INSPECTORS have again savaged elderly care at Dewsbury District Hospital as potentially dangerous.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found poor record keeping left patients at risk in a report published on Wednesday.
It followed visits in May to check staff at the Staincliffe site were complying with national standards.
The trust was given a formal warning by the CQC about elderly care at Dewsbury last August.
This time they found problems on wards two and five, with staff shortages a probable factor.
Some patient care plans were incomplete and hard to follow while there was a rise in pressure ulcers and patient falls.
There was also a risk of sick people being sent home too early because of targets for discharging patients at Dewsbury.
The report said: “Staff told us patients are discharged before they are ready and staff are bullied to achieve the targets.”
Similar issues were found at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, while Pontefract General was given a clean bill of health.
Bosses at the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have already put in place an action plan.
They also insisted that while no harm was done to patients they would not tolerate poor standards. The CQC will monitor the action plan’s implementation and vowed to make a follow-up visit to check on progress.
Malcolm Bower-Brown, the body’s regional director, said: “The shortfalls at Pinderfields and Dewsbury District Hospital are a real concern.
“We will continue to monitor the trust closely to ensure patients receive the service they are entitled to expect.”
BOSSES insist they have taken action to fix problems on wards at Dewsbury District Hospital.
Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Stephen Eames outlined on Wednesday a plan that is already in force.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found poor record-keeping and staff shortages left some elderly patients at risk.
Mr Eames said: “I apologise personally if this has resulted in even one person receiving poor care.”
The CQC found problems on wards two and five, with staff shortages a factor in the issues.
Mr Eames said measures taken included speeding up the recruitment process for frontline vacancies.
Other steps include:
• Routine checks on patient care plans;
• Monthly audits of nursing documentation;
• A daily ward-by-ward review of staffing levels;
• Extra training for staff.
Mr Eames said: “The CQC found evidence on all three of our hospital sites of good quality care.
“But inspectors came across some examples where care planning was not of the high standard we expect and people deserve.”
He added further changes involve new meal times, longer visiting hours and different staff rotas to cope with busy periods.
Mr Eames said: “We recognise that as people live longer they often develop more complex illnesses.
“The work we have been doing involves listening to patients, carers and staff to draw on their expertise.
“We want to make sure we organise services that deliver the best care to people who are very dependent.”