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Local Hospitals Putting Patients At Risk
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local hospitals have been severely criticised in a report from a
report from the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI)
identifies a number of serious failings following a routine
inspection of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS
covers the Walsgrave Hospital, the Coventry and Warwickshire
Hospital and the hospital of St Cross in nearby Rugby.
COVENTRY - THE SITE FOR THE NEW SUPER-HOSPITAL
five areas of most concern:
unacceptable risk to patients of putting five beds in bays
designed for four
for both emergency and non emergency admissions are higher
than the national average
and emergency services
breakdown in communication between some senior medical
consultant staff and senior trust managers
of the trust to ensure that, until the new hospital opens,
services continue to be provided safely and effectively.
are being put at risk by being transferred between the hospitals
of the Trust according to the report. The Trust is also
criticised for a culture in which doctors fear being victimised
for voicing concerns.
highlights the unacceptable procedure of putting five beds in
bays designed for four. This has put patients at serious risk,
but as a result of the review, the Trust is already taking steps
to prevent this practice.
The report is
not all negative. The CHI does commend the Trust for its
multi-faith chaplaincy and its good training and development
resources for staff.
Peter Homa, CHI
Chief Executive, said:
report highlights very serious issues at Coventry and
Warwickshire trust which need urgent attention if local people
are to have confidence in their health service. The trust is
currently forming an action plan in response to our report and
this must demonstrate clearly what steps will be taken to
improve patient care.
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Trust's chief executive, David Loughton has said that
"immediate steps" are being taken following the
The Trust will
have a new £290m 'super-hospital' built by 2006 bringing
together all the services together on one site at Walsgrave.
Commission for Health Improvement is an independent body
set up to help the NHS monitor and improve clinical care across
England and Wales. CHI
undertakes clinical governance reviews in every NHS trust,
health authority, primary care group or trust and local health
group across England and Wales on a rolling programme.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust was
formerly the Walsgrave Hospitals NHS Trust. It changed its name
in 2000 when it achieved teaching hospital status.