Fears over children ’not properly treated’ at East Lancs hospitals

Royal Blackburn Hospital

Royal Blackburn Hospital

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

CONCERNS have been raised about the number of children being sent home from the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals ‘without being properly treated’.

The under-18 readmission rate at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (EHLT), which measures the number of patients being admitted to hospital within 30 days of being discharged, was the seventh highest in England in the latest annual figures.

There were 2,907 readmissions in 2012, compared to the expected number of 2,306.

Last year, the Lancashire Telegraph highlighted the high readmission rates for all patients in Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire, with the issue later coming under scrutiny from NHS inspectors.

But the new data, obtained from researchers at the Dr Foster Intelligence unit, showed that readmission rates for adults were within the expected range, which suggests the situation is improving.

But Russ McLean, chair of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group, said: “The readmission rates for under-18s are still very worrying. This is a key measure of the quality of services, because when you go into hospital you want to be properly treated, you don’t want to be going back again.

“I know the trust are working very hard but perhaps this is one of the areas they should give more consideration to.”

EHLT, which is currently in special measures, said the issue has been recognised a detailed action plan drawn up.

But a spokesman added: “The trust requested an independent audit of our paediatric emergency read- missions in December 2013, and this was com- missioned from a team from Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit.

“The team concluded that the high admission rate seems to be down to how our service is recorded rather than this high rate being an indicator of poor quality services.

“In fact they noted that this was such a high quality service that patients chose to come back to the unit for advice rather than using other appropriate services such as their GP surgery when they needed ongoing help.”

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2:12pm Wed 7 May 14

maxcollie says...

It's not just children.
It's not just children. maxcollie
  • Score: 15

2:27pm Wed 7 May 14

mavrick says...

Is it not time a much simpler recording system was put in place, If someone has returned to the hospital surely the reason can be noted and classified. If it was just for advice it can not count as a re admission. we are in dire danger of running our hospitals down on the basis of bad information. Public meetings are a good way of regaining confidence lost in the trust. Simply explain how the system works and what the real facts are. When the trusts own Doctors and nurses would recommend the hospital to their own family and friends then you know the hospital is ok.
Is it not time a much simpler recording system was put in place, If someone has returned to the hospital surely the reason can be noted and classified. If it was just for advice it can not count as a re admission. we are in dire danger of running our hospitals down on the basis of bad information. Public meetings are a good way of regaining confidence lost in the trust. Simply explain how the system works and what the real facts are. When the trusts own Doctors and nurses would recommend the hospital to their own family and friends then you know the hospital is ok. mavrick
  • Score: 15

2:36pm Wed 7 May 14

kateash says...

The trust always seem to have a ready made answer for their incompetence .. Surely they should know how to record things!!! Also in one breath they say they have recognised it and drawn up an action plan and in the other they say that it is just down to an incorrect recording system ... Now which is it? ....
The trust always seem to have a ready made answer for their incompetence .. Surely they should know how to record things!!! Also in one breath they say they have recognised it and drawn up an action plan and in the other they say that it is just down to an incorrect recording system ... Now which is it? .... kateash
  • Score: 12

3:18pm Wed 7 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

SO BASICALLY THE TRUST !! IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED !!
SO BASICALLY THE TRUST !! IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 13

4:51pm Wed 7 May 14

moxhie says...

maxcollie wrote:
It's not just children.
Most certainly not .
[quote][p][bold]maxcollie[/bold] wrote: It's not just children.[/p][/quote]Most certainly not . moxhie
  • Score: 10

9:42pm Wed 7 May 14

mavrick says...

Sadly Not
Sadly Not mavrick
  • Score: 6

12:06am Thu 8 May 14

K7****7 says...

Another case of The Royal Blackburn Hospital failing. Yesterday I read about a pensioner dying there and there seems to be a story of neglect every other week from the hospital. The Keough report criticised RBH and they promised to improve but that is another broken promise. I dare say people fear being admitted to this hospital now. Something must be done.
Another case of The Royal Blackburn Hospital failing. Yesterday I read about a pensioner dying there and there seems to be a story of neglect every other week from the hospital. The Keough report criticised RBH and they promised to improve but that is another broken promise. I dare say people fear being admitted to this hospital now. Something must be done. K7****7
  • Score: 7

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