Worthing Hospital featured prominently in Channel 5’s recent NHS Week broadcasts, which came live from a different NHS setting each day. On Friday December 5th Worthing Hospital was the chosen setting for a programme looking at the future of the NHS.
The hospital’s new Emergency Floor, which opened on December 1st, served to illustrate how healthcare is adapting to meet the needs of a changing and ageing population.
The £6.5M project has already received prestigious backing from the Royal College of Physicians as one of only four Future Hospital development sites across the country selected for special attention.
Dr Roger Duckitt, Consultant for Acute Medicine, showed 5 News presenter Matt Barbet around the brand new Emergency Floor, dedicated to the unplanned care of patients referred to hospital by their GP or from the adjacent A&E department.
Dr Duckitt likened the Emergency Floor to a Formula 1 pit stop where a multi-disciplinary team has all the skills in one place to provide excellent emergency care safely and quickly to patients.
This new approach was used by 5 News as an example of how the NHS can adapt if clinicians are enabled to devise and drive their own solutions with the support of management.
Each day’s programmes attracted an audience of up to 800,000 people, presenting acute NHS facilities in West Sussex very positively to a nationwide audience.
Trust Chief Executive, Marianne Griffiths, said: “I am very proud of our involvement with Channel 5 News during its special NHS Week.
“Our staff are wonderful ambassadors for all that the NHS stands for, and it is only due to their professionalism that we are able to invite live television cameras into our hospitals at such a busy time.
“We have a continuous programme of improvement across the Trust and 5 News gave us the opportunity to celebrate some of our achievements on a national stage.”
The broadcast is available to watch here: http://youtu.be/iQTi3eZd_LA?list=UUI55Xv-MpzbJI1SB9espSIg