Agenda and minutes

Health Overview & Scrutiny Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 19th February, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Havering Town Hall

Contact: Anthony Clements 01708 433065  Email: anthony.clements@oneSource.co.uk

Items
No. Item

27.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Details of the arrangements in case of fire or other events that might require the meeting room or building’s evacuation will be announced.

Minutes:

The Chairman gave details of the arrangements in case of fire or other event that may require evacuation of the meeting room or building.

28.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

(if any) – receive.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Darren Wise.

29.

DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS

Members are invited to disclose any interests in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting. Members may still disclose an interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest.

30.

MINUTES

To agree the minutes of the meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 4 December 2018 (attached) and to authorise the Chairman to sign them as a correct record.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Sub-Committee held on 4 December 2018 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

31.

ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL SITE UPDATE pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Report and presentation attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The St Georges Hospital site was owned by NHS Property Services rather than by the CCG. All three of the BHR CCGs were however working on the St George’s project. An application had been made for funding for the project but, in a decision made in December 2018, no funding had been received. The next funding round was not due until 2020 and the CCG wished to progress matters before then. Possible options included Local Improvement Finance Trust funding or some kind of Joint Venture with the Council. What services would be included within any new centre would need to be reviewed.

 

Lobbying for available funds for the project was continuing and discussions were also continuing with local MPs. Discussions would also continue with NHS Property Services. It was clarified that the St George’s land continued to be held for NHS use. There was no cost locally of retaining the site as any security costs etc were covered by NHS Property.

 

Officers clarified that it had not yet been agreed that receipts from any further sales of local NHS land would be reinvested in London although this could change over the coming months.

 

It was agreed that the Sub-Committee should receive an update on the position in one year’s time. An update on the NHS Long Term Plan would be taken via the Outer North East London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

32.

Q3 PERFORMANCE INFORMATION pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Report attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Funding had been successfully obtained from the Trailblazer Programme for work on childhood obesity. Some £100k had been received for work in the Rainham area and the outcomes of this childhood obesity work could be shared with the Sub-Committee in due course. A bid had also been made to fund the installation of new public water fountains in Havering. Other initiatives included the establishment of an adults weight management programme at Hornchurch Leisure Centre and lunchtime walks for staff.

 

The Deputy Mayor for London was due to visit shortly Havering schools involved in the Health Eating London programme and officers would provide further details. It was hoped Havering would become the first borough to have a site receive the scheme’s Gold Award. Healthy eating guidance for parents was available via Children’s Centres and officers could provide details of local breastfeeding cafes.

 

Officers agreed that it would be better if advertising of unhealthy foods could be prevented on buses and at bus stops. Details of healthy eating work in primary schools could also be provided although it was also important to seek to prevent childhood obesity during pre-school years.

 

Performance on Delayed Transfers of Care had improved but was still unlikely to meet the overall target for the year. Although the number if such cases which were the responsibility of social care had improved slightly, the majority of delayed transfers of care remained due to issues in the health sector. A trusted assessor role had been created to facilitate discharges to care homes and the overall rehabilitation process had also been simplified.  More information could be provided on cases of out of borough hospitals report delayed transfers of care against the Council it would also be clarified if BHRUT still had daily meetings on delayed transfers of care. Further details of the revised screening and referral process for NELFT inpatient rehabilitation beds could also be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

33.

HEALTHWATCH REPORTS - MATERNITY pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Report attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A director of Healthwatch Havering explained that they had received very good cooperation from BHRUT staff and the Trust had developed a detailed action plan in response to Healthwatch’s recommendations re maternity services.

 

Three visits to maternity at Queen’s Hospital had taken place and Healthwatch agreed that maternity services at BHRUT had improved overall in recent years. Some issues had been identified however included the need to improve cleaning in some parts of the unit and differing IT systems meaning patients’ details having to be input manually into two different systems.

 

It had also been recommended that the beds on the unit be replaced and BHRUT was aiming to do this by the end of April. Healthwatch had also found that a faster response needed to be given when dealing with women’s pain levels and would revisit the unit to check if this was being done. 

 

It was clarified that the level 3 Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for Havering was at the Homerton Hospital. Clarification could be provided of the different NICU stages and of maternity services across the area. Healthwatch had also found the temperature on the maternity unit to often be too hot and felt that better fans or air conditioning should be provided.

 

The Sub-Committee noted the Healthwatch Havering report on maternity services at Queen’s Hospital.

34.

HEALTHWATCH REPORTS - IN-PATIENT MEALS pdf icon PDF 399 KB

Report attached.

Minutes:

BHRUT had compiled an action log in response to Healthwatch Havering recommendations on in-patient meals. Healthwatch had undertaken three visits to assess issues around in-patient meals at Queen’s Hospital and had noted for example that some Sodexho employees did not wash their hands before serving food to patients.

 

Other Healthwatch recommendations included that hospital food menus include illustrations in order to assist elderly people or stroke patients and that volunteers assist more with serving food etc. It was felt that patients should also be encouraged to wash their hands prior to eating and to sit at tables when eating, where possible.

 

The Sub-Committee noted the Healthwatch Havering report on in-patient meals.

 

 

 

 

35.

HEALTHWATCH REPORTS - A & E SERVICES pdf icon PDF 322 KB

Report attached.

Minutes:

Healthwatch Havering had undertaken three enter & view visits to the A & E at Queen’s Hospital and it was noted that, whilst BHRUT ran the sections dealing with more serious or life threatening conditions, the running of all other parts of A & E was contracted to the Partnership of East London Co-operatives (PELC).

 

Whilst clinical care at A & E had been found to be of very good quality, Healthwatch considered that issues such as lack of signage remained a problem. Members felt that a lot of complaints were being received concerning A & E triage and that the waiting area was not large enough. There also remained some issues with lack of privacy but this had improved recently.

 

Healthwatch had undertaken a survey on urgent and emergency care and found that most people did not understand what these terms meant. It was clarified that Healthwatch Redbridge led on enter & view visits to King George Hospital.

 

A focus group had also been arranged for patients to discuss cancer treatment and the results of this would be brought to the Sub-Committee for scrutiny once available.

 

The Sub-Committee noted the report of Healthwatch Havering on the Emergency Department (A & E) at Queen’s Hospital.

36.

WORK PROGRAMME

Members are invited to suggest any items for scrutiny at future meetings of the Sub-Committee.

Minutes:

Suggestions for future agenda items included for Motor Neurone Disease or Multiple Sclerosis and it was hoped that representatives of the MS and MND societies would be able to hold discussions with the Sub-Committee and discuss their views of local health services. Services for hyper-thyroidism could also be scrutinised and an update sought from PELC on development with the triage service at Queen’s A & E. This could also include the CCG who commission this service. It was suggested that the CCG’s forward plan of procurement could also be scrutinised by the Sub-Committee. Members felt that a visit to view A & E, perhaps late at night, would assist with their scrutiny of the issues.

 

On GP services, it was thought it would be useful if the CCG attended a future meeting to discuss responses to CQC ratings and also give clarity on the number of GP surgeries now operating within Havering. A scrutiny of local pharmacy services was felt to be potentially useful.