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The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hillingdon Hospital claims safety data error

PERFORMANCE: The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says there was an error in its patient safety data.

It followed an article in HSJ which reported Hillingdon had a three per cent increase in patients suffering ‘new harms’ in December 2012. The incidents are claimed to be the result of a ‘data quality error’.

The original article related to the NHS Safety Thermometer tool, a device used to monitor avoidable harm to patients such as pressure ulcers, VTE and falls.

The chief executive’s report states: “From July to November 2012 the Trust’s data showed that we were performing better than the figure for the country as a whole. Unfortunately our performance dropped in December and a data quality error was a significant factor in this. This was due to some data inaccuracies relating to the interpretation of the complex definitions associated with the Safety Thermometer.”

The Trust has introduced more ‘robust monitoring’ of data and further staff training to ensure no repeat errors.

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