Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a renowned Foundation Trust responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.
We operate over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke's Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services.
In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.
The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. It introduced more cots, including intensive care and high dependency cots, new family accommodation, a revamped counselling suite and a dedicated room for mothers to express milk for pre-term babies.
In 2017, we have also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.
As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of research, education and development in healthcare. Our Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.
Our Education Department is host to a state-of-the-art simulation centre which can be set up as an Anaesthetic room, Emergency Department, Resuscitation room, or an Obstetrics or Theatre environment to reproduce clinical scenarios for training. Our staff are some of the best in the country and our maternity services were shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.
We offer pioneering robotic surgery with the use of our £2 million da Vinci robot. Since being introduced, prostate operations have trebled at our Bradford Royal Infirmary site. We’ve also recently launched a new midwife-led project, aimed at providing personalised, one-to-one maternity care to around 400 women living in Bowling, Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.
Bradford Learning Disability Eye Care Service, made up of our specialists and those from Bradford District Care Trust, scooped Vision 20202 UK’s Astbury award for excellence in the high quality treatment it provides to patients with learning difficulties.
And in July 2016, our eye clinic team was nominated for the ‘Clinical Service of the Year’ award, as part of the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence, an accolade recognising exceptional practice in the care of people with macular degeneration.
In the same year, we became the first hospital trust in the country to offer ‘BabyView’, a state-of-the-art and ground-breaking video link for parents of babies in our neonatal unit; and a £2 million redevelopment of our Gastroenterology unit has enhanced facilities for patients and provides a larger endoscopy day-case unit.
We’ve also entered a new partnership with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a fully integrated pathology service for our patients across the district; our history-making audiology team and patients featured in a live Channel 4 television documentary, ‘Breaking the Silence’, part of a Cutting Edge series about cochlear implants; and researchers at the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) won a national EHI Healthcare Product Innovation award for their development, validation and implementation of the Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI.)
One of the busiest maternity units in the NHS
Alongside all of this, Bradford Royal Infirmary remains host to one of the busiest Accident and Emergency departments in the country with more than 125,000 attendances per year and one of the busiest maternity units in the NHS, delivering more than 6,000 babies each year.
Our daily mission is to promote seamless, high-quality care across all of our sites, while treating all patients as individuals and ensuring they receive the best possible care so that they can live better, fuller, longer lives.
Amid the changes and challenges facing the NHS, we have continued to consolidate our position and maximise the potential opportunities that are opening up to us.
The scale and number of successes we have achieved recently has been outstanding. The Foundation Trust has demonstrated that it has the capacity and capability to improve safety, break new ground with our approach to transformation and further enhance the experience and care of our patients.