Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Former BBC executive to chair hospital trust

The former chief finance and chief operating officer for the BBC has been appointed chair of the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust.

Tony Chambers

Under-scrutiny trust appoints interim CEO

An acute trust grappling with governance issues has appointed former Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust chief executive Tony Chambers as interim CEO.

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Ambulance service facing ‘terrifying’ levels of risk, says trust chief

The chief executive of a small acute trust has described the “terrifying situation” faced by ambulance crews and hospital staff in trying to provide adequate emergency care as coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the local NHS services.

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North by North West: Glimpsing the peak and surveying the wreckage

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Revealed: the nine hospital trusts where covid patients fill at least half the beds

Nine English NHS trusts now have at least half their adult acute beds occupied by covid-positive patients, with admissions still growing in every case.


Named: the trusts set to have at least a third of beds filled by covid patients on 31 Dec

There are 14 hospital trusts on course to have at least a third of their beds filled by covid patients on New Year’s Eve.

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Hospital acquired covid infections hit record high

The number of covid-19 infections likely to have been acquired in hospital are rising again for the first time in three weeks and their proportion of all cases has reached record levels for the second wave, HSJ can reveal.


Covid occupancy rates grow at outlier trusts while trend flattens nationally

The rate that England’s acute hospital beds are filling with covid patients has slowed down nationally — but a handful of trusts are still reporting growing occupancy rates despite four weeks of national lockdown.

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Nurse charged with murders in connection with baby deaths

A nurse has been charged with eight counts of murder, and 10 counts of attempted murder, following an investigation into a number of baby deaths at a hospital in the north west of England.


Trust bosses ‘disgusted’ at MPs who claim covid impact exaggerated

Local NHS leaders have publicly hit out at politicians for questioning the need for a second national lockdown, with one chief executive inviting MPs to either visit her hospital to see the pressures themselves, or to ‘sod off’.


Trusts concerned over long waits for covid-19 test results

Several NHS trusts have waited up to a week to find out if their patients have covid-19 after experiencing delays at local laboratories, HSJ has learned.


Revealed: The trusts put on notice over risks to staff

NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal.


Two-thirds of trusts failing to protect staff from violence

Around two-thirds of NHS providers were found to be breaking laws aimed at protecting staff from violence and aggression, when inspected by the Health and Safety Executive, information released to HSJ reveals.

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Finance director makes swift U-turn to stay at troubled trust

The finance director who opted to quit his hospital trust to ”be held to account” has now decided not to resign after all.

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Former NHS chief executive to retire

A former chief executive of the NHS, Sir Duncan Nichol, is to retire after 56 years working in the health service.


NHSE sets first targets to cut BME disciplinary cases

The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.

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Clinician rearrested in relation to baby deaths

Police have rearrested a woman on suspicion of murder of eight babies and attempted murder of nine other infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust.


Trusts at risk of losing millions in tariff row

Hospital trusts along the Welsh border are at risk of losing millions of pounds this year, as a cross-border dispute over tariffs drags on.

Susan Gilby

Trust promotes medical director to CEO

The medical director at The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has been appointed as chief executive.


Staff survey analysis: Trusts with the most staff experiencing violence

A breakdown by area of acute and combined trusts based on the share of employees experiencing violence from patients, relatives or the public in the last 12 months, according to the NHS staff survey 2018.