NHS Trust fined after exposing patients to legionella risk

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £300,000 after failing to control the risk to patients from exposure to legionella bacteria in its water systems.

This follows an investigation of a death in the hospital Bristol Crown Court heard how, in July 2015, Mr Terence Brooks, a 68-year-old patient at Bath’s Royal United Hospital, died from legionnaires’ disease. The HSE found that the  Trust had failed to put in place all of the necessary precautions to minimise the risk to patients in the annex to the William Budd ward from exposure to legionella.

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,451.78.

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Southern Health NHS Trust fined – deaths of two patients

Southern Health NHS Trust has been fined £2m after a series of management failings led to the deaths of two vulnerable patients at different facilities owned by the Trust.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution follows the deaths of 45-year-old Teresa Colvin at a Southampton Mental Health Hospital and the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk at a specialist unit in Oxford. Both centres were under the management of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

For the breach relating to Teresa Colvin, the sentence was a £950,000 fine.
For the breach relating to Connor Sparrowhawk’s death, the sentence was a fine of £1,050.000

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Home & manager fined – window fall death.

Felixstowe nursing home and manager fined following man’s window fall death.

Highcliffe House a Felixstowe nursing home and its manager have been prosecuted  for failing to properly care for a man who fell to his death from a second floor
window .which had no window restrictors
The company and its manager, had admitted health and social care breaches before their sentencing.

The firm was fined £16,500, while the Manager was fined £1,000.
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Care home firm – cellar death near Oswestry

An 83yr old resident, suffered a fatal head injury when he fell down the brick-built flight of stairs at  The Court nursing and residential home in West Felton.

Akari Care, which ran the care home, denied two allegations of breaching health and safety regulations.

The court heard a keypad was used to access the cellar and the door was fitted with a self-closing mechanism, but investigations found it did not always shut properly.

The company was fined  £120,000 and ordered the firm to pay £41,997.48 costs.

Care home company fined after failure to provide safe care

Rushcliffe Care Ltd, which ran Partridge Care Centre in Harlow, was fined and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge, plus £17,826.37 costs, after admitting it failed to provide safe care and treatment to one of its residents

The prosecution was brought against the company by the CQC after the woman was injured as a result of being trapped in a commode shower chair at the Partridge Road home. She sustained a significant injury, which required surgery and left her with a stoma and colostomy bag.

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Local authority fined after social workers assaulted

London Borough of Brent has been fined after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit

Two social workers employed by London Borough of Brent visited the home  to carry out a safety plan assessment. While note-taking, both social workers were struck over the head with a metal object by the mother, resulting in one of them being knocked temporarily unconscious. While both received serious wounds to the head, the social worker knocked unconscious was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The investigation by the HSE found the LA failed to follow its corporate lone working policy or violence and aggression guidance. No risk assessment was completed and staff were not trained accordingly.
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NHS trust fined following falls deaths

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has  fined following a series of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations into the deaths of five elderly patients.

The patients, aged between 72 and 92, sustained fatal injuries as result of falling while being cared for in hospitals run by the Trust. Four died as result of falling at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. The fifth succumbed to injuries at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The deaths took place between June 2011 and November 2012.

The HSE investigations found that fall prevention measures, including close supervision of those in a confused mental state, were not properly applied. This was made worse by poor consideration and communication surrounding measures to protect against falls arising from each patient’s particular frailties.

The Trust fined £333,333 and ordered to repay £130,000 in costs.

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