Hospital turns around patient safety record

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 December 2010

View of the Front of Weston General Hospital.; 13-12-06

View of the Front of Weston General Hospital.; 13-12-06

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WESTON General Hospital has won a seal of approval for patient safety – just a year after it was branded the fifth worst in the country.

The Dr Foster Hospital Guide has approved the hospital, highlighting a ‘strong’ safety culture and ‘good’ patient outcomes. The independent monitoring body labelled it a high-coding trust on patient safety, meaning it was assured by processes and record keeping.

The publication represents a major turnaround for the hospital, which was scored just four out of 100 for patient safety and told it was ‘significantly under-performing’ 12 months ago.

The guide criticised the managing trust for being late implementing an NHS patient safety incident reporting programme, marking it with a red for failure in the report. However, hospital bosses claimed to have been marked so poorly because of technical issues in uploading accurate data.

Chief executive Lorene Read: “We were pleased to take the opportunity to take part in the data collection exercise for this year’s Dr Foster Hospital Guide and we are particularly pleased that their assessment has revealed these favourable indicators.

“We have always said that we put patient safety at the top of our priorities and now here is some evidence which clearly shows us doing this.

“The position we took last year, in the face of critical comment, that we had a good track record on patient safety delivery, has been validated by this news today.

“We hope and trust that this information will continue to assure our local population that their hospital is a safe and welcoming place in which to receive care when they need it most.”

The Dr Foster Hospital Guide also revealed Weston as having one of the lowest re-admission rates for patients who had been discharged within the previous 28 days. Hospitals which fail to meet new Government targets on achieving a low number of re-admissions face financial penalties.

The report also showed mortality figures at the hospital were below average.

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