WORKFORCE: East Lancashire Hospitals has hired 30 additional nurses and 30 extra healthcare assistants following the Keogh review of trusts with high mortality rate, the trust reported last week.

East Lancashire was one of 14 trusts investigated in the review. It last week published an “improvement plan” detailing the actions it had taken following publication of the review’s findings.

In addition to new nurses and HCAs, the trust has also hired nine additional midwives.

The other main actions detailed in the plan included:

  • The opening of a new 20 bed ward at Burnley General Hospital providing step-down care;
  • Offering all patients or carers who raise concerns or complaints a face to face meeting with the clinical team responsible for their care; and
  • Approval of plans for outpatient antibiotic and ambulatory care services to ensure patients are able to go home from hospital more quickly.