Western Sussex Hospitals Trust will probably be happy to see the back of 2011.
The trust, which does not have foundation status, has seen C difficile levels start to exceed targets, and is urgently trying to sell off an unwanted but expensive hospital block. It has also come under scrutiny from Dr Foster for coding a quarter of inpatient deaths as palliative care cases.
However, its main problem seems to be the sort of issue that might be found more commonly in the hospitals of Haiti: namely power cuts. Major incidents involving the incoming power supply to the trust’s Worthing Hospital struck on 24 and 29 September and 10 November.
On each occasion, its standby generators were activated to maintain emergency power. As a result, the trust has held discussions with its electricity supplier, UK Power, about “improving resilience”.
In contrast, the county’s main mental health provider will probably be heading into the new year with a more positive outlook.
Food is always a major feature of the now fast-receding festive period and in the run-up to Christmas, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust received high praise for its pioneering work on catering.
It was one of 14 NHS organisations recognised by the Prince of Wales and the Soil Association for their efforts to improve hospital food standards.
Catering service manager William McCartney has worked with Sussex farmers to source local food at competitive prices through the trust’s From Plough to Plate programme.
Trust representatives who attended the Soil Association’s food awards said not only was the programme cost effective, but the freshness of the food meant it was more nutritious.