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Hospital 'sorry' after parents are unhappy with sons care

A spokesperson from the University Hospital Southampton gave this statement regarding the 'absolutely appalling" care a couple's two-year-old son received after waiting six hours for a hospital bed.

While we are sorry to hear Mr and Mrs Giles are unhappy with the care their son received, these issues had not previously been raised with us and we are not familiar with the accounts presented through the media.

However, we would be happy to discuss any aspect of Callum's treatment with his parents directly and investigate any remaining concerns they have to ensure we offer them complete reassurance about our processes and procedures."

– University Hospital Southampton

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Busy hospital ward leaves boy waiting six hours for bed

The parents of a two-year-old boy who had to wait six hours because doctors couldn't find him a hospital bed are demanding an apology.

Callum Giles became sick last week and when his condition worsened, his parents John and Marie rushed him to Southampton General Hospital.

Despite battling a blood infection, being hooked up to a drip and lying across two chairs pushed together, his parents were told by medical staff that he would have to wait because there was no room.

John and Marie say they are 'absolutely appalled' at the care Callum was given.

Family to receive five-figure sum compensation

The family of a 4-year-old boy who died of a heart attack at Southampton General Hospital will be paid a five figure sum in compensation.

The inquest into Matthew Kenway's death found that there was a delay in identifying that he was in cardiac arrest.

He had gone into hospital for a routine kidney operation.

Matthew Kenway died of a heart attack, aged just 4

Bowel cancer surgery patients in Southampton 'survive'

Patients with bowel cancer at Southampton's teaching hospitals have a 98.2% survival rate after surgery.

The national bowel cancer audit 2013 showed that a team of six surgeons at Southampton General Hospital performed 274 operations with one of the lowest adjusted mortality rates.

Part of the analysis was to judge each trust and gave them a percentage score, based on how ill the patients were, how high risk the procedure was and how many patients survived.

The national average was 3.1% deaths. University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust scored 1.8%.

James Smallwood, a consultant lower gastrointestinal surgeon said, "Achieving the best possible survival rate from major surgery is every surgeons ultimate goal."

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Trauma centres across our region saves dozens of lives

Video. Specialist centres set up a year ago to treat seriously injured people have saved dozens of lives. The trauma network deals with people who, for example, have been injured in car accidents or are victims of stabbings.

In our region, Southampton General Hospital is the major trauma centre. With trauma units in Dorchester, Poole, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and Chichester. Experts from across the country have met up to discuss the improved survival rates. Andrew Pate reports.

Cancer patients highly rate Southampton hospitals

Southampton's university hospitals have been named most improved centre in the country by cancer patients.

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust recorded some of the highest scores in the country.

91% of patients said they were given clear verbal and written explanations of tests, investigations and operations as well as saying their overall cancer care was 'excellent' or 'very good'.

Three quarters of patients had confidence in the doctors and nurses treating them.

69% also said their families were given the opportunity to talk to hospital doctors.

The national cancer patient experience survey, published by NHS England, questioned 116,000 patients across 155 NHS Trusts about their care, treatment and communication from doctors and nurses.

Fundraisers hold sports day in tribute to Adam Hunt

Adam Hunt
Adam Hunt's friends and relatives are raising money for Southampton General Hospital

The family and friends of a teenager who died after taking a "legal high" are holding held a charity football match in his memory this afternoon.

Adam Hunt, 18, died in the intensive care unit of Southampton General Hospital on Sunday 18th August 2013. He had taken the drug AMT, a so-called 'legal high'.

Money raised by today's event will go to the hospital unit where staff tried to save his life.

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