East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Councillor claims local trust is ‘scapegoated’ over care failings

A councillor has implied the Care Quality Commission has been “heavy handed” for criticisms of his local trust, which saw sustained covid-19 deaths linked to the virus spreading in hospital.

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CQC’s infection control concerns at covid deaths trust revealed

A trust which accounted for one in eight covid deaths in hospital during part of the summer has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission for its infection control.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: HSJ Value Award of the Year

Just one in four people suffering from a long-term mental illness are in work. Mental health problems at work cost the economy £34.9bn with a cost to business of £26bn each year.

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Warning to staff not wearing masks at PM’s local hospital

Staff at the hospital serving the prime minister’s constituency — which is the subject of concerns over infection control — have been warned they will not be paid for time spent self-isolating if they break mask rules.

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CQC steps in at troubled trust over covid infections

The Care Quality Commission has taken immediate enforcement action at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust citing “serious concerns” over patient safety.

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Raft of covid service changes not being reversed

Significant changes to a range of services, including A&E, stroke and maternity, made amid the covid-19 crisis are set to remain into next year, an HSJ analysis of key projects has found.

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County hopes for £400m in spending review for massive service change

Leaders in the south east are hopeful they will secure funding for a delayed £400m acute reconfiguration from the comprehensive spending review this autumn.

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Trust with record covid deaths sees high rate of hospital acquired infection

The proportion of patients confirmed as infected with covid-19 after admission to East Kent hospitals is running at twice the national rate, according to figures seen by HSJ.

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First region sees zero covid hospital deaths

The south west has gone a week without a single covid-related death in its hospitals.

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Trust with 10pc of all covid deaths has ‘relatively low’ fatalities, according to CCG

A trust that is recording one in 10 covid hospital deaths in England has been described as having a ‘relatively low’ number of fatalities from the virus by its lead commissioner.

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Trust to test all 9,000 staff for covid within five days

A trust with a very high covid-19 death rate is to test all of its staff over the next five days in an attempt to identify those who have the disease but don’t know it.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Trust with record covid deaths asks NHSE  for help

The hospital trust which has been recording the largest number of covid deaths for several weeks has asked NHS England and NHS Improvement for help with infection control.

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Covid deaths at single trust nearly double that of any other provider

A single trust has recorded 90 per cent more covid-related deaths than any other NHS provider over the last month, an analysis by HSJ shows.

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Trust failed to complete 21 instructions from safety review

Only two out of 23 recommendations from a royal college review into a trust’s troubled maternity services can be shown to be fully implemented, a new investigation has revealed.

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Trust blames ‘second peak’ as it records 8pc of all covid deaths

A single trust had 8 per cent of all hospital deaths from covid in England in one week – and is blaming a “second peak”.

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Parents who lost babies join Kirkup panel

Two parents who have lost babies are to act as specialist advisers to an investigation into maternity and neonatal services in East Kent, which is beginning its work.

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Staff shortage leads to emergency reconfiguration of stroke services

A hospital is to stop providing acute stroke services from the end of this month after all but one of its specialist stroke nurses handed in their notice.

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Scandal-hit maternity service rated ‘requires improvement’

A maternity department at the centre of an inquiry into baby deaths has been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.


Four trusts pull back from commercial pathology option

Trusts across Kent and Medway have drawn back from changes to pathology services which could have led to greater centralisation and even outsourcing.

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Exclusive: Trust diverted at least 120 women in labour in four years

A trust with deep-rooted problems in its maternity service had to close one of its two units — which are nearly 40 miles apart — to new births 111 times in four years, HSJ can reveal.