NHS trust requires urgent improvement
Posted: January 20, 2015
Posted in: Medical Negligence
Following recent inspections, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospitals Trust have been ordered to improve a number of its services urgently. Shropshire’s main health trust was found to be under “considerable pressure” following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, with staffing issues highlighted as a major concern. CQC inspectors reported that the trust had to improve in four out of five key areas.
The report stressed that the trust, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal, had to review its staffing levels in the accident and emergency department, labour ward and end-of-life services department. Where the report did mention that improvements had been made in the end-of-life services department, concerns were still flagged up about the safety and effectiveness of mortuary arrangements, particularly at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
The report said that: “Deceased patients … were not protected against the risks associated with unsafe or unsuitable premises because of inadequate maintenance of the fridge storage area.”
Caring hospital staff
The report also highlighted A&E concerns, with the government’s four-hour waiting time target for 95% of patients breached on a regular basis. Despite these concerns, the report did stress how caring the hospital staff were, even during a time of such high-pressure.
It was noted that the time of the inspection, October last year, was a particularly busy period and industrial action was also taking place.
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