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Red to Green campaign at PAH wins award from NHS Improvement

The Red to Green team at Princess Alexandra Hospital were praised for their outstanding work by NHS Improvement, with Richard Hammond, Deputy Chief Operating Officer receiving an award at a Red to Green Awards event on Thursday 18 May.

Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond

The Red to Green campaign is about reducing the number of days patients spend in hospital that do not directly contribute towards their discharge. Figures from April 2016 compared to April 2017 reveal that there has been a reduction in patient length of stay by one and half days.

Stephanie Lawton, Chief Operating Officer said: "The team has done an excellent job in encouraging and motivating staff to fully embrace the Red to Green approach and we are all incredibly proud of this achievement. Overall 22 Trusts across midlands and east region were nominated, so this was a fantastic outcome."

By identifying 'red days' which are days that have not contributed to a patient's discharge and implementing 'green days' which add value to the discharge process, the campaign aims to reduce delays in adult inpatient wards.

Richard Hammond said: "Red to Green is all about patients and how we ensure that their hospital experience is as safe and as good as it possibly can be.  We all know that patients get better quicker out of hospital and close to their friends and family and we all know that tying up beds is inefficient and costly.  So Red to Green is a winner all round.  For that reason I am really proud to have won this award on behalf of my terrific team and this terrific Trust.

"This award is about teamwork and a big thank you must go to all wards, nurses, doctors and the many others who have embraced Red to Green and are delivering great results on a daily basis.  Special thanks to the Trust Red to Green team - Natalie Gray, Matron; Helen O'Keefe, Business Development Manager, and Chantal Izquierdo, Business Development Manager."