South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust are celebrating being named Team of the Year at this year’s Nursing Times Awards.
The trust’s outpatient antibiotic therapy clinic received the Team of the Year Award at a ceremony last night in London.
The trust’s directorate manager for acute medicine Paula Taggart, department manager Lesley Hotchkiss and clinical matron Beth Swanson told Nursing Times the award was great recognition of a lot of hard work.
Ms Swanson said: “This event makes me very proud to be a nurse and having won this award makes me realise what a difference our team has managed to make for our patients.”
Ms Taggart explained that the team had designed and implemented a system whereby patients with serious wound infections, who would normally need to be in-patients, were allowed home and only required to come in for a two hour intravenous treatment once a day.
She said: “It’s obviously better for the patient to be able to stay at home and it also frees up beds and saves money.”
Ms Hotchkiss said the system could be replicated nationwide, potentially saving millions of pounds while improving patient experience.
She said: “The set-up we have created is definitely something that could be done elsewhere. If the savings we have made in terms of reductions in in-patient stays were repeated all over the country it would run to millions.
“Not only is it great for patients who can stay at homes with their families but it frees up beds at a time when we need to find efficiencies.”