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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Rise in 'serious incidents' at north Cumbria's hospitals

A patient had the wrong part of their body operated on at a north Cumbria hospital it has been revealed.

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Jeremy Rushmer

The incident was one of two “never events” which have been recorded by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust since April 1 this year.

The data has been made public by the trust, which runs the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary, as part of its drive to ensure “openness and transparency across the NHS”.

Never events are classed as serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented by healthcare providers.

There are 25 different types of never event but in the past four years the trust has reported incidents in four of the categories: foreign objects left in the body after a procedure, wrong site surgery, wrong implant/prosthesis and a misplaced nasogastric tube.

There were five never events at the trust in 2012/13 and four the following year.

The two that have occurred at the trust so far in 2014/15 are a retained foreign object after a procedure and wrong site surgery. It is not known at which hospital they happened.

The trust has also seen a rise in the number of serious incidents reported. There were 100 reported last year – more than double the 44 in 2012/13. There were five reported in 2011/12.

This, the trust says, demonstrates the “significant shift taking place to create a safe and open reporting culture”.

Medical director Dr Jeremy Rushmer said staff were encouraged to report all incidents and as a result, "significant learning" was taking place allowing teams to implement changes more widely and take immediate action to mitigate harm.

Have your say

Guy broome is a very highly respected surgeon by both patients and colleagues alike and he like all good staff at the cic are jumping ship this is leaving the hospital without good role models and mentors for newly qualified staff and a drop in standards.the loss of these people is a gain to other trusts . Why does our overpaid chief executive not answer some of the many good points made on this site. After all she should be answerable to the tax payers of cumbria

Posted by Mel on 15 June 2014 at 18:25

nurnes and other staff are under presure of work and being forced to work 12 hour shifts even when they signed contracts working shorter shifts they are being bullied into working longer hours. yet this trust says it wishes and needs nurses to be retained. so let the CHIEF EXECUTIVE explain why changes are being forced onto nurses or as usual not replying to views written on here.just stoney silence

Posted by dave on 13 June 2014 at 15:26

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