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CQC warn health trust over staffing levels at Bristol hospital

The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership over levels of staffing at Blackberry Hill Hospital in Bristol.

It followed an unannounced inspection of three wards at the Fromeside Unit in December. The medium secure unit provides specialist care and treatment for adults with mental disorders, which may mean that they are at significant risk of harming themselves or others.

Inspectors found that the unit was failing to comply with the national regulation on staffing and did not have not enough qualified, skilled or experienced staff to meet people's needs.

Hospital to reduce number of heart operations following CQC report

Bristol Children's Hospital is to reduce the number of heart operations carried out after a formal warning over staffing levels on its cardiac unit.

It follows complaints by parents and a spot inspection by the regulator, the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors found there weren't enough qualified, skilled or experienced staff and patients were being put at risk.

Six families are currently pursuing legal action against the hospital's trust after their children underwent heart surgery at the hospital.

Our health correspondent Rebecca Broxton reports:


Hospital boss "disappointed" by criticism

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.

– Robert Woolley, Chief Executive UBHT


Health watchdog warns UBHT over staffing levels

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:

CQC Report: Heart Surgery Parents' story

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.

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