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London's A & E departments prepare for winter

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The Mayor's health adviser will be questioned later over how London's A and E departments will cope with this winter's inevitable increase in demand.

The head of NHS England will also speak at the London Assembly about the pressures faced by departments and their plans for coping this winter.

Essex hospital is in 'special measures'

Top doctors and senior managers from one of London's best hospitals, are to be drafted into another which has with serious problems. NHS staff from Hampstead's Royal Free will be working at Basildon and Thurrock NHS trust, in an attempt to improve standards there.

Basildon's one of 11 trusts put into 'special measures' following a review of services.Luke Hanrahan has the full details.


Basildon hospital is in 'special measures'

The NHS says a hospital trust is said to require ‘special measures’ when there are serious failings in relation to quality of care, which trust bosses can't fix without intensive support.

The NHS Trust Development Authority declares when an NHS Trust is in special measures. In future, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals will recommend whether special measures are needed if the quality of services are judged to be inadequate.


Nursing home staff have received extra training

The West London Mental Health Trust which runs the Limes nursing home has said it has taken action after a Care Quality Commission report found that its staff were not trained in dealing with allegations that patients had been abused.

"Some of the staff interviewed didn’t fully understand the process of reporting safeguarding incidents to the local authority safeguarding team and lacked training in this important area. We took immediate action by sending an information alert to staff reminding them on how to recognise the signs of abuse and how to report it. In addition we held focus groups and we run regular safeguarding training for all staff members who now discuss any incidents which have occurred at their weekly team meeting."

– West London Mental Health Trust

Chase Farm Hospital says it is now up to standard

The trust which runs Chase Farm Hospital says it has taken action following a Care Quality Commission report which criticised its staffing levels and record keeping. Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust said a second inspection last month had shown that standards had been improved.

"Following the inspection the Trust took immediate and appropriate action to meet these standards. Following an unannounced inspection in February 2013 the Trust was found to be compliant in the staffing and records standards."

– Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS trust says action has been taken

Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs Newham University Hospital, said action has been taken to ensure patient care was improved after the hospital failed to meet four out of five standards in patient care.

"A CQC inspection in August 2012 found minor concerns around the care, privacy and nutritional support provided to elderly patients at Newham University Hospital and we have since put a comprehensive action plan in place to address these concerns."

– Barts Health NHS Trust
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