Great Western Hospital receives a medium risk rating
8:40am Friday 25th October 2013 in Latest News
GREAT Western Hospital has been rated “medium risk” by a new Care Quality Commiss-ion (CQC) report which comprehensively reviews all areas of NHS Trusts.
The GWH was rated three on a scale of one to six, with one being at “most risk” and six at “least risk”.
The data – called “intelligent monitoring” – is being used to form part of the CQC’s inspection regime and has been likened to Ofsted’s rating system for schools.
The mortality rate of the GWH NHS Trust was rated “as expected”, with no immediate risk to patients.
Patient surveys, waiting times, referral for treatments and staff surveys showed no immediate cause for concern.
But the CQC identified an elevated risk within the hospital for whistleblowing alerts and mortality rates for cardiological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Earlier this year, the trust received a letter from the Opthalmology Department raising concerns regarding staffing levels, waiting times, service provision and their impact on patient care. The letter was circulated around all board members including members of the public.
Further risks were identified for so-called ‘never’ events, which are very serious, largely preventable, patient safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented by healthcare providers.
Nine serious incidents were reported at GWH this August, including one never event. Six serious incidents occurred in July, including four falls resulting in fractured femurs. The commission also found serious education concerns and risks in groin hernia surgery.
The data has been put together as an indicator of areas which may require improvement rather than a final judgment on the hospital.
A spokesperson for Great Western Hospital said: “We welcome the publication of this report, much of which is provided directly by the trust. We routinely publish a whole range of information on our website, on both areas where we are doing well and areas we need to improve.
“This is an important part of our commitment to being open and transparent and promoting the safe and high quality care we provide.”
Professor Sir Mike Richards, CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, said: “Our inspection, combined with intelligent monitoring, provides the diagnosis, following which we make a judgment, which will in turn lead to action.”
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