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Aintree Hospital - Merger

Meeting: 25/02/2020 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Adult Social Care and Health) (Item 51)

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Representatives of the Trust to attend to give a presentation.


Further to Minute No. 34 (2) of 15 October 2019, the Committee received a presentation from Steve Warburton, Chief Executive, and Dr. Tristan Cope, Executive Medical Director, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on developments at the Trust. The presentation outlined the following:


·       The merged Trust;

·       Trauma and Orthopaedics Reconfiguration;

·       Winter; and

·       New Royal progress.


Members of the Committee asked questions/raised matters on the following issues:


·       What was the Knifesavers campaign?

This was an innovative campaign to provide bleeding control packs in public spaces, such as pubs and clubs, as prompt action to stop bleeding following a knife attack could help save lives.


·       Which former Trusts were now part of the newly merged Hospital Trust?

The Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was comprised of the former Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which included St Paul’s Eye Unit, Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital and Liverpool University Dental Hospital. The Walton Centre, the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, remained independent NHS Trusts.


·       Had the assets and liabilities of the former Hospital Trusts now merged?

The total deficit for the newly merged Hospital Trust was now about £75m. This would be largely offset by sustainability funding to be obtained during the following financial year.


·       How would the new Trust cope with surges for demand?

The merger provided benefits for both elective and non-elective patients and was better able to meet demand. Capacity had been identified on the Broadgreen site for step-down patients, during a surge for demand.


·       Was the cladding on the new-build Royal causing problems?

Specifications and requirements had all massively increased in recent years and the cladding would need to meet all fire safety standards, etc.


·       Would there be more than 1 cancer site?

The main Clatterbridge Cancer Centre would be on the new-build Royal site, in the future. The current Wirral site would become a satellite site, comparable to that at the Aintree Hospital site.


·       Could details of the Knifesavers campaign bleeding control packs be provided?

Details would be obtained and provided to Members of the Committee.


RESOLVED:      That


(1)      the presentation be noted, and the representatives of the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust be thanked for their attendance; and


(2)      the Senior Democratic Services Officer be requested to obtain and circulate details of the Knifesavers campaign bleeding control packs to Members of the Committee, in due course.