PATIENTS at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital are now be able to get vital physiotherapy treatment seven days a week.
Bosses at the Belvedere Road site have announced that people will be able to ‘get better quicker’ thanks to the new system that admitted patients able to take advantage of appointments at evening, weekends and even bank holidays.
The improved service, delivered to patients admitted to wards, has been hailed a ‘success’ by acting head of therapies and physiotherapy Michelle Young.
She spoke to the Mail about the changes that have been made.
She said: “It’s a much better service for patients who are admitted to hospital over a weekend or through accident and emergency needing physical therapy.
“They no longer have to wait for an assessment.
“We are seeing patients get better and get home quicker as a result of us being able to start their treatment promptly.”
Historically, a service was provided from 8am to 4pm Mondays to Fridays.
Now there is a service provided from 8am to 7pm during the week and 10am to 4pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.
The team prioritises the most urgent cases for weekend assessments and treatment.
This allows for a more fair and balanced service across the week while also contributing to a ‘better patient pathway flow’.
The success of the scheme in Burton has seen Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust rolling out a Saturday service at its community hospitals in Lichfield and Tamworth starting this weekend.
A spokesman for the hospital said: “We will be closely monitoring the impact of introducing weekend working in therapies and physiotherapy to both community hospitals and hope that it will demonstrate a positive impact on patient experience in these areas.”
More information is available by visiting www.burtonhospitals.nhs.uk