Hospital investigated over mortality rates

Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Scunthorpe General Hospital.

THE hospital which serves people in the Isle of Axholme is to be investigated over concerns of higher-than-expected death rates.

Scunthorpe General Hospital is to be included in a probe by Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS.

This comes after a review by Transforming Health Ltd last year showed North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, was in the top ten in the country for the number of patients dying on wards.

Karen Jackson, chief executive of the trust, said: “We very much welcome the chance to be part of Sir Bruce Keogh’s review as it will assist us with all the work we have already done to improve our mortality position.

“Sir Bruce has stressed that this not an inspection but an improvement exercise. He aims to ensure hospitals have the support they need to improve so this review gives us an additional learning opportunity.

“Positive patient experience is at the heart of everything we do and we aim to continue with our focus on delivering high quality care for all our patients. This priority is reflected within our organisational structure, culture and our day-to-day work on the frontline – how doctors and nurses treat the people in their care.

“What the mortality statistics do not demonstrate is the dedication from staff at all levels to the provision of safe, high quality care to patients in all of our hospitals.”

Liz Scott, the trust’s medical director, added: “The trust’s intensive mortality rate improvement programme is now having a positive impact, as evidenced by our risk adjusted mortality index figures.

“We are pleased to have this chance to learn from others through the Keogh review and find out more what more we can do to improve the quality of care that we provide.”