Action plan to boost hospital
HEALTH bosses are taking action to improve the care at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.
Concerns about the hospital include higher mortality rates in some specialities than might be expected, a number of adverse Ombudsman and inquest reports, and the investigation currently underway into allegations of falsification by some nurses of patient records.
Other areas of concern include doctor shortages in the emergency department and issues around C.difficile infections.
A report to health board members highlights the main actions being taken to tackle these concerns.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board's (ABMU) interim medical director, Dr Push Mangat, said: "Once it became clear that there were a number of issues of concern at the hospital it was decided to tackle these issues collectively rather than individually through standard board procedures.
"Since these issues were reported a significant number of actions have been taken."
Clinical leadership actions have been taken over the summer and four wards have had "significantly" lower number of incidents over the past two months.
Nursing numbers are being increased, with 31 whole time equivalent qualified nurses starting in the Princess of Wales Hospital this month.
They will reduce the need for temporary bank and agency nurse cover, and ensure an additional registered nurse can be on each medical ward at night.
There also have been new appointments, including a chief nurse for the hospital, Lesley Bevan.
Ward Sisters and Charge Nurses will be seen on the ward more, and nurse training has also been increased
A Quality and Safety Improvement Programme for the Princess of Wales Hospital has also been set up.
Its role is to drive and monitor the progress of improvements in patient safety, quality and clinical governance issues.
ABMU has also invited the Advancing Quality Alliance, (AQuA) to provide an external quality and safety review.
External support is being provided to the health board's department of investigations and redress, and an experienced complaints manager has been recruited on a temporary basis to work in the department.
Chief executive Paul Roberts said: "While the majority of care provided at the Princess of Wales Hospital is of a high standard, it is clear that there are areas where much improvement is needed.
"I would like to assure patients and their families that ABMU is taking these issues very seriously and we are doing everything possible to improve standards of care.
"ABMU Health Board is determined that those improvements will be made, and that the quality of all our care is consistently high."