University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

Hospitals re-impose visiting restrictions amid soaring covid pressures

Several hospital trusts have re-introduced restrictions on patient visitors as covid-19 infections soar in their areas.

Royal Preston hospital

Health system sees covid occupancy double in a week

Hospitals in Lancashire have reported a steep rise in covid patients, with the numbers more than doubling over the last seven days.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Serious safety concerns over third major specialty at struggling trust

Serious patient safety concerns have been raised about a third major specialty at a struggling acute trust, with inspectors also flagging wider leadership issues.

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CEO to take over third teaching trust

The chief executive of two acute providers is set to take over the leadership of a third teaching trust in Lancashire.

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NHSE sends improvement director into struggling acute trust

Regulators have sent an improvement director into a North West acute trust amid multiple allegations of poor care and ‘cover up’ across different specialties.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

NHSE overrules trust and orders second review into patient harms

NHS England has ordered an independent review into patient safety and governance concerns at an acute trust which had been resisting calls to take this step, HSJ has learned.

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North by North West: Hancock’s grubby intervention over A&E closure

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North by North West: Jab, jab, jab

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Doctors claim major infection control ‘deficiencies’ at region’s hospitals

Research by a group of doctors has found ‘major deficiencies’ around infection control within hospitals in the North West region.

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Chief executive of Great Ormond Street FT spoke at HSJ webinar on digital technology and patient safety

The panel explored how digital solutions might help clinicians improve patient safety and what barriers there might be along the way

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Exclusive: NHS pleas for covid upgrade funds went unmet ahead of second wave

Local NHS requests for hundreds of millions of pounds of government funding to help deal with covid pressures have gone unanswered throughout the pandemic, an HSJ investigation has found.

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North by North West: The long and slow decline

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Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Exclusive: Patients harmed amid ‘internecine squabbles’ and cover-up claims

Several patients were harmed after acute trust leaders failed to act on multiple concerns being raised about a surgeon, documents obtained by HSJ suggest.


New site for pathology hub as PwC criticise ‘crude’ selection process

A new location has been chosen to create a centralised hub for pathology services in Lancashire, after a consultancy firm criticised a ‘ crude’ process in which another site was previously identified.


Covid hospital deaths climb steeply in the North West, but plateau elsewhere

The number of coronavirus deaths in North West hospitals has started to climb steeply, following weeks of high infection rates in the community.


Trust director quits for STP role

A trust finance chief in Lancashire has resigned to take up a senior role for a sustainability and transformation partnership.

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Investigation launched into 'inappropriate behaviour' by trust security staff

An investigation has been launched into three incidents at a North West acute trust involving security staff and alleged “inappropriate behaviour” towards vulnerable patients.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Coastal trust to be ‘twinned’ with high performing US hospital

A hospital trust in the North West is set to be ‘twinned’ with a US hospital as part of a programme it believes will improve staff retention and care quality.

Bill Kirkup

Inquiry lead: Royal colleges should be more open on care reviews

The leader of the Morecambe Bay inquiry has spoken of his disappointment that some of the recommendations have not led to changes, and said royal colleges could inform regulators when they are commissioned to carry out care quality reviews.

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The Ward Round: The domino effect

Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, will make sure you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping ...