The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals welcomes Minister of State as it leads ambulance handover league table

6 June 2022

We welcomed Edward Argar MP, Minister of State for Health, to the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) on Tuesday (31 May). The Minister visited the Emergency Department at the LGI to hear more about their leading ambulance handover programme.

In 2021/2022, the LGI was the best performing hospital across NHS Trusts in England, with an average handover of 11 minutes and 3 seconds. This is a result of the collaboration between Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) to reduce the amount of time it takes for ambulances to hand over patients into the care of the Emergency Department. This means that YAS colleagues are available to return to the community to support more patients who need urgent care fast.

During his visit, the Minister was also introduced to some of the Trust’s clinicians that are trailing innovative and new technologies through our onsite Innovation Pop Up at the LGI. The Innovation Pop Up brings together clinicians and entrepreneurs to transform the latest advances in science, technology and engineering into products and services that can solve health and care challenges facing Britain and the rest of the world. It is also the first phase in establishing an Innovation Village in the five hectares of land that will be unlocked by the building of the Trust’s two new hospitals.

310522 LTHT Health Minister VR Headset

Mr Argar joined neurosurgeons Mr Ryan Mathew and Dr Will Bolton to view and interact with a 3D model of the human brain using a virtual reality headset. 'Digital surgical theatre' like this, uses virtual and mixed reality for education, training, patient consultation and peri-operative management of surgical patients. It can also help with early detection of brain tumours.

Dame Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “We were delighted that we could introduce the Minister to just a small number of the improvements and innovations we have been introducing here in Leeds. Our staff are working hard to continually enhance the care we provide to our patients - from how we are improving working with our colleagues in the community to improve ambulance handovers to implementing pioneering technologies that are helping to improve surgical planning or produce diagnoses quicker.”

Minister for Health Edward Argar said: “It was a real pleasure visiting Leeds Teaching Hospitals to see for myself the expert healthcare and specialist services the trust provides day in, day out for people across Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber and beyond. 

“It is one of the busiest acute hospital trusts in Europe and, as well as meeting the Emergency Department and ambulance team to thank them and to discuss what they’re doing to ensure everyone can access the emergency care they need; I spoke to some of the dedicated clinicians and industry members at the Innovation Pop Up – which aims to drive innovation in the trust – to find out more about their collaborations and see some of the latest technology they’re working on to help clear the Covid backlog.

“We continue to work very closely with the Trust on the development of their new hospital scheme, part of the Government’s commitment to deliver 40 new hospitals by 2030.”