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I attended BHRUT meeting yesterday and was surprised to find 12 beds at Ash Ward and an unspecified number of child beds at Clover ward had been closed in August due to not being able to staff them. This appears unprecedented and I will be asking questions at the Redbridge Council cabinet meeting about this next week.

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Wanstead Hospital letter mystery

The Ilford Recorder reported on 23rd July that Cllr Athwal was writing to the Department of Health opposing the closure of Wanstead Hospital.

Cllr Athwal’s office sent me the letter earlier today here Letter%20to%20Jeremy%20Hunt%20(1)

It is a good letter, but it is solely about the threat to King George Hospital. There is nothing about Wanstead Hospital in it at all.

I am seeking clarification from Cllr Athwal.

Letter to BHRUT Non-Executive Directors about Wanstead Hospital

Dear Professor Warrens and Mr Amroliwala

I, and others, including Cllr Athwal, the Leader of Rebridge Council, who has said he has written to the Mr Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health  on the issue, are concerned that the planned closure of Wanstead Hospital which appears to mean the loss of acute beds at King George Hospital, will damage patient care.
 I write about this at savekinggeorgehospital.wordpress.com/ which I copy below
Questions for BHRUT board meeting on Wednesday 2nd September
In a statement issued by the Department of Health on 27 OCtober 2011 the following undertaking is given:
“no changes will take place until the Care Quality Commission, which published its own report on local services today, has assured the Secretary of State that the services provided by Queen’s Hospital and other local health services are of a high standard.”
the full statement is here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/barking-havering-and-redbridge-university-hospitals-nhs-trust
The planned closure of Wanstead Hospital which means the transfer of community beds to King George Hospital (KGH)  is part of the closure plan for KGH plan per page 63 of the attached NHS plan for closing KGH A&E here 0.1 Decision Making Busin~se 021210 FINAL V1.0(2) (1)(1)
Is this Trust going to lose acute beds to make way for community beds?
And if it is:
Why is the Trust breaching the guidance issued by the Department of Health on 27 October 2011? ENDs
It seems as if BHRUT is to lose acute bed capacity. Time and time again I have heard board members say at meetings the trust need more capacity. I would be grateful if you could take some time to decide whether losing acute beds at King George Hospital will, as appears likely, damage patient care. And if you share my concerns, ask a question about this at the board meeting tomorrow.
I have raised this issue with Matthew as well.
I cannot find email contacts for the other three non-executive directors.
Regards
Andy Walker

Questions for BHRUT board meeting on Wednesday 2nd September

In a statement issued by the Department of Health on 27 OCtober 2011 the following undertaking is given:
“no changes will take place until the Care Quality Commission, which published its own report on local services today, has assured the Secretary of State that the services provided by Queen’s Hospital and other local health services are of a high standard.”
the full statement is here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/barking-havering-and-redbridge-university-hospitals-nhs-trust
The planned closure of Wanstead Hospital which means the transfer of community beds to King George Hospital (KGH)  is part of the closure plan for KGH plan per page 63 of the attached NHS plan for closing KGH A&E here 0.1 Decision Making Busin~se 021210 FINAL V1.0(2) (1)(1)
Is this Trust going to lose acute beds to make way for community beds?
And if it is:
Why is the Trust breaching the guidance issued by the Department of Health on 27 October 2011?
Secondly my question tabled in July remains unanswered, I repeat it for ease of covenience.
The BBC reported on the 30th June here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33308262 about an audit by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.
The audit claims that more people die than necessary following emergency bowel surgery.
Six factors are listed as needing attention:-
wide variation in care between hospitals
expected standards of care were not met for 30-40% of patients in some hospitals
only half of the patients were seen by a consultant surgeon within the recommended 12 hours
one in six patients did not arrive in the operating theatre within the recommended timeframes, despite the urgent nature of the surgery
many patients at high risk of sepsis infection did not receive timely antibiotic therapy
post-operative access to critical or intensive care wards was patchy
The 2010 plan to close KGH A&E involves the loss of 25% of the medical staff along with over 300 beds. My concern is that as the bed numbers and medical staff are reduced from King George Hospital the last five of these six factors are likely to get worse, increasing pressures to cause more unnecessary deaths, and  not just from bowel surgery.
Currently, rather than raw death rates being released (although I welcome the greater transparency on death rates in the June board papers) the public are given death ratios. The difficulty with ratios is that they are not opaque, the public does not know whether overall death rates have gone up or down. Being in mind that it is bound to be a contentious issue whether a death has the KGH A&E cuts as a contributory factor.

Does Matthew agree that there is a conflict of interest here for NHS managers to determine death ratios?

 And would it would improve public confidence in our NHS for real death rates in our hospitals to be released each month so that death rates can be tracked each month by elected representatives and the public?

Action needed Cllr Athwal

Last week per the post here https://savekinggeorgehospital.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/report-from-local-forum-well-done-to-cllr-athwal/ Cllr Athwal said he would organise a plug on Redbridge I for the Save KGH photoshoot taking place tomorrow per http://www.savekinggeorgehospital.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/photoshoot-wednesday-2nd-september.html

Cllr Athwal also said his letter to the Department of Health asking for Wanstead Hospital to kept open would be said to me. It would be helpful to have this letter before the BHRUT board meeting tomorrow as part of making the case to keep open Wanstead hospital so that acute wards are not lost at KGH to make way for community beds transferred from Wanstead.

So far no plug for the photoshoot has gone up on Redbridge I and Cllr Athwal’s staff have not sent his letter to me.

Action needed Cllr Athwal

Are acute wards at King George Hospital to be cut?

Matthew Hopkins

Chief Executive

BHRUT

Dear Matthew

My understanding from attending a Redbridge Health Scrutiny Committee meeting earlier this year is that some wards at King George Hospital are to be change use to community bed wards as part of a plan involving the closure of Wanstead Hospital.

I would be grateful if one of your staff could write to me informing me of:

a Which wards will become community bed wards?

b) Your July board papers show 645 and 293 general and acute beds at Queens and King George Hospital respectively.

How many general and acute beds  will the Trust have once Wanstead Hospital is closed?And where will they be?

A list of current wards taken from your site is below.

Regards

Andy

Wards
Specialty
Telephone
Senior Sister /
Charge Nurse
Adult Day Care Unit
Surgical Day Unit
020 8970 8246
Kate Twomey /
Kuldip Chagger
Ash
Medicine – Endocrine
020 8970 8147
Anita O’Donnell
Beech
Stroke/Rehab
020 8970 8104
Kathy Mason
Cedar Centre
Haemacology/Oncology
020 8970 8251
Sabir Sarfaraz
Clover
Paediatrics
020 8970 8098
Ann Honey
Dahlia
Elective Orthopaedic
020 8970 8276
Aine Crowe
Elm
Ortho Rehab
020 8970 8214 / 8745
Dee Tomasee
Erica
Acute Orthogeriatrics
020 8970 8213
Arlene Yusi
Fern
Medicine
020 8970 8112
Mary Etchells
Foxglove
NELFT Rehab
020 8970 8105
Nyathi Phathi
Gardenia
Cardiology / General Medicine
020 8970 8142
Hemrajsing
Seehakoo
Gentian
Diabetes and Endocrine
020 8970 8137
Ruth Brown
Heather
Surgery
020 8970 8135
Pamela Banful
Iris
Urology
020 8970 8153
Sinead Skelton
ITU
Critical Care
020 8970 8157
Janette Clubb
Jasmine
(Special Care Baby Unit)
020 8970 8218
Julie Nathaniel
Japonica
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
020 8970 8215
Dee Tomaso
Juniper
Endoscopy
020 8970 8300
Petra Harriott-Edwards
Medical Assessment Unit
Acute Assessment
020 8970 8143
Rena Ramsamooj /
Rhona Ray
Redbridge Renal Unit
Renal Unit Barts Healthcare Trust