The audit looked at the effectiveness of providing follow up by telephone and the level of satisfaction experienced by women. Of the 22 women that fitted the audit criteria, all welcomed the new arrangement, preferring a structured telephone consultation at a set time to a clinic visit.
The audit also found that follow up appointments were reduced by 80%, enabling staff to spend more time with women in other parts of the gynaecology service who need to come into clinic.
Mo Neville, Head of Clinical Governance at Salisbury NHS foundation Trust said: " Clinical audit is essential to the Trust and our aim to provide high quality care and treatment at Salisbury District Hospital. By continually evaluating current practice, we not only ensure that current standards are met, but that we continue to improve the quality of care we provide and the patient experience of hospital services."
Five projects were shortlisted this year and Luke March, Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, presented the winner and runners up prizes at the Trust's Quality Day. The Quality Day gave staff, former patients and local people an opportunity to see a range of presentations around service improvements.
The four other shortlisted projects were:
- The importance of receiving vasectomy specimens early in the day
- Care of the dying and family involvement
- Intravenous catheter care
- Use of Gentamicin drug in high doses
Mrs Neville said: "Over 160 audits have taken place throughout the hospital this year highlighting the value our staff place on the audit process and their commitment to continually evaluate the service they provide. All shortlisted candidates highlighted the way in which they were prepared to look at their practice and drive change in their areas in order to provide the best possible care for their patients." Ends
The winner's department received £250. The runner up £150. Both must be used for clinical improvement in their own areas.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170