Hospital improving, according to health regulator

Hospital improving, according to health regulator

Hospital improving, according to health regulator

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THE trust which runs Colchester’s hospitals is improving according health regulator Monitor.

An investigation into Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester General Hospital and and Essex County Hospital, was sparked last year by the discovery of high death rates in north Essex and at 13 other UK hospital trusts.

During the investigation, the hospital was ordered to improve in 33 areas. 

In a fresh report published today, the hospital was found to be improving in 26 out of those 33 areas.

But there is still significant concerns or limited or no evidence of improvements bheing made in six areas.

One group of actions, relating to escorting patients going to the radiology department for diagnostic tests, had been fully implemented.

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4:25pm Wed 12 Mar 14

jammin says...

Its not hard to improve from 'failing'....an marked improvement would be 'not getting any worse'.
Its not hard to improve from 'failing'....an marked improvement would be 'not getting any worse'. jammin
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

karen f says...

Not from where I'm standing it isn't! My 94 year-old father-in-law was discharged last Friday after a 2-week stay. His checks were made on Wednesday, 2 days before his discharge. He came home with a chest infection they knew about but had not been treated for. He was hallucinating, didn't eat, drink or visit the toilet the whole time he was home and we had to call an ambulance at midnight to re-admit him. He spent until yesterday lunchtime on the AEU until a bed was found on Peldon Ward.
A failed discharge is not good let alone all the other problems surrounding this saga with the hospital. Upon speaking to a consultant on Saturday afternoon who kindly listened to everything I had to say, he admitted that all my concerns were indeed founded and that I had every right to complain.
What if he lived alone and not with us? It beggars belief to be honest.
I am his full-time carer here at home which means I have a 'duty of care' to be responsible for him and everything he needs. Surely our hospital should be doing exactly the same? Epic fail as far as I'm concerned!
Not from where I'm standing it isn't! My 94 year-old father-in-law was discharged last Friday after a 2-week stay. His checks were made on Wednesday, 2 days before his discharge. He came home with a chest infection they knew about but had not been treated for. He was hallucinating, didn't eat, drink or visit the toilet the whole time he was home and we had to call an ambulance at midnight to re-admit him. He spent until yesterday lunchtime on the AEU until a bed was found on Peldon Ward. A failed discharge is not good let alone all the other problems surrounding this saga with the hospital. Upon speaking to a consultant on Saturday afternoon who kindly listened to everything I had to say, he admitted that all my concerns were indeed founded and that I had every right to complain. What if he lived alone and not with us? It beggars belief to be honest. I am his full-time carer here at home which means I have a 'duty of care' to be responsible for him and everything he needs. Surely our hospital should be doing exactly the same? Epic fail as far as I'm concerned! karen f
  • Score: 5

8:08am Thu 13 Mar 14

John Vencato says...

karen f wrote:
Not from where I'm standing it isn't! My 94 year-old father-in-law was discharged last Friday after a 2-week stay. His checks were made on Wednesday, 2 days before his discharge. He came home with a chest infection they knew about but had not been treated for. He was hallucinating, didn't eat, drink or visit the toilet the whole time he was home and we had to call an ambulance at midnight to re-admit him. He spent until yesterday lunchtime on the AEU until a bed was found on Peldon Ward.
A failed discharge is not good let alone all the other problems surrounding this saga with the hospital. Upon speaking to a consultant on Saturday afternoon who kindly listened to everything I had to say, he admitted that all my concerns were indeed founded and that I had every right to complain.
What if he lived alone and not with us? It beggars belief to be honest.
I am his full-time carer here at home which means I have a 'duty of care' to be responsible for him and everything he needs. Surely our hospital should be doing exactly the same? Epic fail as far as I'm concerned!
Can I take the opportunity to say what a wonderful job you are doing in looking after your relative Karen. I offer you a heart warming well done to your efforts and god bless you (If there is one out there, you do wonder sometimes)?
My wife Julie Ann looked after my dad Len for 15 years between 1995 to 2010, we experienced much of the same problems unfortunately. The same or similar happenstances have happened to my mum 78 this year.
As a family we did get involved in the complaint process when I fell ill after my dad had died in 2010.
I must agree with you, I cannot see much change at all, I am currently dealing with issues in relation to to my son Nicholas who is 19 years old today.
They the hospital trust may be trying hard, they have to be while under such scrutiny, however I think the process is going to take a very long time.
The dreaded thought is that slight improvements will be made, just to keep the investigators of ones back and at bay, after that they will return to their old ways.
We live in hope
It is good decent people like you, on a glorious sunny day like this that make life worthwhile and refreshing, well done for caring after your father-in-law.
Jon + :-)
[quote][p][bold]karen f[/bold] wrote: Not from where I'm standing it isn't! My 94 year-old father-in-law was discharged last Friday after a 2-week stay. His checks were made on Wednesday, 2 days before his discharge. He came home with a chest infection they knew about but had not been treated for. He was hallucinating, didn't eat, drink or visit the toilet the whole time he was home and we had to call an ambulance at midnight to re-admit him. He spent until yesterday lunchtime on the AEU until a bed was found on Peldon Ward. A failed discharge is not good let alone all the other problems surrounding this saga with the hospital. Upon speaking to a consultant on Saturday afternoon who kindly listened to everything I had to say, he admitted that all my concerns were indeed founded and that I had every right to complain. What if he lived alone and not with us? It beggars belief to be honest. I am his full-time carer here at home which means I have a 'duty of care' to be responsible for him and everything he needs. Surely our hospital should be doing exactly the same? Epic fail as far as I'm concerned![/p][/quote]Can I take the opportunity to say what a wonderful job you are doing in looking after your relative Karen. I offer you a heart warming well done to your efforts and god bless you (If there is one out there, you do wonder sometimes)? My wife Julie Ann looked after my dad Len for 15 years between 1995 to 2010, we experienced much of the same problems unfortunately. The same or similar happenstances have happened to my mum 78 this year. As a family we did get involved in the complaint process when I fell ill after my dad had died in 2010. I must agree with you, I cannot see much change at all, I am currently dealing with issues in relation to to my son Nicholas who is 19 years old today. They the hospital trust may be trying hard, they have to be while under such scrutiny, however I think the process is going to take a very long time. The dreaded thought is that slight improvements will be made, just to keep the investigators of ones back and at bay, after that they will return to their old ways. We live in hope It is good decent people like you, on a glorious sunny day like this that make life worthwhile and refreshing, well done for caring after your father-in-law. Jon + :-) John Vencato
  • Score: 6

9:43am Thu 13 Mar 14

karen f says...

Thank you John and I'm sorry you have fallen prey to similar circumstances as ours.
Indeed it will take an awful long time for CGH to rise from this, let's face it, it hasn't happened overnight, it's been a steady decline over a long period of time. For us personally, we have had more dealings with the hospital in the last 2.5 years than we have since it opened mid-80's. Regarding my father-in-law's care, it has been one thing after another which I have just put down to the NHS 'being under pressure'. This last incident was the one that broke the camel's back unfortunately.
He is 94, he has had a good life and none of us are immortal but this kind of treatment is distressing for both patients and their families no matter what age or illness.
Colchester is a fast-growing town and yet the infrastructure isn't. Roads, schools, GP surgeries and our hospitals (to name but a few), are all under immense pressure, pressure causes cracks, cracks lead to eventual breakdown ... this is Colchester/the whole country, right now. Time and money is what's needed, unfortunately we are running out of both.
Enjoy this glorious sunny day and I hope your son Nicholas has a wonderful 19th birthday.
Thank you John and I'm sorry you have fallen prey to similar circumstances as ours. Indeed it will take an awful long time for CGH to rise from this, let's face it, it hasn't happened overnight, it's been a steady decline over a long period of time. For us personally, we have had more dealings with the hospital in the last 2.5 years than we have since it opened mid-80's. Regarding my father-in-law's care, it has been one thing after another which I have just put down to the NHS 'being under pressure'. This last incident was the one that broke the camel's back unfortunately. He is 94, he has had a good life and none of us are immortal but this kind of treatment is distressing for both patients and their families no matter what age or illness. Colchester is a fast-growing town and yet the infrastructure isn't. Roads, schools, GP surgeries and our hospitals (to name but a few), are all under immense pressure, pressure causes cracks, cracks lead to eventual breakdown ... this is Colchester/the whole country, right now. Time and money is what's needed, unfortunately we are running out of both. Enjoy this glorious sunny day and I hope your son Nicholas has a wonderful 19th birthday. karen f
  • Score: 3

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