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Hospital ‘put patients at risk’

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Bristol’s new £430,000 hospital has been criticised by a health watchdog over its critical care and emergency services. A recent Care Quality Commission report (CQC) said that the recently opened Southmead Hospital was putting its patients and staff at risk. Since the inspections, North Bristol NHS Trust said that extra staff had been recruited to help deal with the issue.

The report pointed out that both staff and patient safety was being jeopardized by the hospital’s safety standards. The inspection, which was carried out in November, rated the hospital as “requiring improvement” in areas including critical care, surgery, gynecology and maternity. It also highlighted that on several occasions, A&E patients were being left waiting on trolleys for over 12 hours until a bed became available.

“longstanding performance and financial issues”

Despite the issues, the hospital also proved to have ‘oustanding practice’ in areas such as the commitment and care of staff. CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, congratulated the staff for the “upheaval” of moving hospitals. However, he noted that there were some “longstanding performance and financial issues to resolve which have a direct bearing on patient safety and the wellbeing of the staff.

The chief executive of North Bristol NHS Trust, Andrea Young, said that “significant improvements” had been made since the inspection.

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