Sunderland hospitals ‘poor’ on reporting risks to patient safety

Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland.
Sunderland Eye Infirmary, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland.
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SUNDERLAND Royal Hospital and Eye Infirmary are not reporting enough incidents in which patient safety has been compromised.

It comes as the NHS publishes details on staffing levels, infection rates and cleanliness levels.

The report showed that the Royal and Eye Infirmary are rated as poor for reporting incidents where patient safety has been put as risk.

Monkwearmouth Hospital, where patients with mental health problems are cared for, has also been rated as poor for reporting incidents. The hospital was found to have safe staffing levels across wards and met Care Quality Commission standards.

A spokesman for City Hospitals Sunderland said: “Data such as this is open to all kinds of interpretation, but we would reassure patients that our trust places the highest possible priority on safety and the reporting of all incidents – its importance in staff’s day-to-day work has never been greater.

“We have made major improvements in the reporting of incidents and it is only by identifying events that could have become more serious, that we are able to continue to improve the quality and safety of the patient environment.

“Providing safe and secure healthcare is paramount in our service and the knowledge gained from the occasions when things do go wrong, or could have gone wrong, is crucial to the development of patient care.”

Other data available about the Royal showed that almost seven per cent of in-patients had been treated for bed sores in the past month.

And fewer than half a per cent of patients staying at the Royal in the last month had suffered a fall.

The Royal did perform well in the inpatient friends and family test, with 863 out of 1,194 patients asked last month saying they were extremely likely to recommend the hospital to others. Two patients said they were “extremely unlikely” to recommend the hospital.