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High proportion of serious incidents for ‘very poorly’ at hospital

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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A HIGH proportion of ‘serious incidents’ which take place at Queen’s Hospital involved patients who are either extremely unwell, or coming to the end of their lives, it has been revealed.

Papers which went before a recent board meeting of the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said that many of the dozens of issues which come under this category related to people who were ‘very poorly’.

The trust would not put a number to the proportion mentioned, but said that staff were ‘continually learning’ from incidents which took place at the hospital.

Brendan Brown, director of nursing in the trust, said: “All serious incidents are investigated and once the findings have been identified, the investigating officer lists recommendations within the report to improve patient care and to minimise the risk of recurrence.

“The recommendations are translated into an action plan and monitored via the governance process within the relevant divisions and shared with the board.”

The information was included in the minutes of the extraordinary governance, risk and assurance committee, which met to formally close 29 outstanding serious incidents.

Though the trust has not revealed the nature of the occurrences, they can include the unexpected death of a patient, allegations of abuse, and pressure ulcers.

Serious Incidents are classified through information from NHS England.

In the report, it said: “The committee were made aware that a high percentage of serious incidents related to very poorly patients, in the latter stages of their life with complex and multiple medical conditions.”

The Mail requested a response from the trust about the prevalence of issues for very seriously ill patients, but the trust did not comment.

Between April 2012, and November 2013, there were more than 100 serious incidents.

Mr Brown said all of these were reported and investigated in line with regulations.

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