The head of the trust which runs Bristol Children's Hospital says he's very disappointed by the findings of the CQC.
I was very disappointed by the CQC’s findings following its inspection of one of our wards in the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, the paediatric cardiac ward. No family should leave the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children believing that we did not provide the best care possible for their child. I am deeply concerned that some families believe that we have let them down and will continue to ensure that we address their concerns and bring forward our plans to develop a high dependency unit.
The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in relation to staffing levels on a cardiac ward at Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital.
The trust had been failing to meet three essential standards of quality and safety covering staffing levels, staff training and support, and the overall care and welfare of patients. Providers have a legal responsibility to make sure they are meeting all the essential standards.
The CQC warned the trust that it was facing further enforcement action unless it made improvements to staffing levels on Ward 32. The trust has also been told that it must provide a report within seven days setting out how it will meet the other standards. For full report click here:
The parents of two children, who died after heart surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital, told the West Country Tonight recently that they blamed inadequate aftercare, but the hospital trust has strongly rejected their allegations.
There have been eight so-called serious incidents in the same ward last year and today the Care Quality Commission is publishing a report into the incidents.