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Royal Derby’s busy A&E department wins top national award

Published 20/05/2015

The accident and emergency department at the Royal Derby Hospital has won a top national award for ‘excellence in emergency care.’

The team from Derby were one of 3 hospital A&E departments around the country to be shortlisted and last night at a ceremony in London, the Royal Derby was named as the national winner.    

"Winning this award for excellence in A&E is a tremendous accolade for all our dedicated staff who work so hard, not only in our A&E departments, but throughout the whole health system locally” said Derby Teaching Hospital’s chief executive Sue James.

“I’m really proud of all our staff who have pulled together to support our emergency department which has faced unparalleled demand. By working together, we have maintained the really high standards of care we have delivered to our patients during the past year. To be recognised nationally in this way is a fitting tribute".

Over the past 12 months, the Royal Derby A&E broke the record for the number of patients seen in a day on 3 separate occasions. In spite of this, Derby was one of only 4 Trusts across the Midlands to see and treat 95% of patients in four hours throughout the past year. 

A&E consultant Dr Dan Boden says winning the award is a great boost for everyone involved: “We are proud that we have been recognised for our education and training of our staff which has encouraged more doctors and nurses to come and work in our busy department. At the same time, our focus has been on providing outstanding and timely patient care and this has been recognised by an expert panel of judges.”  

The Derby team has won the CHKS ‘Excellence in Accident and Emergency Care Award’, part of the annual Top Hospitals awards 2015. 

Jason Harries, managing director, CHKS said: “Derby Teaching Hospitals should take pride in having won our excellence in A&E award. The judges were impressed by the Trust’s clear focus on patient experience and their ability to demonstrate compassionate care and good outcomes. The Trust 

also has very strong links with the community which is an important feature of any high performing emergency department.”

The award looked at a series of measures, including waiting times for treatment and patient experience in A&E. Clinical audits were also included. From this initial analysis, six Trusts were invited to submit a detailed entry and a final three Trusts were chosen to be visited by a panel of expert judges who then decided on a winner. 

Last Modified 20/05/2015