The University Hospital of Wales Cardiff

There has been an increase in the number of so-called “serious incidents” in NHS hospitals and health services managed by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board up to and including February this year.

The Health Board discussed a range of such incidents in a meeting at the end of last month – noting that ” There are significant potential financial implications associated
with this work in relation to clinical negligence claims.”

An internal  report to the board says ” there are currently a number of quality and
safety issues that remain of concern and continue to receive a high level of
focus and monitoring”.

During February 2018 there were  25 “Serious Incidents” – said to be due largely to the increase in the reporting of pressure damage”.

An endoscopy procedure

There were also Serious Incidents “related to Endoscopy services” mainly to access to the service, delays in urgent and routine endoscopies and “patients who are being lost to follow up”. The Cardiff and Vale Health Board says it is taking steps to “deliver the necessary improvements”  and has “received in-year funding to improve waiting times “.  The board also admits that from January this year it’s had to call upon private health providers to help “on an outsourcing arrangement” to reduce waiting times –  and says that ” the number of Serious Incidents as a result of long waiting times in endoscopy is likely to increase

There continue to be “Patient Falls” – but the Health Board points out that there is  balance to be struck between “the  risk of rehabilitating and mobilizing patients who would otherwise start to ‘de-condition’” It says “The majority of patients, do not experience major harm, approximately one patient a week experiences a serious injury from an in-patient fall”.

Other “Serious Incidents”  included:-

  • A female patient who was supposed to receive medication “via an epidural” began having it wrongly injected into a vein.  (The Health Board says the error was identified very promptly and “no harm came to the patient.”)
  • There are “concerns” regarding the management of a patient suffering from sepsis – who subsequently died.
  • A clinical negligence claim has been reported to the Welsh Government concerning delays in the treatment of an  ophthalmology patient
  • A hospital patient was harmed by not having anti-coagulation treatment re-commenced in a timely manner.
  • A patient received a botox injection into “an unintended site”.
  • A member of NHS staff has been “arrested by the police following serious allegations regarding medicines.”

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  1. Caron Lewis says:

    Can anyone tell me how/ where I can find out more details abt the ‘serious incidents’ referred to in this report, in particular, details abt the patient that died of sepsis.

  2. Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    Look, this is what the Labour and Tory parties have done to you and you still vote for them. Vaughan Gething should clearly resign, for starters. It makes my blood boil. I really cannot understand why there’s not a revolution in the UK.


  3. Philip Rapier says:

    Congratulations to Salisbury NHS Trust Foundation on the excellent progress of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia..However despite this dedication and brilliant treatment by the clinicians-
    “The trust that runs Salisbury District Hospital is £12.5m in debt and is therefore in breach of its NHS provider licence, a regulator has warned.”
    “Staff have been banned from using first class stamps in an attempt to save money.”
    .”other initiatives include surgeons using cheaper gloves, cheaper sutures being used for wounds and operating theatres being used more efficiently.”
    “While the trust has taken steps to understand why it is in the financial position it is, it does not yet have detailed financial recovery plans in place, and it was felt that additional support was needed.”
    Source BBC News Jan 18
    Perhaps they should ask John Glen Conservative MP for Salisbury to explain why their Hospital is skint.

    • AK says:

      Sounds fair enough.

      Cheaper gloves, cheaper sutures, cheaper postage (try email, it’s free).

      Hospitals and the NHS are wonderful. Their admin is not

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