Urgent action needed at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

The health watchdog has called for urgent action at a Brighton hospital after some special operations were suspended.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted an unannounced inspection of the gastrointestinal surgery unit at Royal Sussex County Hospital in August after concerns were raised about its safety.

The CQC had issued a warning to the hospital, urging it to make improvements to the overall operation in April, with urgent conditions attached.

The full report, released on Thursday, reveals that the CQC has suspended upper gastrointestinal surgery at the hospital.

The hospital’s Gastrointestinal Surgery Department is rated Poor, while the hospital’s overall rating is Good.

The inspection found that gastrointestinal surgery wards were understaffed, that there had been an increase in patient falls and medical malpractice due to staff fatigue, that there were not enough cancer nurse specialists, and that senior medical staff had “none respectful culture shared or supportive”.

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It found that death rates in upper gastrointestinal surgery were twice the national average – but this figure “was within the standard deviation confidence limits”.

The hospital had three specialists in upper gastrointestinal surgery – fewer than the four to six specialists required by the NHS.

Carolyn Jenkinson, CQC Head of Hospital Inspection, said: “Following our inspection of surgery at Royal Sussex County Hospital, I am concerned that our teams have not seen any improvement, particularly in the upper gastrointestinal area.

“Despite the Trust’s warning and the imposition of urgent conditions following our prior inspection, the lack of pace means we have taken action to suspend non-urgent upper gastrointestinal surgeries until we are confident that the Trust can ensure the safety of the.” people can ensure.

“Trust leadership needs to take responsibility for the issues they face by having far better governance and addressing the issues we have highlighted.

“Our inspectors observed the nursing staff providing consistent, safe and dignified care. However, there were some who told us that they felt they were letting down the people they care about because they were tired and didn’t have enough time to monitor patients.

“We will review again to ensure improvements are made and will not hesitate to take further action where necessary to protect patients.”

The University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said improvements have been made since the inspection four months ago.

dr Rob Haigh, Chief Medical Officer, said: “Since the inspectors’ visit in August we have looked at their findings and made sure patients who needed surgery got them at other hospitals.

“In September, we hired a new specialist surgeon to bring staffing levels up to recommended levels, and we are reorganizing nursing to extend the time we receive specialist care for our patients.

“We also commissioned an external review that gave us confidence that the clinical outcomes for upper gastrointestinal surgery from 2020 to 2022 were within the expected range.

“We are continuing to work to resume specialist service as soon as possible.”

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