Spotlight on: Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

19 July 2013

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Spotlight on: Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Health Secretary has revealed that 11 hospital trusts listed in a shocking report of care failures have been placed under "special measures".

After the publication of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh's review into 14 trusts, Jeremy Hunt reiterated that all of the trusts have been ordered to act on recommendations made by health officials. In this article looks at the underlying faults at one of the trusts highlighted in the report: Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Feedback from patients treated by the trust revealed many were left unaware who was caring for them and bedside buzzers often went unanswered. The trust was already on the radar of Care Quality Commission (CQC) who had already contacted the trust regarding high death rates from septicaemia.

Keogh further identified that administrative procedures were of a poor standard with a large backlog in discharge letters and clinic appointments, and backlogs in reading scans and X-rays. Patient care also suffered with patients left on trolleys in a matron’s office because of a lack of beds

There was also an alarming lack of communication, whether it was in taking excessive periods of time to respond to complaints as well as rudeness to patients waiting in A&E queues.

 The Chief executive Martin Wakeley stated that they “Were pleased that the [Keogh] national review team confirmed that there was no evidence of patient harm at our hospitals.

“We already had some actions in progress at the time of the review visit and we will now be taking whatever further actions are necessary to enable us to continue to improve our services.”

If you or a loved one has experience or knowledge of failings at the above trust, you can contact to discuss your healthcare rights in order to make a complaint and to also make a medical negligence compensation claim with our medical negligence solicitors depending on the circumstances of what happened. Our specialists have wide experience of providing advice and support across a number of areas relating to potential medical mistreatment, such as misdiagnosis and delay and surgery errors, for example.