Review Carried Out Into Death Rates At Tameside Hospital
Standards of care at the Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been reviewed after the hospital was found to have higher than expected death rates. The review will consider any potential failings which may have led to unnecessary deaths.
The review took place as part of the ongoing Keogh Review, a review of potentially underperforming hospitals established after the widely-publicised Mid-Staffordshire scandal.
22 inspectors reviewed the hospital over a two day period. The review was expected to be wide-reaching, with staff from a broad range of departments interviewed. In addition to the inspector review, a public consultation was also held.
At the time of writing, the Trust was confident that the review team would see how dedicated they are to the highest standards of care.
The review isn’t the first time that death rates at Tameside Hospital have come under scrutiny. In 2011, The Dr Foster Hospital Guide suggested that death rates at the hospital were potentially 17% higher than they should have been.
The guide also placed the hospital as the third worst performing in England for deaths up to 30 days after treatment, but did place it as the best for responding to internet complaints.
Despite the concerns, the hospital was keen to stress that it’s death rates in the fields of Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio, deaths in low risk conditions and deaths after surgery were ‘well within the normal range’.
In 2012, an inquest into the death of a 12 year-old girl admitted to the hospital with blood poisoning who later died found that she was subjected to ‘inadequate’ treatment.
Providing a narrative verdict, the inquest concluded that Emma Stones, who also suffered from cerebral palsy, died following a catalogue of errors by staff, including a failure to monitor her properly, skipping important checks and not maintaining medical notes.
The inquest suggested that Emma had a chance of survival had it not been for the inadequate care she received.
It is very important to note that thousands of patients are nursed back to good health at Tameside Hospital, and that instances of ‘inadequate’ care, potentially leading to medical negligence cases, are extremely rare. The review will also provide a chance for the Trust to look at their own procedures and improve their standards of care, a step that should be welcomed.
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