STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

GP care plans to prevent hospital admissions not effective, warns CQC

The avoiding unplanned admissions enhanced service has not been effective, according to a report from the CQC.

GP care plans for older patients have ‘varied levels of detail’ and are not seen as an ‘effective document in the wider health and social care system’, a new report into health and care integration for elderly patients said. ‘The Building bridges, breaking barriers’ report looked at existing integration across health and social care and the impact this has on older people, and also noted that there was ‘very little evidence that GPs were sharing care plans with other providers’.

GPs interviewed as part of the research said the ‘resources they had available to respond to their patients’ health issues were insufficient and felt that they did not have enough time to implement tools and undertake care planning in a way that would be meaningful for all of their patients’, the report said. The report also gathered information from GPs about their views on standardised assessment tools and how they used them

‘Many GPs reported using the most commonly used standardised assessment tools. However, even among GPs who used these, some had reservations about doing so because they did not know whether they had been formally validated or accredited,’ said the report.

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Elderly left freezing and crying in agony for up to seven hours in the middle of the night after watchdog shuts failing care home over safety concerns

  • The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire was closed by CQC 
  • 57 residents had to be moved to nearby care homes in ambulances
  • Some left in wheelchairs while others became dehydrated during move
  • Magistrates approved closure at 5pm and said they must be out by 12am 

Distressed elderly residents were forced out of their failing care home in the middle of the night when it was shut over safety fears.

Some were dehydrated and crying in agony as they waited outside up to seven hours for belongings to be stuffed in bin bags and ambulances to arrive. The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire was closed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Friday night after inspectors uncovered appalling neglect that put residents in immediate danger. But the watchdog only obtained a closure order from magistrates at 5pm that evening and the home had to be evacuated by midnight. The 57 residents – including younger adults with brain injuries – were moved to nearby care homes in ambulances.

Anne Jeffreys, 87, was still in hospital last night after suffering heart problems during the move.  Her nephew Greg Jeffreys, 59, of Bedford, said: ‘When I visited the home what I witnessed were scenes of absolute carnage. They got the court order to evacuate by midnight and the situation rapidly descended. It was like something out of a Third World country.’

Mr Jeffreys, chief executive of an audio equipment supply firm, said: ‘The street outside was full of very ill, highly distressed residents who were left to sit in their wheelchairs for hours with no bed pans. There were residents and their relatives crying in the street.  ‘In my aunt’s case, her catheter bag needed changing and she was screaming in agony while one carer tried to rush her out during the evacuation. By that point her heartbeat became irregular and we feared she might die. She has been severely traumatised and damaged by the whole experience. ‘I cannot understand how, for the sake of maybe one or two hours, they had to stage a full-scale Third World evacuation.’

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Distressed elderly residents were forced out of The Old Village School Nursing Home in Bedfordshire when it was shut over safety fears.

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Scandal of patients sent home too early

One million NHS patients are re-admitted to hospital as emergency cases within 30 days of discharge after being ‘rushed out of the door’, report finds

The misery endured by patients because of the NHS’s “revolving door” policy of early discharge and emergency re-admission is exposed for the first time today in a scathing report. One million NHS patients are re-admitted to hospital as emergency cases within 30 days of discharge because they are being “rushed out of the door” too quickly, at a cost of £2.4 billion per year.

Healthwatch England said it had gathered “thousands of shocking stories” about patients being sent home without the right care and support. They included a mentally ill man discharged after a suicide attempt with no follow-up care who killed himself a week later. The NHS’s official watchdog concluded that “an undercurrent of ageism” persists within the NHS, and that some of the most vulnerable people in society – pensioners, the homeless and the mentally ill – are being badly let down.

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End-of-life care letting people down – Health Ombudsman

Thousands of dying patients are being let down by poor end-of-life care provision, the organisation that makes final decisions about NHS complaints in England has said.

The health ombudsman’s report detailed “tragic” cases where people’s suffering could have been avoided or lessened. In one instance, a patient had suffered 14 painful attempts to have a drip reinserted during his final hours. The government said improving end-of-life care was a priority. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has investigated 265 complaints about end-of-life care in the past four years, upholding just over half of them.

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Have you been affected by the issues raised in this story?

You can email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk. If you would be happy to speak further to a BBC journalist, please include a contact telephone number when emailing your details.

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Scandal of patients dying… just from a cracked rib: NHS ‘failing to use new technique that can stop pneumonia kicking in’

The lives of elderly patients with broken ribs are being put at risk because emergency departments and GPs are failing to refer them for up-to-date assessment and treatment.

Breathing difficulties caused by these injuries can lead to the lung infection pneumonia, which is especially dangerous for older people. A revolutionary two-hour procedure that involves implanting flexible titanium splints to support the fractures while they heal was approved for NHS use in 2010, and has been shown to slash lung infection rates. But according to DePuy Synthes, which manufactures the unique Matrix Rib Fixation System, the implants have been used only in a total of 350 cases – although the Health & Social Care Information Centre say there were 29,401 hospital consultations involving rib fractures last year alone.

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A revolutionary two-hour procedure that involves implanting flexible titanium splints to support the fractures while they heal was approved for NHS use in 2010, pictured is how the operation works

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Nurses admit elderly patient neglect at scandal hit hospital

Two nurses have admitted neglecting elderly patients at a scandal-hit hospital run by the Welsh NHS. Natalie Jones, 40, and Lauro Bertulano, 45, pleaded guilty to falsifying medical records and wilfully neglecting patients at the Princess of Wales Hospital. Another nurse Rebecca Jones, 30, has already pleading guilty after a police investigation into the falsification of patient notes at the 1,500-bed hospital at Bridgend, South Wales. A total of 15 nurses from the same health board working in the Princess of Wales hospital and Morriston Hospital in Swansea have been suspended as part of an ongoing internal inquiry into neglect. It follows by families whose elderly relatives have died after alleged “neglect, poor care and mistreatment” at the Welsh NHS hospitals.

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