Monday, 9 January 2012
Tameside Hospital blasted by watchdogs over failure to raise standards
Health watchdogs have found that bosses at Tameside Hospital have failed to act on a series of recommendations to improve care.
Patients were left without water to drink, ‘help’ buzzers were out of reach and, of those surveyed, nine per cent had fallen over during their stay, a new report found.
One patient claimed they had not had a shower or a bath for more than three weeks and another was left soiled despite asking for help from staff.
Members of the Local Involvement Network inspected conditions a year ago, but during spot checks in August they found that bosses had failed to act on many of their recommendations.
In two cases, the situation had got worse – patients were still being left without drinks of water and some wards were cluttered, with furniture blocking one fire exits.
Ninety-six per cent of the 191 asked had not met their ‘dignity in care’ champion – a role introduced following concerns about care of the elderly – and 80 per cent claimed not to have a ‘shared care’ sheet, brought in to improve communication with relatives. Read the full article on the Manchester Evening News website.