Is there something 'fundamentally wrong' at Warrington Hospital? Health chief asks

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A HEALTH chief asked if there was something ‘fundamentally wrong’ at Warrington Hospital after a series of issues were revealed during a board meeting.

A quality report for Warrington CCG, the organisation which runs health in the town, highlighted a number of concerns.

These included that a patient had died after a fall in the hospital, serious concerns had been raised about children’s diabetic services, a review into maternity services had been delayed and a whistleblower had raised concerns about ‘poor staffing levels’.

Gareth Hall, governance lead, said: “There has been indications from different sources about issues with the hospital so do we tackle each one individually or is there an issue here?

“Nobody has been harmed (referring to diabetes services) but collectively is there fundamentally something not quite right as things keep popping up.

“Are the hospital just going to stick plasters over the bits we are identifying?”

A review of paediatric diabetes services at the Lovely Lane hospital said it was ‘under-resourced’ with one consultant managing a caseload of 140 patients.

But John Wharton, chief nurse and quality lead, said there had been no major issues flagged up or complaints and the board would wait for a report to see what action was needed.

He added: “The CQC came in to review the hospital and didn’t identify any major areas of concern however the report will give us a bigger picture and I hope to be able to come back to the next meeting with assurances.

“The right people have been going in and doing these investigations and then with evidence we can work with the provider if there are any areas of concern.”

The meeting heard it was thought the whistleblower was a disgruntled member of a staff but formal assurances would be made following a report.

A maternity review had been delayed due to a family bereavement involving relevant personnel needed to ‘make the investigation meaningful’.

The inquiry, after five stillbirths at the hospital, is not now due to start until August/September 2014.

Mr Wharton added ‘quite a large investigation’ was taking place after a patient died following a fall from a trolley in the hospital’s A&E department.

The patient, who was transferred to The Walton Unit, underwent an emergency CT scan at the hospital before being transferred to the neurological unit.

The next Warrington CCG meeting takes place on September 10 from 1.30pm at Orford Neighbourhood Hub.

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9:12am Tue 15 Jul 14

PageA says...

Great work Gareth Hall. We don't hear about these things because the warrington guardian don't report upon them. Even now, this coverage of this damning report is being manipulated. Look how they refer to the whistleblower. Not someone brave enough to stand up with concerns but ' a discruntled employee' I wonder how many warringtonians have suffered and died because of the lack of scrutiny in this cosy relationship.
Great work Gareth Hall. We don't hear about these things because the warrington guardian don't report upon them. Even now, this coverage of this damning report is being manipulated. Look how they refer to the whistleblower. Not someone brave enough to stand up with concerns but ' a discruntled employee' I wonder how many warringtonians have suffered and died because of the lack of scrutiny in this cosy relationship. PageA
  • Score: 0

9:29am Tue 15 Jul 14

stacey783 says...

I had my fourth baby in april and I have to say it was horrible. I fainted in the shower after i had a csection and the only people that came to help me was the cleaners. The place was a joke
I had my fourth baby in april and I have to say it was horrible. I fainted in the shower after i had a csection and the only people that came to help me was the cleaners. The place was a joke stacey783
  • Score: -2

10:07am Tue 15 Jul 14

whirleywoo72 says...

there has been 2 incidents when i have been in, i spent a few days on AAU and there was agency staff at the weekend, we where telling the staff what to do and where to do it, also another patient and myself caught one of the night staff asleep in an office. Another time i went in on a saturday and waitied and starved for emergency surgery, which i only got on the monday, i was let out on the tuesday night, only t/o go back in on the wed with phenomia and was in for 2 wks. I must say the maternity services are great, i had 3 of my children there high risk pregrancies, and couldnt fault thw maternity part. The complaints where logged with PALS, and my partner spoke to the surgeon, and was told he was an rude, man, and they wrote in the notes, to warn the staff.
there has been 2 incidents when i have been in, i spent a few days on AAU and there was agency staff at the weekend, we where telling the staff what to do and where to do it, also another patient and myself caught one of the night staff asleep in an office. Another time i went in on a saturday and waitied and starved for emergency surgery, which i only got on the monday, i was let out on the tuesday night, only t/o go back in on the wed with phenomia and was in for 2 wks. I must say the maternity services are great, i had 3 of my children there high risk pregrancies, and couldnt fault thw maternity part. The complaints where logged with PALS, and my partner spoke to the surgeon, and was told he was an rude, man, and they wrote in the notes, to warn the staff. whirleywoo72
  • Score: -6

12:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Soph4496 says...

Thank God someone has the guts to question Warrington hospital at last. There are actually 10 investigations re stillbirths going on....not 5. We are one of them. My precious Granddaughter was let down badly by the midwives and labour ward from start to finish. External investigations have been going on for months and still continuing.
Thank God someone has the guts to question Warrington hospital at last. There are actually 10 investigations re stillbirths going on....not 5. We are one of them. My precious Granddaughter was let down badly by the midwives and labour ward from start to finish. External investigations have been going on for months and still continuing. Soph4496
  • Score: -1

12:22am Wed 16 Jul 14

kitten87 says...

over 90 comments on your facebook page about your article shows lots of problems with the borough general. Shocking
over 90 comments on your facebook page about your article shows lots of problems with the borough general. Shocking kitten87
  • Score: -4

7:44am Wed 16 Jul 14

PageA says...

It makes me wonder if there is a formal partnership in place between the hospital and the newspaper. Every story is managed and scripted in their favour. Are they some form of media spokesperson for them? Or just good friends? If there is money changing hands that would awful because we need to know the truth. It's scrutiny that keeps standards high
It makes me wonder if there is a formal partnership in place between the hospital and the newspaper. Every story is managed and scripted in their favour. Are they some form of media spokesperson for them? Or just good friends? If there is money changing hands that would awful because we need to know the truth. It's scrutiny that keeps standards high PageA
  • Score: -6

4:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

lisamkg says...

My mum died in Warrington hospital in October 2011. She had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer the week before she died. Left consulting room with a sorry can't do anymore for you, close the door behind you... She was admitted 2 days later. Had no shower for 2 days, told by staff mum wasnt ill enough for st roccos to then get a call at 3 am following morning to say she had hours left. She was moved to a side room and left on own to die.. It's a dreadful place
My mum died in Warrington hospital in October 2011. She had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer the week before she died. Left consulting room with a sorry can't do anymore for you, close the door behind you... She was admitted 2 days later. Had no shower for 2 days, told by staff mum wasnt ill enough for st roccos to then get a call at 3 am following morning to say she had hours left. She was moved to a side room and left on own to die.. It's a dreadful place lisamkg
  • Score: -2

7:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

james_75 says...

Suspiously all thumbs down on remarks. prob hospital staff
Suspiously all thumbs down on remarks. prob hospital staff james_75
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Freeborn John says...

A friend died following a 'breach of procedure' and 'multiple failings in care' in that hospital.
More funds for the overstretched night service would be my recommendation, even if it's at the expense of the 9 to 5 office lot.
A friend died following a 'breach of procedure' and 'multiple failings in care' in that hospital. More funds for the overstretched night service would be my recommendation, even if it's at the expense of the 9 to 5 office lot. Freeborn John
  • Score: 9

6:32pm Thu 17 Jul 14

tojahejome says...

yes there is something fundamentally wrong. It's the higher management team who keep loading more and more work on to the already stressed out and overworked staff. Stop wasting money on interpreters at £300 an hour and use the money to employ more staff. Before anyone shout racist, that was not a racist comment, in most if not all other EU countries if you need an interpreter you supply one yourself.
yes there is something fundamentally wrong. It's the higher management team who keep loading more and more work on to the already stressed out and overworked staff. Stop wasting money on interpreters at £300 an hour and use the money to employ more staff. Before anyone shout racist, that was not a racist comment, in most if not all other EU countries if you need an interpreter you supply one yourself. tojahejome
  • Score: 4
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