Fears over medical records
Last updated at 16:03, Thursday, 24 October 2013
WORRIES have been voiced about the future of the medical records department at West Cumberland Hospital.
The department, which employs around 20 people, is currently housed in offices under the outpatients facility but there has apparently been no provision for it in the new-build plans for the hospital.
A spokeswoman for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust would only say “no decision has been made”. Within the last couple of weeks, it is thought a project manager has been appointed to look at options and consult with staff.
Now some insiders have voiced fears that it could mean another amalgamation with Carlisle, either at Carlisle or at another location, and involve taking thousands of case notes off the Whitehaven hospital site.
Staff feel the hospital would not be able to operate as efficiently in an emergency if the department was removed. Many records are now digital, but not all, and some senior doctors want patients’ paper notes to hand so they can access them quickly.
The hospital is still smarting from a decision to move high-risk surgery from Whitehaven to Carlisle and hundreds of people have signed a petition in protest.
The Cumbrian hospitals are due to be taken over by Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust, which is acting as a “buddy” trust to help it come out of special measures.
First published at 11:28, Thursday, 24 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Safety just doesn't seem to be a word the trust understands.also Honesty,Openness and loyalty. Through all the crap the staff have been through to keep the hospital viable They are rewarded with the dole. Most of the staff are part time mothers there isn't a chance in hell of them going to Carlisle. So both sites have that problem. There is no middle ground and considering the main trauma is in Carlisle. Guess where this is going
Answers on a post card please!
I think, Claire, that entering that hospital is a nail in many peoples' coffins.
The question is, will WCH come up to the higher standard of the incoming Northumbria Trust or drag that Trust into the mire?
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