HARLOW hospital, Princess Alexandra, has been called ‘inadequate’ due to understaffing and long waiting times after a recent care quality commission inspection.
The inspection took place on February 14 and found staff was not following the PPE requirements put in place since covid 19. They also saw staff moving from amber areas to red throughout the day, which is against the restrictions that were put in place.
The inspectors highlighted the amount of nursing shifts filled was under 80% due to shielding and sickness.
One patient had to wait 17 hours to be admitted on inspection day.
Lance McCarthy, chief executive of The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust told ITV Anglia News that “Our urgent and emergency teams continually strive to provide excellent care for patients, and they have already put in place improvements and additional support following the inspection.”
Harlow MP Robert Halfon said that:
“The staff at PAH do remarkable and extraordinary work and have put their health and lives at risk during Covid.
“Despite the difficulties set out by the inspection report, the work of the hospital is second to none. It is worth noting that PAH has amongst the highest A and E use per head in England, which puts extraordinary pressures on staff.
“I have spoken to the PAH CEO and he and the staff are doing everything possible to remedy the issues set out by the CQC inspection.”
Princess Alexandra Hospital is committed and is continuing on working to improve their techniques.
Main photo : Harlow Alexandra Hospital, non copyright picture.