Nationally renowned surgeon Professor Chris Moran has praised the care given to patients suffering broken hips at Western Sussex Hospital NHS Trust hospitals as exemplary.
Professor Moran analysed the care given to about 825 people a year who go into Worthing and St Richard’s Hospitals having fractured their hip. The patients are usually elderly and frail and often have a complex variety of underlying illnesses.
Within the last two years the way this group of patients is cared for was completely transformed by the clinical teams involved, and Prof Moran concluded the results were impressive.
Professor Moran said: “The hip fracture care pathway at Western Sussex is an exemplar of good practice: if you were to write a textbook on current best practice in hip fracture care, the Western Sussex model would be it. The care pathway focuses on the needs of these elderly patients and has produced significant improvements in the quality of care, length of stay and mortality since its introduction.”
The report highlighted the ‘excellent’ communication and teamwork of all the different staff groups involved in delivering the high quality care – patients are admitted under the care of ‘orthogeriatricians’ (medical specialists with expertise in managing frail, elderly patients with fractures), and these specialists work with orthopaedic surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Dr Phillip Barnes, Medical Director at the Trust, said: “This group of patients is particularly vulnerable, and so it is essential that the care they are given is the best it can possibly be.
Our clinical teams have worked wonders to transform the way they work, and so to transform the care that patients receive.
Pictured: The orthogeriatic team at Worthing Hospital.
I would like to welcome the High Sheriff, Captain Andrew Layzell from the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, Honorary Aldermen, Councillors and Officers to the Borough Council.
Well what can I say! For the first time in this chamber I am lost for words!
Firstly thank you to Cllr Charles James for all you have done promoting our wonderful town in the last 12 months and the support you have shown me personally while I have been your deputy.
Well, from ‘Old Nicks’ Burger Bar to Mayor of Worthing. Who would have thought it!
Can I first of all thank Cllr Mrs Waight for your kind words and can I say there is at least one thing we agree on and that is your choice for Mayor! Having spent the last two years working closely with you on the Worthing County Local Committee and despite our Political differences I consider you to be a real friend and you will certainly be missed by the County Council! Thanks too to Cllr Carol Molineaux for seconding the proposal.
It means a huge amount personally to receive cross-party support for this APolitical role. I know there will be those of you that think it will not be possible for me to be non-political for a whole year and you may be right, but I will do my very best for the town! And that is a promise!
One thing is for sure Worthing really matters and as your 1st Citizen I will uphold those responsibilities to the very best of my ability.
Many of you may be surprised to know that I did not do very well at school and coming from the O Level and CSE generation. I did want to do Politics at school, unfortunately there was no CSE available in politics, therefore I had to persuade my teachers that I would be able to cope with an O Level, sadly I couldn’t and was dropped after the mock exams to spend extra time doing cooking!
Not to be deterred I continued to keep a keen interest in Politics and helped to secure the election of my brother-in-law Hon Alderman Nick John in 1990. A year later I was asked by our Lib Dem guru and former Tarring Councillor John Lovell to stand as a candidate in Durrington which I agreed narrowly losing to former Mayor John Cotton.
Without John Lovell’s tireless work in the background for the party there would not be Lib Dem representation on this Council and I wouldn’t be up here dressed like this today and for that I thank you John!
After a number of hard election campaigns, where I lost. I finally took the seat of Tarring in 2002 at the same time as the Lib Dems re-taking control of the Council. During my first year on the Council serving with so many senior Lib Dems many of whom are here today including all the way from France Hon Alderman Geraldine Lissenburg who was very supportive during my final year as opposition leader. Thanks Geraldine.
During my second year on the Council there became a vacancy on the Executive after Senior Lib Dem Cllr Chris Sargeant stood down from the Council. I through my hat in the ring and got the role only to realise what a poison chalice it really was. The Planning and Economic Development portfolio included development briefs for Sea Place / Eirene Road (opposed by the opposition at the time) but now looking a first class seafront development and of course the Grafton Site and West Durrington.
Following the 2004 all out local elections where we lost not only control of the Council but a number of our senior Councillors who stood down or lost their seat. I became Lib Dem opposition leader which was a very challenging role after such a bad election result for the party. After 4 years opposing the ‘merger’ with Adur I decided to stand down from the leadership role handing over to Hon Alderman James Doyle and later Cllr Alan Rice who continues to be a strong voice for the party in this chamber and outside today.
I would also like to thank Cllr Norah Fisher for agreeing to be my Mayoress for the year! Just for the record, Norah and I are very good friends and I look forward to sharing this very special year with you, but please don’t let Herbie get all the attention! Thank You Norah!
Turning now to my family I am delighted my Mum can be with us today despite suffering from poor health of late. No one could have been more supportive of my varied career including endless homemade cooking when I had my coffee shop. Thanks Mum I hope you are as proud of me as I am of you!
I am also delighted that 2 of my sisters children can be here today Michael and wife Lily with baby Oliver who are waiting for us outside and Rebecca sadly Peter and Christopher are both working today. Your Mum would be so proud of you all and I just wish Nancy could be here to share this moment with us!
Sadly my other sister Barbara and husband Mark who have also experienced many challenges of their own in recent years are unable to join us today. The other person who can’t be with us today is my hero and friend my Dad. But I know as a good Catholic that he will be looking down saying what have you lot done making him the Mayor! He will be truly proud as I am. Also Dad’s Brother Uncle Ken Smytherman who passed away a year ago although he did say to my Auntie Pat when he found out I was to be Deputy Mayor shortly before he died that Bob will either make an excellent Mayor or make a complete hash of it. Thanks Uncle Ken!
Also here today is my friend Janet who I first met at ‘Old Nicks’ who soon became not only my assistant manager but also my best friend. When I decided to set up my own café in Courts in Shoreham in 2000, despite being offered my job in the burger bar Janet decided to come and work for me as my assistant and book-keeper, she knew how bad my maths really was. Thanks Janet!
Turning now to my spiritual support for the year thank you to my Parish Priest Fr Chris Benyon from St Mary’s of the Angels for agreeing to be my chaplain for the year and can I take this opportunity to invite you all to my Civic Service on Sunday at St Mary’s in Crescent Road which will be a service for Pentecost organised by the local Deanery schools who I have had a long standing association first as a pupil of St Mary’s Primary school and later as a Governor of both Chatsmore and English Martyrs for many years.
The service will also will also be available live on the web from 10.30.
You will be pleased to know I have nearly finished but before doing so I must mention my Charities for the year all of whom are linked to a theme around mental health. Firstly there will be Guild Care well known to many, and celebrating 80 years this year providing essential services to the town’s residents represented here to today by Erin from the fundraising team, next is the Worthing Alzheimer’s Society represented today by Colin Carpenter this is a condition none of us want to talk about but again provide vital support to sufferers and their families next week I be supporting them during Dementia Awareness Week 2013 which is from from 19-25 May and finally a charity very close to my heart as I have been a trustee with them for a few years now and that is Worthing and Arun MIND soon to become Coastal West Sussex MIND following a merger with Chichester Mind later this year represented here today by Dave Martin and Chairman Brian Hughes. My charity committee are raring to go having been planning for some months under the excellent chairmanship of Percy Nowell who many of you will know from his role supporting past Mayor’s and I would also like to thank Percy, Rachel and Anna from Guild Care who have kindly facilitated our charity meetings.
I would also like to say a special thanks to one of my Twitter friends for finding the time to be here during Mental Health awareness week. Lisa Rodriguez Chief Executive from the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust has been hugely supportive since I announced my mayoral theme would mental health awareness and also thanks to Carol Barber and the Offington Park Methodist Church for agreeing to host a week of events to coincide with Worthing Mental Health Day in October.
Finally I mentioned Twitter and unsurprisingly my ambition is to be known as the multi-media Mayor and therefore I want as many of the towns residents as possible to follow me on Twitter with the hashtag #coolmayor to find out what I am up to and involve as many of the towns folk as possible during the year. We also have a web-site launched today where you will be able to see more about the charities and even make a donation. Thanks to Allie from the charity team for putting this together.
This year I want to be known as the peoples Mayor and with all of your help I can do just that and remember while it is nice to be important it is much more important to be nice!
Paralympian Ellie Simmonds at the official Splashpoint Leisure Centre opening hosts a couple of Q&A sessions with an invited audience of local people. A young girl with the same condition as Ellie will be in the audience. Members of the public are invited to put their names forward to ask Ellie a question.
The official opening is at 9.00 am on Thursday June 20th 2013 when Ellie starts with a walkabout in the piazza in front of the main entrance before going inside for the main event. Ellie will then chat with dignitaries before unveiling a plaque – later to be installed outside on the paved piazza floor.
After the unveiling Ellie starts a synchronised swimming display in the main pool. Ellie then tours the facility including the unique and eco-friendly plant room. Finally the Q&A answers follow.
To come along and ask Ellie a question e-mail email@example.com with your e-mail address and daytime contact number and the first names drawn out a hat will get included. Numbers are limited for each Q&A session.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust launched on Wednesday (May 22nd) a new service to give extra support to people caring for a loved one with dementia.
The “Knowing Me Carers Hub” will offer help to get advice and find out how to access expert help regarding emotional support, finances, respite care and all the other pressures they may face. It is available to anyone whose loved one is an inpatient at Worthing Hospital and has dementia.
Caring for people with a dementia is a growing challenge for acute hospitals, as approximately one in four of all inpatients are believed affected. It is a priority for staff to give these patients – and those who care for them – the best possible support.
The Trust has already made significant improvements with specialist dementia nurses and occupational therapy staff employed and a team of volunteers recruited to support ward staff to give the best possible care.
Staff and volunteers now use activity boxes on the wards – full of games, images and music from the past – to help the patients to be stimulated, engaged, and comforted. The boxes were paid for by the Friends of Worthing Hospitals.
The Knowing Me Carers Hub launched during Dementia Awareness Week is run by Trust staff and volunteers (many of whom are, or have been, carers themselves) and supported by outside organisations – carers will be signposted to groups such as Carers Support West Sussex, Dementia UK, and the Alzheimer’s Society.
There have been a host of other activities at the Trust to mark Dementia Awareness Week, including a raffle, tea party, information stands, old-style music and even a ukelele band.
The ‘hub’ sessions will be drop-in events, intended to help carers know where to go to access support and advice.
The sessions will run weekly at Worthing between 2-3pm on Thursdays in the Shoreline Restaurant.
Matron Katrina O’Shea said: “We know that a growing number of our patients have a dementia, and we know that this trend will continue – we have to find new ways of making sure we give them the best possible care, and that includes helping their carers too.
“The patient may only be looked after by our staff for a short time, but the carer has a responsibility around the clock, every day. They have an enormously demanding role, and so it is essential that we do what we can to help – that support is crucial both for the carer, and the person they care for.”
Preparations are well underway to welcome Paralympian Ellie Simmonds OBE to Worthing to open our fabulous new £19.7m Splashpoint Leisure Centre at 9am on Thursday 20th June 2013.
Ellie will be doing a bit of a walkabout in the piazza in front of the main entrance to the pool complex before going inside for the main event
Having a chat with a few dignitaries before unveiling a plaque that will later be in-installed outside on the paved piazza floor
Start a synchronised swimming display in the main pool
Tour the facility including the unique and very eco-friendly plant room, and
Finally host a couple of Q&A sessions with an invited audience of local people including a young girl with the same condition as Ellie
Members of the public are invited to put their names forward to come along and ask Ellie a question - just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your email address and daytime contact number and the first names drawn out a hat will get included! (Please note numbers limited for each Q&A session).
A more detailed news release will follow soon.
More details about Splashpoint Leisure Centre can be found on their website:
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I have been a Local Councillor for Liberal Democrats in Worthing for Tarring since 2002 and was the Executive member for Planning and Economic Development in 2003/4. I live and work locally. I worked in Old Nick\'s burger Bar in Worthing for 15 years after leaving college, before starting my own business.
I have been a Night Manager at the Chatsworth Hotel and a Cycling Instructor for West Sussex County Council.
I was leader of the Lib Dem group on Worthing Council from June 2004 until 2008 and reelected to represent Tarring Ward in May 2006 and 2010.
I am currently Deputy Mayor of Worthing and will take up the Mayor's role in May 2013 I was elected as County Councillor for the Tarring Division in June 2009 and currently Spokesman for Children's & Young Peoples Services and Lib Dem group press officer. I am also Chairman of the Federation of Private Residents Association that have been helping leaseholders for over 40 years.
Lib Dem Tarring Division Weekly Surgery is held at West Worthing Baptist Church in South Street , Tarring from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon EVERY Saturday morning
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