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Right Arrow Hospital Trust is one of the safest - PR/43/0506
10 February 2006 at 15:28

An independent health watchdog has confirmed that Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is one of the safest in the country.

An assessment carried out in December puts the Trust in an elite group of only 11 in the country who can boast the highest standards of safety for their patients.

Medical Director, Geraldine Boocock said “Patients can now use their local Trust confident in the knowledge that they are being treated in one of the safest in the country. We can now prove beyond doubt that our patients receive the most appropriate, evidence based and up to date treatment; that we continue to reduce infection and that we are able to learn from our mistakes. In the new era of ‘Choice’ where patients will be asked to choose the hospital where they want to go, I would urge patients to look very carefully at the safety record of the choices on offer.

 “Although we strive as a Trust to be among the best in the country and this assessment shows that we are, we are also human. Mistakes do sometimes happen, fortunately not very often, but when they do we make sure we learn from them. Why did they happen? What can be done to prevent them happening in the future? These are questions that we always ask. And once they have been answered we make sure mechanisms are in place to minimise the risk of them happening again. This award proves that we learn from our mistakes making Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust one of the safest in the country. This is as good a guarantee as you will get about the competence of the staff who treat you.

” Sharon Fishwick, who was responsible for getting all of the evidence together for the assessment said, “This is fabulous news for our patients. Coming into hospital is often a very anxious time but in gathering the evidence it became apparent that everyone right throughout the Trust treats safety very seriously. It has taken nearly five years of very hard work by everyone from the cleaners to the doctors and they should be proud of what they have achieved”.

Notes to Editors

1. The NHS Litigation Authority carried out the assessment. The NHS Litigation Authority is a Special Health Authority (part of the NHS), responsible for handling negligence claims made against NHS bodies in England. In addition to dealing with claims when they arise, they have an active risk management programme to help raise standards of care in the NHS and hence reduce the number of incidents leading to claims.

2. The Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) was established in 1995 in order to provide a means for NHS Trusts to focus their clinical risk management systems effectively and therefore improve patient care. The assessment looks at how the Trusts manage the risks involved in patient care. It sets out seven Standards: Learning from Experience; Response to Major Clinical Incidents; Advice and Consent; Health Records; Induction, Training and Competence; Implementation of Clinical Risk Management; Clinical Care. The assessment grades Trusts as Level 1,2 or 3, with Level 3 being the highest achievement. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust were awarded Level 3. Only 11 Trusts in the country have a Level 3 award.

3. The Trust now holds CNST level 3 for clinical risk management systems within the Acute services and CNST level 2 for clinical risk management systems within the Maternity services. The Trust Board recently agreed that Maternity services apply for CNST level 3 by the end of this year.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

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