Re­port slams hos­pi­tal over ‘pa­tient risk’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SAM YARWOOD sam.yarwood@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @sam­yarwood89

A HOS­PI­TAL has been or­dered to make ur­gent im­prove­ments af­ter in­spec­tors found some chil­dren and pa­tients need­ing emer­gency care were be­ing put at risk.

The Gov­ern­ment’s health watch­dog car­ried out a sur­prise visit to the Royal Al­bert Ed­ward In­fir­mary in May this year af­ter con­cerns were raised over the safety of both ur­gent and emer­gency ser­vices and ser­vices for chil­dren and young peo­ple.

In a re­port the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC) said that although some progress had been made since an in­spec­tion in De­cem­ber 2015 found it re­quired im­prove­ment, stan­dards at the hos­pi­tal were still not good enough and is­sued Wright­ing­ton, Wi­gan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Trust with a list of ar­eas im­prove­ments must be made in.

Dur­ing the in­spec­tion, the CQC vis­ited the pae­di­atric emer­gency care cen­tre (PECC), emer­gency care cen­tre (ECC) and Rainbow Ward, which is a chil­dren’s ward.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, there were of­ten gaps in med­i­cal records, mean­ing there was ‘limited ev­i­dence of the care pro­vided to pa­tients,’ and that lev­els of safe­guard­ing train­ing had fallen from the hos­pi­tal’s pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion in De­cem­ber 2015.

The doc­u­ment stated this ‘posed a risk that staff may not have the nec­es­sary train­ing to en­able them to care for pa­tients ap­pro­pri­ately.’

Other con­cerns raised in­cluded empty sani­tis­ing gel dis­pensers in the main re­cep­tion area of the ECC, and that a room in the cen­tre used for stor­ing ma­jor in­ci­dent and chem­i­cal de­con­tam­i­na­tion equip­ment was also used oc­ca­sion­ally to take blood sam­ples from pa­tients.

Is­sues the hos­pi­tal was told they must im­prove are:

Staff work­ing with chil­dren must com­plete manda­tory safe­guard­ing train­ing ap­pro­pri­ate to their role.

The trust should en­sure the tools used to man­age risk, such as risk as­sess­ments and ob­ser­va­tions, are used and recorded. Ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion should be taken when trig­ger­ing early warn­ing sys­tems for de­te­ri­o­rat­ing pa­tients.

Pa­tient records must be ac­cu­rate and com­plete.

CQC in­spec­tors will con­tinue to mon­i­tor th­ese ser­vices and will re­turn in due course to check on the trust’s progress in mak­ing the im­prove­ments.

Over­all, WWL does has a ‘good’ rat­ing fol­low­ing the full in­spec­tion in De­cem­ber 2015 – The In­fir­mary is listed as ‘re­quires im­prove­ment,’ The Thomas Li­nacre Out­pa­tient Cen­tre is ‘out­stand­ing.’

A spokesman for WWL said: “Wright­ing­ton Wi­gan and Leigh NHS Foun­da­tion Trust ac­cept that im­prove­ments are re­quired and will be re­spond­ing to the CQC out­lin­ing ac­tions al­ready taken, and ac­tions planned, to ad­dress their ar­eas of con­cern.”

The Royal Al­bert Ed­ward In­fir­mary

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