We call this our ‘unified acute model’ work. Acute care is the care provided at Kettering or Northampton General Hospitals, and includes the treatment we would receive for a severe injury, sudden illness or urgent medical need. That could mean getting a broken bone fixed, it could mean delivering a baby or it could mean treatment after a heart attack or stroke.
Because our two general hospitals delivering acute care in Northamptonshire provide a similar range of services, we will focus on making the most of how they work together to provide the best care for people, wherever they live in our county.
Kettering General and Northampton General will remain as two hospitals, but we will work more closely in partnership to deliver high-quality, coordinated care for the whole of Northamptonshire.
So we are working on:
reviewing services across the two acute hospitals to look at areas of care which could be improved through working together
changing the way some clinical services are provided across the two trusts to remove differences in care across the county, increase efficiency and get the best value from our resources
considering all options for improved care, from shared treatment pathways and standards across hospitals to potentially providing some specialist services from a single site
engaging fully with patients, carers and stakeholders as services are redesigned, building on our existing work with these groups
linking with other specialist services where necessary to achieve and exceed clinical standards
Our hospitals working more closely together – latest updates
The inpatient element of the county-wide hyper-acute and acute stroke service was centralised at NGH from September 2018 to ensure consistency and continuity of care for all patients. Previously, those [...]