Welcome for review of hospitals’ A&E

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NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group has welcomed emerging findings that show A&E services at Queen’s Hospital, Romford and King George Hospital in Ilford, are safe.

Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups commissioned the external review into A&E services at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) in August.

The initial findings into the review, which follows long-standing concerns about the performance of emergency care at BHRUT and more recent concerns about potential patient safety risks due to permanent medical staffing issues, indicate that while safe 24 hour A&E services can be maintained on both sites in the short term, a number of steps should be taken to improve the emergency departments at the Trust.

Other recommendations include recruiting more senior emergency staff, and for the CCGs and Trust to work together to quickly improve both hospitals’ urgent care centres, so they can see and treat more people who really shouldn’t be in A&E.

A spokesperson for the Commissioning group said “Patient safety is the number one priority so we are pleased that the review team were able to report their findings so quickly.”

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