Improvements this year
We had many achievements last year and the Foundation Trust continues to provide high quality care to the people of Hampshire. We continue to grow and we continue to improve. Here are just some of the developments that we have planned for the next year:
• We are expanding capacity in our internationally renowned pseudomyxoma service to achieve our plan to treat more patients each year.
• We are building three new units within the hospital: the Joint Assessment Unit for patients who are referred to hospital by their GP for further assessment by specialist teams in medical and surgical services; and the new care facility, the Firs, a rehabilitation unit for patients who are recovering from illness or injury; and a high-dependency unit, for patients who require extra care.
• We plan to establish a full cancer outreach team with dedicated beds for patients who need specialist palliative care, and new cancer clinics to enable patients to book more convenient outpatient and chemotherapy appointments.
• We are upgrading our ophthalmology facilities to achieve our plan for a local service for ‘wet’ age-related macular degeneration – a common cause of blindness.
• We will be extending the Enhanced Recovery Programme for surgical patients. ERP aims to speed recovery after surgery by using evidence-based care at the right time, and encouraging patients to be active participants in their own recovery process.
• We have made a major investment in IT infrastructure and staffing. Our five-year plan will help us to ensure that our systems are resilient and will further develop our clinical care systems and administration, including electronic prescribing of chemotherapy drugs.
• We plan to expand the psychology element in our pain service, as part of developing a full local chronic pain service with support from NHS Hampshire. We are in discussions with them for further expansion.
• We are launching a new website and DVD for hip or knee surgery patients.
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