Hospitals told to make big improvements

York Press: Hospitals told to make big improvements Hospitals told to make big improvements

LEEDS Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust requires improvement, an inspection has found.

England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has published his first report on the quality of care provided by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Inspectors conclude that the trust’s two main hospitals, Leeds General Infirmary, and St James’s University Hospital both require improvement.

The hospitals were inspected by the Care Quality Commission in March under its new inspection regime. The inspection team which included doctors, nurses, midwives, hospital managers, trained members of the public, a variety of specialists, CQC inspectors and analysts spent four days at the trust in March. Inspectors also returned unannounced.

Overall, inspectors found that safety needed to improve. The trust has been told that it must make improvements in 15 areas including ensuring that all staff report incidents and that learning, including feedback from serious incident investigations, is disseminated across all clinical areas, departments and hospitals.

The inspection team identified nine areas of outstanding practice including that geriatricians had worked with the community and the A&E department to try to help avoid unnecessary admissions in the elderly population.

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1:02am Thu 3 Jul 14

Phalanges says...

I was an inpatient at LGI several times in the past decade for neurosurgery. I suffered failed surgery, an incompetant secretary, lack of a post-op follow-up consultation, hospital-aquired infections, a blood-contaminated bedroom, negligent nursing, an absent consultant, no meals/cold meals, and no ward heating. I almost died due to one infection, save the spotting of my condition by a passing consultant of another patient. I also witnessed the abuse of an elderly patient by a nurse and nursing assistant. I believe that a ward assistant saved my life by encouraging me to eat during a neglected post-operative period. I have several neurological deficiencies due to the failed surgery. I am not after any compensation (it’s too late anyway) so I merely report this a history.

Incidentally, my GP at the time treated me incorrectly for three years prior to my actual condition being properly diagnosed., despite repeated visits regarding my illness.

Then again I have been treated more recently in the hand surgery unit at LGI and the surgery, post-op care and admin have been first class. Many thanks for that Mr Thornton.

I have been treated at York Hospital more recently too. First time I was admitted in a coma and within 3 days they stated to my relatives that they might turn off the life-support. Hey - I’m alive! When I awoke, I found myself in a ward that had a toilet contaminated with faeces around the toilet base, despite a ‘cleaner’ having just done the rounds. The ward clerk apologised when I reported it - hey, I didn’t realise it was do-it-yourself with respect to inspecting ward cleanliness!

There’s more, but I’m sure you’re bored already. Safe to say, when you see a medic or go to hospital make sure the location of you’re life insurance policy documents are known to your next of kin!

There could be a sequel to this as I plenty more horros that I experienced.

Stay healthy ….
I was an inpatient at LGI several times in the past decade for neurosurgery. I suffered failed surgery, an incompetant secretary, lack of a post-op follow-up consultation, hospital-aquired infections, a blood-contaminated bedroom, negligent nursing, an absent consultant, no meals/cold meals, and no ward heating. I almost died due to one infection, save the spotting of my condition by a passing consultant of another patient. I also witnessed the abuse of an elderly patient by a nurse and nursing assistant. I believe that a ward assistant saved my life by encouraging me to eat during a neglected post-operative period. I have several neurological deficiencies due to the failed surgery. I am not after any compensation (it’s too late anyway) so I merely report this a history. Incidentally, my GP at the time treated me incorrectly for three years prior to my actual condition being properly diagnosed., despite repeated visits regarding my illness. Then again I have been treated more recently in the hand surgery unit at LGI and the surgery, post-op care and admin have been first class. Many thanks for that Mr Thornton. I have been treated at York Hospital more recently too. First time I was admitted in a coma and within 3 days they stated to my relatives that they might turn off the life-support. Hey - I’m alive! When I awoke, I found myself in a ward that had a toilet contaminated with faeces around the toilet base, despite a ‘cleaner’ having just done the rounds. The ward clerk apologised when I reported it - hey, I didn’t realise it was do-it-yourself with respect to inspecting ward cleanliness! There’s more, but I’m sure you’re bored already. Safe to say, when you see a medic or go to hospital make sure the location of you’re life insurance policy documents are known to your next of kin! There could be a sequel to this as I plenty more horros that I experienced. Stay healthy …. Phalanges
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6:32am Thu 3 Jul 14

Digeorge says...

Phlanges, I am sorry to hear of your experiences at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and York District Hospital but then you will never get that through their dreadful complaints procedures.

After hearing a number of stories similar to my own at both places, nothing ever surprises me with them both - they are a clone of each other!

After spending 20 years going to department to department who are supposed to have knowledge of 22q11 deletion syndrome, although I have to say after spending the past nine months or so in Newcastle, my care has considerably improved. Baseline tests after 20 years which are abnormal - York District Hospital doesn't seem to follow NICE guidance as mine are grossly abnormal.


But how long does it really take them to do an accurate clinical history and baseline tests - some of which have only been done despite going through IVF PGD (which is a research project), most of what I was doing at Leeds Teaching Hospitals was the consultant's own research for their papers and fame rather than me or their cover-up for their fellow consultant's mistakes. Nor did I sign a piece of paper on 'no treatment' though out life when I signed up to genetics - I didn't want another disabled child.

As for York, they like to cover up your care too, don't rely on former colleagues to support either as they are part of that cover up. Shame on them.

How long does it exactly take to get formal apologies over your care when major mistakes have taken place - a rather long time like years. Have they learnt from the incidents - not at all it keeps happening particularly in the heart unit, their learning is not disseminated, and the consultants who allegedly are doing the teaching are not learning either too busy either seeing private patients or covering up for their colleagues.

I feel I have wasted 20 years of my life, an Inquest (which was a waste of money) and the heart ache that they have endured including trying to encourage me to have another very disabled child despite my wishes.

i have now got an apology from that hospital over my care pathways but still more work to do in Newcastle to sort out my hormonal mess of which they should have taken an accurate clinical history, there is no such thing as 'carrier' in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and misleading all those parents who have been diagnosed with it - they won't get any care and then it will be too late when they realise that things aren't as good as they allegedly have been sucked into. IVF PGD is a research project that won't work in that condition because of bleeding and autoimmune problems associated with the condition.

Until you move the care you don't know, mislead by the lot of them including the heart surgery and it is the after care not the surgery itself that is also crucial and the follow-up arrangements for further surgery, the false allegations by munchausen syndrome by proxy, the alleged shaken baby syndrome, the failures to diagnose infection properly (many consultants are involved in my care that failed to diagnose it properly) the cultures which were sat in my son's notes for 20 years aged 3 days old that nobody told me as parents as and there has been one consultant (retired) that was involved throughout that should have known, now been treated thanks to my GP.

I am probably going to write a book on my 20 years experience of a research laboratory rat at Leeds Teaching Hospitals without care, without compassion or empathy.
Phlanges, I am sorry to hear of your experiences at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and York District Hospital but then you will never get that through their dreadful complaints procedures. After hearing a number of stories similar to my own at both places, nothing ever surprises me with them both - they are a clone of each other! After spending 20 years going to department to department who are supposed to have knowledge of 22q11 deletion syndrome, although I have to say after spending the past nine months or so in Newcastle, my care has considerably improved. Baseline tests after 20 years which are abnormal - York District Hospital doesn't seem to follow NICE guidance as mine are grossly abnormal. But how long does it really take them to do an accurate clinical history and baseline tests - some of which have only been done despite going through IVF PGD (which is a research project), most of what I was doing at Leeds Teaching Hospitals was the consultant's own research for their papers and fame rather than me or their cover-up for their fellow consultant's mistakes. Nor did I sign a piece of paper on 'no treatment' though out life when I signed up to genetics - I didn't want another disabled child. As for York, they like to cover up your care too, don't rely on former colleagues to support either as they are part of that cover up. Shame on them. How long does it exactly take to get formal apologies over your care when major mistakes have taken place - a rather long time like years. Have they learnt from the incidents - not at all it keeps happening particularly in the heart unit, their learning is not disseminated, and the consultants who allegedly are doing the teaching are not learning either too busy either seeing private patients or covering up for their colleagues. I feel I have wasted 20 years of my life, an Inquest (which was a waste of money) and the heart ache that they have endured including trying to encourage me to have another very disabled child despite my wishes. i have now got an apology from that hospital over my care pathways but still more work to do in Newcastle to sort out my hormonal mess of which they should have taken an accurate clinical history, there is no such thing as 'carrier' in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and misleading all those parents who have been diagnosed with it - they won't get any care and then it will be too late when they realise that things aren't as good as they allegedly have been sucked into. IVF PGD is a research project that won't work in that condition because of bleeding and autoimmune problems associated with the condition. Until you move the care you don't know, mislead by the lot of them including the heart surgery and it is the after care not the surgery itself that is also crucial and the follow-up arrangements for further surgery, the false allegations by munchausen syndrome by proxy, the alleged shaken baby syndrome, the failures to diagnose infection properly (many consultants are involved in my care that failed to diagnose it properly) the cultures which were sat in my son's notes for 20 years aged 3 days old that nobody told me as parents as and there has been one consultant (retired) that was involved throughout that should have known, now been treated thanks to my GP. I am probably going to write a book on my 20 years experience of a research laboratory rat at Leeds Teaching Hospitals without care, without compassion or empathy. Digeorge
  • Score: -1

5:28pm Thu 3 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

Oh surely this cannot be.....everyone working in the health service is a saint and walks on water and we should throw more pay at them.
Oh surely this cannot be.....everyone working in the health service is a saint and walks on water and we should throw more pay at them. nearlyman
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