Derriford Hospital Leave Needle Inside Surgery Patient

Derriford Hospital Leave Needle Inside Surgery Patient

In a separate incident at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth a naso-gastic tube which is used for feeding and giving patient drugs was “misplaced”.
The hospital have said that no patients came to any harm as a result of the incidents which took place early November.
They were highlighted on the board agenda of the Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
The trust has not provided any further information surrounding the “retained needle incident” as investigations were still ongoing.
Philip Hughes the trust’s medical director told the BBC:"We are always concerned about serious events.
"Safety is at the heart of what we do. The number of incidents is decreasing and the frequency of harm to patients is decreasing."
The hospital faced criticism from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in June following an investigation into eight serious incidents which occurred over the past year – called “never events” as they should have never happened.
The trust said that these events were not “never events” as they were not serious enough.
In October the CQC moved the hospital from band four to band five on its risk list band one represents the highest risk and band six the lowest.

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