PLANS to give Yorkshire’s NHS a 21st-century facelift have been unveiled.
A new document called Delivering Healthy Ambitions has been launched to outline how health care in Yorkshire and the Humber is to meet the challenges of the next 10 years.
The report – part of a national NHS review – focuses on issues including obesity, stroke care and helping people die at home instead of in hospital.
Chris Welsh, NHS Yorkshire and the Humber medical director, said: “This is a very exciting time for the NHS in Yorkshire and the Humber.
“We have a clear vision from our clinicians of the changes we need to make to have an NHS fit for the future. This document provides a framework for making the clinicians’ recommendations a reality.
“We know there is much more to do, but we want to make progress in the next 12 months on some very specific areas – on improving stroke care, improving maternity and neonatal care, beginning the long journey to halt the rise of obesity in Yorkshire and the Humber.
“We are not just ambitious for the health of our population, we intend to realise those ambitions.”
NHS Yorkshire and the Humber are among the first in the country to outline exactly how they are going to make changes.
The document outlines how improvements will be made and who will be involved in the process.
The project comes after a massive review was carried out in 2007 and 2008 to look at each aspect of healthcare from maternity to end of life and how they could be improved in our region.
About 150 clinicians from across Yorkshire and Humber published the findings to form the document called Healthy Ambitions.
Among the recommendations were also a better system with fewer journeys for patients and their families, a rise in breastfeeding rates with a reduction in variation across the region.
They also include halving the number of children admitted to hospital with asthma, better mental health waits, halving the number of preventable admissions from diabetes and experienced staff making decisions at the front door of every hospital.