Hospital bosses vow to get it right

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Health bosses have vowed to turn around serious failings at Calderdale Royal Hospital after a watchdog found that inaccurate and inappropriate record keeping was putting patients at risk.

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission found that staff had not discussed Do Not Resuscitate orders with patients, failed to record whether patients were given medication and didn’t keep accurate guides of ongoing treatments.

The unannounced visit in March, was a follow-up after Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust was criticsed for record keeping at the hospital by the CQC following an inspection in August 2012, when inspectors raised concerns about DNR orders.

Director of Nursing, Helen Thomson, said: “We are pleased that patients told the CQC that staff were very kind and caring and that they felt well-cared for. We are disappointed that lapses were found in record-keeping which we take very seriously and are working hard to make these improvements.”