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Plans to improve maternity care

A report published by NHS England has called on staff in maternity units to learn from mistakes that have been identified by auditors, with a view to improving care provided in the units.  It was found that over 124 thousand reports of incidents in maternity units were submitted in 2015.  The figures reveal an average of around 340 mistakes were being made daily in maternity units.  These include incorrect epidurals being administered, foetal heartbeats not being monitored correctly or caesareans being carried out too late in cases of emergency deliveries.  It was found that 351 women experienced serious harm last year, and 151 women and newly born babies died on maternity wards.

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Dental nurse carries out botch operation

The General Dental Council (GDC) have carried out a misconduct hearing against former dental nurse, 41-year-old Adele Royston, after it was discovered that she had carried out facial surgery on her friend despite being unqualified to do so.  The decision was made to have Royston struck off after she took time off her work at Russell Court Dental Centre in Bingley, West Yorkshire in February to carry out the procedure.  The surgery involved administering a local anaesthetic to her friend’s face.  She then proceeded to cut her face in two places to tighten her skin.  Ms Royston showed “some remorse” when appearing before the misconduct panel.

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Death of newborn caused by failings

Worcestershire Hospitals Trust has recorded the death of a newborn baby as a serious incident following paramedics taking the child to Accident and Emergency at Worcestershire Royal instead of the maternity unit.  The crew had been told to take the baby to the maternity unit where a full paediatric resuscitation team would be available, however it was decided that the infant should be taken to A&E.  This decision was made as taking the baby to maternity would have meant wheeling the child through the main hospital whilst performing heart massage. 

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Damning report on how medical complaints are handled

Healthwatch Cumbria and Cumbria Health Security committees have published a damning report into how medical complaints are handled in their area.  It has been found that Cumbrian patients were afraid to make complaints and that their complaints were handled “defensively” by health staff.  It was also found that complaint procedures were complex and that there was a general lack of understanding amongst staff of the procedures.  Complaint handling was also found to be lagging behind recommended targets.

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Investigation into increased mental health deaths

Mental Health campaigners have welcomed the commissioning of an investigation into the increase in the number of unexpected deaths of patients suffering from mental health problems in The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.  In the year 2012-13 there were 61 deaths and in 2014-15 the number had risen to 129.  This is higher than other UK mental health trusts.

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