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Inspectors tell hospital to improve standards

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

A hospital has been told to improve following a recent inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland. The investigation was carried out at Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH) as part of a routine programme of inspections. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) were told that they had to improve in fourteen different areas following the report.

The inspectors found issues ranging from patients’ food and fluid intake not being monitored precisely, to patients’ personalised care plans not being clear enough in detailing specific care needs.  

Inspectors flagged up one particular concern: the “Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation” documentation contained forms on which the decision not to resuscitate had not been discussed with the patients or their relatives. Two of the forms showed no date for review, while another two of the forms had not been reviewed within the specified timescale.

“Extremely disappointed”

Even though the report highlighted numerous areas in which NHSGGC were performing adequately, the board nurse director Rosslyn Crocket said:

I am extremely disappointed that in a number of areas, particularly record keeping and care planning, we are still falling short of the standards expected.”

She said that following the report, a “comprehensive action plan” had been drawn up, which would be closely monitored to guarantee that improvements were made and maintained by staff.

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