Surgical procedures at Hinchingbrooke transferred during inquiry

Complex surgical operations have been transferred from Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon to Addenbrooke's in Cambridge during an investigation.


A coroner raised concerns about clinical standards when two women died after surgery at Hinchingbrooke.

Cambridge coroner David Morris said: "This series of deaths referred to me have caused me serious concern."

NHS Cambridge and Peterborough said the transfer of colorectal surgery and stroke services was temporary.

Mr Morris also said that "a completely independent investigation is now in the interests of patients and the public".

He criticised doctors for failing to take one of the women who died back into theatre until the fifth day of her hospital stay.

A post-mortem examination found that staples used during the operation were found deep in her muscle, and that this caused infection.

Geoff Heathcock, shadow cabinet member for health on Cambridge County Council, said he had asked the local Primary Care Trust if the problems at Hinchingbrooke had anything to do with uncertainty about a delay in the government signing off a franchise agreement for the hospital's future management.

Temporary transfer

He also wanted to know if this was a reason why staff were leaving and why the hospital was having difficulties in recruiting replacements.

Dr Sushil Jathanna, chief executive of NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough, apologised over the deaths.

He said: "The transfer of services to Addenbrooke's is temporary, while the investigation is under way, and we are working with GPs and the hospital to recruit more high quality staff."

"Our focus is on patient safety and the quality of care at Hinchingbrooke and we do not compromise on this. We will wait until the investigation is concluded before taking further action and then we will look at the recommendations."

Source: BBC News
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