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'Inadequate' hospital closes stroke services

'Inadequate' hospital closes stroke services

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Stroke services at a hospital investigated for high death rates will be shut after an NHS report described them as “inadequate”. 

Last month Professor Sir Bruce Keogh’s report into 14 hospitals with high mortality rates revealed a a strict improvement plan, with 11 placed on ‘special measures’. 

In many cases, boards were unaware of the problems uncovered by review teams, such as patients being moved repeatedly between wards without being told why, or staff working for 12 days in a row without a break. 

The trust which runs Grimsby Hospital said all stroke services would be transferred to Scunthorpe Hospital temporarily. 

The move is expected to take place over the next few weeks.

Karen Jackson, chief executive of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told the BBC the hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe currently only provided a hyperacute service between 08:00 and 20:00, Monday to Friday.

"The only way for the Trust to provide a 24/7 service safely is to consolidate on a single site," she said.

"Therefore, we have decided to temporarily deliver all hyperacute and acute services from the Scunthorpe General Hospital stroke unit."

A long-term plan for stroke care in the area is currently being decided upon. 

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