Our staff receive many compliments every day and over a three-month period this adds up to over 30,000 letters, cards, gifts and donations.
You said, we didPatient feedback shapes our future
At University Hospitals Sussex, we are committed to learning from feedback to make improvements to the experience of our patients. The table below shows examples of changes that have been, as a result of patient/carer feedback, to make changes, resulting in a more positive patient experience.
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We review all feedback we receive, good and bad. We develop action plans to identify areas that need support and help with making change. Here are some examples of action we took in November 2023 to improve patient experience:
|“It is impossible to have any contact with the rheumatology service despite my condition not being under control and I am in pain. My GP referred me to your department but I cannot get hold of the nurses and my messages are ignored.”
|The Rheumatology Advice Line for patients will be open for four sessions a week instead of one with a triage system to help patients to get through more quickly and efficiently.
|“The A&E staff & service up to discharge was excellent but the discharge information was totally inaccurate and has led to a great deal of frustration. After a lot of phoning around I have now spoken to a health professional from St. Richards Urology Dept.”
|A standard work pack has been launched for staff to improve the ward process around discharge.
The Discharge Co-ordinators team has been restructured to ensure ward level support for staff, patients and their relatives.
A system wide patient information database is also being developed to help ensure timely and safe discharge linking hospital and community services.
|“I was asked to attend an appointment with the doctor and a MacMillan nurse was present. I was then admitted but was only told about the procedure due to be done, not about the diagnosis. I wasn’t told I had cancer till the following day whilst on a ward alone with absolutely no support.”
|We have met and talked to patients in the design and planning of a new specialist Cancer Centre for the region. This will focus on the priorities and needs of patients with cancer, ensuring that inclusion, environment, and pathways are patient centred.
Training has taken place with ward staff around communication.