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Whipps Cross Hospital to open new facility

There are currently three admissions wards at Whipps which are all located some distance from A&E. Credit: ITN

Whipps Cross Hospital in Waltham Forrest will open a new Acute Assessment Unit this weekend as part of a £27 million pound investment programme in emergency care.

The welcome news comes after the facility was issued with formal warnings over its patient care last month.

Jail for Whipps Cross abuse nurses

Sharmilla Gunda received a 5 month prison term Credit: Met Police
Annette Jackson received a 2 month suspended sentence Credit: Met Police
Akousa Sakiywaa received a one year jail term Credit: Met Police

Three female Heathcare Assistants who abused and neglected elderly patients in their care at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone received jail terms today.

They were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court this afternoon. Akousa Sakiywaa received 12 months in prison for four counts of ill treatment and neglect, while Sharmilla Gunda received 5 months and Annette Jackson was handed a 2 month term.

Detective Sergeant Tammy Dempsey from the MPS Community Safety Unit in Waltham Forest said: "These three women had a responsibility for the welfare of those who were under there care.

" The public and families of these elderly patients have a right to expect that they will be treated with respect and looked after in an appropriate manner. Gunda, Jackson and Sakyiwaa let everyone down and it's right that they have been found guilty at court.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who had the courage to come forward and report these offences and give their evidence in court."


Hospital's 'systematic catalogue of failings'

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.

'It's very worrying,' says Care Quality Commission

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.

Whipps Cross Hospital "a cattle market"


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CQC: Care to mothers at Whipps Cross 'not safe'

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.

We saw a woman in a blood-stained gown and bed. About 10 minutes later we saw the same woman crying in the corridor. The midwife on duty asked the woman 'Why are you crying?' The woman replied 'I am in pain'.

'Pain!' the midwife repeated in a sarcastic manner. The midwife got some medication and handed her a white pot which contained tablets without telling the woman what the tablets were.

We observed the same midwife bringing the wrong formula milk to the mother. When asked by the woman, the midwife did not accept she had brought the wrong milk and refused to offer the correct alternative.

– CQC inspectors who visited Whipps Cross University Hospital
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Hospital trust: 'We are extremely sorry for the failings'

Barts Health is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of every one of our patients and we are extremely sorry for the failings in some of our services at Whipps Cross Hospital.

We have taken immediate action to rectify the failures to ensure we meet standards across the hospital at all times.

– Barts Health NHS Trust chief executive Peter Morris
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'Serious concerns' over Whipps Cross Hospital care

We have very serious concerns about the care and treatment patients have been receiving at Whipps Cross University Hospital.

The reports we have published today show a systematic catalogue of failings across the departments we looked at during our inspections in May and June.

We found that, in places, the hospital was unsafe and dirty, and that staff didn't always show patients the compassion that people deserve.

– Matthew Trainer, regional director of the Care Quality Commission in London
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