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Watchdog raises safety concerns in community hospitals

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Community hospital services in Powys should be transferred to other NHS organisations as soon as possible because of serious concerns over patient safety, according to a damning report.

The report, published by the Welsh NHS Clinical Governance Support and Development Unit, looked into the 10 community hospitals in the county and concluded that standards of patient safety and care were not being met.

The report has recommended that ‘arrangements are made for clinical in-patient services for acutely ill-patients, surgical patients, age care consultant patients, and patients transferred from district general hospitals to community hospitals in Powys, to be provided by NHS trusts as soon as possible’.

The report listed a ‘series of serious incidents’ relating to patient safety in community hospitals and at two minor injuries units.

Chris Mann, chairperson of Powys local health board, described the report as ‘thorough, albeit hard hitting’.

‘What the report tells us in a nutshell is that a range of services still need to be provided in Powys but that some of these services need to be provided in a different way, and indeed, some of them will have to be provided by other NHS organisations,’ he said.

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