Salisbury District Hospital has always had a pretty good local reputation. In fact our local Hospital was identified as one of the top hospitals nationwide by a leading national healthcare intelligence organisation, CHKS in 2015. Well done, SDH.
But sadly unnecessary mistakes still occur. In particular, the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group has admitted that a surgical swab was left inside a patient after an operation at Salisbury District Hospital in September 2014 – a clear example of clinical negligence [often referred to a medical negligence].
The circumstances surrounding this event are being investigated by NHS England. The Wiltshire Commissioning Group will then decide whether the Trust which runs the hospital should be fined. In the interim, the hospital has agreed to implement an action plan as a result of what happened, the patient group Wiltshire Healthwatch has revealed.
Salisbury District Hospital – responsible for a “never-event”
The mistake has been confirmed by hospital bosses at SDH. This sort of incident is termed a “never-event” – a mistake which is so serious that it should never be allowed to happen.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust have stated that the mistake was noticed quickly and claim that the patient was not harmed. The patient and their family was told right away and the Trust issued a full apology.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, the body responsible for running the hospital said that the event in question took place in September 2014. It was reported at the first public board meeting after it had happened, in October 2014. The Trust’s December board meeting confirmed the event, and the Trust has investigated the never event fully.
The NHS describes never events as “serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented.”
Never events include mistakes such as performing surgery on the wrong part of the body or leaving foreign objects inside a patient after an operation.
Despite enjoying a good reputation locally, this is certainly not the only example of high profile clinical negligence at SDH. In another event at Salisbury Hospital back in 2013, surgeons removed the wrong testicle from a patient suffering from cancer.
“Never-events” – remarkably more common than you might imagine
Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has been on a crusade against never events for some time, stating that they simply should never happen.
An earlier BBC investigation discovered that over 750 patients had been victims of these never events in English hospitals between 2009 and 2012. NHS England has accepted that the numbers of never events are too high, and have taken steps to improve patient safety.
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