Liverpool medics up for prestigious award

Aintree University Hospital Emergency General Surgery Unit Team

A group of Liverpool medics who have improved the health outcomes for some of the region’s most seriously ill patients has been shortlisted for a national award.

The team from Aintree University Hospital’s Emergency General Surgery Unit (EGSU) is in the running for a Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare award in recognition of their work in reducing mortality rates and length of hospital stay for the high risk patients that come through the unit.

The EGSU, which treats around 7,000 patients each year, is staffed by surgeons who specialise in emergency general and trauma surgery.

Patients typically come through the A&E department after suffering major trauma, for example in a car crash or industrial accident. Others are referred for urgent surgery by their GP if, for example, a patient complaining of abdominal pain is suspected to have a burst appendix or a perforated ulcer or bowel.

It is the first EGSU to be developed in the North West and one of only a few in the UK.

Mr Nikhil Misra
Mr Nikhil Misra

Since the EGSU was formed in 2009, the team has cut a day off the length of time patients are required to stay in hospital which means there is capacity to treat more patients, and reduced the mortality rate by 43% by giving seriously ill patients rapid access to experienced senior clinicians.

Mr Nikhil Misra, Consultant Surgeon in the EGSU, said: “All surgical procedures carry an element of risk and this risk is greater with emergency patients. We are able to give patients rapid access to surgeons who are dealing with emergency and trauma cases on a daily basis. It is this concentration of expertise that is resulting in better outcomes for our patients. I’m delighted this work is being recognised on a national level by the Health Service Journal.”

The winners will be announced on 22 September at a ceremony in London.