Deaths, de­lays and poor care in hos­pi­tals

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEATHS, de­layed di­ag­no­sis and poor care were among the se­ri­ous in­ci­dents recorded by the NHS in Birm­ing­ham last year.

Among se­ri­ous in­ci­dents at the Heart of Eng­land trust in 2016/17 were four un­ex­pected neona­tal deaths, as well as two un­ex­pected ma­ter­nal deaths, in­clud­ing one post­na­tal death.

Birm­ing­ham and Soli­hull Men­tal Health trust recorded 68 deaths as se­ri­ous in­ci­dents, while there were 29 un­ex­pected or po­ten­tially avoid­able deaths at the Black Coun­try Part­ner­ship. Se­ri­ous in­ci­dents in­clude those that cause un­ex­pected harm or death or those that pre­vent the or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vid­ing care.

Other se­ri­ous in­ci­dents recorded in the West Mid­lands in­cluded four is­sues of child safe­guard­ing at Heart of Eng­land, and 12 in­ci­dents of as­sault, vi­o­lence and ha­rass­ment at Birm­ing­ham and Soli­hull Men­tal Health trust.

Miss­ing pa­tients or at­tempted ab­scon­sions were an is­sue 11 times at Birm­ing­ham and Soli­hull Men­tal Health trust.

Heart of Eng­land recorded a mis­placed na­so­gas­tric tube, a re­tained drain frag­ment, and in one case a pa­tient hav­ing the wrong eye in­jected.

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