East Lancashire hospitals face key inspections

Royal Blackburn

Royal Blackburn

First published in News

A MAJOR inspection of the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals will take place in April as health bosses aim to bring them out of special measures.

The visit by Sir Mike Richards, the new chief inspector of hospitals, will come almost a year after NHS inspectors made wide-ranging criticisms of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT).

Last July’s Keogh Report was followed by another damning report from the Care Quality Commission, along with the departure of chief exective Mark Brearley, although the reasons for him ‘standing down’ were never fully explained.

ELHT had since been following a detailed improvement plan with oversight from the NHS Trust Development Authority.

Yesterday’s board meeting heard the trust’s headline mortality rate has fallen ‘within the expected levels’ in recent months, while more than 250 extra nurses and healthcare assistants have been recruited, and the key four-hour waiting target for emergency patients was met last month.

Jim Birrell, interim chief exectuive, said: “The visit is a really significant event for the organisation and we hope we can show things have turned around. It’s going to be very time-consuming but I think it will also be rewarding for our staff.”

Referring to the four-hour target, which had not been met for six months until February, he said: “We were really really struggling but have gone to a position where we are providing a level of service which is far better than it was.”

The announced inspection will be on April 29 followed by an unannounced visit.

Ian Woolley, who for 20 years chaired the former Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Hospitals Trust, said: “This inspection really will be crunch time.

“The trust have got to get out of special measures so they can run themselves without having this stigma attached to them.”

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1:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Fire Fly says...

I hope the review team dig deep, take nothing at face value & if they want to really know if things have been done / changed etc...go & find out for themselves because as with all 'planned visits'...the liars have all been lined up & are merrily sitting in place waiting to divert attention away from where it needs to be.
I hope the review team dig deep, take nothing at face value & if they want to really know if things have been done / changed etc...go & find out for themselves because as with all 'planned visits'...the liars have all been lined up & are merrily sitting in place waiting to divert attention away from where it needs to be. Fire Fly
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6:21pm Thu 6 Mar 14

mavrick says...

I have had cause to use the service of both hospitals recently and will be using them again before the actual inspection. I will notice if there is a false front on the services I have to use. The ultra sound dept at Blackburn is a good measuring stick in terms of being kept waiting, and some staff attitudes. I think there will be a few exaggerated explanations as to performance. I can't understand why there are so many crossover services between Blackburn and Burnley the eye dept is a case in point. There are many other departments that need to be scrutinised. I am very suspicious of the number of nurses and health care assistants recruited. I am still unsure what a health care assistant is/does. I wonder if this is the new name for the old Auxilary nurses? I sincerely hope they do get out of special measures, I still think some of the top managers should have gone, We still seem to be struggling to recruit and retain top clinicians, I don't believe it is just a salary problem. Nobody wants to work for the ELHT that is a problem which I don't believe will change in a hurry. With all due respect to the current staff we are getting a second rate service. The top clinicians have gone elsewhere and I doubt they will come back, why should they. As a true supporter of the NHS I have noticed attitudes to staff is poor, to say we have to employ security guards or Police in our hospitals is a shame and disgrace on our nation. We need to put respect back into people, any foulmouthed drunks, should be removed immediately. There are groups attached to the hospitals and would appreciate support. perhaps a secret TV filmed live about the behaviour in our hospitals would shame a few. It is now up to the hospital and trust managers to deliver.
I have had cause to use the service of both hospitals recently and will be using them again before the actual inspection. I will notice if there is a false front on the services I have to use. The ultra sound dept at Blackburn is a good measuring stick in terms of being kept waiting, and some staff attitudes. I think there will be a few exaggerated explanations as to performance. I can't understand why there are so many crossover services between Blackburn and Burnley the eye dept is a case in point. There are many other departments that need to be scrutinised. I am very suspicious of the number of nurses and health care assistants recruited. I am still unsure what a health care assistant is/does. I wonder if this is the new name for the old Auxilary nurses? I sincerely hope they do get out of special measures, I still think some of the top managers should have gone, We still seem to be struggling to recruit and retain top clinicians, I don't believe it is just a salary problem. Nobody wants to work for the ELHT that is a problem which I don't believe will change in a hurry. With all due respect to the current staff we are getting a second rate service. The top clinicians have gone elsewhere and I doubt they will come back, why should they. As a true supporter of the NHS I have noticed attitudes to staff is poor, to say we have to employ security guards or Police in our hospitals is a shame and disgrace on our nation. We need to put respect back into people, any foulmouthed drunks, should be removed immediately. There are groups attached to the hospitals and would appreciate support. perhaps a secret TV filmed live about the behaviour in our hospitals would shame a few. It is now up to the hospital and trust managers to deliver. mavrick
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