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Dirty, unsafe, and failing to protect patients. The damning verdict on a London hospital ordered by inspectors to make urgent changes.
Whipps Cross in Leytonstone failed to meet the basic standards for quality and safety. In the worst cases, filthy maternity wards and uncaring staff exposed mothers and babies to the risk of infection. Ria Chatterjee reports.
Whipps Cross University Hospital has been accused of failing to protect the safety and welfare of patients.
An inspection by the Care Quality Commission found "serious shortfalls" at the hospital - including filthy maternity wards and uncaring staff.
Ria Chatterjee has sent us this report from Leytonstone, after speaking with the CQC's Matthew Trainer.
A report into the care provided by Whipps Cross University Hospital is very critical of care provided to women on maternity and post natal units.
It said that staff did not follow some basic hygiene regimes such as washing their hands, and that babies ended up in intensive care because midwives didn't carry out basic checks.
Whipps Cross University Hospital in east London has been issued with three formal warning after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission found:
- The hospital was failing to meet 10 of the 16 national standards for quality and safety.
- On maternity wards, "serious shortfalls" were noted, such as blood-stained equipment, filthy curtains, staff not cleaning their hands and midwives failing to carry out proper checks on newborns.
- During just one visit, "serious shortfalls" in eight out of the 16 essential standards hospitals are required to meet by law were identified.
- There were also problems in A&E. The national NHS target is for 95% of patients to be seen within four hours but the hospital has not met this target since last November.
Barts NHS trust has been issued with three formal warnings in a Care Quality Commission report which found it had "failed to protect the safety and welfare of patients" at Whipps Cross University Hospital. The unnannounced inspections were carried out in May and June.