This article was published on July 30th, 2015
Colchester General Hospital is in the spot light after recent figures reveal a serious incident is reported every day with 368 reported in 2014. Some of these incidents are still under investigation but 200 have been confirmed.
Some of these serious incidents included six confirmed so-called “never events”, with another four still under investigation. There were 4 incidents of medical items such as swabs being left inside patients and 2 incidents in ophthalmology when the wrong eye was injected and the wrong implant inserted.
The Hospital explains the high numbers as being as a result of a more transparent working environment where they are now encouraging staff to report incidents in a bid to help it improve quality and safety.
A spokesman for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust said, “We aspire to be a learning organisation, so it is essential incidents are investigated and where we could have performed better we learn from them.
“The reduction in the number of serious incidents in the second half of 2014/15 is evidence of learning from incidents to prevent further harm.”
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