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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Last annual budget  £230 million
Chief Executive  Ann Marr
Care Quality Commission reports  CQC
Number of employees  4,000
Chair  Richard Fraser
Website  St Helens and Knowsley
Phone  +44 151 426 1600
Address  Whiston Hospital, Warrington Rd, Rainhill, Prescot L35 5DR, UK
Hours  Open today · 9AM–5PMFriday9AM–5PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedMonday9AM–5PMTuesday9AM–5PMWednesday9AM–5PMThursday9AM–5PMSuggest an edit
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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in 1991, and is based in Whiston, Merseyside.


It runs two hospitals:

  • Whiston Hospital - the primary site and trust headquarters providing emergency and acute inpatient services, alongside a maternity unit and the Mersey Regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit.
  • St Helens Hospital, a diagnostic and treatment centre which houses non-acute outpatient services, transitional rehabilitation facilities and a day case surgical suite.
  • In 2012 the trust's bid for NHS Foundation Trust status was “escalated” for Department of Health scrutiny, after a series of issues.

    The trust has a substantial Private Finance Initiative contract. Innisfree Ltd, Vinci SA. Medirest and GE are the partners. The 35 year PFI contract is delivered by NewHospitals, a Special Purpose Company formed by Taylor Woodrow and Innisfree.

    Information technology

    The trust was an early adopter of Electronic health records and in 2010 it was the first trust to stop using paper medical records in clinical practice.

    It was also an early adopter of Electronic Staff Records after it became the lead employer for approximately 2,300 junior doctors on the Cheshire and Merseyside Deanery programme.


    The trust did very well in the 2014 cancer patient experience survey and has agreed to pair up with Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which did badly, in a scheme intended to “spread and accelerate innovative practice via peer to peer support and learning”.

    It was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the top hundred National Health Service (NHS) trusts to work for in 2015. At that time it had 4136 full time equivalent staff and a sickness absence rate of 3.75%. 78% of staff recommend it as a place for treatment and 72% recommended it as a place to work.

    After an inspection in August 2015 the trust was one of only three in England rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission. The hospital's outpatient department was said to be "the best we have inspected so far".


    St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Wikipedia

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