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Patient care at hospital scrutinized

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

An investigation has been launched into the care provided by a North Yorkshire hospital after patients complained that their conditions deteriorated while treated there.  Friarage Hospital in Northallerton is a 225-bed hospital run by the South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  GPs have launched an inquiry into the care procedures of the hospital after many patients complained that their conditions worsened during treatment.

Recent information received by the GPs prompted the investigation, with findings that a low percentage of patients were actually improving during their stay at the hospital.  The Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) refused to provide any additional details due to patient confidentiality.

“The CCG is working with the trust”

The Clinical Commissioning Group did say that all issues highlighted by the information sent to GPs would be tested and examined.  The group has not provided details concerning how long the investigation will go on for, or which areas of the hospital are at the centre of the inquiry.

NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG secondary care doctor, Jon James, said: “The CCG is working with the trust to examine in detail how patients are cared for when their condition deteriorates and how continuity of care is assured.

A spokesperson from The South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said that the trust is working with the CCG.  They refused to comment at this stage, as this would be “inappropriate” due to the need to “protect patient confidentiality”.

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