Apr 26th 2019
Healthcare trust wins top prize for improving patient care
A West Midlands healthcare trust is celebrating after scooping a prestigious award recognising its anaesthesia and perioperative team.
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust won the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Team of the Year at the BMJ Awards for their excellent work in consultant-led perioperative trauma care.
The department worked on improving the outcome of patients who had undergone hip operations but were also suffering from other conditions which may have affected their recovery.
The team started a seven day, consultant-led perioperative trauma care bundle to improve the outcome of these patients from the start of their care to post-surgery.
Jay Susarla, Clinical Director for Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management, said: “This is undoubtedly an amazing achievement for the department and the Trust.
“It would not have been possible without the hard work of our Perioperative lead Dr Subash Sivasubramaniam as well as our other colleagues who are part of the trauma and perioperative group, our orthogeretrician Dr Huma Naqvi, theatre staff and staff on Newton 3 ward at Sandwell Hospital.
“It feels great to be recognised.”
The event celebrates excellence in the delivery of clinicians and the teams they work with and the standard gets more inspirational with each year.
Professor Ravi Mahajan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said: “Dr Susarla and the team at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust have shown leading work in perioperative trauma care.
“Patient-centred work is key in the field of anaesthesia and making sure that the patients are treated from preparing for surgery to recovery can make a huge difference.
“The team at Sandwell and West Birmingham have shown that perioperative medicine and taking a new approach to trauma care can improve outcomes significantly for patients as well as the NHS as a whole.”
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