Safety concern rap for Wakefield hospital

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A WEST YORKSHIRE hospital has been ordered to take action after a health watchdog reported concerns over safety and quality.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) highlighted five standards not being met at the old Pinderfields General Hospital in Wakefield.

These included procedure not being followed on documentation for two patients with "Do Not Attempt Resuscitation" orders, patient records not fully completed and a lack of maintenance on wards, including some exits being blocked.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pinderfields, has taken immediate action and set out a plan to deal with all the issues.

Jo Dent, regional director of CQC for Yorkshire and Humber, said: "We know that at Wakefield the trust is in the process of transferring patient services to its new hospital building – and that may in part explain the state of the old premises.

"But that is no consolation if you need hospital care now. As a patient, you are still entitled to expect that the services meet essential standards in every respect, but especially cleanliness and infection control.

"Our concerns about patient consent must be addressed. If clinical staff are taking these very important decisions about resuscitation – then this must be done properly, with the full knowledge of the patient, or their next of kin, if that is appropriate."

She said they would return in the near future to ensure changes had been made.

Other issues raised included ward areas on the old site not always being visibly clean, some inconsistent record keeping and a broken door on one ward meaning inadequate security of some non-controlled drugs.

Tracey McErlain-Burns, chief nurse and director of patient experience at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We are confident that we have already taken action or have plans in place to address the minor and moderate concerns raised by the CQC following their inspection. We are working with staff across the trust to put these further actions in place so that these concerns will not be raised again in future."

She added: "It's testament to our hard working and dedicated teams that we also received positive results in a number of areas that we know are important to our patients and our staff.

"We're pleased that the CQC also highlighted some of the important work we're doing to improve patient care and experience across our hospitals.

"These include ensuring we adhere to strict infection prevention and control practice, that we have safe and appropriate staffing across our wards and departments and that we continually protect the privacy and dignity of our patients."

One minor concern was found each at Dewsbury Hospital and Pontefract General Infirmary. The 15 other standards checked were met.

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