Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Staff shortages leaving women in ‘barbaric’ pain

Patient safety campaigners have said ‘too many women’ are still not being offered a general anaesthetic for a diagnostic test because of staff shortages, leaving them in severe pain.


Trust to sue insurance giant, accusing it of 'immoral behaviour'

An acute trust is set to take legal action against a private healthcare insurance giant, accusing the company of failing to fully reimburse the NHS for treating its members, HSJ has learned.

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Winners of HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2021 revealed

Last night’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards celebrated the innovative work of frontline NHS teams in a year when the challenge and necessity of keeping the public safe had never been greater.


HSJ Value Awards 2021: Cancer Care Initiative of the Year

At the outset of the pandemic a new telephone service was established to proactively call cancer patients to check their wellbeing, offer holistic therapy, provide local information and support, refer to appropriate services or simply provide a listening ear and reduce isolation.

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Trusts recruit extra midwives as baby boom hits

Trusts in the South East are recruiting additional midwives as this year’s birth rates soar, with an increase of more than 20 per cent in women booking to give birth at one trust.


Trust complains of ‘very harsh’ exclusion from national costing report

Fourteen trusts have had their financial data excluded from a national survey of spending due to accounting errors, in a process that one described as ‘very harsh’.

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How hospitals can crack the challenge of managing outpatient appointments

Managing outpatient appointment booking was complicated enough before the pandemic, and the subsequent care backlogs have only made it worse. An HSJ webinar invited a panel of experts to discuss the challenges and how new methods of digitisation could make things better. Claire Read reports.

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital hosts others’ surgeons so cancer ops can go ahead

A specialist trust has freed up 29 theatre sessions a week so cancer surgery from nearby providers can continue during the covid pandemic.

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Incorrect covid tests spark harm review for staff and patients

Trusts are carrying out harm reviews after a ‘contamination issue’ affecting hundreds of samples resulted in some staff and patients being wrongly told they had coronavirus, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust chief steps down to join national covid testing team

The chief executive of a hospital trust is standing down to join national work on testing for covid-19, HSJ understands.

Royal Surrey

Exclusive: 22 junior doctors under investigation after covid outbreak

A trust is carrying out an internal investigation after two junior doctors developed covid following an offsite event attended by 22 juniors where social distancing rules were allegedly ignored.

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Exclusive: Review launched after ‘injustices suffered by BAME staff’

A clinical commissioning group has ordered an independent review of its culture after what is described as “injustices experienced by black Asian and minority ethic colleagues” during the covid pandemic.

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First ‘digital aspirant’ trusts revealed by NHSX

Twenty-three trusts will share a £28m pot of technology funding as part of the first wave of “digital aspirant” providers, NHSX has announced.

Royal Surrey

Trust stops making cancer drugs after criticism from regulator

An acute trust is to abandon manufacturing its own radiopharmaceuticals after a regulator said it needed more quality improvement work and better facilities.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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Trust considers pre-booking private capacity to safeguard A&E performance

A trust is proposing an extended moratorium on elective care over Christmas 2019 and Easter 2020, and pre-booking outsourcing to private providers in an attempt to shore up emergency care performance and cut cancellations.

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Revealed: The trusts failing to meet national efficiency targets

NHS trusts continue to miss targets aimed at helping hospitals spend millions of pounds more effectively, HSJ can reveal.