Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson praises pioneering scheme

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with chief executive Liz Mearns and chairman Ken Hoskisson at the Walton Centre.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said lots of hospitals can learn from the Walton Centre which has eradicated cases of MRSA in the space of a year.

Bill was given a tour of the centre by chief executive Liz Mearns and chairman Ken Hoskisson, during which he heard about a pioneering scheme which has not only seen cases of MRSA slashed to zero, but also incidents of patient falls reduced by 57%.

The Walton Centre have introduced two pioneering schemes, 'Walton Way' and 'Tell Liz'.

Both schemes encourage front line staff to report concerns and complaints about hospital practice, and to get involved in creating solutions that improve patient care.

Bill Esterson said he was hugely impressed by the centre.

Since the schemes were introduced they have produced a 57% reduction in patient falls at the hospital, and no cases of MRSA at all in the last 12 months.

Bill said: "The steps the Walton Centre have introduced are clearly having a huge impact in the running of the centre.

"The 'Walton Way' and 'Tell Liz' schemes are clearly having a positive impact on patient care and hospital cleanliness. I am a great believer in the staff in our NHS centres and both of these scheme utilise the expertise and the skills of those at the front line to make the improvements that are needed.

"I have already detailed to Labour's Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham the excellent steps that are being taken  at the Walton Centre and asked him to encourage other hospitals to follow their lead."

During the tour, Bill was shown the new state-of-the-art CT scanner.

Bill said: "The Walton Centre are clearly looking to the future, ensuring that they are at the cutting edge of technology by investing in new equipment like the CT scanner, which is the first of its kind in the North West.

"I was also lucky enough to be shown the MRI scanners in action by a consultant neuroradiologist who also demonstrated the latest tools used to treat aneurysms without surgery.

"I was shown plans for the new rehab unit, which is set to be completed by 2014 and will offer more patient beds as well as dedicated accommodation for families. The centre will cater for patients from all over the North West and North Wales and will be a real asset for the region.

"And I was also shown the new research centre, where the hospital has built a dedicated wing in which researchers offer patients one of the biggest range of on-site trial treatments in Europe. The research being carried out in the new centre includes pioneering new therapies for epilepsy and Parkinson's."

But staff also raised concerns about the future to the MP.

Bill said: "Liz, Ken and the team highlighted to me their concerns about the cutting of budgets, particularly in relation to adult social care.

"The slashing of the adult social care budget by the Tory-Lib Dem Government will result in fewer social workers. Fewer social workers mean fewer discharges and a backlog right the way through the system. It is clear that local authorities, commissioning groups and primary care providers need to work more closely to provide better patient care on vastly reduced means."



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