To retain Poole General Hospital As An Acute Hospital

To retain Poole General Hospital As An Acute Hospital

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Christine Morris Brady started this petition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and

Prevent the downgrade of Poole General Hospital from acute to elect surgeries only. Journey times across the conurbation will lead to deaths.

The Report was over 4 months Jan-April 2017 and looked at all child and maternity cases taken to Poole by ambulance over that period, and a sample of the adult ambulance cases (150 from the 700 identified). However, there were many issues with this approach because 80% of maternity emergencies and the majority of child emergencies do not arrive by ambulance and so they were already excluded from the Report. It subsequently emerged that those adults with the longest journeys had also been excluded from the study. Even so, the Report showed 3 mums, 4 children and 27 of the 150 adults were at increased risk (that's 27 of the 150 adults taken from the sample of 700 adults at potential additional risk identified). The CCG asked some Dorset senior clinicians to review the risk to these cases in August 2017. Dr Ian Mew, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, who reported back on behalf of the clinicians who tried to carry out the review stated that the Ambulance Trust Report was not fit for purpose as a tool to assess risk due to the volume of cases excluded by the methodology. He also asked for more time and access to the patient records, which the clinicians were not given. Nevertheless, the Report showed 132 patients at increased clinical risk due to longer journey time over the 4 months, or 396 per year, and indeed this was the calculation the CCG did for the High Court. Furthermore, a Dorset A&E Dr working with us reviewed the cases in the tables (I can email) and in their opinion, based on the data in the Report, and once the numbers were scaled up for the whole sample, around 183 of the 396 per year were in imminent danger of dying, so that any longer journey was likely to prove fatal. The campaign then called for a proper review of these patients to establish the risk. However none was carried out Sept 17 - Nov 18, it was not until after Dorset Health Scrutiny sent the plans back to the Sec of State in Nov 2018, that the CCG finally requested that a proper review of the cases be carried out. It then emerged that a) quite a few of the sample cases cited in the Report had died anyway and b) the Ambulance Trust data was completely inaccurate in quite a lot of the other cases - so the child post-cardiac arrest had not had a cardiac arrest, the mum with ectopic pregnancy and low blood pressure believed to be due to internal haemorrhage did not have an ectopic pregnancy or a haemorrhage and the low blood pressure was not pregnancy-related - and so it went on. What the review clearly established was that the wrong cases were being reviewed, as the risk of longer journey time to patients who are critically ill cannot be assessed by reviewing patients who died anyway or by using wholly inaccurate data. It emerged the Ambulance Trust diagnoses were often based on the initial call to SWAST before the patient had even been seen by a medically trained person.

 

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