Newcastle NHS tops medical mishaps list

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust has had the most patients who have been harmed by incidents that should never have happened.

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Newcastle NHS: "No compromise" on quality

Newcastle's NHS Foundation Trust has reacted to the revelation that it is at the top of national medical accidents league table.

Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: "There is no compromise in relation to quality in all that we do here in Newcastle."

“Never Events are extremely rare but even one event is one too many. The Trust carries out a very thorough and detailed review into any event that occurs. That way we can ensure that every possible safeguard is in place and that we provide the right care first time, every time.

There is no compromise in relation to quality in all that we do here in Newcastle.

All such incidents are reported each month in open public session and the subject of a comprehensive root cause analysis with lessons learnt.

Our calculated rate of incidence is 0.00486% in contrast to the overall national rate of 0.005%."

– Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive, Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust

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The four Newcastle NHS 'never' incidents

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had four incidents take place that should never have happened. They were two incidents where foreign objects were left inside patients, one patient who had a procedure on the wrong part of their body and one patient given the wrong type of implant.

Newcastle tops list of 'never events'

Newcastle Hopsitals NHS Trust has had the most patients who have been harmed by incidents that should never have happened.

Figures from NHS England show 148 never events happened in six months, between April and September. Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had four of them.

The incidents are regarded by the Government as so serious they should never happen.

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