PERFORMANCE: The trust had work overdue on five national patient safety alerts in July, latest Department of Health data show.

Among the safety alerts the trust had yet to sign off as completed on 19 July was one – titled Right Patient, Right Blood - with a completion deadline of May 2007.  Another was due to be completed by May 2009, a third in December 2011, and the remaining two in April 2012.

Only one acute provider had a greater number of alerts outstanding in July: City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust, with seven.

Apart from Southport and Ormskirk, there were four other trusts with five outstanding safety alerts: Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust, Birmingham East and North primary care trust, Birmingham Women’s Foundation Trust, and Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust.

The alerts are issued by the National Patient Safety Agency and other national agencies address avoidable problems that have repeatedly caused harm or death.

NHS trusts are required to respond to alerts and to indicate on the web-based Central Alerting System when they have completed the actions required, or to confirm that no action is required.