Councillor Sue McGuire raises concerns on Southport Hospital A&E survey results

Cllr Sue McGuire & John Pugh MP following hospital visit

Cllr Sue McGuire & John Pugh MP following hospital visit

At a recent Health & Adult Social Care Committee meeting Southport & Formby CCG presented a report comparing expected targets for a range of Health Services available in Southport including those provided by Southport & Ormskirk Hospital.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Councillor Sue McGuire who is a member of the Health & Adult Social Care Committee said “It is pleasing to see that a number of services provided by Southport & Ormskirk Hospital exceed the targets set. It is particularly good news in the treatment of cancer, were the service significantly surpasses its various goals.

Councillor Sue McGuire added “However, there are some services that fall far short of the national average. I am primarily concerned with the responses from the ‘Friends & Family’ survey for both inpatient and A& E visits for Southport Hospital. The most startling figure was that 17% of those who responded to the survey said that they would not recommend the Accident & Emergency department at Southport Hospital to others. This figure is way above the national average figure of 7%.

“This does not paint a very good picture for our local hospital especially at a time when increasing financial conditions are putting more pressure on our already stretched services. I will be raising these concerns with both the hospital and the Clinical Commissioning Group at their “Big Chat” event next week.

Councillor McGuire added “I would encourage anybody interested in the current state of our health services in Southport to attend this “Big Chat” event to give their views and experiences.”

The “Big Chat” event is being held on 27th September from 1.00 p.m. at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport.

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