University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust downgraded by the CQC

By Blackwater Law

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Following an inspection by the CQC at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, the overall rating for the trust has been reduced to ‘requires improvement.’

Treatment delays

The inspections, carried out in June 2022, were started due to concerns over surgical and cancer services delays.

Commenting on the inspections, head of hospital inspections at the CQC Sarah Dunnett said: “At Glenfield Hospital, many wards didn’t have enough nursing staff to be able to spend time with their patients and meet their individual needs. There was a high reliance on bank and agency nurses who didn’t always have time to get to know the patients. Although, there was enough staff to keep patients safe.

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CQC Report

In the report, the inspectors noted several key issues.

They reported that there were a number of medical devices that were well past their next service date, in some instances by over six months. Faulty equipment like this could lead to serious injury if used by already vulnerable patients.

The inspectors also raised concerns about some rooms’ lack of temperature monitoring. This could be particularly concerning when medication is not being stored at the correct temperature.

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Incorrect medication storage could be harmful

Many types of medications need to be stored within specified temperature ranges, in order for them to remain effective and safe. According to NHS guidelines, the storage of most medicines should not exceed 25 degrees, and steps should be taken to ensure regular monitoring and correct disposal of any damaged drugs.

If damaged medicines are administered, they may not only be ineffective in your treatment but could also lead to harmful reactions.

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The dangers of delayed surgery

An overworked or poorly run surgical department can have devastating consequences on patient safety. Mistakes or delays can lead to serious harm, sometimes even life-changing injuries. Poor management of a surgical department could also increase the likelihood of infections such as sepsis.

If you or someone you know has suffered harm because of negligence in relation to surgery, it’s advisable to first contact a solicitor, to see if you have a potential claim.

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