'Failed' by Bridlington Hospital - Scarborough NHS Trust Found Guilty of Negligence

This article printed in the Bridlington Free Press high-lights the problems that Bridlington residents have to endure at the hands of the Scarborough NHS Trust, we firmly believe that the staff shortages incurred by the Trust with its cuts and money saving exercises causes these type of problems; whilst the Trust remove services in order to slash it £m's of deficit we will see more of this type of thing....

Mick Pilling (chairman) Save Bridlington Hospital Campaign Action Group

Published Date: 23 June 2010 Bridlington Free Press

A CORONER has accused Bridlington Hospital of "totally failing" a woman who died 11 days after having routine knee surgery.

Jennifer Fisher, who was 64, worked as a cook and supervisor at her local school for 20 years until she retired in 2005.

She died at her home in Mill Lane, Burniston, on January 23 after having a knee arthroscopy at Bridlington Hospital on January 12.
The cause of death was given as a pulmonary embolism brought on by deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The inquest, at Scarborough County Court on Monday, heard Mrs Fisher did not receive chemical or physical treatment to prevent the onset of DVT.

She had previously been treated for phlebitis as well as varicose veins, meaning that she was at high risk of the condition.

Coroner Michael Oakley said the failure to provide either chemical prophylaxis prior to surgery or TED compression stockings, which are routinely provided to patients, could amount to negligence.

Recording a narrative verdict, Mr Oakley said: "The hospital have totally failed this lady and I am just getting a little bit upset, and the family will be very upset, at the number of cases I am encountering where things like this are occurring.

"I do not understand why this has been allowed to happen.
"I will be writing to the hospital trust's chief executive and want to know why chemical prophylaxis is not routinely given to patients.

"I have been told by several eminent surgeons that unless there are medical reasons not to do so, this would amount to

"Not only has that not happened but the TED stockings weren't supplied either."

In a statement, her husband Peter Fisher, said she had always been fit, active, quite sporty and enjoyed badminton and tennis.

Last summer she had problems with her right knee and after a consultation with orthopedic surgeon Nicholas Evans, she decided to have surgery to repair a torn – continued on page 3

Read the letter underneigth...there were staff shortages when this lady suffered...need I say more...Mick Pilling
Letter from Bridlington Hospital Nurse - We need your views !!

I have received a letter from a member of staff at Bridlington Hospital, no wonder the hospital is having problems......The Trust continue to batter the hospital from all sides

The letter is not signed because the person fears for there job, rightly so. Had it been signed lid would be off and the Trust exposed

Your views would be interesting,

Regards Mick Pilling

A plea by a nurse working at Bridlington Hospital expressing worries about what is happening to services there is being taken to Westminster.
Mick Pilling, Chairman of the Save Bridlington Hospital Campaign Action Group has met Bridlington MP Greg Knight and local councillors to highlight the worries of the staff working at the hospital.

Mr Pilling met Mr Knight, together with councillor Geoff Pickering (Bridlington South ward) and Councillor Richard Harrap (Bridlington North ward) to draw these concerns about the future of the hospital to their attention.

The nurse, who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of management reprisals, says that services moving services to Scarborough Hospital is a mistake as they ‘do not have the facilities to cope.’

The nurse complains that there are now more managers and executives ‘than there has ever been;’ and says ‘other things have been cut like training,’ adding that this has left staff ‘feeling vulnerable……’

Mr Knight said that he ‘still has serious concerns about the hospital’ and told Mr Pilling he would draw the contents of the letter to the attention of Health Minister Andy Burnham MP and also would be sending a copy to the Shadow Health Minister Andrew Lansley MP.