaesthetists participate in providing medical support to the air ambulance. In the last year our Anaesthetic department has achieved ACSA status (Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation), a scheme developed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists that only four Trusts in the North of England have achieved in full. ACSA demonstrates our commitment to quality and patient care.
We have pre–operative assessment units on both the Northern General Hospital and Royal Hallamshire hospital sites which provide a comprehensive service to ensure optimisation of patient fitness prior to elective procedures. The department is at the forefront of innovation and has been successfully using an Electronic Personal Assessment Questionnaire (EPAQ) for reducing the amount of time and number of visits patients have to make to clinic, while providing clinicians with the basic information they need about a patient’s condition. This innovative work has won an award for “using technology to improve efficiency” from the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.
The busy Critical Care units provide general critical care services across three units across the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals sites. There are currently 42 commissioned general critical care beds housed within modern "state of the art" facilities. The critical care team has excellent medical and nursing provision with pharmacy and therapy support (dietetics, speech and language, physiotherapy, clinical psychology and Intensive Care technicians). In addition, we have recently developed a team of advanced critical care practitioners who work with the highly skilled medical and nursing staff to provide support for severely ill patients. Patient care is further supported by a fully electronic patient note keeping record and prescribing system which is internally maintained by experienced support staff. The Critical Care Unit has a thriving audit and research team and data is submitted to the Intensive Care National Audit and Research centre with clinical outcomes consistently better that the UK national average. Several multi-disciplinary staff members sit on national committees and our Critical Care units were considered "outstanding" following the recent Care Quality Commission inspection in 2015.
Research and Audit
The care group has a prolific output in service evaluation and audit projects and this is supported by an enthusiastic and motivated team. All subspecialties regularly produce work which is presented locally and at national and international meetings. This activity underpins our efforts to continuously improve the quality of care that we offer our patients and our department is recognised by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit as an example of excellence within the Trust There are approximately 1,200 staff in the care group and a budget of £50m.
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