In­spec­tors tell Bucks hos­pi­tals to im­prove

Out-of-date med­i­ca­tion and dirty mor­tu­ary trol­leys among the is­sues

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THE lat­est batch of unan­nounced in­spec­tions have found Bucks hos­pi­tals ‘re­quire im­prove­ment’ across all ser­vices in­spected.

The in­spec­tions fo­cused on surgery, end of life care and med­i­cal care, in­clud­ing care of the el­derly, at Wy­combe and Stoke Man­dev­ille hos­pi­tals, in Septem­ber 2016.

In re­ports pub­lished this month, both Bucks Health­care hos­pi­tals were found to have out-of-date med­i­ca­tion in the phar­macy as well as dirty mor­tu­ary trol­leys.

There were also in­ad­e­quate stor­age fa­cil­i­ties for the cloth­ing of de­ceased pa­tients await­ing col­lec­tion.

At Stoke Man­dev­ille, equip­ment on ‘ward eight’ was found by in­spec­tors to be cov­ered in a layer of dust, while at Wy­combe anaes­thetic log­books were in­com- plete and staff did not com­ply with reg­u­la­tions to check re­sus­ci­ta­tion equip­ment daily in some wards.

In­spec­tors also found that, at Wy­combe, pa­tients’ records were not al­ways com­pleted in full and that ‘pa­tients did not al­ways have a di­ag­no­sis, man­age­ment plan or care plan which as­sessed risks to their care’.

Both hos­pi­tals had ad­e­quate staffing lev­els but in or­der to achieve this, they had to rely on bank and agency staff for some shifts.

The 12-bed Buck­ing- ham Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal was also in­spected ‘fol­low­ing the re­ceipt of whistle­blow­ing con­cerns’.

While each hospi­tal has been rated as re­quir­ing im­prove­ment, out of a to­tal of 35 ser­vice do­main rat­ings, the NHS Trust re­ceived 21 good, 14 re­quires im­prove­ment and no in­ad­e­quate rat­ings.

Ar­eas of praise in­clude the mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary teams within the hospi­tal as well as “work­ing in part­ner­ship with lo­cal com­mis­sion­ers to plan and de­liver ser­vices to meet the needs of lo­cal peo­ple”.

Bucks Health­care Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Neil Dardis said: “We wel­come this lat­est re­port from the CQC. We are pleased that they ac­knowl­edge that some tough chal­lenges have been tack­led and im­prove­ments made since their last in­spec­tion.

“It is clear though that there is still more work to do and the re­port rightly high­lighted those ar­eas where we are not get­ting it right all the time for our pa­tients and staff.

“We have an am­bi­tion to be­come one of the safest health­care sys­tems in the coun­try and the rec­om­men­da­tions made in these re­ports will help us with our on­go­ing qual­ity im­prove­ment pro­gramme.”

“Im­por­tantly, how­ever, I am proud that the in­spec­tion team has once again recog­nised the car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate at­ti­tude of staff.

“I want to thank all staff whose hard work and ded­i­ca­tion have made a real dif­fer­ence to the care and ex­pe­ri­ence we pro­vide to our com­mu­ni­ties.”

We have an am­bi­tion to be­come one of the safest health­care sys­tems in the coun­try

Wy­combe Hospi­tal

Stoke Man­dev­ille Hospi­tal

Bucks Health­care chief ex­ec­u­tive Nail Dardis

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