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.
Orchard Care fined £680,000 by Leeds Crown Court after a resident suffered life changing injuries after falling 30 feet from a window at Lofthouse Grange and Lodge in West Yorkshire.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC described safety measures at the home as “wholly inadequate”, adding the provider had been issued with specific instructions months before the incident over inadequate window restraints.
Court heard how in June 2014 an employee, raised concerns with HSE relating to the running of the internal occupational health service of Ramsay Health Care (UK) Operations Ltd. The HSE investigation found the company failed to appoint sufficient occupational health professionals to run the service which compromised the health and safety of its employees, patients and general members of the public, putting them at risk of suffering ill health or of acquiring an infection. HSE served four Improvement Notices as part of the investigation.
As a consequence of this, a nurse working at Boston West Hospital, Lincolnshire, was diagnosed with occupational dermatitis in January 2015, which later spread from her hands to her arms and legs.
Fined £550,000 and ordered to pay costs of £36,320.44
A care home company has been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died.
An 87-year-old was staying at the Coppice Lea Nursing home in Surrey, owned and managed by Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited. In the early hours of 3 October 2013, the woman fell about four metres through her window.
She was reported missing at 1am and found two hours later. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited of The Colchester Business Park, Essex, pleaded guilty and was fined £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,762.44.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined following the death of 53-year-old man at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.
Lincoln Crown Court heard that the patient at the hospital, died in April 2012 from internal injuries after falling onto an exposed metal post on the standing aid hoist that staff were using to support him.
The knee pad on the standing aid hoist had been incorrectly removed leaving the exposed metal post that caused the fatal injuries when he collapsed after standing up.
HSE investigation found the Trust did not have systems for training and monitoring how staff used the standing aid hoist and unsafe practices had developed.
It was fined £1 million and ordered to repay £160,000 in costs.
The trust has also been ordered to pay £3800 to the family to cover the costs of the funeral.
Changes to the law governing fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) in Scotland will bring the legal framework for the process “into the 21st century”, the Scottish Government has said.16 Jun 2017
An FAI is a judicial process which investigates and determines the circumstances of some deaths occurring in Scotland. Currently, an FAI must take place when someone dies in custody in prison or in a police station, or a death is caused by an accident at work. They can be held in other circumstances if it is thought to be in the public interest. FAIs take place before a sheriff, who is required to produce a determination setting out time, place and cause of death, and any precautions or defects in the system which could have prevented the death.
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for health and safety failings after a patient fell to his death.
The patient had been detained as an in-patient at Epsom Hospital when the incident occurred in May 2014.
Patient was in the courtyard with his mother while being observed by a nurse from inside the ward when he started to climb up onto the conservatory roof.
The nurse immediately ran into the courtyard but was unable to prevent him climbing over the roof. He then climbed up a 130-foot industrial chimney and after attempts to talk him down failed, he fell and sustained fatal injuries.
Fined £300,000 and costs of £16,769.00.